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

Contact Us

Enquire today regarding having in-house training. Please complete the online enquiry form, or alternatively, contact our In-house Training Manager on (02) 8920 3611 or trainingandservices@blueknot.org.au

CPD Information

Professionals may claim CPD hours / credits / points for their participation in Blue Knot Foundation training workshops as a self-directed learning activity.

Blue Knot Foundation helps you meet your reporting obligations by having clearly articulated learning outcomes attached to each workshop and issuing Certificates of Attendance to participants upon completion of the workshop. For more information please refer to your professional association or the AHPRA website.

Integrating trauma-informed practice when working with clients affected by AOD

Alcohol Other Drugs


This one-day interactive professional development training provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma who use AOD as coping responses and survival strategies.  

This training, informed by current research, introduces the universal trauma-informed care and practice principles which underpin contemporary practice for trauma survivors. It also focuses on the physiological impact of psychoactive substances, which clients may use, to manage their trauma-related symptoms and distress. 

Participants will acquire insights and tools to support clients who present with challenges related to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. The training promotes a strengths-based approach that minimises retraumatisation, fosters a therapeutic relationship and enhances possibilities for recovery. 

By participating in this professional development training, learners will:

  1. Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence, and impacts of individual, complex and collective trauma, the stress response, attachment and neurobiology and adaptive responses to understand AOD use by trauma survivors 
  2. Increase awareness, and the clinical implications, of the interconnectedness of complex trauma and problematic AOD use 
  3. Using case scenarios, apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise retraumatisation and support recovery of people with complex trauma 

Who should attend?

Professionals working with adults affected by AOD including caseworkers, counsellors, intake assessment clinicians, support workers, AOD workers, telephone and online counsellors working in diverse settings including, but not limited to, hospital and community health services, therapeutic communities, specialist alcohol and other drug services, the forensic system, Aboriginal health services, dual diagnosis services, homelessness and outreach services.

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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
Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
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
or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au

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+61 422 337 332
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