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Complex Care is a lead training provider in the areas of Trauma, Attachment, Therapeutic Care and responding to complex behaviours in children and adolescents. Complex Care has a reputation for taking complex, contemporary research in neuroscience, simplifying it and integrating it with practice wisdom, to give participants real insight into the experiences of their clients and to equip them with practical hands-on strategies that support their client’s recovery.

Our Head trainer and Co-Director of Complex Care (Trent Savill) has delivered our Trauma and Attachment training to over 20,000 carers and professionals within the child protection, mental-health, and education sectors.

Training Packages

 Complex Trauma and Attachment in Children – Providing Therapeutic Care  (1 or 2 day workshop)
Identifying and Responding to Developmental Trauma – Real Life Practice Application (1 day workshop)
   Self-care for Professionals (2 hour workshop)
Self-care for Foster Carers (2 hour workshop)
Supporting young people with controlling and aggressive behaviours (2 hour workshop)
Understanding and Responding to Sexual Behaviours in Children (2 hour workshop)
Supporting young people with substance misuse and the neuroscience of addiction (2 hour workshop)
Team Building/Planning Workshops (1 or 2 day packages)

A detailed description of each workshop is provided below


Prices (exclusive of GST)

Workshop Group of 0 – 100 participants
2 hr Workshop

3 hr Workshop



Full day 9-4pm (7 hour) Workshop $2, 400.00

These costs are for facilitation only. An additional minimum cost of $60 per day will be charged for travel.
This one or two day training has been designed to assist professionals and carers to develop a better understanding of how to support children whose lives have been affected by complex trauma and disrupted attachment.

Complex Trauma and Attachment in Children – Providing Therapeutic Care – 1 or 2 day workshop (also available as 2 hour condensed package)

This training aims to simplify contemporary research in trauma and attachment, and through integration with practice wisdom, provide real hands-on strategies for responding to behaviours and supporting children’s recovery.

Overview of Training

Morning – Understanding the Impact of Trauma & Attachment on Functioning

  • Defining Trauma
  • Basic Brain Anatomy
  • Human Response to Threat
  • Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Impact of Trauma on Long Term Functioning
  • Defining Attachment
  • Disorganised Attachment
  • Development of Empathy and Capacity to Self-soothe
  • Emotional Neglect
  • Impact of Disrupted Attachment on Future Relationships

Afternoon – Supporting Children to Heal from Past Experiences

  • Facilitating Attachment through Relationship Based Practices (Dan Hughes)
  • Changing the Brain with the Neuro-sequential Model of Therapeutics (Bruce Perry)
  • Improving Cognitive Skills and Reducing Explosive Episodes with the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach (Greene and Ablon)
  • Responding to Escalated Children
  • Sharing Strategies and Practice Wisdom


Identifying and Responding to Developmental Trauma – Real Life Practice Application – full day workshop

This one day workshop builds on the above workshop and is run consecutively as a second day. The workshop explores three separate hypothetical case studies and tracks important developmental indicators in children experiencing different care environments. Participants are then supported to develop therapeutic care plans based on the presenting needs and issues for each child at age 5, 10 and 15.

This training is designed to assist professionals and carers to connect trauma related delays in functioning with developmental milestones, and then match identified needs with corresponding evidence based strategies.


Self-Care for Carers and Professionals2 hr workshop

This half day workshop explores the stressors inherent in caring for children with complex behaviours and support needs, and assists participants to identify their own triggers, risks and self-care needs.

Overview of workshop

  • Front-line stressors and vicarious trauma
  • Impact of stress on an individual’s functioning
  • Impact of stress on an organisation/system (parallel processes)
  • Identifying personal triggers
  • Warning signs that stress is impacting on your functioning
  • Personal self-care strategies
  • Processing stress and improving reflective functioning
  • Maintaining relationships and a supportive work culture
  • Organisational/Systemic self-care strategies

Supporting young people with substance misuse and the neuroscience of addiction – 2 hr workshop

Overview of Workshop

  • How drugs work (neuropharmacology)
  • Why do people start using drugs
  • Why are drugs addictive
  • Tolerance and Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Cannabis use and effects
  • Amphetamine/Ice use and effects
  • Ecstasy use and effects
  • Strategies for supporting young people with addictions
  • Strategies for regulating emotions/arousal states and building a sense of connection to others

Supporting young people with Controlling & threatening behaviours – 2 hr workshop

Overview of Workshop

  • Understanding Aggressive Behaviours
  • Safety, Stress, Fear and Anger
  • The need for control
  • Secure and Insecure Attachment styles
  • Distorted templates for others in maltreated children
  • Reading and responding to Miscues
  • Identifying and Avoiding Power struggles
  • Strategies for creating safety, improving emotional regulation and building secure attachments

Understanding & responding to sexual behaviours & toileting issues – 2 hr workshop

Overview of Workshop

  • What is normal sexual behaviour in children
  • Types of Problematic Sexual Behaviour
  • Reasons behind problematic sexual behaviour
  • Responding to Sexual Behaviours
    • Integrating needs of others
    • Setting Healthy Boundaries
    • Ensuring children continue to receive safe, positive touch
  • Reasons behind Soiling and Wetting in children
  • Strategies for strengthening mind and body connections
  • Strategies for increasing safety, reducing shame and building self-efficacy

Team Building and Facilitated Planning days

Team building events provide a great opportunity for strengthening relationships, building congruence and  within the team. Workers supporting clients in crisis, especially providing front-line support, often have little opportunity to experience their colleagues outside of an environment of constant stress. Complex Care aims to create an environment where team members can take a step back from the stress and observe each other, their service delivery and even themselves in a different light.

These 1 or 2 day packages can be tailored specifically to the needs of your organisation or explore current issues experienced by your service. Regardless of the issues to be explored, we will endeavour to provide team members with a fun and relaxing experience, that encourages reflection and strengthens relationships.

If you require further information about any of the packages listed above, please contact Trent Savill (Co-Director) on 0400 638 031 or via email at trent.savill@complexcare.com.au



“Trent’s presentation on the effects of trauma on children is the best professional development workshop that I have ever attended. Throughout the workshop, Trent combines findings from neuroscience and attachment research with his practical experiences of working with traumatised children and their carers and then gives practical strategies in how to interact with and respond to these children in the educational setting. In doing so, Trent enables participants to make a paradigm shift in their perceptions and attitudes towards these children and in how to support them. Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive and many are now reflecting on their practice and operating from a trauma framework. This workshop is a must for any school.”

Pam  Whitby – Guidance Officer
Caboolture East S.S


“Trent is such a captivating speaker and his personal experiences of working with kids who have experienced trauma made it very real and powerful. So many students came to my mind and backed up with the brain science it really helped me to understand. I could have listened to him all day.”