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Foundation for Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (Level 1)

Event Details
Date: 7 August 2019
Time: 9:00am to 4.30pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 7.5 hours
Early bird
register by 3 June
Register after
3 June
AASW Member $200 $230
AASW New Graduate $150 $180
AASW Student $130 $150
Non-members $255 $300

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch
Further information

Rosanna Di Grazia
Phone: (03) 9320 1012

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General information

  • This one-day interactive workshop is suitable for a diversity of staff across organisations and will alert attendees to the possibility that their clients and/or co-workers may have experiences of childhood and/or past or current trauma/s, which may affect their health, wellbeing, daily interactions and functioning.
  • This introductory level workshop provides a framework for staff in both clinical and non-clinical roles to understand trauma, trauma dynamics and the core principles of trauma-informed practice. The workshop also looks to provide some tips and strategies to effectively communicate/interact without triggering the person.
  • This workshop is also suitable as a 'refresher' for staff who have not recently undertaken professional development in this critical area.
  • This workshop is the first in a series of two. The Trauma-Informed Care & Practice - Level 2 workshop which will be delivered on Wednesday 4 September 2019 will build on this Level 1 Workshop. More information and registrations here.

Learning objectives:

  • Utilising knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed services
  • Analysing the stress response to better understand clients’ challenges in regulating their emotions and arousal
  • Utilising a trauma-informed lens to reframe challenging emotions and behaviours as ‘adaptive’ responses to trauma
  • Applying the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery

About the presenter

Michelle Noon is an educator, researcher, clinician, and manager. She has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has provided clinical services in the community, in prisons, and in urban, rural and remote areas with a focus on violence intervention and trauma-informed practice. She has worked in research, policy and leadership roles at Victoria Police, KPMG, Beyondblue, and White Ribbon Australia.

Michelle currently provides training, advisory and stakeholder engagement services to a range of government, non-government and not-for-profit clients, is the Executive Officer at Chalk Circle, and has numerous honorary positions. She is the convenor of Criminology and Responding to Family Violence subjects at RMIT University, and will be delivering the capstone subject of Criminal Behavioural Analysis in 2017. Michelle has delivered content on criminology, policing, crime prevention, community safety, forensic intervention, psychology, gendered violence, family violence, diversity, management, and mental health to over 300 audiences. The common thread across her diverse set of interests in teaching, advisory, research, and clinical work is that of complex trauma and what it means for the lived experience of millions of Australians.

Michelle has completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology focusing on emotional responses to criminal victimisation.

PostGradDip Psych, BA (Hons), BSc, AdvDip BusMgnt, CERT IV TA


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Our venue is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).

Please note: We recommend travelling via public transport if possible. Our office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2-hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds. Due to building/road works parking spaces are limited.

The Blackwood St Car Park (located on the ground level the AASW is located in) is currently offering a $15 flat rate per day per exit between 7:30am to 7:30pm. You must book online as early as possible prior to arrival so you can be issued a pin number to enter and exit the car park. Visit Blackwood St Car Park.

There is also a parking facility at the VCCC Building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or a daily rate.

There are facilities available outside our building to lock bikes.

Accessibility: The building is wheel chair accessible. There are no steps at entry on ground level and a lift can be taken to Level 7. Ambulatory toilets are located on the ground floor as well as Level 8 where there is a medical centre. There is one parking spot on Blackwood Street for people with disabilities and 2 car spots are available in a nearby street. For more information to discuss your particular mobility or sensory needs please contact the AASW Vic Branch.


This workshop has reached capacity. Please email to be notified if cancellations occur.

7.5 CPD hours

Category: Skills and Knowledge/Workshop.
*Can count towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation CPD requirements*

Please read CPD Terms and Conditions. Note a full refund is available to cancellations received in writing at least 20 business days (32 days) prior to Activity commencement. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.

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