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COMPLEX TRAUMA: KEY POINTS AND `MUST KNOWS’ – Gain increased confidence in your work with clients who experience the impacts of complex trauma. *FREE EVENT* Click 'Eligible Discounts' at final checkout!

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD - UniMelb, Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy (JNI) , Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Fulbright Alumni, Clinical Member PACFA .
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The term `complex trauma’ is increasingly familiar, but identifying and working therapeutically with clients who experience it remains very challenging for health professionals. The challenge can be attributed to a range of reasons including the underlying nature of a trauma (i.e. beneath surface presentations), its diverse impacts (which attract contrasting diagnoses) and that its sources in the past (especially if it relates to childhood) may be distant in time from `here and now’ problems (which can be confusing for clinicians and clients alike). In combination with the fact that trauma of all types is difficult to express in words, that complex trauma in particular is often surrounded with shame and secrecy, and that it may also be pre-verbal, it is no wonder that clinicians are now more familiar with the term `complex trauma’ than confident about identifying and working with it. The good news is that based on clinical, neuroscientific and other research, it is now possible to articulate key and characteristic features of complex trauma, to attune to how these manifest in the `in session’ dynamics of the therapy room, and to accommodate and adjust our practice – both relationally and in terms of strategies and techniques – to assist the resolution of complex trauma including in its severe forms. This seminar presents `must know’ features of complex trauma with a view to increasing the confidence and comfort level of clinicians who work with it


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Pam Stavropoulos, PhD - UniMelb, Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy (JNI) , Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Fulbright Alumni, Clinical Member PACFA . Related seminars and products

Pam Stavropoulos PhD is a Sydney based educator, consultant and psychotherapist. A former Fulbright Scholar and twice winner of the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the best clinical, theoretical or research paper in the field of dissociation and/or trauma, she is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and co-authored the nationally and internationally endorsed Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma (2019, 2012). Formerly Head of Research with the Blue Knot Foundation, Pam has held lectureships at the University of New England and Macquarie University, from which she left her tenured position to study and practise psychotherapy, and is a former Program Director of the Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney. The author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (2008) she has written research reports in the community health sector and is a clinical supervisor who specialises in complex trauma-related issues.  

Registration Details

Live Interactive Webcast registration
Fees: $99 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.

  • Your attendance certificate for 3 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Understanding of the differences between `single incident’ and `complex’ trauma and the therapeutic implications of these differences
  2. Recognition of recurrent clinical challenges of working with clients who experience the impacts of complex trauma
  3. Knowledge of key `do’s’ and `don’ts’ in the early stages of therapy for complex trauma
  4. Attunement to both the importance and limits of the therapeutic relationship Identification of at least two strategies for assisting self-regulation in the context of complex trauma

"Ensure you are as familiar with the core features and clinical challenges of `complex trauma’ as you are familiar with the term!" Pam Stavroploulos


  • Defining `complex’ trauma, its characteristic features, its differences from `single incident’ PTSD, and the therapeutic implications
  • Attuning to dissociation and the clinical issues it poses
  • Identifying `in session’ challenges when working with clients who experience the impacts of complex trauma and steps towards their resolution
  • `Finding the balance’: strategies and techniques inside and outside the therapeutic relationship  

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This training is suitable for practicing psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, medical counsellors, counsellors and community case-workers with general experience working as a therapist.

Webcast Schedule

  3:00pm - 6:00pm
  Includes a short break

Remember, if you can't tune in for the live webcast, you will have three months to view the recording and retreive your attendance certificate.

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