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The upside of down by Dr Cathy Kezelman

Written by on February 26, 2013 in Speaker Papers

theupsidedown-paperBe moved by one woman’s story of incredible courage and resilience in the aftermath of horrendous child abuse. Cathy Kezelman’s story of conquering her demons to raise four children and rise to a role of leadership and advocacy is inspirational.

Dr. Kezelman is a medical practitioner and President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), a national charity for adults who have experienced childhood trauma such as abuse. She is a prominent mental health advocate and holds a number of directorships and representative positions nationally. She is also co-author of the highly acclaimed ASCA document: Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery which sets the standards for clinical treatment and organisational responsiveness to people with a lived experience of childhood trauma. Cathy has used her personal story of recovery to inspire others and promote the policy and practice changes needed to enable others to recover. For more information about ASCA and to find help go to and to support its work go to

She presented this paper at Happiness & Its Causes 2012.


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