Speaking Engagements

Blue Knot Foundation is a nationally and internationally recognised thought leader in the areas of complex trauma and trauma informed policy and practice.

Its 2012 Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery have set the standards for both clinical and organisational practice. Its 2015 report The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia continues to ignite the policy debate.

Blue Knot Foundation has played a key role in supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and has representation of diverse government, non-government and other committees.

We attends and speaks at a number of key conferences and symposiums every year around Australia. Please see below for where Blue Knot Foundation has been and will be going this year.

Blue Knot Foundation President, Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM and Head of Research, Dr. Pam Stavropoulos PhD, as well as other members of the Blue Knot Foundation team are available to consider requests to speak at seminars, conferences and forums on request. For speaking enquiries, please contact Dr. Cathy Kezelman at

Conferences attended by Blue Knot Foundation

SYDNEY | 27-29 NOVEMBER 2015
ISSTD Regional Conference
ASCA is a proud supporter of this landmark regional conference. Dr Cathy Kezelman will be chairing a presentation and featuring as a panelist on the discussion of 'How Does the International Field of Trauma and Dissociation Organize its Goals and Most Effectively Sell Its Message?' Click here to view program

7th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium
Dr Cathy Kezelman will be presenting on 'Being trauma-informed: responding to adults who have experienced trauma in childhood'. Click here to view program

2015 Institute of Group Leaders' Conference
Dr Cathy Kezelman will be the keynote facilitator at this conference, speaking on 'Exploring how prior trauma can impact group interactions and dynamics'. Click here to view program

5th Annual National BPD Conference 
Dr Cathy Kezelman will be presenting on 'Why we need to apply a trauma-informed lens to all our interactions' at this Borderline Personality Disorder Conference. Click here to view program

MELBOURNE | 18-19 MAY 2015
Child Aware Approaches Conference
Join Dr Cathy Kezelman for a 1 hour workshop - Developing an integrated trauma-informed service system. Click here to register here. Click here to view program

SA Family Law Pathways Network Annual Forum: Conflict, Trauma and Everything in Between
Dr Cathy Kezelman AM will introduce practitioners and other professionals who work within the family law system to current best practice for working with adults with lived experience of trauma. View program here

BRISBANE | 3-7 MAY 2015
RANZCP 2015 Congress
At this conference, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM joins the discussion on 'Where are you in the fight against family violence' and will cover Trauma Informed Domestic Violence. Register here or to view program click here

SYDNEY | 27 APRIL 2015
Silence no more: The mental and physical health consequences of child sexual abuse, and what can be done about it.
This conference will focus on the potential mental and physical health impacts of child sexual abuse, and will highlight what can be done to help survivors. Speakers will also address what trauma-informed services are available, as well as how Child Sexual Abuse may be prevented from occurring in the first place. FREE TO ATTEND. View flyer here

Lighthouse Institute Journey to Recovery Conference
The International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice. Dr Cathy Kezelman, AM will discuss how supporting trauma survivors makes good economic sense. View flyer here

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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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