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 need support for the Disability Royal Commission?
Contact our National Counselling & Referral Service on

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays


Contact Us

Enquire today regarding having Blue Knot Foundation training. Please complete the online enquiry form, or alternatively, contact us on 02 8920 3611 or trainingandservices@blueknot.org.au

Testimonials

“This was an excellent session - highly relevant to care for our clients and self care in our legal practice.”

ANONYMOUS Community Legal Centre

"Excellent presenter who was able to personalise and connect the topic. Kept a well focused group and discussion. Presenter was able to help you feel empowered and worthwhile - validated our work."

ANONYMOUS Family Violence Prevention Legal Centre

"Enjoyed the style of training. Lecture, questions, interaction. Very good. Thank you."

ANNE MILLER Legal Aid

"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 Richmond

“Essential training for operational police!”

LORRAINE YATES NSW Police

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.

Managing Vicarious Trauma for the Legal and Justice Sectors 

Vicarious Trauma and Law

This one-day interactive professional development training for legal and justice personnel acknowledges the significant risk of vicarious trauma (VT) and burnout in daily practice and distinguishes between them. In so doing it supports you, professionally and personally, to stay safe, healthy and resilient. Vicarious trauma is a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic material and/or stories, and the practice of law often intersects with clients who have experiences of trauma.   

This training, informed by current research, provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of VT and intervene accordingly.  Through understanding its dimensions, dynamics and risks, you will be able to engage in protective strategies, individually, professionally and organisationally. 

You will also be supported to develop your own wellness plan to enhance your professional resilience. 

Material presented in the training is comprehensive, and additionally draws on the research based on Blue Knot Foundation's Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its impacts, stress response, survivor coping strategies and possibilities for recovery
  2. Define Vicarious Trauma, its development, risk and protective factors, resilience, barriers to identifying it, and distinguish vicarious trauma from other stress experiences 
  3. Identify the relevance of vicarious trauma to legal practice, the areas of law to which it applies, and risk and protective factors for individual/organisational legal practice
  4. Using best practice approaches and the principles of trauma-informed care, delineate the steps to minimise the risks of vicarious trauma for staff, practitioners and practices, maintain professional resilience; conduct a personal wellness assessment and take home tools to develop a wellness plan

Who should attend?

Lawyers, magistrates, judges, paralegals, court staff, staff in correctional facilities, tribunals and dispute resolution, police, administration and all other personnel working in the legal and justice sectors.