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Families and Trauma Work - Integrating Key Ideas from Individual and Systemic Practice course

Families and Trauma Work - Integrating Key Ideas from Individual and Systemic Practice course

About the Course

Working with families and individuals where there has been trauma, especially intergenerationally, presents complex challenges that require more than what any one framework or approach can provide. This workshop offers a number of theoretical frameworks that can be integrated in a way that is potentially useful in this area. These include systems theory, neurophysiology, attachment theory (adult and child applications) and internal family systems therapy.

The important features of each of these will be presented and then integrated into an approach for trauma informed assessment and intervention. Consideration will be given to how to manage issues such as family violence that can frequently accompany trauma presentations in individuals and families, and also to how to build resilience even when risk issues have not been fully resolved. The workshop will include didactic and practical components to build integration of theory and skill.

Course Outline

  • Exploration of the worker’s role and context when working with trauma

  • Useful concepts and practices from Systems theory and family therapy

  • Useful ideas from neurophysiology

  • Adult Attachment theory (Bowlby 1969, Ainsworth 1973, Main 1979)

  • Internal Family Systems (Schwartz 1995)

  • Worker self-care

  • Trauma-informed Single Session Therapy

Course Objectives

  • Articulate important and useful features of a systems approach, trauma related neurophysiology, attachment theory and internal family systems

  • Articulate how to obtain a mandate for trauma informed work with individuals and families

  • Create and maintain engagement with clients while addressing difficult issues

  • Take a history and genogram as part of an overall assessment integrating the above frameworks

  • Utilise principles of a “single session” approach to service delivery

  • Develop appropriate individual and family interventions based on the trauma informed assessment

  • Articulate ideas for managing issues such as family violence in the context of working with trauma

  • Articulate ideas for building resilience in clients in face of persisting risk issues

  • Consider implementation issues associated with an integrative systemic trauma treatment approach

Who Should Attend

This workshop would be particularly useful for those with a therapeutic role with complex trauma but would also be appropriate for those with roles in case management, child protection, and family or individual support. This includes psychologists, social workers, psychologists, mental health workers, youth workers, drug and alcohol workers, psychiatric nurses, child protection workers and anyone who is working with individuals and/or families where trauma is a key organising factor in the presentation.


Participants are expected to meet minimum 75% class attendance to be awarded with the Certificate of Attendance by The Bouverie Centre

Course Description

Your Trainer

Ms Robyn Elliott (Bouverie Centre)

Ms Robyn Elliott (Bouverie Centre)

Robyn Elliott is a family therapist and social worker employed at the Bouverie Centre for almost 20 years. As senior lecturer with La Trobe University she manages the Academic Program - administering and supervising the delivery and development of all Bouverie’s university accredited courses. She also lectures and supervises in the Master of Clinical Family Therapy course. Robyn also provides non-accredited training and consultation to government and non-government organisations in the health and welfare sector. She is a clinical member of AAFT, PACFA, AASW (AMHSW), and an accredited consultant with EMDRAA, and a member of the EMDRAA board of management.

Robyn's area of special interest is trauma. She has been learning, teaching and practicing in the area of trauma for the past 23 years. She is particularly interested in EMDR and how this can be integrated with systemic approaches. Her training and consultation to other organisations, for example, Child Protection, Community Health, Adult Mental Health and non-government organisations has focused mainly in this area, although a highlight of her career was a five-day training in family therapy in Mongolia!


Sng Jing Ning, Occupational Therapist

The training is very relevant for anyone, especially professional who works closely with families.

Aarthi Elanggo, Social Work Associate

Deeply appreciate the way the trainers took the time to answer questions and also learnt a lot from the videos of Robyn's counselling sessions.

Sukvir Kaur D/O Angrez Singh, Principal Counsellor

A must have course for anyone doing systemic work.

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Enquiries about the course?

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Mr Dave Goh / 6593 5284

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