Blue Knot Foundation’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery
present the collective wisdom of the last two decades of national and international research in the trauma field. They are poised to revolutionise possibilities for recovery for the large numbers of people with unresolved "complex trauma" - child abuse in all its forms, neglect, family and community violence and other adverse childhood events. They establish insights that optimism about recovery from complex trauma is warranted, and that childhood trauma can be resolved.
The Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Complex Trauma & Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery have been officially recognised as an Accepted Clinical Resource by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
What experts are saying:
"The Guidelines are poised to spearhead the policy and practice reforms needed to respond appropriately to trauma across and within service sectors. Their widespread implementation is urgently needed to assist the recovery of those whose trauma is unresolved."
A/Prof Martin Dorahy, PhD, Associate Professor Department of Psychology University of Canterbury
"The Guidelines weave information from neuroscience and attachment theory with recovery-orientated, trauma-informed and therapeutic principles. They have been widely welcomed by the national and international community of consumers, workers and practitioners."
Adah Sachs Consultant Psychotherapist, London
Blue Knot Foundation would like to acknowledge the funding from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing which made the development of these guidelines possible.
The Hon Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health stated in a letter to Blue Knot Foundation (then ASCA): "I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues at Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) for the development of these Guidelines. The Australian government is committed to improving mental health care nationally, and I am grateful for your continued commitment to addressing complex trauma in adults who have experienced interpersonal trauma in childhood as the result of abuse in all its forms". Blue Knot Foundation is keen to work with government on the reforms needed to embed these guidelines into practice and close the gap between research knowledge and service responses. Identifying and appropriately addressing the needs of people who have experienced trauma is a major global public health challenge. These guidelines are an important step towards beginning to address this challenge. They set the standards needed to put research into practice both for trauma-specific services and trauma-informed services.