Secure Foundations are pleased to be able to facilitate delivery of the following training for professional development. These workshops are a part of The Trauma Puzzle (TM) designed to teach workers and carers strategies that support children, youth, adults & families to heal from their traumatic experiences so we can help to break the cycle of intergenerational violence and low capacity parenting.

We are so excited that you are interested in learning more about complex trauma and trauma informed care, please email us to discuss the professional development needs in your workplace and to arrange facilitation. Alternatively please regularly check back to see when we will be delivering training in your area.

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Elephant in the Room!

What is Trauma-Informed Care?


This 2 day workshop is designed to offer a comprehensive training program for foster carers, family group home carers, residential care workers, other direct care workers and the various professionals (i.e. Social Workers, Psychologists, Juvenile Justice Officers, Health Professionals, Teachers etc.) working in partnership to support children & youth in a variety of care settings. This program is informed by the work of: Dr Bruce Perry, Dr Sandra Bloom, Dr Dan Siegel, Daniel Hughes, NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) and others. The focus of the training will be on understanding the key principles of trauma-informed practice, so you and your organisation can implement strategies for supporting children, youth & their families to heal from their traumatic experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Part 1: Understanding Trauma

  1. Define complex trauma.
  2. Discuss the immediate and long term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).
  3. Identify the impact of trauma on: brain development, attachment and memory.

Part 2: Trauma-Informed Care

  1. Define Trauma-Informed care.
  2. Discuss 8 Principles of trauma-informed care.
  3. Apply an understanding of trauma-informed care to create safe environments and build strong relationships with children, youth, adults and families you work with.

Part 3: Develop Own Practice

  1. Apply an understanding of trauma-informed care to support workers, including self-care strategies to manage secondary traumatic stress (vicarious trauma).
  2. Identify resources & further professional development to implement trauma-informed practices in your workplace.
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One Child At A Time

Strategies for supporting children to heal from trauma.


It is now widely understood that children & young people are supported to heal from trauma in relationships with adults that are safe, secure and enduring.

Although the focus is often on ‘managing behaviour’ this 1 day workshop will focus on exploring why ‘relationship is the intervention’!

Informed by the work of Daniel Hughes, Kim Golding, Dan Siegel, Peter Levine, William Steele, Cathy Malchiodi, Louise Porter, Lea Waters and others we will discuss strategies for building relationships with children & young people who have experienced complex trauma.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe Daniel Hughes’ PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity & Empathy) model for promoting an attachment –focused parenting approach.
  2. Use a guidance approach, to support children who have experienced complex trauma to learn new behaviours.
  3. Apply ‘strengths based’ relationship building & communication skills with children.
  4. Use a variety of creative therapy tools & sensory experiences to support children to heal from their traumatic experiences.
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Hurt People, Hurt People

Trauma-Informed Understanding
of Violent & Aggressive Behaviours


The ‘Hurt People, Hurt People’ two day workshop aims to educate managers, social & community services professionals, support workers and direct carers in a variety of settings to understand the link between unresolved childhood trauma and violent & aggressive behaviours in youth & adults. Workers & carers of younger children will also find this workshop relevant.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshops participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the psychobiology of violent & aggressive behaviours.
  2. Explain the relationship between early childhood traumatic experiences, disorganised attachment and trauma re-enactment in adolescence and adulthood.
  3. Discuss confrontation avoidance techniques & practical strategies for deescalating violence & aggression in a variety of settings.
  4. Apply the ‘Restorative Practices’ approach to promote healing relationships in a range of settings.

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