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Testimonials

"The Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery fill the substantial gap in knowledge, understanding, and practice in the field of trauma, and bring hope to millions of trauma survivors."

Prof Warwick Middleton Psychiatrist

"The Guidelines set out the approaches needed to address trauma histories within clinical practice and mental health settings. I am very pleased to endorse the Guidelines and strongly support the implementation of trauma informed care and practice."

Janne McMahon OAM Director and Chair PMHCCN

“I think this is one of the most comprehensive analyses of the subject that I have read; ASCA is to be congratulated on having produced such a marvellous resource.”

A/Prof Carolyn Quadrio School of Psychiatry UNSW

"I have read the practice guidelines which I believe are unparalleled in their scope and detail. I believe they provide a comprehensive template which informs the optimal treatment of these patients. Therefore, I thoroughly endorse them."

Jeremy Butler Psychiatrist

“It was so good to see the robust way in which the Guidelines delineate how the long shadow of child abuse impacts on adult mental health years later.”

Dr Valerie Sinason Clinic for Dissociative Studies, London

Practice Guidelines

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.

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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.
 


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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

 

Acknowledgements: 

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.