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Free Clinical Master Class Webinars

Utilising Remote Technology in Managing Self-Harm and Suicidality with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

26 May 2021 | 6.30-8pm | Zoom online

Maxine Rosenfield
Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Educator

Katherine Theodor
STARTTS Psychologist

Event outline

Suicide is a leading cause of death globally; understandably, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are over-represented in the statistics. Refugees, asylum seekers and holders of temporary visas such as SHEVs and TPVs, are at particular risk. Suicidal ideation and behaviour is a complex combination of personal, social, and health factors, and hence suicide prevention requires a systems approach. The increased utilisation of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities and challenges in suicide prevention and self-harm behaviour. In this Clinical Master Class, Maxine Rosenfield, the author of the well-known book ‘Telephone Counselling – A Handbook for Practitioners’, will share her expertise of using remote technology with a particular focus on suicide prevention and self-harm behaviour. Katherine Theodor, an experienced STARTTS psychologist, will share a case study of her ongoing counselling, support and containment via telehealth, of an asylum seeker on a double-negative pathway, who is experiencing auditory hallucinations and chronic suicidality.

Online via Zoom – REGISTER

Previous Clinical Master Classes 2021

Refugee Trauma and Addictive Behaviours: Treating Clients Consuming Drugs and Alcohol as a Coping Mechanism

Held on 31 March 2021

Prof Katherine Mills
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use

Mirjana Askovic
Psychologist/ Neurofeedback Coordinator
Bio and abstract

Event outline

Refugee survivors of torture and trauma have usually experienced cumulative and intense traumas as well as multiple losses in the course of dislocation, migration and resettlement. It follows that refugees can have complex presentations including complex PTSD and prolonged and complicated grief. A sizable group have a comorbid disorder, with the most common comorbidities being depression, anxiety, alcohol addiction, and substance abuse. The presence of comorbidities in the context of PTSD creates significant challenges for clinicians, not least due to the reliance on mood altering substances to manage the effects of trauma and loss. In this Clinical Master Class, Professor Katherine Mills will talk about improving our understanding of the relationship between mental and substance use disorders. In particular, Prof Mills will focus on the co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use. Mirjana Askovic, the coordinator of Neurofeedback team and the director of Australian Neurofeedback (NF) Institute, will illustrate STARTTS’ work with a case study of one of her clients utilising NF as a part of an integrative approach to the treatment of trauma, addictive behaviour and substance abuse.

STARTTS’ Clinical Master Classes 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 live webcast via Zoom.

These events are recorded by Owl Talks (formerly Psychevisual) and are available for viewing on the internet at a later date for a fee. Please see the Owl Talks website

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