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“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.”


“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.”


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.

A Three-Phased Approach - Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients

Three-phased imageThis two-day interactive professional development training presents the 3-phased approach for working therapeutically with complex trauma clients. 

Day 1 focuses on phase 1 safety and stabilisation emphasising the need for ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches to treatment, assessment and resource acquisition. Day 2 presents phase 2: processing the trauma focusing on an overview of memory, including traumatic memory and perception, and workshopping working within the ‘window of tolerance’ - tracking pacing & titrating. It also explores transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult’ behaviours. 

Also on Day 2, phase 3: integration focuses on the neurobiology of integration, the development of mentalisation, dealing with cognitive distortions and the arena of freedom and liberation. The training promotes safety and the significance of phase 1 throughout all phases and the centrality of the therapeutic attachment alliance. 

The training is interactive and involves role plays, vignettes and case studies. Participants will acquire insights, tools and strategies that support safe therapeutic work, based on best practice principles, with clients who have complex trauma histories.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Delineate the three (3) phases of trauma treatment establishing the critical importance of phase 1, ‘setting the scene’ and conducting phase 1 assessment
  • Foster resource development across all 7 domains of self-care
  • Acquire knowledge and skills around components of phase 2 trauma work
  • Apply an understanding of traumatic memory and working within the window of tolerance to practice
  • Workshop skills for working with transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult behaviours’ 
  • Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the components of integration (phase 3); mentalising, cognitive distortions/meaning making & the ability to experience pleasure

This workshop assumes good basic prior knowledge including an understanding of trauma-informed principles, the dynamics and the neuroscience of childhood 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?

Health professionals who are engaged in ongoing support roles or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma including but not limited to primary care and allied health providers of mental health services, GP’s, clinical nurse consultants, mental health nurse practitioners, mental health case workers, medium term residential service support worker, inpatient nursing and allied health staff (e.g. occupational therapists, social workers) and private practitioners, primary health care providers