Working with the Long Limbs of Trauma: Sydney Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd August 2019. ** SOLD OUT **


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Day 1: Friday 2nd August 2019 – 9am to 4pm

How to work effectively with traumatised clients whilst minimizing Vicarious Traumatisation

Day 2: Saturday 3rd August – 9am to 4pm

How to get past the trauma victim’s sense of shame and guilt and begin to reintegrate them into the world

Birchtree Centre of Excellence, 58 Parramatta Road, Glebe NSW 2037

Early Bird (valid until 30 June 2019): $250 one day workshop / $385 two day workshop

From 1 July: $275 one day workshop / $440 two day workshop

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

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

Day One: How to work effectively with traumatised clients whilst minimizing Vicarious Traumatisation

CPD: 6 hours

Clinicians frequently find themselves working with clients who have histories of trauma. Experiences of developmental and recent trauma can make these clients challenging, unpredictable, and reactive to work with. Clinicians can find themselves surprised and overwhelmed at uncovering histories of trauma in “straightforward” clients, and can be unsure of a road map to guide assessment and treatment.

In addition, hearing traumatic stories often leads to burn out, stress and vicarious traumatisation in the health profession. 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. The presenters aim to equip psychology and social work professionals to utilise a trauma lens when assessing clients, as well as through the development of strategies to work effectively in this arena.

Outcomes of the workshop: The Clinician 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 with stepping back, maintaining perspective, and containing the trauma.

Day 2: How to work effectively with traumatised clients whilst minimising Vicarious Traumatisation

CPD: 6 hours

Day 2 aims to equip health professionals in the therapeutic setting to work more in depth with clients towards healing from trauma.

At the end of Day Two, 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 “shame- free” 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.


To reduce costs, there will be refreshments served at morning tea, but patrons are asked to provide their own lunch.

Before booking, please see our Terms & Conditions.

If your institution requires an invoice to be raised before booking, please email bookings@birchtreecentre.com.au.


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: August 02, 2019

Start time: 09:00

End time: 16:00

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

Email: info@birchtreecentre.com.au