If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEDT
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au

 

Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEDT Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEDT Sat, Sun & public holidays


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Testimonials

“Extremely well presented. Covered salient points in trauma work. Very credible presenter, obviously knows the subject matter well, is clear, informative, and was careful to ensure participant's expectations were met.”

E. HUTCHING Relationships Australia

“It was wonderful training given that all my questions and issues were addressed. It felt like 2 days of supervision.”

SYLVIA ACEVEDO Clinical and Private Practitioner

“I found the training very informative and a window to many therapies and skills to focus on in the future. The presenter was excellent and certainly demonstrated a well informed knowledge of various modalities and therapies.”

ROBERT DORAN Sydney

“The presenter did an excellent job! The information was interesting, profound and very relevant. The information was very clear, stimulating and I will find it very helpful when working with clients.”

WENDY METRA Counsellor/Psychotherapist

“Absolutely fantastic workshops! It was great to discuss, hear and walk away with real practical strategies and techniques to assist my clients in becoming more body aware. Excellent resources given.”

KERRIE THOMPSON Newcastle

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26 Nov
 
Creating Safety and Connection (Webinar)
Start: 02:00 PMFinish: 03:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Address: Virtual Delivery
Cost:

This one hour webinar provides information on the importance of relationship and creating safety when working with people who have experienced Complex Trauma. 

By participating in this webinar, participants will:

  1. Learn about the dimensions of safety
  2. Understand the role of attachment when working with trauma
  3. Discuss how healing occurs within relationships
To attend this session, register here!
 

 
03 Dec
 
Building Trauma Awareness (Webinar)
Start: 02:00 PMFinish: 03:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Address: Virtual Delivery
Cost:

This one hour webinar provides foundational knowledge in the area of Complex Trauma. This webinar is aimed at a diverse range of roles and focused on understanding trauma.

By participating in this webinar, participants will:

  1. Learn about the impacts of Complex Trauma
  2. Understand more about trauma and the brain
  3. Learn about the Window of Tolerance
  4. Discuss regulation strategies
Register here!
 

 
29 Jan
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Rydges Adelaide
Address: 1 South Terrace, Adelaide
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
29 Jan
 
Trauma Responsive Leadership
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Mantra on Northbourne
Address: 84 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
Cost:
This training program explores the application of a trauma lens when supporting teams and individuals who work with complex trauma. Being trauma responsive means both individual and organisation recognise and respond to trauma which can enable change and strengthen resilience and protective factors. A trauma responsive leader embeds trauma informed principles into practice and creates a culture of safety for their team to work from. 

The exploration of secure base leadership allows for both safety and exploration in the relationship which builds better client outcomes for staff, as well as greater staff satisfaction and productivity, reduced stress and enhanced well-being for all. 

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Learn about leading from a secure base 
  • Reflect on the trauma informed leadership principles in practice
  • Understand the safety/risk paradox when leading a team 
  • Explore leadership attachment styles

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
29 Jan
 
Trauma Informed Diversity Awareness (Masterclass)
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:

This professional development day goes beyond ‘standard’ LGBTIQ+ diversity training. This masterclass will build the knowledge and skills to work competently and confidently with the rising numbers of transgender and gender diverse (including non-binary) people accessing therapeutic and other services. It will explore the intersectionality of complex trauma, discrimination, and minority stress to develop understanding on how these factors impact the health of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people. 

Participants will gain a practical and inclusive framework for implementing trauma-informed principles and gender affirming practice when working with TGD populations.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Apply an understanding of the intersectionality of complex trauma, discrimination and minority stress and the impact on health to work effectively with TGD people accessing your service
  • Work effectively in promoting ‘trauma-informed’ and ‘gender affirmative’ principles to an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach when working with TGD clients
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to develop a practical inclusive framework for implementing gender affirmative change in your organisation based on best practice and current legislation 
  • Acquire confidence in the use of current language and definitions in the evolving landscape of language pertaining to TGD people 

​To attend this training, register here!


 

 
05 Feb
 
Trauma Informed Diversity Awareness (Masterclass)
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour
Address: 55 Shelley Street, Sydney
Cost:

This professional development day goes beyond ‘standard’ LGBTIQ+ diversity training. This masterclass will build the knowledge and skills to work competently and confidently with the rising numbers of transgender and gender diverse (including non-binary) people accessing therapeutic and other services. It will explore the intersectionality of complex trauma, discrimination, and minority stress to develop understanding on how these factors impact the health of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people. 

Participants will gain a practical and inclusive framework for implementing trauma-informed principles and gender affirming practice when working with TGD populations.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Apply an understanding of the intersectionality of complex trauma, discrimination and minority stress and the impact on health to work effectively with TGD people accessing your service
  • Work effectively in promoting ‘trauma-informed’ and ‘gender affirmative’ principles to an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach when working with TGD clients
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to develop a practical inclusive framework for implementing gender affirmative change in your organisation based on best practice and current legislation 
  • Acquire confidence in the use of current language and definitions in the evolving landscape of language pertaining to TGD people 

​To attend this training, register here!


 

 
12 Feb
 
Trauma Awareness: Supporting People with a Disability
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This training program applies a trauma informed lens when supporting people with a disability. 

People living with a disability often access multiple services frequently over time, may be institutionalised at different times, and may also experience and/ or witness high levels of abuse, violence and other traumas in their daily life. 

This training program fosters an understanding of ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients, collaborative relationships, client and staff safety and working from a strengths-based approach. The program explores strategies which foster safety, wellbeing, hope, choice and self-determination and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. In so doing it provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance outcomes.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma 
  • Applying knowledge of trauma informed frameworks when working with persons with a disability 
  • Understand the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history and who are living with a disability experience. 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support trauma recovery for people living with a disability

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
19 Feb
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
19 Feb
 
Trauma Awareness: Supporting People with a Disability
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour
Address: 55 Shelley Street, Sydney
Cost:
This training program applies a trauma informed lens when supporting people with a disability. 

People living with a disability often access multiple services frequently over time, may be institutionalised at different times, and may also experience and/ or witness high levels of abuse, violence and other traumas in their daily life. 

This training program fosters an understanding of ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients, collaborative relationships, client and staff safety and working from a strengths-based approach. The program explores strategies which foster safety, wellbeing, hope, choice and self-determination and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. In so doing it provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance outcomes.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma 
  • Applying knowledge of trauma informed frameworks when working with persons with a disability 
  • Understand the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history and who are living with a disability experience. 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support trauma recovery for people living with a disability

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
22 Feb
 
Using a Trauma Lens when working with Domestic and Family Violence
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This interactive training provides trauma-informed information and skills needed by professionals working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence.

As survivors of substantial trauma, people experiencing violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing, threats or acts of violence which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. The trauma/s can profoundly affect their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. It is important for all people working with victims of DFV to use a trauma-informed lens which asks: “What happened to you?” and to ground their individual and service practice in an understanding of the dynamics of traumatic stress and adaptive coping strategies.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology, adaptations and impacts of complex trauma including DFV 
  • Articulate the features and benefits of trauma-informed services for people experiencing DFV
  • Apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people experiencing DFV

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
25 Feb
 
Three Phased Approach - Processing and Integration
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Rydges Adelaide
Address: 1 South Terrace, Adelaide
Cost:
This training is designed for practitioners who work in a counselling and/or therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients, and utilise clinical assessment, case formulation and treatment/care planning in their daily practice.  
This training builds on the Three Phased Approach – Safety and Stabilisation training program which focuses on Phase 1. 

Phase 2 (Trauma Processing) covers application of strategies for safe work informed by an understanding of traumatic memory and explores Phase 3 (Integration), building your skills to better support your clients to integrate their trauma into their life story, engage actively in their daily life and strengthen their sense of self.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  • Understand traumatic memory; dual awareness, transference, countertransference, enactments and trauma adaptations to enable safe trauma processing
  • Discuss therapy titration
  • Explore working with dissociation
  • Acquire knowledge and skills for Phase 3 trauma work (Integration) including meaning making, connecting with others and the ability to experience pleasure

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
05 Mar
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
08 Mar
 
Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour
Address: 55 Shelley Street, Sydney
Cost:
This training is the foundation to all educational programs Blue Knot offers on complex trauma. This training program provides learners with a trauma-informed lens to better understand the impacts and outcomes for people who experience complex trauma. The important message being:

Trauma Informed Practice is not about the treatment of trauma or the symptoms, but rather a recognition that trauma experiences are a possibility for anyone 
(Kezelman & Stavropoulos, 2012)


This training program utilises current research to provide an understanding of trauma, the impacts of trauma on all aspects of life and subsequently the coping mechanisms formed in response to trauma.  The principles of trauma-informed practice are introduced which focus on a strengths-based approach and applicable to all , vital for every person working in health, human, education, disability and legal services, working in government, non-government, public or private sectors.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, and impacts of trauma
  • Understand the neurobiology of trauma and the use of adaptive responses 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
12 Mar
 
Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This training is the foundation to all educational programs Blue Knot offers on complex trauma. This training program provides learners with a trauma-informed lens to better understand the impacts and outcomes for people who experience complex trauma. The important message being:

Trauma Informed Practice is not about the treatment of trauma or the symptoms, but rather a recognition that trauma experiences are a possibility for anyone 
(Kezelman & Stavropoulos, 2012)


This training program utilises current research to provide an understanding of trauma, the impacts of trauma on all aspects of life and subsequently the coping mechanisms formed in response to trauma.  The principles of trauma-informed practice are introduced which focus on a strengths-based approach and applicable to all , vital for every person working in health, human, education, disability and legal services, working in government, non-government, public or private sectors.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, and impacts of trauma
  • Understand the neurobiology of trauma and the use of adaptive responses 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
12 Mar
 
Trauma Awareness in Practice
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Mantra on Northbourne
Address: 84 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
Cost:
This practical training focuses on the implementation of all five trauma-informed principles and builds on the Foundations in Trauma Awareness.
 
The importance of connection and collaboration between worker and client is key for resilience and recovery. Building safe relationships with worker and service is critical. Embedding the trauma informed principles into everyday practice creates the safety for healing to begin.

This program looks at practical skills to create a safe base to work from and to understand signs of potential trauma and apply the foundational knowledge of complex trauma to your work.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Explore dimensions of safety and its applications
  • Discuss ways of introducing trauma sensitive conversations 
  • Identify key skills needed to apply a trauma lens when working with our clients
  • Apply the five trauma informed principles to the workplace and identify key areas to build upon in practice 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
17 Mar
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour
Address: 55 Shelley Street, Sydney
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
18 Mar
 
Three Phased Approach - Processing and Integration
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour
Address: 55 Shelley Street, Sydney
Cost:
This training is designed for practitioners who work in a counselling and/or therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients, and utilise clinical assessment, case formulation and treatment/care planning in their daily practice.  
This training builds on the Three Phased Approach – Safety and Stabilisation training program which focuses on Phase 1. 

Phase 2 (Trauma Processing) covers application of strategies for safe work informed by an understanding of traumatic memory and explores Phase 3 (Integration), building your skills to better support your clients to integrate their trauma into their life story, engage actively in their daily life and strengthen their sense of self.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  • Understand traumatic memory; dual awareness, transference, countertransference, enactments and trauma adaptations to enable safe trauma processing
  • Discuss therapy titration
  • Explore working with dissociation
  • Acquire knowledge and skills for Phase 3 trauma work (Integration) including meaning making, connecting with others and the ability to experience pleasure

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
22 Mar
 
Trauma Responsive Leadership
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This training program explores the application of a trauma lens when supporting teams and individuals who work with complex trauma. Being trauma responsive means both individual and organisation recognise and respond to trauma which can enable change and strengthen resilience and protective factors. A trauma responsive leader embeds trauma informed principles into practice and creates a culture of safety for their team to work from. 

The exploration of secure base leadership allows for both safety and exploration in the relationship which builds better client outcomes for staff, as well as greater staff satisfaction and productivity, reduced stress and enhanced well-being for all. 

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Learn about leading from a secure base 
  • Reflect on the trauma informed leadership principles in practice
  • Understand the safety/risk paradox when leading a team 
  • Explore leadership attachment styles

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
26 Mar
 
Using a Trauma Lens when working with Domestic and Family Violence
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Perth
Address: 33 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Cost:
This interactive training provides trauma-informed information and skills needed by professionals working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence.

As survivors of substantial trauma, people experiencing violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing, threats or acts of violence which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. The trauma/s can profoundly affect their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. It is important for all people working with victims of DFV to use a trauma-informed lens which asks: “What happened to you?” and to ground their individual and service practice in an understanding of the dynamics of traumatic stress and adaptive coping strategies.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology, adaptations and impacts of complex trauma including DFV 
  • Articulate the features and benefits of trauma-informed services for people experiencing DFV
  • Apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people experiencing DFV

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
29 Mar
 
Trauma Awareness in Practice
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Rydges Southbank Townsville
Address: 23 Palmer Street, Townsville
Cost:
This practical training focuses on the implementation of all five trauma-informed principles and builds on the Foundations in Trauma Awareness.
 
The importance of connection and collaboration between worker and client is key for resilience and recovery. Building safe relationships with worker and service is critical. Embedding the trauma informed principles into everyday practice creates the safety for healing to begin.

This program looks at practical skills to create a safe base to work from and to understand signs of potential trauma and apply the foundational knowledge of complex trauma to your work.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Explore dimensions of safety and its applications
  • Discuss ways of introducing trauma sensitive conversations 
  • Identify key skills needed to apply a trauma lens when working with our clients
  • Apply the five trauma informed principles to the workplace and identify key areas to build upon in practice 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
29 Mar
 
Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This training is the foundation to all educational programs Blue Knot offers on complex trauma. This training program provides learners with a trauma-informed lens to better understand the impacts and outcomes for people who experience complex trauma. The important message being:

Trauma Informed Practice is not about the treatment of trauma or the symptoms, but rather a recognition that trauma experiences are a possibility for anyone 
(Kezelman & Stavropoulos, 2012)


This training program utilises current research to provide an understanding of trauma, the impacts of trauma on all aspects of life and subsequently the coping mechanisms formed in response to trauma.  The principles of trauma-informed practice are introduced which focus on a strengths-based approach and applicable to all , vital for every person working in health, human, education, disability and legal services, working in government, non-government, public or private sectors.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, and impacts of trauma
  • Understand the neurobiology of trauma and the use of adaptive responses 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
23 Apr
 
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This training program explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work.

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of various stress outcomes. It offers a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of Vicarious Trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training participants will:

  • Define Vicarious Trauma and distinguish VT from other stress experiences
  • Discuss risk and protective factors and understand vicarious resilience and compassion
  • Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
23 Apr
 
Trauma Awareness: Supporting People with a Disability
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This training program applies a trauma informed lens when supporting people with a disability. 

People living with a disability often access multiple services frequently over time, may be institutionalised at different times, and may also experience and/ or witness high levels of abuse, violence and other traumas in their daily life. 

This training program fosters an understanding of ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients, collaborative relationships, client and staff safety and working from a strengths-based approach. The program explores strategies which foster safety, wellbeing, hope, choice and self-determination and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. In so doing it provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance outcomes.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma 
  • Applying knowledge of trauma informed frameworks when working with persons with a disability 
  • Understand the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history and who are living with a disability experience. 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support trauma recovery for people living with a disability

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
23 Apr
 
Using a Trauma Lens when working with Domestic and Family Violence
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn Parramatta
Address: 18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta
Cost:
This interactive training provides trauma-informed information and skills needed by professionals working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence.

As survivors of substantial trauma, people experiencing violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing, threats or acts of violence which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. The trauma/s can profoundly affect their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. It is important for all people working with victims of DFV to use a trauma-informed lens which asks: “What happened to you?” and to ground their individual and service practice in an understanding of the dynamics of traumatic stress and adaptive coping strategies.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology, adaptations and impacts of complex trauma including DFV 
  • Articulate the features and benefits of trauma-informed services for people experiencing DFV
  • Apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people experiencing DFV

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
29 Apr
 
Three Phased Approach - Processing and Integration
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This training is designed for practitioners who work in a counselling and/or therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients, and utilise clinical assessment, case formulation and treatment/care planning in their daily practice.  
This training builds on the Three Phased Approach – Safety and Stabilisation training program which focuses on Phase 1. 

Phase 2 (Trauma Processing) covers application of strategies for safe work informed by an understanding of traumatic memory and explores Phase 3 (Integration), building your skills to better support your clients to integrate their trauma into their life story, engage actively in their daily life and strengthen their sense of self.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  • Understand traumatic memory; dual awareness, transference, countertransference, enactments and trauma adaptations to enable safe trauma processing
  • Discuss therapy titration
  • Explore working with dissociation
  • Acquire knowledge and skills for Phase 3 trauma work (Integration) including meaning making, connecting with others and the ability to experience pleasure

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
30 Apr
 
Trauma Responsive Leadership
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Rydges Adelaide
Address: 1 South Terrace, Adelaide
Cost:
This training program explores the application of a trauma lens when supporting teams and individuals who work with complex trauma. Being trauma responsive means both individual and organisation recognise and respond to trauma which can enable change and strengthen resilience and protective factors. A trauma responsive leader embeds trauma informed principles into practice and creates a culture of safety for their team to work from. 

The exploration of secure base leadership allows for both safety and exploration in the relationship which builds better client outcomes for staff, as well as greater staff satisfaction and productivity, reduced stress and enhanced well-being for all. 

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Learn about leading from a secure base 
  • Reflect on the trauma informed leadership principles in practice
  • Understand the safety/risk paradox when leading a team 
  • Explore leadership attachment styles

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
30 Apr
 
Trauma Awareness in Practice
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn Parramatta
Address: 18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta
Cost:
This practical training focuses on the implementation of all five trauma-informed principles and builds on the Foundations in Trauma Awareness.
 
The importance of connection and collaboration between worker and client is key for resilience and recovery. Building safe relationships with worker and service is critical. Embedding the trauma informed principles into everyday practice creates the safety for healing to begin.

This program looks at practical skills to create a safe base to work from and to understand signs of potential trauma and apply the foundational knowledge of complex trauma to your work.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Explore dimensions of safety and its applications
  • Discuss ways of introducing trauma sensitive conversations 
  • Identify key skills needed to apply a trauma lens when working with our clients
  • Apply the five trauma informed principles to the workplace and identify key areas to build upon in practice 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
03 May
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
Address: 29 Cameron Street, Launceston
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
05 May
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
06 May
 
Three Phased Approach - Processing and Integration
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This training is designed for practitioners who work in a counselling and/or therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients, and utilise clinical assessment, case formulation and treatment/care planning in their daily practice.  
This training builds on the Three Phased Approach – Safety and Stabilisation training program which focuses on Phase 1. 

Phase 2 (Trauma Processing) covers application of strategies for safe work informed by an understanding of traumatic memory and explores Phase 3 (Integration), building your skills to better support your clients to integrate their trauma into their life story, engage actively in their daily life and strengthen their sense of self.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  • Understand traumatic memory; dual awareness, transference, countertransference, enactments and trauma adaptations to enable safe trauma processing
  • Discuss therapy titration
  • Explore working with dissociation
  • Acquire knowledge and skills for Phase 3 trauma work (Integration) including meaning making, connecting with others and the ability to experience pleasure

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
07 May
 
Trauma Awareness in Practice
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Perth
Address: 33 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Cost:
This practical training focuses on the implementation of all five trauma-informed principles and builds on the Foundations in Trauma Awareness.
 
The importance of connection and collaboration between worker and client is key for resilience and recovery. Building safe relationships with worker and service is critical. Embedding the trauma informed principles into everyday practice creates the safety for healing to begin.

This program looks at practical skills to create a safe base to work from and to understand signs of potential trauma and apply the foundational knowledge of complex trauma to your work.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Explore dimensions of safety and its applications
  • Discuss ways of introducing trauma sensitive conversations 
  • Identify key skills needed to apply a trauma lens when working with our clients
  • Apply the five trauma informed principles to the workplace and identify key areas to build upon in practice 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
07 May
 
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Mantra on Northbourne
Address: 84 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
Cost:
This training program explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work.

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of various stress outcomes. It offers a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of Vicarious Trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training participants will:

  • Define Vicarious Trauma and distinguish VT from other stress experiences
  • Discuss risk and protective factors and understand vicarious resilience and compassion
  • Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
17 May
 
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This training program explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work.

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of various stress outcomes. It offers a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of Vicarious Trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training participants will:

  • Define Vicarious Trauma and distinguish VT from other stress experiences
  • Discuss risk and protective factors and understand vicarious resilience and compassion
  • Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
24 May
 
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Quest Nowra
Address: 130 Kinghorne St
Cost:
This training program explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work.

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of various stress outcomes. It offers a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of Vicarious Trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training participants will:

  • Define Vicarious Trauma and distinguish VT from other stress experiences
  • Discuss risk and protective factors and understand vicarious resilience and compassion
  • Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
28 May
 
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Mantra Legends Hotel
Address: 25 Laycock St, Surfers Paradise
Cost:
This training program explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work.

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of various stress outcomes. It offers a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of Vicarious Trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training participants will:

  • Define Vicarious Trauma and distinguish VT from other stress experiences
  • Discuss risk and protective factors and understand vicarious resilience and compassion
  • Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
04 Jun
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Apollo International Hotel
Address: 290 Pacific Highway, Charlestown
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
04 Jun
 
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Hadley's Orient Hotel
Address: 34 Murray Street, Hobart
Cost:
This training program explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work.

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of various stress outcomes. It offers a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of Vicarious Trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training participants will:

  • Define Vicarious Trauma and distinguish VT from other stress experiences
  • Discuss risk and protective factors and understand vicarious resilience and compassion
  • Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
07 Jun
 
Using a Trauma Lens when working with Domestic and Family Violence
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This interactive training provides trauma-informed information and skills needed by professionals working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence.

As survivors of substantial trauma, people experiencing violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing, threats or acts of violence which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. The trauma/s can profoundly affect their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. It is important for all people working with victims of DFV to use a trauma-informed lens which asks: “What happened to you?” and to ground their individual and service practice in an understanding of the dynamics of traumatic stress and adaptive coping strategies.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology, adaptations and impacts of complex trauma including DFV 
  • Articulate the features and benefits of trauma-informed services for people experiencing DFV
  • Apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people experiencing DFV

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
11 Jun
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Wollongong
Address: 19 Market Street, Wollongong
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
11 Jun
 
Trauma Awareness in Practice
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: IBIS Styles
Address: 40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost:
This practical training focuses on the implementation of all five trauma-informed principles and builds on the Foundations in Trauma Awareness.
 
The importance of connection and collaboration between worker and client is key for resilience and recovery. Building safe relationships with worker and service is critical. Embedding the trauma informed principles into everyday practice creates the safety for healing to begin.

This program looks at practical skills to create a safe base to work from and to understand signs of potential trauma and apply the foundational knowledge of complex trauma to your work.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Explore dimensions of safety and its applications
  • Discuss ways of introducing trauma sensitive conversations 
  • Identify key skills needed to apply a trauma lens when working with our clients
  • Apply the five trauma informed principles to the workplace and identify key areas to build upon in practice 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
21 Jun
 
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Travelodge Darwin
Address: 64 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost:
This interactive training presents best principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on Phase 1 Safety and Stabilisation. 

It provides essential knowledge and tools to enhance practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who experience challenges around adaptive coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
  • Understand the concept of the phased treatment for complex trauma
  • Understand the neurobiological impacts of complex trauma and attachment type and patterns
  • Examine the dimensions of safety and stabilisation when working with complex trauma
  • Develop safety and stabilisation strategies to implement in practice

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
21 Jun
 
Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside
Address: 209-217 The Esplanade, Cairns
Cost:
This training is the foundation to all educational programs Blue Knot offers on complex trauma. This training program provides learners with a trauma-informed lens to better understand the impacts and outcomes for people who experience complex trauma. The important message being:

Trauma Informed Practice is not about the treatment of trauma or the symptoms, but rather a recognition that trauma experiences are a possibility for anyone 
(Kezelman & Stavropoulos, 2012)


This training program utilises current research to provide an understanding of trauma, the impacts of trauma on all aspects of life and subsequently the coping mechanisms formed in response to trauma.  The principles of trauma-informed practice are introduced which focus on a strengths-based approach and applicable to all , vital for every person working in health, human, education, disability and legal services, working in government, non-government, public or private sectors.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, and impacts of trauma
  • Understand the neurobiology of trauma and the use of adaptive responses 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
22 Jun
 
Three Phased Approach - Processing and Integration
Start: 09:00 AMFinish: 04:30 PM
Location: Travelodge Darwin
Address: 64 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost:
This training is designed for practitioners who work in a counselling and/or therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients, and utilise clinical assessment, case formulation and treatment/care planning in their daily practice.  
This training builds on the Three Phased Approach – Safety and Stabilisation training program which focuses on Phase 1. 

Phase 2 (Trauma Processing) covers application of strategies for safe work informed by an understanding of traumatic memory and explores Phase 3 (Integration), building your skills to better support your clients to integrate their trauma into their life story, engage actively in their daily life and strengthen their sense of self.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  • Understand traumatic memory; dual awareness, transference, countertransference, enactments and trauma adaptations to enable safe trauma processing
  • Discuss therapy titration
  • Explore working with dissociation
  • Acquire knowledge and skills for Phase 3 trauma work (Integration) including meaning making, connecting with others and the ability to experience pleasure

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
25 Jun
 
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn Parramatta
Address: 18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta
Cost:
This training program explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work.

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of various stress outcomes. It offers a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of Vicarious Trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training participants will:

  • Define Vicarious Trauma and distinguish VT from other stress experiences
  • Discuss risk and protective factors and understand vicarious resilience and compassion
  • Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma 

To attend this training, register here!


 

 
28 Jun
 
Trauma Awareness in Practice
Start: 09:30 AMFinish: 04:00 PM
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Address: 189 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost:
This practical training focuses on the implementation of all five trauma-informed principles and builds on the Foundations in Trauma Awareness.
 
The importance of connection and collaboration between worker and client is key for resilience and recovery. Building safe relationships with worker and service is critical. Embedding the trauma informed principles into everyday practice creates the safety for healing to begin.

This program looks at practical skills to create a safe base to work from and to understand signs of potential trauma and apply the foundational knowledge of complex trauma to your work.

By participating in this training program, participants will:
  • Explore dimensions of safety and its applications
  • Discuss ways of introducing trauma sensitive conversations 
  • Identify key skills needed to apply a trauma lens when working with our clients
  • Apply the five trauma informed principles to the workplace and identify key areas to build upon in practice 

To attend this training, register here!


 

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