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Work for Blue Knot Foundation

Trauma-informed Trainer 
NT, ACT, and regional NSW and VIC

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, abuse and neglect and other forms of complex trauma, as well as their families, friends, co-workers and communities. 

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 in particular locations 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 demonstrated training delivery skills, confidence and enthusiasm, as well as knowledge and experience in one or more of the following:

1. Clinical/counselling experience working within sexual assault, domestic and family violence, child protection services (at least 5 years’ experience)
2. Experience implementing best practice complex trauma treatment approaches  
3. Experience working with people with a lived experience of trauma in organisational settings 
4. Lawyers working with people with a lived experience of trauma 
5. Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
6. Experience working in supportive or clinical roles with people who use alcohol and other drugs 
7. Experience working in the homelessness sector
8. Experience working supporting carers of adults who have experienced complex trauma
9. Experience working with people with different abilities / disability
10. Experience managing people (at least 5 years’ experience) in human, health or other services that provide services to people with a lived experience of trauma
11. Experience working in educational settings with adolescents or adults with a lived experience of trauma
12. Clinical supervisors of complex trauma practitioners
13. GPs working with complex trauma patients     

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 impacts of complex trauma, vicarious trauma and implications for service providers
Extensive experience working with people who have experienced complex trauma in the health, human services, legal, public, private, not-for-profit, government or corporate sectors in supportive or therapeutic roles  
Demonstrated experience and expertise in one or more of the 13 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 settings, 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 learning 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 in virtual, e- or blended learning modes training
Experience in tailoring training packages

How to Apply

Submit your CV and an application outlining how you meet the Essential and Highly Regarded Criteria to  Please state “Application for Trainer Position” in the header.

For any questions regarding the role, please contact Jo Cohen 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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Dr Cathy Kezelman AM
0425 812 197 or

For media enquiries, please contact: 
Jo Scard
+61 457 725 953 or


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