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


Practice Guidelines

Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery (2012)
Practice Guidelines

These internationally and nationally acclaimed Practice Guidelines have served as the basis for Blue Knot Foundation's professional development training in this same area. Blue Knot Foundation provides training both scheduled and in-house from its extensive suite of packages. To find out more about our training, please visit: blueknot.org.au/training.

Blue Knot Foundation’s 'The Last Frontier': 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 Last Frontier: 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.


You can purchase a hard copy of the guidelines or register to download a copy.

                               PURCHASE A HARD COPY               REGISTER AND DOWNLOAD 

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



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.


Disclaimer - Blue Knot Foundation makes every effort to provide readers of its website and newsletters with information which is accurate and helpful. It is not however a substitute for counselling or professional advice. While all attempts have been made to verify all information provided, Blue Knot Foundation cannot guarantee and does not assume any responsibility for currency, errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the information provided.


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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
Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au 
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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Dr Cathy Kezelman
+61 425 812 197
+61 2 8920 3611
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