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 attend and speak 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

Events Blue Knot Foundation is speaking at


BRISBANE | 18-19 MARCH 2017
Complex Trauma Twenty Years On: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities
This bi-national conference, convened by Belmont Hospital and the Cannan Institute, in collaboration with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Trauma Dissociation Unit (TDU), Belmont Hospital. It uniquely brings together leading clinicians, researchers and wrtiers from the Australian and New Zealand complex trauma/dissociative disorders field. Click here to view flyer


It’s No Secret: Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Conference
Waratah poses the question “Nationally, there is a need to make a difference but how do we, what can we do better, what needs to change?”, Dr Cathy Kezelman will be a keynote speaker for the National Conference addressing this from a complex trauma informed perspective.  


Good Pitch2 Australia 2016: Ghosthunter Panel
Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues - to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. Dr Cathy Kezelman is an invited panellist in support of Ghosthunter, a documentary following the story of a survivor of a violent childhood who seeks to reconcile his fractured memories and reclaim his past. Click here to view schedule


Central and Eastern Sydney PHN - Rethinking Mental Health Forum
Dr Cathy Kezelman is an invited speaker to the Rethinking Mental Health Forum. The forum is designed to explore new innovations and best practice in Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Drug and Alcohol.


Think Tank: Trauma, the Royal Commission and beyond…
Dr Cathy Kezelman in collaboration with Westmead Psychotherapy Grand Rounds 2016 will present a free live webinar titled ‘Trauma, the Royal Commission and beyond…’ Click here to view page


SANE Forums Healthy Minds Series: Healing Trauma
Dr Cathy Kezelman will participate as a panellist for this webcast, it is “designed to feature a variety of experiences and provide insight into how we can start to heal”. 


19th Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress: PUBLIC ISSUES PRIVATE TRAUMA
Dr Cathy Kezelman is an invited panellist to this conference where she will be contributing information on the significance of the Royal Commission to current issues in trauma research and practice.


SYDNEY | 9 JUNE 2016
Legalwise: Trauma-informed Practice; Vicarious Trauma
Dr Cathy Kezelman is an invited speaker presenting information on the importance of trauma informed practice, vicarious trauma and the law. Blue Knot Foundation have recently released a paper: Trauma and the Law. Click here to view the paper


Australian Childhood Foundation: Childhood Trauma Conference
The 2016 Childhood Trauma Conference: Tracing new developments in relational, body-oriented and brain-based approaches to recovery and change is an International Conference on Innovation in Therapeutic Approaches with Children, Young People and Families. Dr Cathy Kezelman will give a presentation on Trauma and the Royal Commission for this event. Click here to view event program


Legalwise Seminar: Trauma-informed Practice; Vicarious Trauma
Dr Cathy Kezelman is an invited speaker presenting information on the importance of trauma informed practice, vicarious trauma and the law. Blue Knot Foundation have recently released a paper: Trauma and the Law. Click here to view the paper


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

Latest Articles

Members Revealed for National Redress Scheme by admin
on Monday, 19 December 2016.
Parents urged to hold children close as figures show childhood trauma leads to adult mental health issues by Lydia
on Monday, 7 November 2016.
Turnbull government announces massive compensation scheme for sex abuse victims by admin
on Monday, 10 October 2016.
Trauma and the Law by admin
on Wednesday, 5 October 2016.
Survivor Workshops by Kate
on Wednesday, 7 September 2016.


Health Direct



“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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