Understanding complex trauma

Understanding complex trauma
(half-day seminar)

This half day course explores the issues associated with complex experiences of traumatisation. 

Traumatic experiences that are repeated or prolonged, occur during childhood and/or are perpetrated by a trusted other give rise to a much more complicated sequelae of psychological symptoms. Working with people who have complex experiences of trauma can be very challenging.

This course provides an understanding of the differences between complex and non-complex trauma, familiarises participants with the symptoms associated with complex experiences of trauma and articulates important principles for working with or supporting people with complex experiences of trauma.


  • When: Lunch from 12pm, session from 12.30-4.30pm, Wednesday 19 August 2020. In consideration of other attendees, we seek your cooperation in arriving on time.
  • Where: The ACT Law Society training room
  • Lunch and light refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon
  • Cost (incl GST): $230 members, $300 non-members, $60 students/CLCs
  • Members will earn 3.5 CPD units: 1 in core area 1, 0.5 in core area 2, and 2 in core area 3
  • Registrations close 16 August

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. CPD Events — In the case of CPD events, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

Definitions: 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.




Single ticket $230.00(GST incl.) Register



Jackie Burke

Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in research, clinical practice and policy relating to trauma, vicarious trauma, and clinical governance and risk. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW, and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher and published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University and speaks internationally on topics related to psychological trauma. After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established a private practice and consultancy business in 2017 which is based in Sydney. When not working, Jackie tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and enjoys a good murder mystery. 

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