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Practice Paper – Supporting Children with Complex Trauma



Date: Wednesday 13 March 2024 from 5.30 PM 

Venue: Shine Lawyers:  Level 13/160 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

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Supporting Children with Complex Trauma

About this paper:

Mr Trent Savill is the Director of Complex Care which is a Brisbane based counselling and consultancy service that specialises in the provision of therapy and placement support to children and families with complex needs engaged with the child protection system.

This practice paper has been designed to assist professionals to develop a better understanding of how to support children with a history of complex relational trauma aiming to simplify contemporary research, and through integration with practice wisdom, provide real hands-on strategies for supporting children’s engagement and recovery.

This practice paper will provide information regarding:

  • Basic Brain Anatomy;
  • Human Threat Response;
  • Neurobiology of Trauma;
  • Disorganised Attachment;
  • Facilitating Safety and Trust in Maltreated Children; and
  • Building Self-Regulation and repairing the brain-stem.


Trent Savill

Trent has worked in private practice and as the Director of Complex Care for the last 15 years and has supported children with complex behavioural needs in other various roles within the child protection/out of home care sector for over 20 years.  In his role as the Director of Complex care, Trent leads and supervises a team of therapists and specialist behaviour support practitioners, and provides training and clinical guidance to the sector around trauma informed care and responding to the needs of young people with complex/high-risk behaviours.


Dr Sarah Angel

Dr Sarah Angel is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has owned and operated a private practice at Petrie Terrace, Brisbane for over 24 years.  Dr Angel treats adults and children with a range of psychological presentations including Complex Trauma, Substance Abuse Disorders and Personality Disorders.  Dr Angel’s clinical specialty and expertise is child and family matters, particularly following parental separation and in complex family dynamics.  Dr Angel provides treatment and family reports with embedded psychological assessments and personality profiling to provide a detailed analysis of risk factors associated with parent’s presentations.  Dr Angel is a founding member and Vice President of the Association of Therapeutic Family Law Professionals (TFLP) and a Board Member for the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ).

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