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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”


Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma: 
Professional Development for Service Providers Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander ATSI trainingThis one day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma, burn out and compassion fatigue, and supports you to keep healthy and safe in your work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by trauma. 

Vicarious trauma can be seen as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic stories and material and is an occupational hazard for those working across diverse sectors with traumatised clients. The prevalence of individual, collective and intergenerational trauma amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is high. This training supports trauma informed and culturally attuned practice while recognising the significant risk of vicarious trauma in this work.

By attending this training you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma, understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks, engage a range of protective factors to minimise the risks and, most importantly, embrace possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience. 

Blue Knot Foundation would like to thank the cultural mentors who have informed the development of this training and who continue to provide guidance.

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

  • Define and differentiate between the various forms of trauma 
  • Define vicarious trauma and demonstrate knowledge of its protective factors and risks 
  • Recognise the importance of one’s own subjective experience including transference and countertransference
  • Demonstrate skills to reflect on post traumatic growth and vicarious resilience
  • Identify the physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioural & attitudinal impacts of vicarious trauma
  • Recognise the importance of quality supervision and self-care
  • Take home tools to create a personal wellness plan

Who should attend?

Anybody working with and/or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have experienced past or current trauma including: health professionals, case workers, family support workers, domestic violence workers, disability workers, mental health workers, peer support workers, AOD workers, police, emergency workers, supported accommodation workers.

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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

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

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