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The International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice

Pullman Melbourne on the Park Hotel # (Former Hilton on the Park Melbourne) | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
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Title: The International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice
Specialty: Psychiatry
Dates: From Mar, 5, 2015 to Mar, 6, 2015
Location: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 450 to 995 USD
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Pullman Melbourne on the Park Hotel # (Former Hilton on the Park Melbourne)

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Event Overview
Welcome message:

Building on the success of the inaugural Journey to Recovery: The International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice in 2013, we are excited to announce the 2015 edition of this community event.

In 2013, Lighthouse Institute and its community partners worked in collaboration to provide an opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, researchers, carers and survivors of trauma to come together to share their experiences and reflect on research and practice into recovery-oriented approaches from an attachment and trauma informed perspective. 

We come together again in 2015 to explore how this work has progressed over the past 18 months, with a major focus on innovations and best practice across diverse disciplines.  

We will be joined by many experts in the field of attachment and trauma informed practice and aim to provide a platform for emerging thinkers in this area to examine what the current research is saying about trauma recovery, what is best practice at an international level, and how we can scale up innovation to reach more people?

We look forward to reconnecting with and learning from those of you who participated in this event in 2013, and welcome those of you who will be joining us for the first time.


Rudy Gonzalez

Rudy Gonzalez
Executive Director, Lighthouse Institute



Dr. Merzenich is the brain behind BrainHQ and the author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, Michael Merzenich heads the company's science team. Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and prizes (including the Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal), and been granted nearly 100 patents for his work. He and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity.

Dr. Merzenich's work is also often covered in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Wired, Forbes, Discover, and Newsweek. He has appeared extensively on television. He is the scientific consultant and provided the brain assessments and brain training exercises for the Discovery Channel show “Hack My Brain” (which aired in Australia as “Redesign My Brain.”) His work has also been featured on four PBS specials: "The Brain Fitness Program," "Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound," "The New Science of Learning," and "Brain Fitness Frontiers."

Dr. Merzenich earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Portland and his PhD at Johns Hopkins. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison before becoming a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007, he retired from his long career at UCSF as Francis A. Sooy Professor and Co-Director of the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and the Institute of Medicine in 2008.

In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant, now distributed by market leader Advanced Bionics. In 1996, Dr. Merzenich was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation (Nasdaq: SCIL), which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading.


Dr Louise Byrne works within the mental health sector from the perspective of her own experience of significant mental health challenges, service use and Recovery. For over 15 years Louise experienced hospitalisation and extended periods of debilitating mental unwellness, before finding her niche as a lived experience practitioner - helping to bridge the gap between the experiences of people using mental health services and the perceptions of service providers.

Louise has worked from her lived experience in a variety of roles in government, non-government and tertiary settings since 2005. Her current position is at CQUniversity, Australia where she is employed as a fulltime lived experience in mental health academic. Louise’s PhD explored the emerging lived experience workforce in Australia. Louise teaches the Recovery approach in mental health from the perspective of her lived understanding. Research has found great benefit to students in lived experience teaching of the concepts including, an increased interest in working in mental health and a reduction in stigmatising attitudes.



Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her area of research includes social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission, on the executive board of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, and co-chair of the commonwealth Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.  She is currently the project leader of the National Empowerment Project:an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with Aboriginal communities across the country. She has many publications in Indigenous mental health in particular, the Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. She is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice for Indigenous people.


DR JUDITH LEWIS HERMAN M.D (via video link)

Dr Judith Lewis Herman M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program at The Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.  Dr. Herman received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and her training in general and community psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center.  She is the author of two award-winning books:  Father-Daughter Incest (Harvard University Press, 1981), and Trauma and Recovery (Basic Books, 1992), and co-author ofThe Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners (Guilford 2011).   She has lectured and written widely on the subject of sexual and domestic violence.   She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (1996) and the Trauma Psychology division of the American Psychological Association (2011).  In 2007 she was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.



Dr. Cathy Kezelman is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) , director of Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC),  foundation member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory working Group, member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW), and on the Advisory Panel of Tzedek. Under her stewardship ASCA has grown from a peer support organisation to a leading national organisation combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political change and informed responsiveness to complex trauma. She is a prominent voice in the media and at conferences, as well as author of a memoir chronicling her journey of recovery from child sexual abuse: Innocence Revisited- a tale in parts. She is co-author of the ASCA document - Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery.



Dr Paul Valent is a psychiatrist who graduated in medicine at the University of Melbourne, and in Psychiatry in  London. He has many years’ experience in his specialties of psychotherapy, liaison psychiatry and traumatology.

He is a founder and past president of The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and of The Child Survivor of the Holocaust group in Melbourne.

Dr Valent has written many articles, chapters, encyclopaedia entries, and has contributed to the recently launched Trauma Online course.

He has written a number of books – Child Survivors of the Holocaust; From Survival to Fulfilment; Trauma and Fulfilment Therapy; and In Two Minds; Tales of a Psychotherapist.
Dr Valent is a world leader in trauma theory. Attachment is a vital ingredient in his survival strategies framework.

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Director of the Sanctuary Institute
Ms Sarah M. Yanosy, LCSW is the Director of the Sanctuary Institute at ANDRUS in Yonkers, NY.  As a clinical practitioner of the Sanctuary Model in her work with children and families, Ms. Yanosy collaborated with Dr. Sandra Bloom and colleagues to create the Sanctuary Institute.  In her role as Director, Ms. Yanosy has overseen the implementation of this system-wide holistic organizational intervention for over 300 organizations, including residential treatment, D&A treatment, domestic violence, and juvenile justice programs in addition to hospital, community based and school settings across the United States and in seven other countries.  She has been a keynote and featured speaker on trauma and organizational culture at both national and international conferences.  Her most recent publication is an article co-authored with Landa Harrison entitled “Traumatic Reenactment: How This Triangle Can Sabotage Intervention and Treatment” The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) (2011).

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(Previously Hilton on the Park)

192 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne

Superior King Room - $209.00 per night (Room rate is inclusive of room internet)

Located in elegant East Melbourne, Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel is set in the heart of the city's sporting and entertainment district directly opposite the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and overlooking the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Train and tram links are available from the hotel's doorstep and the city centre is just a short walk from this central Melbourne hotel. Business is easy at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park with a dedicated conference and events floor featuring 12 flexible meeting rooms with wireless internet access, a fully equipped Business Centre and Executive Lounge.

All rooms offer high-speed internet access and large opening windows overlooking the MCG and Melbourne skyline. Boutique style suites have separate seating areas, luxurious oversized four point bathroom. Upgrade to an Executive Room for exclusive Executive Lounge access, with free breakfast and refreshments throughout the day and pre-dinner drinks in the evening.

Pullman Melbourne on the Park Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received within 30-15 days of arrival will incur a one night's cancellation charge.
  • Should a guest fail to arrive at the hotel or if a room is cancelled within 14 days of the arrival date the guest will be charged 100% of their full stay.
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Abstract are to be submitted under one of the following themes

  • Innovations in research and theory
  • Innovations in practice and programs
  • Innovations in recovery-oriented approaches
  • Innovations in systems and organisational approaches
  • Innovations in policy, advocacy and strategic direction
  • Innovations in working with vulnerable groups and/or communities

Submitting your Abstract 
During the abstract submission process please nominate:

  • The title of your abstract
  • Abstract text - Maximum 250 words (excluding the abstract title and other contact details)
  • Presentation type
  • Theme
  • Name and organisation of all presenters and authors
  • 100 word presenter(s) biography

Please note:

  • You will be able to access the speaker portal account to make changes, edit or replace your existing submissions until Friday, 14 November 2014 by selecting the "Save & Continue Later" button at the bottom of the submission form. Please be aware that once you have clicked on "Save & Submit" no further edits are possible.
  • Any abstracts incomplete abstracts after Friday, 14 November 2014 will not be reviewed or considered for inclusion in the Conference program. Please ensure all the fields on the submission form are completed prior to the close of abstracts.
  • After the abstract deadline of Friday, 14 November 2014 there will be no opportunity for abstract submissions to be amended

General Conditions

    • All abstracts submitted must be original work
    • The author(s) is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract
    • All presenters of accepted submissions are expected to register and pay for their attendance at the Conference
    • The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the Conference, nor any other costs associated with the preparation or presentation of the abstract, or any costs associated with the attendance at the Conference
    • All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Conference Program Committee. The Committee's decision is final
    • By submitting your abstract, you agree to have your abstract (if accepted) published on the Conference website, in the Conference Final Program and/or CD, USB or mobile app given to the delegates at the Conference
    • All abstracts must be submitted in English
    • References are not required. If you wish to include them, they must be included in the body of your text and included in the 250 word count
    • Proposed studies/presentations should be significantly advanced or completed at the time of abstract submission

If you have any queries regarding your abstract submission please contact the Conference Organisers.

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The Conference offers high impact exposure to key audiences through its website, promotions and communications before, during and after the event. It is an ideal arena to launch new initiatives and products.

Sponsors can expect:

  • A number of levels of sponsorship to cater for a broad range of interests – there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities to allow greater involvement by more companies
  • Dedicated exhibition space – the entire exhibition will be held in a dedicated space located between the session rooms. All delegate catering will be served in the dedicated exhibition area
  • More consumer involvement – assist consumers to attend the Conference free of charge ensuring involvement from those who can provide an invaluable insight with their experiences

Who will attend?
This conference is appropriate for:

  • Leaders
  • Practitioners
  • Managers
  • Policy Makers
  • Researchers
  • Clinicians
  • Carers
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Anyone touched by trauma

For more information on how to get involved as a sponsor or exhibitor at the upcoming Conference click here to download the prospectus

Looking for a unique opportunity?
This prospectus serves as a guideline for sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. We hope that some of the standard packages will interest, however if you have an idea that caters to your unique requirements as well as those of the Conference, the Organising Committee is able to tailor the sponsorship opportunities to suit your specific marketing objectives and budget. Please send your proposal to the Conference Organisers for review.

Organising Agency
PO Box 170
Hawthorn VIC 3122
T: +61 1300 792 466
F: +61 3 9818 7111
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