If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEST
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au


Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays

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About Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Foundation is the National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. It works to empower recovery for the estimated five million (1 in 4) Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, their families and their communities. 

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. Since the release of the guidelines Blue Knot has remained a thought leader releasing publications in the areas of complex trauma and trauma-informed practice.

Blue Knot Foundation provides a range of services in every state and territory including:
• Professional development training for professionals and other personnel across diverse sectors in trauma-informed practice, complex trauma treatment and vicarious trauma mitigation
• Trauma-informed supervision, organisational consultancy, research and advocacy 
• Educational workshops for survivors and their loved ones
• Specialist Blue Knot Helpline.





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 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 or other relevant qualifications - 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 tosullivan@blueknot.org.au.
State “Application for Trainer Position” in the header.

As we will be assessing applications on a rolling basis, please apply as soon as possible. 

For any questions regarding the role, please contact: 

Tamara O'Sullivan. 

Email: tosullivan@blueknot.org.au 

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
Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au 
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

For media comment, please contact:
Dr Cathy Kezelman
+61 425 812 197
+61 2 8920 3611
or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au

For media enquiries, please contact: 
Julia Macerola
+61 422 337 332
or julia@fiftyacres.com