Supporting Practice with Complex Trauma Clients
This one-day interactive training provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma.
This training initially introduces the universal trauma-informed framework which underpins all practice. It then focuses on the core and common features of clinical best practice for working with complex trauma clients by drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, affective neuroscience, `interpersonal neurobiology’ and the neurobiology of attachment. It differentiates complex trauma from single incident trauma (PTSD) in severity, complexity of impacts and clinical approaches. The training also explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients, including safety as the first and fundamental phase.
Participants will acquire the foundational knowledge, insights and tools to support their practice with clients who present with challenges related to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. The training promotes a strengths-based approach which minimises re-traumatisation, and fosters a therapeutic relationship which enhances possibilities for recovery.
By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
- Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence, dynamics and impacts of individual, complex and collective trauma to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed practice
- Apply an understanding of the stress response, attachment and child development to strategies for supporting the capacity to regulate emotions and arousal
- Articulate the core principles of complex trauma therapy, including a phased strengths-based approach and the importance of relationship in recovery
- Create basic resources for supporting challenging emotions and behaviours, including dissociation
Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines and other relevant research.