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.

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Educational Settings

Educational Settings

“Childhood trauma includes all forms of abuse, neglect, growing up with domestic and community violence and other forms of adverse childhood experiences. In 2014-15, 1 in 35 Australian children received child protection services." (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016). As child abuse is the least reported of all crimes, these figures underestimate the real picture of child abuse, let alone childhood trauma.

What do these figures mean for a school system? What do they mean for teachers who are often faced with the effects of trauma on a child’s capacity to learn, concentrate, and engage with peers and the school curriculum?

This one-day foundational interactive professional development training alerts school teachers and other school staff to the possibility that students may have experiences of trauma which are affecting their health, wellbeing, daily interactions and functioning.

It provides the knowledge and skills needed to better support their sensitivities and vulnerabilities, minimise re-traumatisation and enhance possibilities for engaging in an educational system.

This training encourages teachers and other school personnel to reformulate their daily work practice and to ask: “What happened to you that might be causing you to experience the world from this perspective?” Participants will return to their workplace with insights and tools which foster hope, enhance student and staff wellbeing and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation of students. 

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed practices 
  • Analyse the stress response to better understand the challenges that students face in regulating their emotions and arousal 
  • Use a trauma-informed lens to reframe challenging emotions and behaviours as ‘adaptive’ responses to trauma
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support student well being 
  • Engage in an audit tool to support the development of strategies for setting up a trauma informed school system.


Please note: this training is also available in a half day format. The half-day format, while informative, presents the course information in less detail and does not provide the opportunity to workshop concepts for practical application.

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 www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines and other relevant research.

Who should attend?

Anyone working in an educational setting. Role examples: school teachers, school counsellors, principals, school administration staff.

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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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