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"The Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery fill the substantial gap in knowledge, understanding, and practice in the field of trauma, and bring hope to millions of trauma survivors."

Prof Warwick Middleton Psychiatrist

"The Guidelines set out the approaches needed to address trauma histories within clinical practice and mental health settings. I am very pleased to endorse the Guidelines and strongly support the implementation of trauma informed care and practice."

Janne McMahon OAM Director and Chair PMHCCN

“I think this is one of the most comprehensive analyses of the subject that I have read; ASCA is to be congratulated on having produced such a marvellous resource.”

A/Prof Carolyn Quadrio School of Psychiatry UNSW

"I have read the practice guidelines which I believe are unparalleled in their scope and detail. I believe they provide a comprehensive template which informs the optimal treatment of these patients. Therefore, I thoroughly endorse them."

Jeremy Butler Psychiatrist

“It was so good to see the robust way in which the Guidelines delineate how the long shadow of child abuse impacts on adult mental health years later.”

Dr Valerie Sinason Clinic for Dissociative Studies, London

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By downloading Blue Knot Foundation’s ‘Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery’ (“Guidelines”) you agree: 

1. Not to send the guidelines on to other parties. Instead to email others the download link: Download Guidelines

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The content of the Guidelines are owned by Blue Knot Foundation and subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under Australian and foreign laws and international conventions. The Guidelines are provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use only and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of the respective owners.

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  • Blue Knot Foundation 2012 Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery
  • Blue Knot Foundation: Authors Kezelman C.A. & Stavropoulos P.A.

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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.”


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