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Integrating trauma-informed practice when working with clients affected by AOD

Alcohol Other Drugs

This one-day interactive training provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma and to understand the complex interaction between alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and presentations of complex trauma.

This training initially introduces the universal trauma-informed framework, which underpins all practice. It then focuses on the physiological impact of psychoactive substances, which clients may use to manage their symptoms of complex trauma. The training also looks at the adaptive qualities of AOD use in a trauma-informed framework.

Participants will acquire insights and tools to support clients who present with challenges related to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. The training promotes a strengths-based approach that minimises re-traumatisation, fosters a therapeutic relationship and enhances possibilities for recovery from both AOD use and complex trauma.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence, dynamics and impacts of individual, complex and collective trauma
  • Develop an understanding of the complex interaction between complex trauma and AOD use as an adaptation to manage their arousal and nervous system dysregulation
  • Apply an understanding of the stress response,attachment and child development to strategies for supporting the capacity to regulate emotions and arousal
  • Increase awareness about the interconnectedness of complex trauma and problematic AOD use and the clinical implications resulting from this link 
  • Develop a best practice framework when working with people affected by complex trauma and AOD use

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 and other relevant research.

Who should attend?

Support professionals and other relevant personnel working with adults affected by AOD. Caseworkers, counselling and intake assessment clinicians, support workers, telephone and online counsellors working in diverse settings including but not limited to hospital and community health services, therapeutic communities, specialist alcohol and other drug services, forensic system, Aboriginal health services, dual diagnosis services, homelessness and outreach services. 


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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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