Blue Knot Foundation training: A Three-Phased Approach - Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients

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This two-day interactive professional development training presents the 3-phased approach for working therapeutically with complex trauma clients. 

Day 1 focuses on phase 1 safety and stabilisation emphasising the need for ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches to treatment, assessment and resource acquisition. Day 2 presents phase 2: processing the trauma focusing on an overview of memory, including traumatic memory and perception, and workshopping working within the ‘window of tolerance’ - tracking pacing & titrating. It also explores transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult’ behaviours. 

Also on Day 2, phase 3: integration focuses on the neurobiology of integration, the development of mentalisation, dealing with cognitive distortions and the arena of freedom and liberation. The training promotes safety and the significance of phase 1 throughout all phases and the centrality of the therapeutic attachment alliance. 

The training is interactive and involves role plays, vignettes and case studies. Participants will leave the training with insights and tools which foster hope, recovery, enhance client and staff wellbeing and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. 

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Delineate the three (3) phases of trauma treatment establishing the critical importance of phase 1, ‘setting the scene’ and conducting phase 1 assessment
  • Foster resource development across all 7 domains
  • Acquire knowledge and skills around components of phase 2 trauma work
  • Apply an understanding of traumatic memory and working within the window of tolerance to practice
  • Workshop skills for working with transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult behaviours’ 
  • Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the components of integration (phase 3); mentalising, cognitive distortions/meaning making & the ability to experience pleasure


Multiple dates and locations as below (please note each session has its' own registration link)

Venue: Velg Training, Brisbane

Date: Thursday 1st June to Friday 2nd June 2017, 8:45am - 4:30pm

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Venue: St Marks College, Adelaide

Date: Thursday 15th June to Friday 16th June 2017, 8:45am - 4:30pm

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Multiple sessions and locations
Start Date: 
Thursday, 1st June 2017
End Date: 
Friday, 16th June 2017
8:45am - 4:30pm