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

DES CAHILL In Good Faith

“I felt cared for, relaxed and supported. Brilliant day!”

FIONA STEINER Satanaya Yoga Academy

“Many of our course participants commented that it was the best training they had ever done by the best trainer they had ever experienced. I would recommend the Trauma Informed Practice Workshop to anyone who wants to support others.”

Urvashi Mangrove Yoga Ashram

“We have had so many positive comments from participants, who enjoyed both the training content and the delivery of the training.”

LOUISE HISCOX Professional Standards Office Catholic Church

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 Awareness in Institutional Settings

This training, informed by current research, delineates the prevalence, dynamics and impacts of institutional child sexual abuse, and promotes understanding pf survivor coping strategies and their intersection with institutional dynamics. It also workshops the principles of trauma-informed practice using diverse case scenarios and provides institutional personnel with the insight and tools needed to facilitate positive engagement and minimize the risks of re-traumatisation. 

People with histories of past and present trauma are especially vulnerable to de-stabilization and re-traumatisation when interactions or processes replicate elements of their abuse and/or are not trauma informed.

Therefore, it is essential to the wellbeing of people engaging with institutional services that the services, policies, practices, programs and all personnel are trauma informed. 

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  • Utilise knowledge of the prevalence and impacts of the complex trauma of institutional child sexual abuse to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed institutions
  • Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to better understand the challenges clients affected by institutional abuse experience in regulating their emotions and arousal 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and importance of trauma-informed practice in institutions in the context of institutional dynamics
  • Apply the five trauma-informed principles to individual and organisational practices 

Who should attend?

All personnel working within any institution in any capacity.