Workshop Details

Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm
(Registration from 8:45am)
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Early Bird* Regular - $241
Regular - $265

Early Bird* Group (3+) - $221
Regular Group (3+) - $253

Early Bird Professional** - $219
Professional Member** - $241

Early Bird* Student - $196
Student - $215

*The early bird price applies to all bookings for workshops made 8 weeks or more ahead of the training date.
**You must be logged in as a Blue Knot Foundation professional member to be eligible for this price. Click here to become a professional member.


“The course has provided me with even more confidence to help clients at work. Very worthwhile seminars – well run – great information.”

ANONYMOUS Family Violence Prevention Legal Service

“The service provided was of high standard and met the expectations of the organisation. I would use this service again for any training needs.”

VICKI ROLLO NSW Domestic Violence Line

“Excellent facilitation. Very clear presentation with appropriate use of electronic presentation, balance with active exercises e.g. role plays. Thank you.”

KRISTEN BURIEL Violence, Abuse and Neglect Service

“The support, advice, service and training received from ASCA staff and consultants was top notch and I would recommend that people ... should complete trauma informed training delivered by ASCA.”

ANONYMOUS Family Violence Prevention Service

“Participating in the workshop gave me confidence and training skills on how to deal with client issues.”

ANONYMOUS Bankstown Women’s Health Centre

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-Informed Care and Practice – Domestic and Family Violence

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This one day interactive training provides the information and skills needed by personnel working with Australians who have experienced domestic and family violence to better assist the large numbers of clients impacted by these traumas.

Victims generally live in fear of and/or experiences ongoing threats and/or acts of violence. Different forms of violence and/or abuse often co-occur but because they often stay hidden many incidents and violent relationships are often not appropriately acknowledged or addressed.

Victims of domestic and family violence, of all ages, are survivors of trauma and the trauma profoundly affects their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. An understanding of the effects of trauma, trauma reactions and trauma-informed practice responses is essential for all people working with domestic violence victims. 

This training will delineate the prevalence, dynamics, impacts of, coping strategies and behavioural expression related to traumatic stress and workshop the principles of trauma-informed practice using diverse case scenarios.

It also provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance client outcomes and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. 

At the session’s completion participants will be better able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its different types, and responses to it,  and why domestic violence is considered complex trauma 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the prevalence of domestic and family violence in Australia and why trauma informed practice is essential
  • Demonstrate knowledge of some of the impacts of trauma on the mind and body including links to emotional and physical health problems
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the many emotional and behavioural difficulties as ‘adaptive’ responses to trauma and the neurobiological underpinnings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parallel processes of abusive behaviours and non-trauma informed practice and ways in which to minimise the risk of re-traumatisation 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the 5 principle framework for utilising trauma-informed practice for individual and organisational practice and have the opportunity to do an organisational/personal practice audit
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ‘window of tolerance’ for clients as a basis for working with affect dysregulation
  • Experience the opportunity for experiential learning using role plays in trauma informed responding to hyper-aroused and observing own arousal responses
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

Who should attend?

All personnel working with victims of domestic and family violence in any capacity, either in specialist domestic violence services or within generalist services to which people with experiences of interpersonal violence present for support.

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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
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

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Phone: 1300 657 380
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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