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

The Neuroscience of Trauma and Ageing: Latest Research and Clinical Implications

Held on 5 March 2024

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This important Clinical Master Class webinar will give you practical, lifestyle-based, body-mind, psychoeducational therapeutic strategies to assist older people who were victims of trauma stabilise their health. These simple interventions address chronic inflammation and metabolic dysfunction which are strongly associated with a broad range of mental health problems, including devastating effects on mood, cognition, dementia, and the desire to engage other people.

From Dr John Arden, world-renowned psychologist, teacher and author, you will learn about the normal ageing process, and how trauma can accelerate many brain and body ageing syndromes. He will outline an integrative therapeutic approach that includes brain-based psychoeducation that is understandable, tangible and de-pathologising. He will describe five key factors that research has consistently shown to support brain health.

Lilian Harman, a STARTTS Clinical Psychologist, will take you through a real-life example of an older client from a refugee background whom she successfully treated for PTSD symptoms using an integrated body-mind approach guided by the SEEDS principles as described by Dr John Arden.

You will view a conversation with Dr John Arden and Lilian Harman via a Q&A panel discussion facilitated by STARTTS’ CEO and Clinical Psychologist, Jorge Aroche. You will come away with many tools to assist your older traumatised clients engage in healthy ageing practices.

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Dr John Arden

Dr John Arden is a world-renowned psychologist, teacher and award winning author. He has over 40 years of experience providing psychological services and directing mental health programs. Previously he was the Northern California Regional Director of Training at Kaiser Permanente where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. Dr John Arden’s work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis with psychoneuroimmunology, epigenetics, psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. Author of 16 books (translated into 20 languages), most recently: Rewire Your Brain 2.0: Five Healthy Factors to a Better Life, Dr John Arden has conducted seminars in 31 countries.

Lilian Harman

Lilian Harman is a Clinical Psychologist who works as a Counsellor/Project Officer at STARTTS. She works with refugees and asylum seekers at varying stages of resettlement, as well as with people in immigration detention. Her approach is informed by attachment theory and trauma-focused therapies, drawing from eclectic modalities delivered in a culturally sensitive way including CBT, DBT, schema therapy, ACT, and narrative approaches. Cognisant of the social determinants of mental health, she practices from a holistic, human rights posture, recognising the importance of restoring individual dignity, agency, and meaning making in trauma recovery. Prior to STARTTS she worked in community, inpatient, and forensic mental health services, providing psychological assessment and treatment to clients across the lifespan presenting predominantly with chronic, complex and severe, and acute mental health issues.

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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CPD points – 2 CPD hours
This webinar adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

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(02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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