Blue Knot Foundation

Empowering recovery from childhood trauma

Blue Knot Foundation, formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), is the leading national organisation working to improve the lives of Australians (5 million) who have experienced childhood trauma. This includes people who have experienced child abuse in all its forms, neglect, domestic violence in childhood and other adverse childhood events. 
Below we link you to interesting publications on their website and to two pdf’s which you can read here on our site.

Publications by Blue Knot Foundation

All of Blue Knot Foundation’s publications are grounded in cutting edge research. 

2021 – Complex Trauma Spotlight Report – Living with and Healing from Complex Trauma
This Spotlight Report was commissioned by the National Mental Health Commission in recognition of the significant need to build awareness and understanding of the often chronic and largely unmet needs of people living with the long-term impacts of complex trauma. This report reviews the current research and practice into complex trauma and experiences of people with a lived experience of complex trauma – how they have engaged with the system and how the systems have responded to their needs. It highlights the chasm between needs and the system’s capacity to meet them, to support healing and recovery, minimise experiences of re-traumatisation and to be heard, respected and supported to live meaningful participating connected lives.

2020 – Organisational Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Service Delivery
These reissued trauma-informed guidelines for services and organisations provide more detailed contextual information than the 2012 guidelines. This relates to the emergence and nature of the trauma-informed paradigm, issues which have arisen about it, and the current state and scope of its implementation.

2020 – Practice Guidelines for Identifying and Treating Complex Trauma-related Dissociation
Complex trauma-related dissociation underlies diverse presentations to health professionals and is often not detected. This means that many people do not receive appropriate responses and care. These guidelines are for clinicians who work in a range of roles, come from different disciplines and have received diverse training but who want to enhance their ability to recognise and work with people experiencing complex trauma-related dissociation.

2020 – Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors of Therapists who Work with Complex Trauma and Dissociation
The pace of clinical and research insights relating to complex trauma is such that even clinical supervisors conversant with the field can find it hard to keep up. Clinical supervisors who are less aware of the many faces of complex trauma, and who are otherwise competent and experienced in supporting their clinical supervisees, will find the guidelines helpful.

2019 – 2019 Updated Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma
Between 2012 and 2019 the clinical and research evidence around working clinically with complex trauma, including dissociation has exploded. This has necessitated the development of our 2019 Updated Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma. Again these guidelines have been extensively endorsed and acclaimed by global leaders in the complex trauma and dissociation field prior to their release – ‘truly remarkable – masterful – ground-breaking – milestone’. They provide an integrative guide for diverse practitioners working with complex trauma and dissociative clients.

2019 – Complementary Guidelines
In addition a companion guide to the 2019 Guidelines – combined Complementary Guidelines which provide an overview of the differences between working with complex trauma clients and standard counseling approaches as well as a guide to therapist competencies for working with complex trauma and dissociation.

2019 – Talking about Trauma – Primary Health Care Providers (Purchase hard copy or register and free download here)
This publication seeks to educate the primary health care sector about the nature, types and adverse health impacts of trauma.

2018 – Talking about trauma: Guide to conversations and screening for health and other service providers Purchase hard copy or register and free download here)
This paper is the second in the Talking about Trauma series, designed to support all personnel working in all services systems to have safe conversations with people who have a lived experience of trauma.

2018 – The Truth of Memory and the Memory of Truth – Different Types of Memory and Significance of Trauma Purchase hard copy or register and free download here )
This paper presents current research around the nature of memory, promoting understanding of memory, understanding of traumatic memory, with insights into the phenomenon of recovered memory

2017 – Talking About Trauma – Guide to Everyday Conversations for the General Public (Register and free download here)
Blue Knot Foundation’s Talking about Trauma series responds to growing awareness around the prevalence of past and present trauma. It provides knowledge, tools and strategies needed for safe trauma conversations across different populations.

2015 – The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia (Free download here)
Blue Knot Foundation and Pegasus Economics came together to develop a report on the economic impact of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults in Australia. The report highlights a strategy for addressing the structural budget deficit by addressing the public health issue of childhood trauma and abuse at its core.

2010 – Use and Abuse (Free download here)
ASCA, in partnership with the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies at University of New South Wales conducted a research project exploring the experiences of adult survivors of child abuse in drug and alcohol treatment. The research project aimed to shed new light on the use of alcohol and drugs by adult survivors and the challenges that this poses to professional practice in alcohol and drug services. 

Read the ASCA Inquiry into the future impact of serious and organised crime on Australian society here.