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Work for Blue Knot Foundation - Sydney Based (2 Open Jobs)


Are you an experienced trauma counsellor? Do you want to work in a fast paced supportive team of experienced trauma specialists in a growing not for profit organisation?

The Blue Knot Helpline is the only specialist Helpline in Australia for adult survivors of all forms of complex childhood trauma. The Helpline provides short-term counselling, support, information and referrals to survivors, and to the people who support them personally and professionally.

We are currently seeking applications from qualified and experienced trauma counsellors to join our dynamic, skilled and supportive Helpline team.

All work is performed from the Blue Knot Foundation office every day between 8.30am – 5.30pm. No evening or overnight shift work is required. We do not operate shifts from home or from remote locations. Shifts vary from 4.5 hours on the weekends to full day shifts weekdays. Counsellors are additionally able to apply for shifts on the Debriefing roster to support counsellors working on the weekend.

Please click here to see the Role Description and Application Form.

To submit an application, please forward your resume and completed Application Form to

Applications close Monday 4th March 2019

If you have any enquiries please contact


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, and 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
  • State “Application for Trainer Position” in the header

For any questions regarding the role, please contact Elena Manning - Training and Services Manager.  Email: 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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