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


References for Blue Knot Foundation's 2-day training on
A Three-Phased Approach - Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients


Boon, Suzette, Steele, Kathy, & Van der Hart, Onno (2011) Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists (New York: Norton). 

Bowlby, John [1988] (2006) A Secure Base: Clinical Applications of Attachment Theory (London: Routledge).

Briere, John & Scott, Catherine (2006) Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation and Treatment (London: Sage).

Bromberg, Philip M. [1998] (2001) Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma and Dissociation (New York: Psychology Press).

Brown, Laura S. (2009) Cultural Competence in Trauma Therapy (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association).

Castillo, Richard J. (1997) Culture and Mental Illness: A Client-Centered Approach (Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole).

Chefetz, Richard A. (2015) Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real (New York: Norton).

Chu, James A. (2011) Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders (NJ: John Wiley & Sons).

Courtois, C. A. [1988] (2010) Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy 2nd edit. (New York: Norton).

Courtois, Christine A. & Ford, Julian D. (2009) Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide (New York: The Guilford Press).

Cozolino, Louis (2002) The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain (New York: Norton).

Doidge, Norman (2007) The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (New York: Viking, 2007).

Dorahy, Martin et al (2014) `Dissociative Identity Disorder: An empirical overview’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (48, 5), pp.402-417.

Draper, Brian et al. (2008) `Long-Term Effects of Childhood Abuse on the Quality of Life and Health of Older People: Results from the Depression and Early Prevention of Suicide in General Practice Project’, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol.56, Issue 2), pp.262-271.

Felitti, Vincent J., Anda, Robert F. et. al. (1998) `Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study’, American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 14 (4), pp.245-258.

Felitti, V.J. & Anda, R.F. (2010) `The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Medical Disease, Psychiatric Disorders and Sexual Behavior: Implications for Healthcare’. Ch. 8 in Lanius. R.A., Vermetten, E. & C. Pain, The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease. Cambridge University Press, pp.77-87.

Howell, Elizabeth (2005) The Dissociative Mind (New York: Routledge).

Jennings, Ann (2004) `Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services’. Report produced by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC) United States.

Kezelman, C.A. & Stavropoulos, P.A. (2012) The Last Frontier: Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and Service Delivery (Sydney, Blue Knot Foundation, 2012). www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines

Kluft, Richard (2013) Shelter from the Storm: Processing the Traumatic Memories of DID/DDNOS Patients with the Fractionated Abreaction Technique (South Carolina: CreateSpace).

Levine, Peter A. (2008) Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body (Boulder, CO: Sounds True).

Levine, Peter (2010) In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books).

Lew, Mike (2004) Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse (New York: HarperCollins, 2004).

Masson, Jeffrey (1984) The Assault on Truth: Freud’s Suppression of the Seduction Theory (New York: Random House).

Mills, Linda (2003) Insult to Injury: Rethinking Our Responses to Intimate Abuse (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press).

Newman, Louise (2008) `Trauma and Ghosts in the Nursery: Parenting and Borderline Personality Disorder’, ch.17 in Williams, A. & Cowling, V., ed. Infants of Parents with Mental Illness: Developmental, Clinical, Cultural and Personal Perspectives (Bowen Hills, Qld: Australian Academic Press), pp.212-227.

Ogden, Pat, Minton Kekuni & Pain, Clare (2006) Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy (New York: Norton).

Porges, Stephen W. (2011) The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation (New York: Norton).

Ross, Colin A. & Halpern, Naomi (2009) Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity (Richardson, TXL Manitou Communications).

Rothschild, Babette (2010) The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (New York: Norton).

Rothschild, Babette & Rand, M. (2006) Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (New York: Norton).

Rothschild, Babette (2011) Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide (New York: Norton).

Saakvitne, K. W. (1995) Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors (New York: Norton).

Shapiro, Robyn (2010) The Trauma Treatment Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum (New York: Norton).

Schore, Allan (2003) Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self (New York: Norton, 2003).

Siegel, Daniel J. (2009) Mindsight (New York: Random House).

Siegel, Daniel J. & Hartzell, Mary (2004) Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (New York: Penguin).

Siegel, Daniel J. (2012) Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology (New York: Norton).

Solomon, Marion T. & Siegel, Daniel J. (2003) Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain (New York: Norton).

Steinberg, M., M.D. & Schnall, M. (2001) The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation, The Hidden Epidemic (New York: HarperCollins).

Stern, Donnel (2010) Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment (New York Routledge)

van der Hart, Onno, Nijenhuis, Ellert & Steele, Kathy (2006) The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (New York: Norton).

van der Kolk, Bessel A. (2005) `Developmental Trauma Disorder: Towards a Rational Diagnosis for Chronically Traumatized Children’, Psychiatric Annals pp.1-18.

van der Kolk, Bessel A., Roth. S., Pelcovitz, D., Sunday, S. & Spinazzola (2005) `Disorders of Extreme Stress: The Empirical Foundation of a Complex Adaptation to Trauma’, Journal of Traumatic Stress (Vol.18, No.5), pp.389-399.

van der Kolk, Bessel A. (2011) `Foreword’, Porges, The Polyvagal Theory, pp.xi-xvii.

van der Kolk, Bessel A. (2006) `Foreword’, Ogden, Minton & Pain, Trauma and the Body (2006), pp.xvii-xxvi.

van der Kolk, Bessel A. (2003) `Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Nature of Trauma’, ch.4 in Solomon & Siegel, Healing Trauma, pp.168-195.

Wallin, David J. (2007) Attachment in Psychotherapy (New York: The Guilford Press).


“Extremely well presented. Covered salient points in trauma work. Very credible presenter, obviously knows the subject matter well, is clear, informative, and was careful to ensure participant's expectations were met.”

E. HUTCHING Relationships Australia

“It was wonderful training given that all my questions and issues were addressed. It felt like 2 days of supervision.”

SYLVIA ACEVEDO Clinical and Private Practitioner

“I found the training very informative and a window to many therapies and skills to focus on in the future. The presenter was excellent and certainly demonstrated a well informed knowledge of various modalities and therapies.”


“The presenter did an excellent job! The information was interesting, profound and very relevant. The information was very clear, stimulating and I will find it very helpful when working with clients.”

WENDY METRA Counsellor/Psychotherapist

“Absolutely fantastic workshops! It was great to discuss, hear and walk away with real practical strategies and techniques to assist my clients in becoming more body aware. Excellent resources given.”