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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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Trauma based approaches for responding to complex trauma

Trauma based approaches understand the impacts of trauma on individuals and respond using a trauma informed lens asking the question: What happened to you?

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Blue Knot Foundation and child abuse prevention

Blue Knot Foundation explores child abuse prevention strategies in Australia and identifies society's role in helping to protect children and prevent abuse.

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Child abuse has many potential negative impacts

Information helps us to understand the ways child abuse can affect survivors, how and why it affects them and the daily challenges survivors often face.

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Information and options for Health Professionals

Blue Knot Foundation supports health professionals working with complex trauma survivors: resources, fact sheets, videos, information, training, supervision.

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Vicarious trauma - how to recognise, prevent & address

Provides information about identifying risks of vicarious trauma, minimising risks, identifying signs and responding to experiences of vicarious trauma.

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Health professional resources around childhood trauma

Blue Knot Foundation provides resources (practice guidelines, fact sheet, video, information) for health professionals working with complex trauma clients.

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Learn how to build adaptive coping strategies as an adult

Coping mechanisms and patterns of behaviour to help adult survivors of childhood trauma and child abuse cope and adapt better in current adult life.

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Traumatic amnesia is common; not just with child abuse

Traumatic amnesia has been linked to child abuse and other traumas; allegations of false (recovered) memories can be an obstacle in prosecution.

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Lists child abuse-related psychological conditions

Childhood trauma and abuse has been linked to many comorbid conditions including PTSD, depression, dissociative disorders, personality disorders & psychoses.

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National complex trauma networks

Information on how to be a part of the Blue Knot Foundation and the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) complex trauma networks around Australia.

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