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SUE FICK Relationships Australia

“Fantastic workshop, trainer excellent and made a 'heavy' topic very interesting. Able to ask questions comfortably. Feel more confident to deal with this cohort of clients now.”


“It was a great experience for me as I am in practice alone. The information on the day was succinct and so helpful, with the best part were the tools the facilitator discussed, which have been very useful.”


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ANONYMOUS Townsville

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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.

Principles in Practice – Supporting Adult Survivors of Complex Trauma

Principles in Practice imageThis one day interactive professional development training shares insights and learnings from current research and clinical best practice, and provides participants with new skills to utilise in their work with adult survivors of complex trauma.

Complex trauma, by its very nature, is characterised by a range of ‘complexities’ and people affected are not a homogenous group. Many and varied factors influence the diverse impacts of complex trauma and the range of ways in which people cope and adapt.

By attending this training you’ll be better equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to understand the dimensions, dynamics and stakes of complex trauma and to minimise the risk of re-traumatisation.  In turn, your clients are more likely to be engaged in a therapeutic relationship in which trust, safety, empowerment and hope enhance possibilities for recovery in your work together.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of prevalence, definitions, context, types of trauma and attachment dynamics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different impacts of trauma across realms of functioning, ‘adaptive’ coping strategies and implications for models of treatment, practice and systems of care
  • Demonstrate skills  of the principles of trauma informed care, recovery and the phases of treatment for complex trauma
  • Develop a plan, underpinned by the 5 principles of trauma informed care, for improved practice at the individual and organisational level  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ‘window of tolerance’ in terms of hyper-arousal and under-arousal and its relationship to re-traumatisation prevention
  • Demonstrate  understanding  of the implications for treatment in the potential for the  health professional to be seen as an ‘attachment figure’ 
  • Demonstrate skills of basic resource building to promote recovery and  minimise affect dysregulation and dissociation  

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?

Psychologists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, social workers, general practitioners, psychiatrists working in therapeutic contexts with adults survivors of complex trauma