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


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“The training course was incredibly informative and provided us with a different perspective on collaborating with our clients. Presenter was also thoroughly engaging.”

SHINARA ARMITAGE Disability Support Worker

“The training has given support workers the understanding that even people with intellectual disabilities that cannot communicate well have most likely had some kind of trauma in their lives. It was also recognised that exploring the past trauma in clients lives can help to recognise behaviour issues that client display. Staff now have a better understanding of why behaviour issues can occur. Our team would love to do more training in the future on how to support people with past trauma.”

KELLIE GREEN On Track Community Programs

“I really enjoyed this course and learnt about trauma-informed care and practice in the disability sector.”

RAJ Disability Support Worker

“This is very useful training for all therapists who come in contact with people who have experienced trauma. It will be so beneficial to the work I do now with all clients being able to observe and recognize somatic reactions and ensure my work does not re-traumatise those I work with.”

ELLIE Ageing, Disability and Home Care

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 Awareness: Supporting People with a Disability

This training program applies a trauma informed lens when supporting people with a disability. 

People living with a disability often access multiple services frequently over time, may be institutionalised at different times, and may also experience and/ or witness high levels of abuse, violence and other traumas in their daily life. 

This training program fosters an understanding of ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients, collaborative relationships, client and staff safety and working from a strengths-based approach. The program explores strategies which foster safety, wellbeing, hope, choice and self-determination and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. In so doing it provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance outcomes.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma 
  • Applying knowledge of trauma informed frameworks when working with persons with a disability 
  • Understand the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history and who are living with a disability experience. 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support trauma recovery for people living with a disability

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?

Any professional working with people who have a disability and anyone who is interested in working in this field. It provides both the foundational trauma knowledge and a focus on person centered practice. 




29 Oct


19 Nov

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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

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