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“The training course was incredibly informative and provided us with a different perspective on collaborating with our clients. Presenter was also thoroughly engaging.”

SHINARA ARMITAGE Disability Support Worker

“The training has given support workers the understanding that even people with intellectual disabilities that cannot communicate well have most likely had some kind of trauma in their lives. It was also recognised that exploring the past trauma in clients lives can help to recognise behaviour issues that client display. Staff now have a better understanding of why behaviour issues can occur. Our team would love to do more training in the future on how to support people with past trauma.”

KELLIE GREEN On Track Community Programs

“I really enjoyed this course and learnt about trauma-informed care and practice in the disability sector.”

RAJ Disability Support Worker

“This is very useful training for all therapists who come in contact with people who have experienced trauma. It will be so beneficial to the work I do now with all clients being able to observe and recognize somatic reactions and ensure my work does not re-traumatise those I work with.”

ELLIE Ageing, Disability and Home Care

CPD Information

Professionals may claim CPD hours / credits / points for their participation in Blue Knot Foundation training workshops as a self-directed learning activity.

Blue Knot Foundation helps you meet your reporting obligations by having clearly articulated learning outcomes attached to each workshop and issuing Certificates of Attendance to participants upon completion of the workshop. For more information please refer to your professional association or the AHPRA website.

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice: Working with People with a Disability

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This one- day interactive professional development training provides personnel working with people with a disability with the information and skills needed to better support clients with experiences of diverse traumas, past and present.

People living with a disability often access multiple services frequently over time, and many are institutionalised, at different times and/or experience/witness high levels of abuse, violence and other traumas.  The adoption of a trauma informed approach enables an effective and appropriate response to the ensuing compounding and collective repercussions on feelings of safety, accompanying distress, and ‘behaviours of concern.

This training promote fosters an understanding of ‘challenging’ emotions and levels of arousal, and their behavioural expression.  It prioritises ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients, collaborative relationships, client and staff safety and of working from a strengths-based approach. It workshops trauma-informed principles using diverse case scenarios from the disability sector to explore 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, attendees will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of the trauma amongst people living with a disability to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed disability services
  • Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history (and who are living with a disability) experience in regulating their emotions and levels of arousal, including their behavioural expressions
  • 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
  • Perform an individual/organisational practice audit
  • Acquire trauma-informed strategies to help support optimal arousal, emotional regulation and safety in your work with people with a disability who have experiences of trauma


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?

All personnel working within disability specialist service or within generalist services to which people with disability present for support.

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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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Phone: 02 8920 3611
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

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Phone: 1300 657 380
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