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Intro to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Psychologists only)


This one-day interactive professional development training provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work in counselling and/or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma. It presents best practice principles for working with complex trauma clients, drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, attachment, affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. It differentiates complex trauma from single incident trauma (PTSD) and explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients with a primary focus on safety and stabilisation in phase 1 work.

This training provides essential knowledge, insights and tools to enhance clinical practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who present challenges around to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety.

Learning Outcomes:

Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence, dynamics and impacts of individual, complex and collective trauma to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed practice;

Apply an understanding of the stress response, attachment and child development to strategies for supporting the capacity to regulate emotions and arousal;

Articulate the core principles of complex trauma therapy, including a phased strengths-based approach and the importance of relationship in recovery; and

Create basic resources for supporting challenging emotions and behaviours, including dissociation.

Date Thu 13-December-2018
Location Hawthorn
Presenter Blue Knot Foundation
Contact Dr Greg Coman on 9231 3186 or
Note While the content of this training is likely to be of interest to mental health staff of all disciplines, this training is specifically and only for psychologists employed by the NEVIL cluster.
This workshop is fully booked. Registrations are now closed