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 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

Testimonials

“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.”

KATHLEEN MILLER Alice Springs

“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

“An exceptionally good workshop where the trainer clearly imparted their deep and thorough understanding." ”

Gwen Lavis Counsellor

“Self care strategies shared provide realistic ways to care for myself and to help others care for themself. ”

Anonymous, Narooma

“I found this training extremely enlightening and eye opening. Highly recommended! ”

Anonymous Lifeline

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.

Managing Vicarious Trauma

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This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout, post-traumatic stress disorder and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas.

The training distinguishes the differences between, and appropriate responses to, direct trauma exposure and secondary forms of trauma exposure. 

It is appropriate for all workers who work with trauma clients and/or are exposed to traumatic material such as other people’s trauma stories, reports with trauma content, reading material, legal reports, compensation claims, visual trauma material and media content.  

It focusses on your emotional, psychological and other needs, and provides practical strategies on how to manage the impacts of doing your work, and how to build resilience so that you can continue to provide quality care to others.  

This training, informed by current research, will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to better recognise the early signs of VT and intervene accordingly. It equips you with a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to address the risks of VT and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience. 

You will also be supported to develop your own wellness assessment and plan to enhance your wellbeing.

By participating in this professional development training, learners 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 VT from other stress experiences 
  3. Analyse the role of organisations, trauma-informed supervision and self-care in managing vicarious trauma risk 
  4. Conduct a wellness assessment and take home tools to create a personal wellness plan
Material presented in the training will be comprehensive, and will draw on the research based on the 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?

Anyone in the workplace exposed to trauma stories or other trauma material. This includes participants from diverse sectors including, but not limited to, health, mental health, Alcohol and Other Drugs services, legal, justice, domestic and family violence, child protection, emergency, disability, housing, settlement, and employment services.