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Understanding and Responding to Complex Trauma



This interactive training provides health practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills to work sensitively and effectively with adult survivors of complex trauma. Individuals who have experienced trauma, particularly developmental trauma, present in mental health settings with a variety of diagnoses and challenging behaviours.  These include issues of trust, anger, self-harm, chronic risk and addiction. Understanding how the experience of trauma and problematic attachment contribute to these clients’ symptoms and challenging behaviours greatly supports better case conceptualisation, treatment planning and system responses.   

This training 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 and explores the importance of a phased approach to treatment, with an initial focus on safety and stabilisation. 

Learning Outcomes:

To develop a clear understanding of the nature of trauma, types of traumatic events and their potential effects, with a particular focus on cumulative traumatic events over the lifespan;

To the provide an overview of the core principles of trauma assessment and treatment, including the importance of relationship in recovery;

To acquire a range of basic resources for managing clients’ distress and challenging behaviours;

To acknowledge the impact of working with complex trauma clients on us as clinicians, and the importance of attending to self-care.

Date Mon 07-October-2019
Location Benalla
Presenter Vivienne Champness, Psychological Trauma Recovery Service
Contact Dr Greg Coman on 9231 3186 or
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