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Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective

Dr Cathy Kezelman AM

This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent failures of the current system to identify them and respond appropriately. Using her personal journey of recovery from complex trauma at the core of which is childhood abuse, Cathy explores the distinguishing features of complex trauma presentations. In so doing she stresses the need to respond holistically to each person with full awareness of their lived experience. She highlights the need for the research of the last thirty years to be incorporated into practice with a trauma-informed approach to care bringing better outcomes for consumers with complex trauma histories.

Inaugural Conference
Westmead Psychotherapy Program for Complex Traumatic Disorders
Complex Trauma: Psychobiology, Clinical Need and Psychotherapy.
Recorded 10th November 2011, Westmead Hospital . Westmead, NSW. Australia

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Dr Cathy Kezelman AM

Dr. Cathy Kezelman is a medical practitioner, President and Director of Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)), a national organisation which advocates for and provides services to Australian's abused as children and a Director of the MHCC (Mental Health Coordinating Council). She is also a survivor of childhood trauma and a mental health consumer. She is a founding member of the committee driving a national agenda around Trauma-informed Care and Practice, a member of the Cross-Jurisdictional Working Group: Responding to Sexual Assault National Project, on the reference committee of ACSSA (Australian Centre for Study of Sexual Assault) and represents ASCA on the Coalition for Protecting Australia’s Children, Mental Health Council of Australia, Families Australia and a number of other committees/working groups. She is a prominent voice in the media and at conferences, as well as author of her own memoir: Innocence Revisited - a tale in parts. For more information go to


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