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Keely
Walsh

Accredited Clinical Social Worker & Women’s Rights Advocate

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Keely is an Accredited Clinical Social Worker, holding a Masters of Advanced Social Work.

She is also a graduate of Harvard Medical Schools Global Mental Health: Trauma Recovery Masters certificate program.

Current Work:

From a young age, Keely was always drawn to being of service to others. After experiencing childhood adversity and sexual violence, it became her personal mission to break the cycle of dysfunction and create a career that made a positive difference in how to work with and support people from all walks of life.

Keely identifies as an Indigenous Australian, coming from a long linage of Palawa people. Her family history consists of intergenerational trauma, which has resulted in incidences of family violence, imprisonment, mental health, and problematic substance use issues.

Being a Social Worker has allowed Keely to analyze and critically reflect on the connection between personal and societal influences. For Keely, understanding how and why trauma is transmitted through generations has created a true sense of compassion towards herself and others. Through developing an in-depth understanding of notions surrounding critical thinking, human rights, and post-traumatic growth, it became clear that no one could be immune to life tragedies. By acknowledging the power of deconstructing people’s trauma stories, it was not surprising to uncover the universal connection of suffering that makes us all simply human.

Previous Experience:
Keely’s background as an allied health professional and personal lived experiences, have allowed her to develop a successful innovative small business as a critical, person-centred private practitioner predominantly under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Keely specializes in providing advanced trauma-informed care from a multidimensional approach, which recognizes people’s inner and outer worlds to achieve holistic wellbeing. Keely employs integrative psychotherapeutic methods, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness-based embodiment practices, as well as psychosocial education tools, to assist with facilitating a gradual healing process that helps free the body and the mind from debilitating symptoms of trauma. Keely believes in the power of creative expression and movement to assist with reconnecting to the spiritual, emotional, and mental self, in order to relieve stress and improve body awareness.
Keely is passionate about supporting women and men who struggle with emotional distress as a result of trauma. However, Keely is particularly interested in exploring the impacts of sexual violence on the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our communities, which she feels is a largely unaddressed, crisis of epidemic proportion. This tends to be specific to women who experience disability, psychosocial disability, mental health issues, indigenous people, non-English speaking, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Keely has over 15 years of experience in supporting people with disabilities both voluntarily and professionally. Starting as a peer support person at 14 years old, Keely worked alongside young men with Downs Syndrome, before facilitating an inclusive dance school with the assistance of her mother in their rural community-based in Tasmania, Australia. During her senior secondary certificate, Keely majored in Sociology and Psychology, as well as the performing arts. This allowed her to develop a career as a disability support worker whilst she obtained her Bachelor of Social Work, working within residential and learning and lifestyle centers.
During her undergraduate degree, Keely traveled internationally, where she spent time volunteering in Kenya supporting children with disabilities and internally displaced people in rural and remote communities. Keely also volunteered with several organizations, including Headspace and United Synergies as a peer mentor, Young Buddies refugee support group as a community educator and advocate, as well as being an active campaigner for social and environmental change initiatives. Keely’s global travels led her to live in Sweden, volunteering with refugees and working as an Equine Therapy assistant as well as with young diverse families. After graduating with her Bachelors, Keely commenced a career within clinical and community-based mental health services, before pursuing post-graduate qualifications.

Current Work:
Keely’s continuing professional development training and drive to excel in her chosen field, led her to become a trauma specialist who utilizes eco feminist psychology and anti-oppressive ideologies to guide her practice. Keely continues to pursue her passions as a therapist and advocate, whilst she completes a Doctorate in Philosophy, aiming to become a professor and global practice leader. Keely has appeared in ABC articles to discuss the impacts of sexual violence, as well as consulting with That’s Life Magazine to assist with raising awareness of abuse and give survivors a safe platform to share their stories. Keely is also a keynote speaker for LGPro Women’s Network 2021 conference and is a confident public speaker at various events surrounding political movements

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