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CURRENTLY HIRING - Trauma-informed Group Supervisors, organisational consultants, experienced trainers
  (CONTRACTOR POSITIONs - Australia wide)

About Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Foundation, formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), is the leading national organisation supporting the complex needs of the five million Australian adults (1 in 4) who are survivors of childhood trauma, their families and their communities. Blue Knot Foundation empowers recovery for those affected.

Blue Knot Foundation is at the forefront of trauma-informed policy, practice, research and training. Blue Knot Foundation released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery (2012), a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. In 2015 BKF released an Economic Report, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia, leading the conversation around the economic imperative of providing the right services for adult survivors and in 2016, Trauma and the Law – Applying Trauma-informed Practice to Legal and Judicial Contexts.

Blue Knot Foundation provides a range of services in every state in Australia including:

  • Professional development training and group supervision for professionals and other personnel in the legal, health, and community sectors
  • Organisational consultancy, research and advocacy
  • Educational workshops for survivors and their loved ones
  • Specialist Blue Knot Helpline


Trauma-Informed Supervisors

About the role

Blue Knot Foundation is expanding its supervision brokerage service and is looking to contract experienced trauma-informed supervisors to provide group supervision to its clients.

About you

The following skills are essential for success in this role:

  • Demonstrated understanding of complex trauma, its impacts and the need for trauma-informed practice
  • Extensive experience and expertise in providing group clinical or non-clinical supervision
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to foster therapeutic and supervisory relationships
  • Extensive experience working therapeutically or in a supportive role with people who have experienced childhood trauma across health, human services or legal sectors
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups exploring practice including legal and ethical considerations
  • Demonstrated ability to reflect on own supervisory practice and engage in ongoing personal supervision
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline.

Highly regarded, but not essential:

  • Ability to travel
  • Experience in providing supervision the legal, health or community sectors


Trauma-Informed Organisational Consultants

About the role

Blue Knot Foundation is recruiting for experienced consultants to support organisations to embed trauma-informed principles within and across organizational structures, policies and processes.

About you

The following skills are essential for success in this role:

  • Demonstrated understanding of organisational governance, structures and domains
  • Demonstrated understanding of trauma-informed principles and how to embed them within and across all levels of organizational structure, culture and function
  • Demonstrated experience in systematic policy, programs and systems review including assessment, planning and implementation of change processes 
  • High level project management skills, and demonstrated ability to engage managers and teams to develop a shared understanding of priorities and goals
  • Strong interpersonal and clear communication skills and demonstrated ability to engage with diverse and relevant organisational stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work from a trauma-informed strengths-focused perspective that is inclusive, collaborative and person-centered
  • Ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, analyse data and make recommendations

Trauma-Informed Trainers

About the role

Blue Knot Foundation is expanding its training arm and is looking for experienced trainers/facilitators to deliver our suite of trauma-informed packages around the country. This contract position could complement the work of professionals in private practice or who work part time.

About you

The following skills are essential for success in this role:

  • Demonstrated understanding of trauma-informed practice, the impact of childhood trauma and implications for service providers
  • Demonstrated understanding of adult learning principles and ability to modify training style to best meet learners’ needs and expectations
  • Extensive experience facilitating adult learning in professional development or vocational setting, including working with diverse group dynamics and dealing with challenging behaviours
  • A high level of interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to reflect on own skills and knowledge base in relation to meeting training outcomes

Highly regarded, but not essential:

  • Extensive experience working with people who have experienced childhood trauma in the health, human services, legal or corporate sectors
  • Tertiary qualifications in one of the following disciplines - psychology, education, social work, allied health, medicine, law or counselling
  • Lived experience of complex trauma
  • Ongoing professional supervision if working clinically
  • Ability to travel
  • A current Certificate IV TAE Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Experience facilitating online learning
  • Experience in tailoring education packages
  • Experience delivering training to workers/professionals with clients who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent 

How to Apply

 ·         Write an application letter that includes:

o   The location you would like to be considered as working from, for instance the Mid-North Coast of NSW or Adelaide. This does not include the areas you are willing to travel too;

o   A subheading for each selection criterion of the position you are applying for, followed by your skills and experience that demonstrates how you meet them. Please note that applications that do not individually address the selection criteria will not be considered. If you are applying for more than one position, please address each criterion for each position. 

  • Submit an application outlining how you meet the criteria, along with your CV, to by the 14th of February, 2017;
  • List “Application for position of Supervisor/Consultant/Trainer” in the header.


As we will be assessing applications on a rolling basis feel free to apply prior to the closing date.


For any questions regarding the role, please contact Training Manager Samadhi Driscoll:


Phone: 02 8920 3611

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


Contact Us

Phone: 02 8920 3611
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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