0425 785 405

Do you work with groups?


Do you know how to provide the best care if someone gets “triggered” or “flips out”?


Are you committed to high ethical standards in your work?

While it’s difficult to estimate exact figures, a large majority of the population have experienced a significant trauma of one kind or another in the course of their lives, and often more than one.

As a facilitator or presenter working with groups, you can therefore assume the majority of people in your groups have experienced trauma: so someone being “triggered” in your group is more a matter of WHEN, not IF.

For many people who’ve experienced trauma, group environments can be particularly challenging and make them more at risk of being triggered. And if the nature of your group/topic is at all taboo, sensitive, controversial, conflictual, or intended to take people out of their comfort zone, the risks of participants being triggered is higher again.

As facilitators and presenters, we have a duty of care to the people we work with to create and maintain safe-enough spaces. The best way to do this, is to be trauma-informed, and enact the principles and practices of trauma-informed facilitation in all aspects of your work.


This training will help you develop the skills, knowledge and frameworks needed to create trauma-informed group spaces, and build your confidence to respond well when people get triggered.

We’ll cover:

  • What is trauma?
  • What is “triggering”? What causes it? How to notice it?
  • How to promote/advertise your group in a trauma-informed way
  • How to screen potential participants
  • How to structure safety in a group
  • Ethical facilitation and professional boundaries of competence
  • What to do when someone gets triggered
  • Follow-up and aftercare
  • Facilitator and presenter self-care, and business protection
  • Open floor discussion for the “what if…” and the “what could I have done when…”

There is an accompanying Facebook group, Trauma-Informed Facilitation, where you can join discussions before the workshop (and put in any requests for issues to be covered in the workshop), and where the conversations can continue after the workshop – it is open to anyone interested in the topic of trauma-informed facilitation, whether you attend this workshop or not.


The workshop is specifically for people who work with groups, in either a paid or volunteer capacity, and are committed to working ethically.

Whether you call yourself a facilitator, trainer, presenter, host, convenor, chairperson, educator, cat-herder, whatever! If you take some kind of leadership or guidance position with groups of people and have some implied duty of care for them, then this workshop is relevant to you.

If you run a business as a facilitator/trainer/presenter, the training should be tax deductible as professional development.


I’ve been facilitating and training adults for almost 20 years, primarily in the social change, non-violent activism and community safety, and community development spaces.

As a process-oriented psychotherapist in private practice, I specialise in post-traumatic growth (helping people become more than before) and also provide education to non-therapists about how to work from a trauma-informed perspective.

I also work as a process-oriented coach with individuals, as a facilitator of groups and communities processing conflict and change, and provide individual case consultation for facilitators.

My qualifications include:

  • Certified Processworker trained in psychotherapy, facilitation and conflict transformation (member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology)
  • Psychotherapist accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
  • Advanced Certificate in Group Facilitation from the Groupwork Institute of Australia
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (adult education)
  • Diploma of Management
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons)


As a trainer I have a highly collaborative style – I know I’m not the only one in the room with knowledge and insight about the topic and while I’m there to share specific knowledge and skills, I’m equally interested in connecting with and weaving in what you already know too.




Ground Floor, 1 Pitt Street, Brunswick

(off Lygon St, between Glenlyon Rd and Albert St)



Friday, 27 October, 2017.

Arrive between 9.30am and 9.50am, for a 10am start.

Due to the nature of the workshop, entering the workshop after 10am is not permitted, so please arrive with plenty of time to get settled, get a cuppa, use the toilet etc, so you are ready to start at 10am.

We finish at 5pm.



Please bring whatever makes you comfortable.

It’s a carpeted room and there will be chairs, floor cushions and bean bags in the space for use.

Bring a notepad and pen if you like to take notes.

There will be morning and afternoon tea with snacks.

There will be one hour for lunch: BYO lunch (there is a fridge and microwave at the venue) or there are cafes near the venue.



Registrations for this workshop have closed. If you would like to know when the next workshop will be held please join the Facebook group via the link above. Alternately, one-on-one training (face-to-face or online) is also available.

Any questions, please get in contact with me, Liz Scarfe, on 0425 785 405 (business hours) or via email [email protected]

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