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Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Foundation is a national organisation focused exclusively on advancing the needs of the estimated 4 to 5 million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma.

Childhood trauma includes sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, witnessing and experiencing the impacts of family and community violence and a range of other adverse childhood events.

Blue Knot Foundation, previously known as ASCA, was formed in 1995 and provides a range of services: professional phone support, a referral database, workshops for survivors and their supporters, education and training programs for health care professionals and workers, newsletters for survivors and health professionals, advocacy, research and health promotion in the areas of complex trauma and trauma informed care and practice.

Blue Knot Foundation professional support line is staffed by trained trauma-informed counsellors, male and female. It supports adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, partners, family and friends of survivors, health professionals and anyone in the workplace working with people who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse. The helpline, 1300 657 380, operates 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday EST.

Blue Knot Foundation is also a founding member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory Working Group – advocating for a national agenda around trauma-informed care and practice. Blue Knot Foundation is an Australian organisation providing hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for adults with complex needs who have experienced all forms of childhood trauma.

In 2012 Blue Knot Foundation launched a set of evidence-based Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery.

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Overview of the Video Series

With funding from the Federal Department of Health, Blue Knot Foundation developed a series of short videos, one for each group of people who are affected by childhood trauma and abuse.

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Complex trauma resources for health professionals

Resources for health professionals working with complex trauma clients including Blue Knot Foundation Practice Guidelines, webinars, presentation & policy.

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Grounding and breathing techniques help trauma survivors

Controlled breathing techniques and thought distraction strategies help adult survivors of childhood trauma manage emotions and reduce panic attacks.

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Defines and describes the different types of child abuse

Outlines the signs, types and characteristics of different forms of child abuse - emotional, physical, sexual, organised sexual, neglect & family violence.

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Childhood trauma and abuse affect brain physiology

Blue Knot Foundation discusses the neurological impact of childhood trauma and abuse on cortex, limbic system, left/right brain hemispheres, stress hormones.

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Audio recordings about childhood trauma and recovery

Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse ASCA) audios and interviews about childhood trauma, trauma informed practice and recovery.

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Resources for groups affected by childhood trauma & abuse

Blue Knot Foundation provides online resources on child abuse & trauma for survivors, families, friends, health & legal professionals & organisations.

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Myths about child abuse are common; what are they?

Blue Knot Foundation examines and challenges common myths around child abuse such as its prevalence, perpetrators and effects as children become adults.

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Dialectical behaviour & narrative therapy, psychotherapy

Outlines the use of Dialectical Behaviour therapy, narrative therapy and psychotherapy for working with adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

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Video for loved ones of childhood trauma survivors

Supporting recovery for family friends, partners and loved ones is a short video for all those who are personally supporting an adult survivor of childhood trauma and abuse.

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