Free Clinical Master Classes and Webinars
COVID-19 and STARTTS’ Clinical Master Classes
Due to the COVID-19/ coronavirus pandemic STARTTS will need to adjust the Clinical Master Class program while the need for social distancing is crucial to limit the spread of the virus in the community. The May and June 2020 events will be held by live webcast only at this stage.
Prolonged Grief Among Refugees: From Research to Clinical Implications and Treatment
10 June 2020 | 6.30-8pm | Zoom webinar
Grief is a multifaceted response to loss. Refugees generally experience multiple losses in their lives, making grief a defining characteristic of clients from refugee backgrounds. Refugee experiences can rupture the bonds of love and connectedness to family, friends, and community, thus breaking the survivors’ sense of trust, security and justice both at individual and collective levels. Those bereaved may be at risk for prolonged grief, their resiliency impeded by the severity of the event and the perceived maltreatment of human beings as well as cultural bereavement and multiplicity of settlement problems. In this Clinical Master Class Professor Richard Bryant will give an overview of recent research on prolonged grief amongst refugees, the clinical implications and treatment. Nooria Mehraby, a senior clinician and STARTTS clinician trainer, with over 30 years experiences in working with refugees, including 25 years of work at STARTTS, will illustrate STARTTS’ work with a case study of a Syrian refugee client.
You need to register if you want to receive a certificate of attendance. The lectures will be recorded and will be published in the Owl Talks Psychological Journal where they can be viewed for a fee.
Treating Complex PTSD with Psychotic Features due to Torture and Refugee Trauma
23 September 2020 | 6.30-8pm
Refugee survivors of torture and trauma who have experienced cumulative, intense traumatic experiences and multiple losses may have complex presentations including complex PTSD with psychotic features. The presence of psychosis in the context of PTSD has been identified amongst our clients, creating challenges for clinicians in treating such clients In this Clinical Master Class, Professor Zachary Steel will give an overview of complex PTSD with psychotic features, including strategies for containing , managing clients and appropriate referral. Joshua Hall, a Clinical Psychologist, will illustrate STARTTS’ work with a case study of one of his clients.
Information will be available closer to the date regarding if the event will be held exclusively online due to COVID-19.
Previous Clinical Master Classes 2020
Managing Chronic Pain with Torture and Trauma Survivors
Held on 13 May 2020
Refugee survivors of torture and trauma often present with chronic pain and general body discomfort in the form of headaches, body aches and pains, and muscle tension, without a medical diagnosis or apparent physical cause. In addition, clients from refugee backgrounds can suffer from a range of physical conditions as a result of injuries sustained from torture and other types of violence. Contemporary research in trauma highlights that body focused interventions such as relaxation training, physiotherapy, massage and acupuncture can be extremely helpful in treating trauma survivors. In this Clinical Master Class Associate Professor Tony Richardson will talk about managing chronic pain with trauma survivors, while Hugh Churchward, an experienced and highly skilled STARTTS physiotherapist, will demonstrate STARTTS’ work with a case study of one his clients.
These lectures were recorded and can be viewed later for a fee at Owl Talks Lectures
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 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).
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 Owl Talks at https://lectures.owltalks.org/ and click on ‘Live events’ in the main navigation bar and scroll down to the relevant STARTTS event. No need to register.
STARTTS – 152-168 The Horsley Drive Carramar NSW
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.