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

Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors of Therapists who Work with Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Supervision Guidelines

Clinical supervision is a key component of professional and ethical practice. The pace of clinical and research insights relating to complex trauma is such that even clinical supervisors conversant with the field can find it hard to keep up. Clinical supervisors who are less aware of the many faces of complex trauma, and who are otherwise competent and experienced in supporting their clinical supervisees, will find the following guidelines helpful.

The following guidelines are in two parts:
The first section (Part A: `Knowledge Base’) presents core principles of which clinical supervisors of therapists who work with complex trauma and dissociation need to be aware.
The second section (Part B: `Skill Base’) addresses application of the principles presented in Part 1. Necessarily there is some overlap between the two sections.
Appendices which summarise key features of complex trauma and dissociation (Appendix 1) and principles of self-care (Appendix 2) are also provided.

Clinical supervisors of therapists and health professionals who work with complex trauma are strongly advised to read the guidelines in conjunction with the other guidelines released by Blue Knot Foundation.

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


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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.


Health Direct


Head to Health


“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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