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Currently Hiring - Trainer

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

Priority Skill Sets

We are looking for trainers with excellent training facilitation skills, confidence, enthusiasm AND, experience and skill sets in one, or more, of the following:

1.       clinical/ counselling experience working within domestic and family violence services (at least 5 years)

2.       experienced complex trauma clinicians (at least 5 years) who implement best practice approaches

3.       working in organisational settings which support traumatised people

4.       lawyers working with people with complex trauma histories

5.       working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

6.       working with people who use alcohol and other drugs

7.       working within homelessness services

8.       carers of adults who have been repeatedly traumatised

9.       working with people with different abilities / disability

10.   people managers (with at least 5 years people management experience) working in human services, health or other services that provide services to traumatised people

11.   working in educational settings with adolescents or adults who have been traumatised

12.   provision of clinical supervision to complex trauma practitioners.  

We are looking for trainers in all Australian States and Territories.

Essential Criteria

·         Tertiary qualifications in one of the following disciplines - psychology, education, social work, allied health, medicine, law or counselling

·         High level understanding of trauma-informed practice, the impact of complex childhood trauma, vicarious trauma and implications for service providers

·         Extensive experience working with people who have experienced childhood trauma in the health, human services, legal, corporate or private clinical practice sectors  

·         Demonstrated  experience in one, or more, of the 12 Priority Skill Sets listed above

·         Ability to use an engaging training delivery style and “think on your feet”

·         Extensive experience facilitating adult learning in professional development or vocational setting, including working with diverse group dynamics, managing challenging behaviours and applying adult learning principles

·         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:

·         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 training packages

·         Experience delivering training to workers/professionals with clients who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent


How to Apply

·         Submit your CV and an application outlining how you meet the Essential and Highly Regarded Criteria to by the Friday 5 October 2018

·         State “Application for Trainer Position” in the header.


As we will be assessing applications on a rolling basis, please apply as soon as possible prior to the closing date.

For any questions regarding the role, please contact Elena Manning- Training and Services Manager.  Email: Phone: (02) 8920 3611.

Training and Services Development Coordinator

Blue Knot Foundation’s Training and Services Development Coordinator coordinates the delivery of trauma-informed supervision and organisational consultancy programs, and supports the training program including developing training content and implementing quality improvement processes. Critical to the role’s success is commitment to growth of revenue, rigorous quality assurance processes and effective client/stakeholder management. 


Develop and coordinate development of training packages, clinical and non-clinical, for face-to- face, virtual, online and blended training delivery incorporating adult learning principles and interactive learning activities

• Apply an understanding of the service sector to identify training gaps and optimise service delivery across sectors which best meet the needs of people impacted by complex trauma

• Ensure that all packages are informed by latest research in Blue Knot publications and other sector specific sources, and are aligned with trauma-informed principles


With the Training and Services Manager identify, scope, develop and organise implementation and delivery of supervision, speaking engagements and consultancy services

• Develop and implement regular ongoing quality assurance processes around supervision, speaking and consultancy services including recommendations for quality improvement

• Review and evaluate supervision services, including compliance with relevant standards and meeting objectives and outcomes (supervision services are directed at several sectors, including the legal sector, and include individual and group supervision models)

• Build and effectively manage relationships with new and existing clients and stakeholders around supervision, speaking and consultancy services

• Optimise timely cost effective and efficient end-to-end delivery of supervision, speaking and consultancy services responsive to inquiries, building credibility, market penetration and client satisfaction


Lead the development of a suite of e-learning programs which align with organisational mission, support broader training program and best meet the needs of diverse sectors, and support sustainable growth

• Identify and coordinate relevant personnel and resources to build online capacity including subject matter experts, visual design and multimedia, development of online learning resources

• Oversee the utilisation of Learning Management System, including advising re acquisition of relevant resources and personnel and requisite authoring tools

• Manage multiple online projects including maintaining schedules and budgets


  • Other duties as directed



  • 3 years minimum clinical practical experience working with people who have experienced complex trauma
  • Significant knowledge of the complex trauma field, research and best practice
  • Ability to write trauma-informed training material to suit face-to-face, virtual and online delivery  
  • Understanding of the service sector assisting people experiencing complex trauma, vicarious trauma and in trauma-informed practice 
  • Knowledge of the training market, sector and services knowledge
  • 3-5 years minimum experience and success in e-learning development 
  • High level stakeholder management and communication skills including conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Time management and planning skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office


  • Provision of clinical supervision
  • Experience managing teams
  • Proficiency working with Learning Management Systems and Customer Relationship Management software


  • This role reports to Training and Services Manager

How to apply for this job

To apply, please send your CV and a document addressing the requirements of the role as set out in the position description to by 15th of October 2018




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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.”


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