Free Clinical Master Classes and Webinars
Prolonged Grief Among Refugees: From Research to Clinical Implications and Treatment
25 March 2020 | 6.30-8pm
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.
Managing Chronic Pain with Torture and Trauma Survivors
13 May 2020 | 6.30-8pm
Associate Professor Tony Richardson
Hugh Churchward, Orthobionomist, STARTTS
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.
Dance and Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Torture and Trauma Survivors
1 July 2020 | 6.30-8pm
Cecilia Carranza, David Perez, STARTTS
Torture is a deliberate human action aiming to inflict intense pain to another human being, occurring in the context of a relationship. Therefore the relationship to one’s self and to others is often profoundly affected. An Integral aspect of the healing process for survivors of torture and trauma is the restoration of relative safety in the body and to rebuild the ability to develop relationships. Working with the body, including dance/movement therapy, is found to be an excellent intervention for healing the deep wounds of torture and trauma. In this Clinical Master Class, Robyn Price brings her clinical expertise in utilising dance and movement therapy in treatment of trauma survivors. Cecilia Carranza, a STARTTS Senior Team Leader, and David Perez, STARTTS’ Behavioural Activation Group Facilitator, will illustrate STARTTS’ work by presenting a Tango group with survivors of torture and trauma.
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.