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AASW Webinar Recording | The Trauma Story: Responding to disclosures of sexual violence

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 3 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


(03) 9320 1000


It is estimated that more than one billion people have been affected by extreme violence, embodied in the experience of war, rape, ethnic conflict, torture, and terrorism. Within the Australian context, 2.2 million women and 718,000 men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.

These two (2) recordings explore the underlying theory and practical steps for responding to disclosures of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence.

The first recording (i.e., the theory component) draws on evidence-based guidance to help policy makers, health care providers, and other members of multidisciplinary teams to deepen their understanding of trauma-informed care and the socio-cultural dimensions that underpin sexual violence.

While the second recording (i.e., the practical component) explores the different ways that victim-survivors may disclose and offers practical steps for responding to a disclosure through a client-practitioner role-play and debrief.

Clinical interventions, such as the trauma story assessment tool, and self-care rituals are introduced within the theory component and unpacked in further detail in the practical component.

Additional resources

  • Case Study (which forms the basis of the Multiple-Choice Quiz)
  • Trauma Story Assessment Tool* (to help inform case conceptualisation and drive treatment planning)
  • Trauma Narratives (Guide)
  • Trauma Questionnaire (to help practitioners effectively assess for trauma)
  • Critical Reflection and Reflective Practice Tool (to help develop greater self-awareness, and improve practice)

"This was the best training I have done and it prompted me to look further at the resources and learning more in this area" – training participant, June 2022.

Who should register? Any practitioner who wishes to improve their skills and knowledge in responding to disclosures of sexual violence.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Family Violence; Mental Health (FPS); Clinical

Learning Outcomes

By the end these two (2) recordings, participants will be able to:​

  • Understand how to create a safe therapeutic relationship with victim-survivors of sexual violence​
  • Consider the socio-cultural dimensions that underpin sexual violence using intersectional feminism modalities​
  • Employ practical strategies to support victim-survivors during a disclosure​
  • Develop self-care rituals to avoid burn-out, vicarious trauma, and own history of trauma being re-triggered


Keely Walsh

Keely Walsh is an Accredited Specialist Clinical Social Worker, holding a Masters of Advanced Social Work from the University of Melbourne. She is also a graduate of Harvard Medical Schools Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery postgraduate certificate program and a PhD candidate undertaking a Doctorate of Philosophy.

Keely’s background as an allied health professional and personal lived experiences, have allowed her to develop a successful innovative small business as a critical, person-centred private practitioner predominantly under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Keely specialises in providing advanced trauma-informed care from a multidimensional approach, and employs integrative psychotherapeutic methods, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness-based embodiment practices, as well as psychosocial education tools, to assist with facilitating a gradual healing process that helps free the body and the mind from debilitating symptoms of trauma.

Keely is passionate about supporting women and men who struggle with emotional distress and is particularly interested in exploring the impacts of sexual violence on the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our communities.

Method of delivery

2 x On-Demand Recordings
1 x Optional Activity | Case Study + Multiple-Choice Quiz
Additional Resources for Further Learning/Practice

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.   

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

Subtitles are available.


Theory Component: 1-hour
Practical Component: 1.5-hours

Optional Activity
Pre-reading (Case Study): 15-minutes
Multiple Choice Quiz: 15-minutes


This recording can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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Members: $145.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $90.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $190.00 (including GST)
Non-member students: $145.00 (including GST)


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