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Working with inter-generational and collective trauma - fostering healing and building resilience

Event Details
Date: 22nd Nov 2019
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7.5

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Organiser: Blue Knot
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This one-day interactive professional development training, informed by current research, provides the information, understanding and skills needed by people working in any health or human service role. It explores the often substantial compounded impacts of diverse traumas on individuals, whole populations and communities, including across generations.

By attending this training, participants will better understand the complexities of intergenerational, collective and historical trauma, particularly in the Australian context with its history of colonisation, marginalisation and cumulative trauma. The training will explore the mechanisms in which trauma is transmitted across and between generations and pathways to healing and resilience.

There will be lots of opportunities for interactive exercises and reflection within the training, so that learners can apply their learning in their daily life, including their work role.

The concept of collective impact will be used together with trauma-informed principles to workshop community-based strategies to make a difference in addressing historical trauma.

This training equips anyone working with people impacted by historical and intergenerational trauma to build on a compassionate and nuanced understanding of the challenges faced by particular groups in Australian society.

Learning objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of historical, collective and intergenerational trauma in the Australian context
  2. Articulate the dimensions of impact, mechanisms of intergenerational transmission, risks and protective factors, and the role of attachment
  3. Define and articulate strategies to foster resilience and healing, using trauma informed care principles
  4. Using the concept of collective impact and trauma informed care principles, workshop strategies to design a pathway forward

Presenter details

Merrin Wake

Location and date

Adina Apartment Hotel

22 November 2019


Early bird (ends approximately 8 weeks before the training): $310

Standard: $330

Group price (for three or more people): $300 per person



AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers