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Free Clinical Presentations and Webinars

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Upcoming events 2017

Utilising Behaviour Activation in the Treatment of Torture and Refugee Trauma Survivors

19 July 2017
6-8pm
STARTTS Carramar

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Dr Simon Rosenbaum
Associate Professor, Prince of Wales Mental Health Programme

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Manuel Morantes
Clinical Psychologist, Team Leader, STARTTS

Live webcast: www.psychevisual.com
(No RSVP required, starts 6.30pm, go to live webinars)

More information available soon

Cultural Variations in the Development and Maintenance of PTSD and its Neural Substrates in Refugee Trauma Treatment

2 August 2017
6-8pm
STARTTS Carramar

Live webcast: www.psychevisual.com
(No RSVP required, starts 6.30pm, go to live webinars)

Presenters: Dr Belinda Liddell
More information available soon

Complementary Role of Psychotherapy and Body Work in Treating Torture and Refugee Trauma Survivors

8 November 2017
6-8pm
STARTTS Carramar

Live webcast: www.psychevisual.com
(No RSVP required, starts 6.30pm, go to live webinars)

Presenters: Dr Andrew Harkin, Margaret Churton
More information available soon

Previous events 2017

Impact of Trauma on Refugee Children’s Social and Educational School Competences: Research, Clinical Implications and Treatment

Held on 14 March 2017

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Professor Richard Clark
Emeritus Prof of Psychology, Flinders Univ

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Sejla Murdoch
Neurofeedback Counsellor, Psychologist, STARTTS

Evening outline

Early life is crucial to brain growth and the related neural connectivities underpinning the normal accommodation and assimilation of experience.  Trauma severely impacts this process, affecting both brain development and the related emergence of cognitive, affective and social capacities. In this clinical evening professor Richard Clark and STARTTS’ Senior Psychologist, Sejla Murdoch, will provide an account of  the impact of trauma on neuronal, network and systems development in the brain and its  impact on factors such as attachment, self-concept and self-regulatory development, feelings and salience processing, on the development of attention, learning and memory skills and on social interest and engagement. It will also explore how this might relate  to the education and social prowess of refugee children. The presentation will examine the benefit of neurotherapeutic approaches to rehabilitation and recovery of traumatised individuals. This will be illustrated with case studies.

Mind-Body Integrative Approaches in the Treatment of Torture and Refugee Trauma Survivors

Held on 23 May 2017

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Michael de Manincor
Counselling Psychologist, Director of The Yoga Institute

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Danielle Begg
Yoga Instructor, Co-Founder of the Refugee Yoga Project

Clinical evening outline

It is widely recognised that mind-body integrative approaches may be more effective in helping traumatised clients understand, identify and manage their body sensations within the window of tolerance. For many refugee trauma clients it may be more tolerable and culturally acceptable to utilise these approaches. This Clinical Master Class Evening will bring together two Yoga practitioners who will share with us their expertise of using yoga as a part of mind-body integrative approaches.  Michael de Manincor, the Director of The Yoga Institute, will explore the research related to yoga as a mind-body intervention for mental health, and consider possibilities for developing an evidence-based intervention approach. This includes a consideration of the way that yoga is or could be taught for different individuals and groups, including survivors of torture or refugee trauma.  Daniella Begg, an accredited Yoga practitioner, will further explore how to use Yoga in the treatment of torture and trauma survivors, illustrating it with a group intervention utilised at STARTTS.

About the program

STARTTS’ Clinical Master Class Evenings are held five times per year and aim to provide an opportunity for clinicians working with refugees to extend their understanding of refugee trauma by inviting expert speakers to present on interesting and practical topics. These presentations are followed by a case study presentation by an experienced STARTTS staff member and a panel discussion.

These events are free and open to anyone who is interested and are particularly suitable to those working in clinical and related settings. They are held at STARTTS’ Carramar office from 6-8pm. Light refreshments are provided. If you can’t make it to Carramar, there is the option of watching the event live over the internet (see below for more details).

The clinical master class evening program began in 2005. Read more about our previous events.

Free live webinar

If you can’t make it to Carramar, then you can save on time and petrol by watching the free live webinar of these events from your own computer. You will be able to participate in the panel discussion by sending in your typed questions which are answered live. Just go to www.psychevisual.com and click on ‘Upcoming Live Webinars’ in the left hand navigation bar. No need to register. You should view one of their free sample videos before the day to ensure your computer settings are correct.

Recorded lectures

These events are recorded by Psychevisual and are available for viewing on the internet at a later date for a fee. Please see the Psychevisual website www.psychevisual.com.

STARTTS – 152-168 The Horsley Drive Carramar NSW

Time: 6-8pm

On-site parking is available. Drive into Mitchell St at the cross-road with The Horsley Drive. Turn into the driveway on the right between Fairfield Community Health Centre and the Ambulance Station. Follow the signs to STARTTS.

The Carramar site is approximately 10 minutes walk from Carramar station and 15 minutes from Fairfield station. Alternatively, take the 904 or 905 bus from Fairfield station.

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