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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Utilising Group Therapy Approaches to Assist Recovery of Refugee Children from their Past Experiences

25 September 2024 | 3.30-5pm AEST | Free webinar

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This essential Clinical Master Class will reveal how groupwork is a powerful intervention to help young people from refugee backgrounds cope with transitioning to a new culture, disclose personal material in a safe environment, normalise their symptoms, and build trust and new relationships.

From Anthony Gleeson, a Clinical Psychologist, you will learn about why it is important for any organisation to consider offering groupwork when working with traumatised young people. He will provide practical guidelines for organisations and professionals to consider.

Marc Chaussivert, a STARTTS Psychologist, will present a real-life case of a therapeutic group that he facilitated weekly with an art therapist that assisted traumatised young orphans evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. He will showcase the positive therapeutic outcomes that demonstrated the group’s effectiveness in supporting the children’s recovery in Australia.

You will be able to engage with Antony Gleeson and Marc Chaussivert via a live Q&A panel discussion facilitated by STARTTS’ CEO and Clinical Psychologist, Jorge Aroche. You will come away with many ideas for groupwork that can assist traumatised young people recover from their experiences.

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Anthony Gleeson

Antony Gleeson MClinPsych is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist and group consultant with 40 years’ experience working with individuals, couples, families, groups and organisatons. He has worked in hospitals, community health settings, juvenile justice and privately.  He has taught group dynamics at post-graduate level and published in professional journals including Group Analysis. He was a past President of the Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists. He is now retired from clinical practice.

Marc Chaussivert

Marc Chaussivert is a Psychologist and a Senior Consultant/Counsellor at STARTTS where he has worked since 1994.  He has degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Clinical Psychology, and a post-graduate diploma in child and adolescent psychotherapy, a subject which he now also teaches. Marc has presented at conferences in Australia and internationally, contributed to peer-reviewed publications, and participated in the development of torture and trauma treatment and recovery services overseas, most notably in East Timor following the departure of the occupying Indonesian forces. Marc has a special interest in both art and play as pathways to recovery from trauma and has run a number of group interventions with children and adolescents that utilize such an approach.

Jorge Aroche

Jorge Aroche is a clinical psychologist and STARTTS’ Chief Executive Officer. Jorge was born in Uruguay and has worked with migrants and refugee survivors of torture and organized violence since before 1989, when he joined STARTTS.  He has led the organization since March 1997, through some of the most challenging times for refugee services in Australia, helping STARTTS grow from a dozen staff to more than 200, assuming a truly state-wide role and becoming a world leader in this field in the process, while continuing to learn from its clients, its culturally diverse staff and the latest scientific advances. Jorge has also held a number of honorary positions in international humanitarian organizations, Australia government advisory bodies and NGO boards. He was the President of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) from 2016 until November 2020.

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Who should attend?
This free live webinar is open to anyone working with children and young people, and in particular those delivering or referring clients to therapeutic groups. PDFs of the slides and a certificate of completion will be emailed to you the day after the event. Register here.

CPD points – 1.5 CPD hours
This webinar adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

Clinical Master Classes are recorded
This event will be recorded. The recordings and slides of many of STARTTS’ previous Clinical Master Classes can be viewed for free via the Free Recorded Webinars page. The slides can be downloaded and you can issue yourself with a certificate of completion after viewing the recordings.

Contact us
(02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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