ASCA Adults Surviving Child Abuse
ASCA is one of Australia’s leading agencies in providing services to adult survivors of child abuse and trauma (in all its forms, not only abuse), their family and friends and health professionals.

The ASCA 1300 phone line is a Nationwide counselling and support service which offers short term telephone counselling, education and support focused on stability and crisis management. ASCA aims to refer callers to face to face therapists in their area if the caller is willing to progress with further counselling.

ASCA invites applications from experienced mental health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers and psychotherapists, who can work in a trauma informed manner with clients and who would like to be on the ASCA database to accept referrals.

As ASCA is interested in maintaining a high standard of referrals, there is a cost-free formal application process, with applicants being required to fill out an application form and provide two referee reports. There is no cost to the therapist in the referral process as this is part of the service ASCA offers its clients.

The application form is available on the Health Professionals page of the ASCA website.

ASCA is also interested in receiving expressions of interest from experienced supervisors who can offer trauma informed supervision to other professionals. Interested applicants are encouraged to complete the health professional’s application form, but to also attach an expression of interest in supervision and to include a CV.

If you require further information about the referral database or the application process you may email Kate McMaugh, the manager of the Professional Support Service or call 02 8920 3611.

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If you really want to help a traumatised person, you have to work with core physiological states and, then, the mind will start changing.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD