Exploring the Freedom of Choice
A conference like no other!


The 2021 Glasser Australia Conference will explore the freedom of choice from a range of perspectives.  Dr Glasser’s Choice Theory offers the tools needed to move out of a paradigm of fear into a sense of freedom and empowerment. People in communities all over the world are living in unprecedented times since Covid 19 has threatened our very survival.

This Conference will create a space for you to:

* Increase your knowledge and skills to improve your mental health and wellbeing, both personally and professionally.
* Discuss current thinking and trends around mental health and wellbeing, trauma informed and general counselling, quality relationships, quality education and lead management.
* Network with likeminded people.
* Establish and maintain quality relationships.
* Listen to and appreciate differing and/or alternative perspectives.
* And most importantly have fun!

 Who should attend:

* Mental Health Professionals
* Community Mental Health Professionals
* Educators
* CEO’s and Managers
* Employees
* Students
* People with lived/living experience of mental distress
* General public
* Parents / Carers

Dates: 30th September – 2nd October 2021

Venue: Mantra Twin Towns, Gold Coast, Australia

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Cathy Kezelman

Keynote: A trauma-informed world: the role of healthy relationships in recovery from complex trauma.

Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President and Executive Director of Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. She is past director of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), past member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW) and of Independent Advisory Council on Redress.

Cathy worked in medical practice for 20 years, mostly as a GP. Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organisation to a national centre of excellence combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political trauma-informed 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 multiple seminal Blue Knot Foundation documents, and a range of other articles and publications.

On Australia Day 2015 Cathy was awarded an AM “for significant service to community health as a supporter and advocate for survivors of child abuse” and in 2020 the Pierre Janet Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation for the best clinical, theoretical or research paper in the field of dissociation and/or trauma in the past year.”

Dr Helen Street

Keynote: Contextual Wellbeing: the experience of belonging and engagement that arises from connection to healthy social context

Dr Helen Street is a trailblazer in the development of wellbeing and social and emotional learning programs in education in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Her significant contributions to the field include publications which share innovative, creative perspectives and valuable strategies. The Positive Schools Conferences hosted by Helen and Neil Porter showcase outstanding educators and luminaries in many fields to inspire, challenge and support teachers.

Ivan Honey

Keynote: Challenges and Opportunities of an International Journey

Ivan Honey is a Psychologist, International Trainer and a two-time #1 Amazon Bestselling Author with his children’s book, The Amazing Adventures of Doug Dragster, and his new book Happy Parenting: Raising Positive and Empowered Kids. 

He is the founder of the new Get Happier Project which was researched and trialled in the Los Angeles School District in California, and is now being implemented in schools in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Ivan works with many schools and teachers to implement the ideas and strategies of his practical psychology and wellbeing program in the classroom.

He teaches the psychology of self-esteem and relationships, emotional intelligence, well-being, motivation, and mindsets for resilience and high performance. He has recently created The Get Happier School, a comprehensive developmental curriculum in Social and Emotional Learning for Primary Schools (children 5 -12 years).

Judy Hatswell

Keynote: Leader is not just a word on a Business Card

Judy Hatswell is both a teacher and registered psychologist who has held managerial positions at state-wide and regional levels in student welfare, guidance, and behaviour disorders.

She is currently working as a self-employed training consultant.

Judy was the first Australian Senior Faculty with The William Glasser Institute and continues in this role and is a Past President of Glasser Australia.

Judy is recognised Australia wide for her outstanding knowledge in the areas of student welfare, behaviour management and whole school approaches enabling students to be responsible for their behaviour.

Having worked for many years as a specialist school psychologist for severe behaviour disorders she has trained staff, parents and specialist personnel in the concepts and techniques for effective management.

What difference would it make to your mental wellbeing if you felt a greater sense of personal freedom?’’  Dr William Glasser.