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

Contact Us

Enquire today regarding having in-house training. Please complete the online enquiry form, or alternatively, contact our In-house Training Manager on (02) 8920 3611 or trainingandservices@blueknot.org.au


“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.

Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 2) – Three-Phased Approach

Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 2)


This two-day training is intended to be part of a training series, the first part of which is the one-day Level 1 training. Unless you are an experienced clinician working in this three phased approach with complex trauma clients over the longer term, it is recommended that you attend the Level 1 training prior to Level 2. 

This Level 2 training is designed for practitioners who work in a counselling and/or therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients, and utilise clinical assessment, case formulation and treatment/care planning in their daily practice.  

This two-day interactive professional development training presents the three-phased approach for working ‘bottom up and top down’ with clients who have complex trauma histories. Informed by current research, it assumes foundational knowledge around complex trauma, trauma-informed practice, attachment theory and affective neuroscience, and builds on it. 

Day 1 presents and applies strategies for Phase 1 (Safety and Stabilisation) work and introduces Phase 2 (Trauma Processing). It focuses on whole of body (i.e. somatic, emotional and cognitive) approaches to assessment, resource building and trauma processing. 

Day 2 covers application of strategies for safe Phase 2 work informed by an understanding of traumatic memory and explores Phase 3 (Integration), building your skills to better support your clients to integrate their trauma into their life story, engage actively in their daily life and strengthen their sense of self.

The training promotes the critical importance of Phase 1 work - attending to safety and self-regulation at all times - and the centrality of a healthy therapeutic alliance.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  1. Apply key skills and techniques for Phase 1 (Safety and Stabilisation) work in the context of attachment dynamics, relationship, and building resources and recognising the critical importance of Phase 1 work for all clients 
  2. Acquire knowledge and skills for safe Phase 2 (Trauma Processing) work including understanding traumatic memory; working with the window of tolerance, dual awareness, transference, countertransference, enactments and trauma adaptations to enable safe trauma processing; therapy titration; and working with dissociation
  3. Acquire knowledge and skills for Phase 3 trauma work (Integration) including meaning making, connecting with others and the ability to experience pleasure

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