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“Extremely well presented. Covered salient points in trauma work. Very credible presenter, obviously knows the subject matter well, is clear, informative, and was careful to ensure participant's expectations were met.”

E. HUTCHING Relationships Australia

“It was wonderful training given that all my questions and issues were addressed. It felt like 2 days of supervision.”

SYLVIA ACEVEDO Clinical and Private Practitioner

“I found the training very informative and a window to many therapies and skills to focus on in the future. The presenter was excellent and certainly demonstrated a well informed knowledge of various modalities and therapies.”


“The presenter did an excellent job! The information was interesting, profound and very relevant. The information was very clear, stimulating and I will find it very helpful when working with clients.”

WENDY METRA Counsellor/Psychotherapist

“Absolutely fantastic workshops! It was great to discuss, hear and walk away with real practical strategies and techniques to assist my clients in becoming more body aware. Excellent resources given.”


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.

Working Therapeutically with People who have Complex Trauma Histories:
Two Day Professional Development Training for Health Professionals

Working therapeutically imageThis two day interactive professional development training provides the knowledge and practice framework to enable practitioners to establish safe, supportive, therapeutic relationships with people affected by abuse, neglect and/or attachment trauma. Over the two days the research evidence and practice approaches most likely to contribute to your clients long term recovery will be explored, as well as opportunities provided to workshop these practice approaches using real life scenarios. 

Complex trauma is characterised by an array of adaptive responses to chronic and significant traumas of omission and commission. The collective evidence from neuroscientific advances, the voices of victims/survivors,  experienced clinicians and many service providers attest to the importance of a ‘lived experience’ understanding of the difficulties/symptoms/problems and adaptive coping strategies of people with complex trauma histories.

Conceptualising many presenting difficulties as adaptive responses or ‘normal responses to abnormal situations’ increases the empathy, understanding and insight needed to effectively work therapeutically with people.

This training builds understanding, knowledge and skills around the impacts of trauma on mind, body and emotions as well as to adaptive responses. It also integrates advances in neuroscience, lived experience and clinical wisdom to help build the capabilities of those attending to work compassionately and effectively with this client group. At the session’s completion participants will be better able to:

  • Define complex trauma: its prevalence, impacts and dynamics including protective and risk  factors and attachment traumas
  • Demonstrate knowledge of insights into the neuroscience of trauma and attachment
  • Work with dissociation and  an understanding of trauma and memory including  explicit, implicit and somatic memory
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the three phased trauma treatment framework
  • Demonstrate knowledge of phase 1 work which utilises an enhanced understanding of assessment essentials, centrality of safety and awareness of body
  • Demonstrate knowledge  of phase 2 processing: working within therapeutic window and with transference, countertransference, enactments  and challenging presentations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of phase 3 integration including mentalising, mindfulness, and ability to experience pleasure.  

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?

Health professionals who are engaged in ongoing support roles or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma including but not limited to primary care and allied health providers of mental health services, GP’s, clinical nurse consultants, mental health nurse practitioners, mental health case workers, medium term residential service support worker, inpatient nursing and allied health staff (e.g. occupational therapists, social workers) and private practitioners, primary health care providers