Closer Care July Info Session:

Some of Closer Care’s permanent support staff were offered exciting opportunities during the months of May and June for personal and professional development, namely: 

  1. Attending in person a two-day comprehensive training course offered by Birchtree called ‘Long Limbs of Trauma’ which covered understanding trauma and its impact on the brain function through the various stages of life including the perinatal stage, impulsivity and behaviour dysfunction and how to equip health professionals in the therapeutic setting to work more in-depth with clients towards healing from trauma. This gave the Closer Care support workers a better understanding of and the knowledge/skills to use when working with our NDIS participants. 


Our first day consisted of:

  • Understanding the impact of trauma on the brain, social engagement systems and the way it interferes with professional and personal relationships.
  • The concept of neuroplasticity and its relationship to recovery from complex trauma.
  • How to detect trauma and understand the need for provision of safety in all interactions.
  • How to recognise trauma-related behaviours and learn the skills to best manage these proactively.
  • Understanding vicarious trauma – recognising the effects of working with trauma victims on health professionals and organisations.
  • Learning skills to assist in stepping back, maintaining perspective and containing the trauma. 


The second day consisted of: 

  • Understanding the importance of providing psychoeducation on trauma.
  • Having an understanding of structural dissociation – and the need in therapy to identify and work with the different parts of the client’s personality.
  • Recognising shame and its impact with a focus on creating a “shame-free” frame for therapy.
  • Being aware of the need to develop, nurture and maintain an attuned therapeutic relationship – recognising and managing disjunctions and re-enactments when they occur within therapy.
  • Comprehend the focus in trauma treatment on the process of each individual over the content.
  • Being aware of Signs of Recovery – as well as the impediments that can get in the way. 

Registrars - Clinical Psychology Registrar Program - Job in Sydney - Birchtree  Centre of Excellence

  1. Masterclass training session via Zoom also offered by Birchtree called ‘Complicated Grief’ which consisted of:
  • The intersection between Trauma and the experience of Complicated Grief. Complicated Grief or Prolonged Grief Disorder is thought to affect approximately 7% of bereaved people – with this percentage increasing significantly among survivors of developmental trauma. Often not identified with survivors but rather treated for depression or PTSD. 


Presenters for both training sessions are from Birchtree – Centre of Excellence: 

Dr Sophie Reid and Jace Cannon-Brookes.


Birchtree Centre of Excellence – Trauma, addictions and eating disorders


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