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 inhousetraining@blueknot.org.au


“The course has provided me with even more confidence to help clients at work. Very worthwhile seminars – well run – great information.”

ANONYMOUS Family Violence Prevention Legal Service

“The service provided was of high standard and met the expectations of the organisation. I would use this service again for any training needs.”

VICKI ROLLO NSW Domestic Violence Line

“Excellent facilitation. Very clear presentation with appropriate use of electronic presentation, balance with active exercises e.g. role plays. Thank you.”

KRISTEN BURIEL Violence, Abuse and Neglect Service

“The support, advice, service and training received from Blue Knot Foundation staff and consultants was top notch and I would recommend that people ... should complete trauma informed training delivered by Blue Knot Foundation.”

ANONYMOUS Family Violence Prevention Service

“Participating in the workshop gave me confidence and training skills on how to deal with client issues.”

ANONYMOUS Bankstown Women’s Health Centre

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.


“I commend this workshop to service providers and those involved in social services to ensure you are up to date on the issues surrounding caring and appropriate responses to people who have experienced child abuse.”

ALAN WOODWARD Lifeline Research Foundation

“Thank you - a very informative and engaging day. Should honestly be compulsory for this industry.”

SAMANTHA SPEIRS Lifeline, Melbourne

“Thank you I found the training valuable and enjoyable. The more trauma-informed all government and non-government are, the better for individuals and families.”

TINA VAN KOLCK Central Coast Family Support Service

“This training was highly recommended to me from people who attended it before. And truly very right. Very relevant to my work, this training was very interesting, resourceful and well organised.”

POVICE KUPWIL Community Care Northern Beaches

“Great training - good to talk about examples in the workplace and connect them to the training. Having worked in child abuse and investigation for over 10 years, I've never been delivered training so relevant.”

ANTOINETTE AGUILINA Professional Standards Office

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Services - Level 2

Family Domestic Violence

This one day interactive professional development training provides the trauma- informed information knowledge and skills needed for personnel currently working directly with people currently experiencing (or who have past historical experience of) domestic and family violence.   

This training builds upon, and extends, Blue Knot Foundation’s Level 1 course (Trauma Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Level 1). 

Case studies will be used to understand and develop practical strategies to enhance trauma recovery within a trauma- informed care and practice model which has a focus on safety. The training will highlight how to apply the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment when working with people clients experiencing DFV.  

The training will also explore the management of common trauma impacts including shame, loss and mis-attribution of responsibility for violence. The challenges of working with survivors who also perpetrate domestic and family violence will also  also be explored as well. 


By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the connection between forms of domestic power and control and the development of complex trauma
  • Apply an understanding of intersectionality to work successfully with survivors of domestic and family violence DFV who face additional layers of power imbalance and marginalisation 
  • Develop skills in working with shame, developing trust and reconstructing identities to help survivors’ long-term recovery from the impacts of domestic and family violence
  • Apply a trauma- informed practice model  to working safely and effectively with people experiencing domestic and family violence, with an advanced understanding of perpetrator tactics 
  • Identify and explore the challenges when trauma survivors additionally perpetrate violence   

Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research.

You can download the flyer here.

Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research.

Who should attend?

This training will suit therapists, caseworkers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists and other health professionals who support people experiencing domestic and family violence.

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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

For media comment, please contact:
Dr Cathy Kezelman
+61 425 812 197
+61 2 8920 3611
or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au

For media enquiries, please contact: 
Jo Scard
+61 457 725 953 
or jo@fiftyacres.com