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“I appreciated the criticality of the training and the acknowledgement of systemic/social underpinnings/causes of trauma as well as the acknowledgement of cultural diversity/collective trauma and considerations for working with diverse settings.”

Anonymous, Lismore

“Self care strategies shared provide realistic ways to care for myself and to help others care for themself. I hope you consider this training with other Aboriginal communities. Amazing”

Anonymous, Narooma

“Very helpful workshop - prompted reflection on self, practice and work issues. Thanks for providing different tools and ideas to use with clients/ colleagues/ family and self. ”


“The self-care discussion helps remind you to check in with yourself. A reminder that for us to help others, we must care for ourselves too." ”

NANETTE, Women's Cottage

“I would not change anything about the training! This training is as important, if not more so, than cultural awareness training due to the significant impacts on clients and staff”


Building Personal Capacity - Understanding Trauma & Responding to Vicarious Trauma: 
Professional Development for Service Providers Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander ATSI training

This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma (VT) and contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue. It supports you to keep healthy and safe in your work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in which complex, intergenerational and collective trauma are prevalent. 

This training presents information about trauma, traumatic stress, coping strategies and impacts. Just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a ‘normal’ reaction to an abnormal traumatic event/s, vicarious trauma can be seen as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic stories and material. This training supports trauma-informed culturally sensitive practice while recognising the significant risk of vicarious trauma in doing this work.

This training will equip you with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma, and understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks using a cultural lens. You will also explore the community, organisational, interpersonal and personal protective factors you can employ to minimise the risks and embrace possibilities for individual and collective post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience. 

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of complex, collective and intergenerational trauma, its dynamics and impacts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the potential for healing 
  • Define Vicarious Trauma (VT), its features and factors in its development in relation to cultural beliefs and context and distinguish VT from Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diverse impacts, barriers to identification, risk and protective factors  of VT in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
  • Analyse the role of organisations, quality supervision, self-care and community in VT risk and protection
  • Evaluate the concepts of post traumatic growth and vicarious resilience from individual and collective perspectives

Blue Knot Foundation collaborates with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers to deliver and augment this training with information and strategies for providing culturally informed, safe, respectful and attuned services. We also acknowledge and thank the cultural mentors who have informed the development of this training and who continue to provide guidance.

Who should attend?

Workers from diverse services and sectors including but not limited to health, community, child protection, family and domestic violence, legal, justice, mental health, AOD, disability, housing, emergency and/or employment services who are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

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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.”


Contact Us

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

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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The information and resources on this site are provided for general education and as information and/or a guide only. They do not replace, and should not be used as a substitute for, counselling, therapy or other services, and should at no time be regarded or treated as professional advice of any kind. Personal needs and circumstances should always be carefully and thoroughly considered to determine the optimal approach in each individual case.