Dilip Balu


Vicarious Trauma | Supervision | Collaborative Care | Trauma Aware Schooling


Dilip is a Senior Clinical Social Worker at the Alternate Care Clinic (Redbank House, Westmead Hospital) and in private practice as a Psychotherapist. Dilip also practices privately as a trainer and clinical supervisor for individuals and groups. His clinical, leadership and management experience ranges across Child Protection, Out of Home Care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Violence Abuse and Neglect, Perinatal & Infant Mental Health, and long-term psychotherapy settings. Dilip has a special interest in relational perspectives on understanding human development across the lifespan, specifically with people who have experienced complex developmental trauma in the context of abuse and neglect. He works from a systemic perspective that views the person’s experience as embedded within, and intimately influenced by the relational systems that support them. This systemic and ecological perspective also drives Dilip’s clinical and research interest in understanding and mitigating the impact of trauma exposure on clinical practice. As an extension on this, he is currently undertaking a PhD at The University of Sydney studying the interpersonal factors that drive collaborative care in Out of Home Care.

Dilip also holds a significant interest in educational settings which stems from his clinical experience, love of working across disciplines and agency boundaries, and a deep and enduring interest in human development, systems and post traumatic growth. Dilip strives to keep things balanced and maintain his relational orientation to all things with the help of his wonderful young family, close friends and the more than occasional snack of fried chips:)



Go Deep without Drowning


Relational Trauma: Beyond Burn Out and Self-Care

Working with clients with relational trauma can impact on practitioners in many ways. The nature of your work requires you to go deep with clients; 

suddenly in the heat of your client’s heated emotions, 

more purposively when advocating desperately with other stakeholders, 

and still other more candid times when your client reveals a part of them that their shame rarely allows. 

Relational trauma requires relational repair. But at what cost to you?  Whilst stories of survival and resilience can inspire us, it is the daily (often unrecognised) exposure to traumatic material and clients coping behaviours which results in gradual and insidious changes in the internal states and world views of practitioners. Good practitioners seek to go deep with clients because they know that is where the healing starts. To do that though you’ve go to be willing to learn how to use and practice therapeutic care with yourself (and your peers/ staff). 

This workshop is for team leaders concerned about staff wellbeing to new graduates wanting to fortify themselves for a long and meaningful career, and all of us in between who have asked ourselves… “why am I doing this?”.


School Leader Mental Health 

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"We have all enjoyed the group supervision. Dilip is a wealth of knowledge."

Manager, Child and Family Support