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


“I appreciated the criticality of the training and the acknowledgement of systemic/social underpinnings/causes of trauma as well as the acknowledgement of cultural diversity/collective trauma and considerations for working with diverse settings.”

Anonymous, Lismore

“Self care strategies shared provide realistic ways to care for myself and to help others care for themself. I hope you consider this training with other Aboriginal communities. Amazing”

Anonymous, Narooma

“Very helpful workshop - prompted reflection on self, practice and work issues. Thanks for providing different tools and ideas to use with clients/ colleagues/ family and self. ”


“The self-care discussion helps remind you to check in with yourself. A reminder that for us to help others, we must care for ourselves too." ”

NANETTE, Women's Cottage

“I would not change anything about the training! This training is as important, if not more so, than cultural awareness training due to the significant impacts on clients and staff”


Managing Vicarious Trauma when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who have experienced trauma 

Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander ATSI training

This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma and contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue. It supports you to keep healthy and safe in your work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in which complex, intergenerational and collective trauma are prevalent. 

The training explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports culturally sensitive trauma-informed practice to enable you to stay healthy and safe in your work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples impacted by diverse traumas. 

This training, informed by current research, provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools to better recognise the early signs of VT, understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks using a cultural lens, and intervene appropriately. You will also explore the community, organisational, interpersonal and personal protective factors you can employ to minimise the risks of VT and embrace possibilities for individual and collective post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of complex, collective and intergenerational trauma, its dynamics and impacts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the potential for healing
  2. Define Vicarious Trauma (VT) and its features, factors in its development in relation to cultural beliefs and context, and distinguish VT from burnout and compassion fatigue 
  3. Evaluate the concepts of post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience from individual and collective perspectives
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the diverse impacts, barriers to identification, risk and protective factors of VT in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities 
  5. Analyse the role of organisations, quality supervision, self-care and community in VT risk and protection

Blue Knot Foundation additionally collaborates with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers to deliver and augment this training with information and strategies for providing culturally informed, safe, respectful and attuned services.

Who should attend?

Workers from diverse services and sectors including but not limited to health, community, child protection, family and domestic violence, legal, justice, mental health, AOD, disability, housing, emergency and/or employment services who are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

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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

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: 
Julia Macerola
+61 422 337 332
or julia@fiftyacres.com