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 AEST
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 AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays


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“There's always something to learn in this field. I hope this ensures we deal more appropriately with the survivors who enter our process. ”

MARIE BOND Professional Standards Office

“Great training, having worked in child abuse and investigation for over 10 years - I've never been delivered training so relevant.”

ANTOINETTE AGUILINA Disclosure Report Writer

“The facilitator was so humble with his training and approach to us. Our answers and comments were so beautifully validated. There was no right or wrong ”

Anonymous, Perth

“I am not a counselor but it was extremely helpful in helping to design a community-based healing strategy for the Catholic Church .”

DES CAHILL, Melbourne

“Thank you! The most engaging and informative training day I have attended. Looking forward to introducing the things I have learnt into both my personal and professional life. I will leave today with a different way of thinking to what I walked in with”

CARLI, McCarthur

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.

Understanding the Steps of Direct Personal Response (Redress)

This training provides the information and skills needed to engage in effective redress processes. It provides participants with the insight, tools and skills to carefully plan and comprehensively provide a direct personal response which delivers optimal support and best meets survivor expectations. 

People who were abused and betrayed within institutions often struggle to feel, and be, safe. They can experience strong emotions, and have challenges regulating their emotions and levels of arousal, especially when re-engaging with institutions. Effective redress requires all personnel to be trauma-informed to minimise the risks of de-stabilisation and re-traumatisation, and to support healing. All institutions offering a direct personal response must understand the redress process, dynamics of institutional abuse and challenges of providing redress to people harmed in institutions.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components and key principles of Redress in relation to the impacts of the complex trauma of institutional child sexual abuse
  • Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to develop trauma-informed strategies which enlist verbal and non-verbal communication skills for supporting emotional regulation, optimal arousal and safety, and minimising re-traumatisation
  • Define and articulate the importance of individual/institutional defence mechanisms and evaluate the parallel processes of institutional abuse 
  • Delineate the importance of trauma-informed practice and apply a trauma-informed framework to plan the key tasks of Redress including attuned apology/redress meetings
  • Recognise and address content and process dynamics as well survivor expectations for apology/redress meetings

Material presented in the training will draw on the 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.

Who should attend?

All institutional personnel who will be involved, directly or indirectly, in the redress process, including in the provision of a direct personal response.