Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness

Duration: One Day Training


This training is the foundation to all Blue Knot training programs. It provides learners with a trauma-informed lens to better understand the impacts and outcomes for people who experience trauma, and especially complex trauma. The important message is:

Trauma Informed Practice is not about the treatment of trauma or the symptoms, but rather a recognition that trauma experiences are a possibility for anyone
(Kezelman & Stavropoulos, 2012)

This training program utilises current research to provide an understanding of trauma, the impacts of trauma on all aspects of life and subsequently the coping mechanisms formed in response to trauma.  The principles of trauma-informed practice are introduced which focus on a strengths-based approach and applicable to all, vital for every person working in health, human, education, disability and legal services, working in government, non-government, public or private sectors.

By participating in this training program attendees will:

  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology and impacts of trauma
  • Use a trauma-informed lens to reframe challenging behaviours as adaptive responses to trauma
  • Using case scenarios, apply the principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people with diverse traumas

Who should attend?

Anyone in the workplace from diverse sectors including, but not limited to, health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs services, community, legal, justice, domestic and family violence, child protection, emergency, disability, housing, settlement, and employment services.

This training is important for all staff to complete to create a strong foundational base as an individual and an organisation in the understanding of trauma and complex trauma.

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“This training was a real eye opener. I feel more confident about working with clients that have experience or are experiencing trauma.”

Melissa, Western Health

“I thought the training was really worthwhile to do and will apply the learnings to my own workings as a support worker, particularly as I am currently working with those with psychosocial disability and many have trauma backgrounds, either from past or institutional trauma. I enjoyed the learnings around physiological effects of trauma and the different adaptations.”

Isabelle, Support Worker, Aftercare

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