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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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Last reviewed: April 2016

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Impacts of childhood trauma and abuse

Information for survivors and to better understand childhood trauma, abuse and complex trauma.

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Helping survivors know if they were abused

Information to help adults who have suffered childhood trauma & abuse understand their reactions, identify if they were abused & supports their recovery.

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How to best work with self-harming and suicidal patients

Considers strategies for working with self-harming and suicidal clients, which is not uncommon with complex trauma clients; focus is on safety.

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Self-care strategies for survivors

Tools for self care, self soothing and supporting adult survivors recover from trauma & abuse in childhood through Helpline, workshops, training, resources (Guidelines, fact sheets, videos, website).

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Resources for groups affected by childhood trauma & abuse

Online resources & information on different types of child abuse & trauma for survivors, families, friends, health & legal professionals & organisations.

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Video: clinicians supporting complex trauma survivors

A video for health professionals working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma. Other information, tools, training, resources for health workers.

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Complex Trauma Treatment

Blue Knot Foundation provides information on treatment models such as the medical model, diagnosis & personality disorders in complex trauma context.

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Myths about child abuse are common; what are they?

Examines and challenges common myths around child abuse such as its prevalence, violence, perpetrators, mental illness and effects as children become adults.

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Understanding adult coping strategies

Information which provides an understanding of the adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies used by adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

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Video and resources for childhood trauma survivors

'Towards recovery' is a video for adult survivors of childhood trauma featuring survivors, professionals, supporters to use as resource & tool in recovery.

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