Educational Workshop for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Abuse
This full-day educational workshop, informed by current research, provides a safe space for people who have experienced abuse or trauma in childhood, to learn more about abuse and other traumas and how trauma experiences can affect people, at the time of the trauma, and afterwards.
It will raise awareness about survivors’ strengths and resilience, the role of coping strategies, how the brain responds to stress, and, most importantly, research which shows that recovery is possible.
Participants will gain information to help them build on their strengths, understand their reactions and find better ways to cope and identify strategies for positive change. Participants will also receive information about finding and engaging good support, accessing helpful resources and self-care.
This workshop is educational rather than therapy; it focuses on safety, self-care and support. While there is some group discussion during the workshop, there is no obligation to speak and participants are not encouraged to share their stories.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page to view some commonly asked questions regarding this workshop.
By participating in this workshop participants will:
1. Learn about childhood trauma, how common it is and how prior trauma may explain and/or relate to current challenges with relationships, self-esteem, health, wellbeing and other life issues
2. Identify strengths, the ways people coped in childhood, the ways they are coping now and consider the possibility of change
3. Understand more about the brain, trauma and stress
4. Explore strategies to help steady emotions and levels of arousal including learning about triggers and how to recognise and better manage them
5. Learn where to find help, how to care for oneself, how to interact in healthy ways, and explore possibilities for recovery
All training and education is grounded in the latest research presented in Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research.