Working with the Long Limbs of Trauma: Sydney, 6th and 12th November 2020


Tickets Available

This year’s Long Limbs of Trauma workshop will be delivered as an online training due to social distancing restrictions that are still in place. 




A Two-Day Workshop for Clinicians, Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

Cost: $350 (plus GST) for two-day workshop and $200 (plus GST) for a one-day session

Students / Psychology Registrars can apply for a discounted ticket by emailing info@birchtreecentre.com.au

The online training will be delivered live via zoom.

Presented by Birchtree co-directors; Dr Sophie Reid and Jace Cannon-Brookes

SKU: N/A Category:



Day 1: 6th November (CPD: 6 hours)

Understanding the long limbs of trauma and its pervasive impact on brain function, impulsivity and behavioural dysfunction

Day 1 aims to equip health professionals to utilise a trauma sensitive lens when assessing clients.

Participants will be equipped with an overview of strategies to work effectively in this arena.

Outcomes of Day 1 – participants will:

  • Understand the impact of trauma on the brain and social engagement systems, and the way it interferes with professional and personal relationships.
  • Be aware of the concept of neuroplasticity and its relationship to recovery from complex trauma.
  • Be equipped to detect trauma in clients and understand the need for provision of safety in all interactions.
  • Recognise trauma related behaviours in clients, and learn the skills to best manage these proactively.
  • Understand vicarious trauma – recognise the effects of work with trauma victims on health professionals and organisations.
  • Demonstrate skills to assist in stepping back, maintaining perspective, and containing the trauma

Day 2: 12th November (CPD: 6 hours)

The second day aims to equip health professionals in the therapeutic setting to work more in depth with clients towards healing from trauma.

Outcomes of Day 2 – participants will:

  • Understand the importance of providing psychoeducation on trauma to clients. Participants will be provided with examples of the same to use in their practice.
  • Be equipped with an understanding of structural dissociation – and the need in therapy to identify and work with the different parts of the client’s personality.
  • Recognise shame and its impact on the client – with a focus on creating a “shamefree” frame for therapy.
  • Be aware of the need to develop, nurture and maintain an attuned therapeutic relationship – recognising and managing disjunctions and re-enactments when they occur within therapy.
  • Comprehend the focus in trauma treatment on process over content.
  • Be aware of Signs of Recovery – as well as the impediments that can get in the way.

Clinicians across all settings frequently find themselves working with clients who have histories of trauma. This can often result in clinicians feeling daunted at the complexity they have uncovered, being unsure of a road map to guide assessment and treatment. Experiences of recent and developmental trauma can result in attachment injuries, bringing the therapeutic relationship into focus as an essential conduit of healing for survivors. For clinicians, hearing traumatic stories often leads to burn out, stress and vicarious traumatisation. Early stress and maltreatment results in structural and functional changes in brain development, and plays a significant role in impulsivity, and the emergence of psychiatric disorders and behavioural dysfunction.

Cutting edge research suggests that trauma primes the brain to be hypervigilant for threat, shuts down the area responsible for social engagement and leads to distinct neuroanatomical changes in perception. Research on mirror neurons suggests that the neurobiology of traumatised clients can trigger the same neurological processes within the professionals working with them, ergo vicarious trauma. This workshop will outline recent research on the impact of trauma on brain function, social engagement and the neurobiology of trauma victims, as well as the triggering of neurological processes in professionals.


Jace Cannon-Brookes

Jace Cannon-Brookes

Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Co-Director of Birchtree Centre of Excellence

Dr Sophie Reid

Dr Sophie Reid

Clinical Psychologist
Co-Director of Birchtree Centre of Excellence

Find out more about Jace and Sophie on our Our People page

Additional information

Ticket Type

Day One Only, Day Two Only, Both Days

Event Details

Date: November 06, 2020

Start time: 09:00

End time: 15:00

Venue: Birchtree Centre, 58 Parramatta Road, Glebe NSW 2037

Email: info@birchtreecentre.com.au