Dr Joan Haliburn, MBBS, FRANZCP

The Dissociative Continuum: Integrating Attachment and Trauma Theories into a Phase Approach to the Psychotherapy of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder

7 December 2018 | Sydney


Workshop overview

Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder presents with an array of symptomatology that often defies treatment efforts. It requires a knowledge of the basis from which one works; that is, why do we do what we do, in order for multimodal treatments to be effective, rather than use an eclectic mix of different models of therapy in the hope that it works? Advances in neuroscience have helped us understand how trauma affects the brain, the importance of the therapeutic relationship and what works in psychotherapy. This workshop will emphasise the integration of attachment and trauma theories along with new information from the field of psycho-neuro-immunology to inform our understanding of the effects of overwhelming experiences – autonomic arousal, disconnection, dissociation, dysregulation of both body and mind, impulsivity, and suicidal ideation and attempts. It will lead into an overview of the phase approach to the psychotherapy of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder. The workshop will be clinically oriented and provide case examples.

Joan Haliburn is a Child, Adolescent, Adult and Family Psychiatrist, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, International Fellow, American Psychiatry Association, and a trained psychotherapist in the Conversational Model. She has undertaken extensive medicolegal work in the areas of Family Law, Juvenile Justice and Child Protection between 1990 and 2015, and has been  particularly interested in dyadic and adolescent psychotherapy, suicidal adolescents, Anorexia Nervosa, Personality Disorder, Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders. She has translated the Conversational Model into a short term therapy –  Short Term Dynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy – which was set up as a training program in 2011 at Westmead Hospital, and a book by her on the same subject was published in 2017 by Karnac, U. K. She has written extensively, both papers and chapters of books, and is currently co-editing a book on Trauma Informed Care in Australia. She is in private practice in Drummoyne, is on the teaching faculty of the Complex Trauma Unit, Westmead and a senior lecturer, University of Sydney. She was a founding member of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP) and a former President and Director of Training ANZAP, and is currently on the Board of Directors, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

At the end of the seminar registrants will have a better understanding of:

  • Trauma, Complex Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • The relevance of Attachment theory to Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma theory, the flexibility of memory and the engraving of trauma
  • Shame, dissociation, avoidance and phobias resulting from severe trauma
  • The reasoning behind a phase approach to psychotherapy

Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, and any other professionals treating complex trauma.

Early BirdEnds 30 September 2018
$445 full | $345 concession | $415 groups 5+

StandardEnds 6 December 2018
$495 full | $395 concession | $465 groups 5+

The workshop fee includes entrance to the one-day workshop, a certificate of attendance, a and a printed copy of the PowerPoint slides.

All individual registrations are online and payment is by credit card. Please click on the ‘Register now’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.

Groups of five and more who want the group discount and will pay on one credit card will need to download the group registration form and email it to STARTTS. Groups cannot pay online.

The Heritage Room
NSW Teacher’s Federation Conference Centre
37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Sydney NSW Australia

The workshop will be held at the NSW Teacher’s Federation Conference Centre in trendy Surry Hills, Sydney (just next to the Sydney CBD and close to Central Station).

Central Station is the closest. It is only a couple of blocks walking.

Please check Sydney Transport for the best bus routes.

The closest parking station is Secure Goulburn Street.

9.30am-5pm | Registrations open at 9am

Break morning: 10.45-11.15am
Break lunch: 12.45-1.45pm
Break afternoon: 3.15-3.45pm

A certificate will be emailed a few days after the event to attendees who signed the attendance sheet.

CPD hours = 5.5

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

CPD formal endorsements


Payment of the registration fee is online by credit card and a receipt/confirmation will be automatically emailed to you. Please bring your receipt to the seminar for proof of registration in case it is needed. An administration fee of $50 applies to all cancellations made more than one month before the event. Registration once paid cannot be cancelled one month or less before the event, regardless of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another delegate only if STARTTS is informed of the name change. The concession price is for full-time students and pensioners only and a photocopy or pdf of a valid concession card must be forwarded to the STARTTS training team upon registration. Online registration is not available for the group price (please fill out the form). Group price is for groups of 5 or more people; must be paid together in one payment; the details of each person in the group must be filled out on the registration form. Invoicing is only available for some government departments upon request to the STARTTS training team. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received, and full payment must be finalised before the deadline to receive the early bird price and before the start of the event to be allowed to attend. The closing dates for registrations are final and non-negotiable. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at or (02) 9646 6700.

Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer