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




“The best part of the workshop was being with others in a similar situation…when we got to relate personally and hear their stories.”


“The best part of the workshop was the hope of repair – was a safe environment – didn’t get into personal stories in depth while still using personal experience and wisdom.”


“Accessible and comprehensible concepts. Trainer was informed, charismatic and overall a great presenter.”


“Good informative day, presenter knew their topic and made it relevant, excellent.”


“All was very valuable and enjoyable. Next time I would like more of everything.”


Educational Workshop for Family, Friends, Partners and Loved Ones of Adult Survivors

Blue Knot Foundation has partnered with Ghosthunter, a documentary film to develop and deliver trauma-informed workshops for family, friends, partners and loved ones. Ghosthunter is the story of a western Sydney security guard and part-time ghost hunter who spent two decades searching for his absent father. As a survivor of trauma, he seeks to reconcile his fractured memories and piece together his past. When his search converges with a police investigation, a family secret is exposed — forcing him to confront a brutal past in order to reclaim his future. To learn more about this documentary visit https://ghosthunterthemovie.com/ 

Clips from this documentary will be shown through this workshop to highlight the impacts of complex trauma but also the healing path to recovery, including through supportive relationships. These workshops are educational in nature; it is important to note that the material covered may evoke a range of responses so support and self-care is vital.  

This full day workshop is informed by current research and participants will learn about becoming more trauma-informed. The workshop will share knowledge about how stress can affect children as they develop, and how that biological response can still affect people later in life, including what may trigger them and how. Participants will also be given strategies to help them understand and support survivors on their recovery journey while paying attention to their own self-care.

The workshop acknowledges that trauma from childhood – including all forms of abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences –can have substantial impacts both for the adult who has experienced it as well as people around him/her. 

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Understand trauma, the stress response, the impacts of trauma on the brain, the ways survivors cope, their strengths and challenges 
  • Learn the core principles of a trauma-Informed approach, what it involves, how it can help and why 
  • Acquire the skills to implement trauma-Informed principles into daily interactions with the survivor/s in their life and build healthy relationships 
  • Understand that recovery is possible, how and where to find support for themselves and the survivor in the lives 
  • Develop strategies for self-care

All Blue Knot Foundation training and education is grounded in the latest research presented in our Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research.

Who should attend?

Partners, friends, family and loved ones of adults who have experienced any form of childhood trauma and/or abuse. This includes emotional, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, growing up in domestic violence situation, growing up with a parent with a mental illness and/ or is depressed, suicidal or abuses substances, when a parent is imprisoned or other forms of separation e.g. divorce, grief and loss.