Therapists perform a critical role in healing

We help therapists deepen their understanding of the needs of survivors in therapy so they can quickly establish safety, overcome treatment resistance and support long-term healing for clients.

Establish safety and trust

Many survivors express how difficult it is to find therapists who understand their experience and help them feel safe and validated.

Healing can only occur when clients feel completely safe and secure in the therapist relationship. This can be a challenge to achieve with limited sessions.

A deeper understanding of survivor needs can accelerate the establishment of safety to support clients to understand their trauma and heal.

Overcome treatment resistance

Clients who have experienced childhood trauma may appear to be treatment-resistant, and can be easily triggered into a fight-flight-freeze-flop response which can prevent them from receiving the benefits of therapy. 

Our training in Trauma-Informed Healing provides therapists with a structured, replicable method to deactivate the survival response and safely process, heal and integrate trauma. This process can be shared with clients to support self-regulation and self-healing, both during and between sessions, for safer and more consistent progress.

After attending our healing programs, many adult survivors who considered themselves to be beyond help, have turned their lives around

Heal for Life has empowered over 8,500 people to heal from childhood trauma

Over 96% of Heal For Life program participants have rated the experience as either ‘life-changing’ or ‘very positive’ and independent evaluation of our program found long-term improvements in mental, emotional and social functioning, pain and vitality scores.

Neuroscience based approach

Our model of trauma healing was developed by survivors of childhood trauma, with the support of health professionals, and is based on recommendations from the Australian Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health.

Our trainings and programs incorporate Emotional Release Therapy, Applied Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory and other supporting theories; as well as the experiences of over 8,500 survivors who have attended our programs

Trauma-Informed Healing is recognised for CPD

You will learn a structured, replicable practice to de-trigger the survival response and a method to safely process and heal emotional triggers. This knowledge can be shared with clients to support self regulation and self healing.

This practical and experiential training includes a trauma-informed action plan, video presentation, actual practice of the method, and case studies to reinforce the use of the model in private practice.

Upcoming Workshops in March & May 2020

Peer Support is universally recognised as a key component of trauma recovery

If you are a survivor of childhood trauma – as many therapists are – we can teach you how to safely and professionally use your own experience to support the therapeutic relationship and facilitate healing for  clients. We will also show you the same strategies we use to protect  our own peer support workforce from an increased risk of burnout and vicarious trauma.

Trauma-Informed Healing
2 Day Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Participants: Max 6

Workshop Overview

This highly experiential workshop is based on the belief that a trauma-informed approach empowers the client to take responsibility for their own healing, thereby liberating the therapists from the need to ‘teach,’  ‘advise’ or ‘fix’ their client.

Therapists will understand how to empower clients as the expert in  their own recovery and support them to utilise their own innate self knowledge and personal experience as the key to their own healing.

This workshop is based on learning gained over 20 years of helping survivors to heal themselves from the impact of childhood trauma and abuse.


  • Appropriate qualifications in a complementary discipline are required
  • A minimum qualification of a Diploma in Counselling (or equivalent)
  • Reflective capacity
  • Self-support / self-care skills


This training requires a minimum attendance of two 8-hour workshops over 2 days, with an optional additional period of professional supervision.

Participants completing professional supervision will receive our Competency in Trauma Healing Certificate and become ‘Preferred Providers’ for our community of survivors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the neuroscience behind the Heal For Life model and understand how the model addresses physiological, emotional and behavioural impacts of trauma.
  • How to support clients to recognise the signs of trauma and identify triggers.
  • Learn a proven method to help clients successfully ‘de-trigger’ (deactivate the fight/flight/freeze/flop response).
  • Practice how to remove triggers permanently through the use of the Heal For Life model.
  • Apply practical strategies to establish safety and better support survivors of childhood trauma.
  • Learn the 12 principles of Trauma-Informed Healing and apply them in private practice.
  • How to use the principles of Transactional Analysis and Attachment Theory to aid survivors’ ability to resolve the impact of trauma on their relationship with self and others.
  • Understand how a therapist’s own trauma history may help or hinder their work and learn strategies to provide stronger peer support outcomes.
  • Learn strategies to protect against a higher risk of vicarious trauma.

Pricing & Register

Next 2 Day Workshops will take place: 7-8 March & 25-26 April 2020

All participants are responsible for the costs of travel to and from Heal for Life and need to bring food for meals during the weekend.

When you register for this training we will provide you with a confirmation email providing more information on what to bring.

The food will be prepared and cooked by those in the group who volunteer to do that. If you do not want to cook you may volunteer for other activities like washing up after meals.

The following fee covers the training  and 2 nights of shared accommodation in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

We wish to keep our program as affordable as possible for all guests, we trust you will opt to pay the fee that best meets your financial situation.

The cost of the workshop is $900 including accommodation. When we receive your application, we will confirm your registration by calling you to process your payment via credit card over the phone.

Please note this cost excludes professional supervision.

We offer payment plans  and offer a limited number of places at a Concession Rate of $700, including  accommodation. Please apply with your request, and we will contact you to make arrangements.

Please note the cost quoted excludes professional supervision.

Frequently Asked Questions

We happily work with any number and you will receive very personalised attention. Ask us for a quote if you want a more intimate training.

We happily travel to anywhere in Australia. We have enjoyed training remote Aboriginal communities. Sometimes we can combine organisations together to make the training cost effective.

We happily travel to anywhere in Australia. We have enjoyed training remote Aboriginal communities. Sometimes we can combine organisations together to make the training cost effective.

Absolutely. Supervision is provided by Liz Mullinar, our founder and/or our psychologists. We consider supervision for three months after training in our model is essential to ensure safe practice and to gain complete value from the training.

If food is included we tell you in the quote. Generally morning and afternoon tea/ coffee is included but lunch is not.

It depends on the culture of the group. We only undertake cultural or diverse group trainings if we have a trainer from that culture or group.

No. We need two full days to ensure complete understanding and safe use of our mode

Yes. We can run our training in any state or region, however as we actually get our trainees to gain hands on practical experience in our model of trauma informed practice training, we do need to be in an area where we can access Heal For Life volunteers. We will explore this upon request.

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