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About the Event

Imagery re-scripting is a key aspect of schema therapy and a powerful experiential tool for change. Furthermore, research over the last 4 years has focused on how Imagery Rescripting can be utilised as a stand-alone treatment for childhood trauma and related PTSD (Arntz, 2013, de Haan et al 2018).

This workshop will focus specifically on how therapists can become skilled in developing strong corrective emotional experiences via Imagery Rescripting. The training will focus on Arnoud Arntz’ imagery rescripting protocols; and discuss recent research findings in the treatment of childhood related post-traumatic stress and associated chronic mental-health problems. This workshop will focus on imagery rescripting as a stand-alone treatment, and no experience in Schema Therapy Is required for this workshop. The workshop will primarily focus on using the intervention with adults and adolescent clients.

The style of teaching will be focussed on practical skills-development, with many opportunities to observe and practice skills to facilitate the application of Imagery Rescripting in your daily therapeutic work with clients.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of recent Imagery Rescripting research and the IREM research trial
  • Confidence in working with clients with a trauma background
  • Improved confidence in using imagery rescripting approach for trauma work
  • Developed further skills in responding to antagonists in imagery (via deliberate self-practice approaches)
  • Increased awareness of the therapist own blocks and challenges and practical ways to assist
  • Improved skills in working with client blocks and challenges
  • Development of skills on when to use imagery for compassion

Program

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is suitable for those working professionally with clients who have experienced complex trauma and who have current professional registration with an Australian regulatory body:

  • General Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Mental Health Nurses

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can apply on an individual basis to the COTWA Board by emailing sonia.smuts@complextraumawa.org.au. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s:

  • Nature and length of employment
  • Educational background and qualifications
  • Training in trauma
  • Support from the applicant’s supervisor and/or employer

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Dr Chris Hayes
Presenter Blurb
 

Chris is a Clinical Psychologist based in Perth WA. He has extensive experience in public and private settings, working with clients with complex psychological presentations. Since 2005, Chris has been practising as an accredited advanced Schema Therapist, supervisor, and trainer after having completed certification in Schema Therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute in New York City (USA) with Dr Jeffery Young. He has presented workshops throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia and is the Director of Schema Therapy Training Australia. Chris was employed as a Clinical Psychologist at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) - a specialist service for those who have experienced recent or childhood sexual trauma - at the WA Health Department for more than eight years. In this role, he was heavily involved in implementing the Imagery/EMDR for Childhood Trauma (IREM) research trial (Boterhoven De Haan, et al., 2020). He has previously served as Secretary of the Board for the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST); and co-produced two video releases, ‘Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting’ and ‘Fine Tuning Chair Work in Schema Therapy’. Both are the first of their kind internationally and come highly recommended. Chris is the co-author of ‘The Cambridge Guide to Schema Therapy’ textbook scheduled for release in late 2022. 

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Details

COVID:
Date/s: Friday 28 October 2022 and Saturday 29 October 2022
Registration:

Registration opens 5 September 2022

Registration closes 20 October 2022

Venue: The Newman Sienna Centre,
33 Williamstown Road,
Doubleview WA 6018
Additional Venue Information
Catering:

Tea and a light lunch will be provided

Please advise special dietary requirements at time of registration.

Accomodation Suggestions:
Recommended Reading:
Cancelation Policy:

Cancellations prior to 20 October 2022 will attract a $50 processing fee

Cancellations after 20 October will attract the full fee (transfer of registration is possible).

Enquiries:

Workshop Enquiries:

Sonia Smuts - sonia.smuts@complextraumawa.org.au

Fees:
Amount For Who?
$800 Non Members
$500 COTWA Professional Members*
$300 COTWA Clinical Members*
$50 COTWA Clinical members with fully completed Spatial Directory profiles**
Notes about Fees

* Members need to be logged into the Members' Area to get the member rate applied.

** Please prioritise finalising submission of your Clinical membership assessment application and Spatial Directory profile if this workshop is of interest to you.

If your directory profile is fully completed by 30 October 2022, you will qualify for the $50 attendance fee and you will receive a refund of the initial registration fee.

Depending on whether your Curriculum Vitae is up to date; and how long it might take you to draft a letter of reference on behalf of busy referees (we have templates you can use to make this easier), we estimate you probably need to set aside ~90+ minutes of your life to describe your trauma-specific approach to trauma-informed treatment.

When we’ve received your Clinical membership application, it will be sent to Blue Knot Foundation, Australia’s National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, for processing. This could take from 4 to 21 days.

Once you are a Clinical Member, you will receive an email to invite you to list on the COTWA Spatial Directory, with some practical tips on how to go about doing this.

CONTACT US FOR ASSISTANCE:

COTWA recognises that it is a complex process to become a Clinical member with a Spatial Directory profile. Before you give up, please message us via the Contact Us form on the website if you require any practical, technical, or emotional support to complete the online forms - we will be in touch to offer helpful help!

Disclaimer

The information in this panel discussion is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.

About the Event

The legal processes associated with claiming compensation for abuse can be quite opaque. The purpose of this workshop is to elucidate the different pieces of the jigsaw and clarify how they fit together.

The workshop will cover a range of topics including:

  • The different civil & criminal options – costs and benefits of each
  • What the process might look like for the client
  • Ways in which a mental health professional might support their client

You should leave with an understanding of:

  • The legal practitioner’s part of the process
  • The clinician’s part in the process
  • The survivor’s experience of the process

Program

Date
  Friday 19th November 2021
Program
 
Time Activity
8:30am - 8:45am Registration
8:45am - 9:00am Welcome – Mrs Sonia Smuts
9:00am – 10:30am TBA
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am - 12:30pm knowmore - Team presentation
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm Criminal Injuries Compensation
3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm - 5:00pm Lived Experience: Survivors & Carers
Date
  Saturday 20th November
Program
 
Time Activity
8:30am - 9:00am Registration & Housekeeping
9:00am - 10:30am Criminal Court Process
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am - 12:30pm Mediation
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 3:30pm Civil Court Process
3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm - 5:00pm Lived Experience: Survivors & Carers

Who is this workshop for?

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Mr George Kingsley Ll.M
Presenter Position
  Registrar of the District Court
Presenter Blurb
 

In George's role as a Registrar of the District Court in Western Australia, he is responsible for a range of administrative and clerical court matters, including:

  • Arranging listings and court sittings, including circuit sittings
  • Maintaining court records, arraigning accused, empanelling juries, administering oaths, managing exhibits, and filing and lodging legal forms
  • Liaising with the judiciary, legal profession, litigants, witnesses and other court users to ensure efficient court hearings
  • Legal and research services
  • Helping members of the public with queries

George has been involved in dispute resolution (either by adjudication or mediation) for 30 years, and brings significant knowledge about the process.

Presenter Name
  Ms Charmaine Holyoak-Roberts
Presenter Position
  Chief Assessor - Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation - Department of Justice
Presenter Blurb
 

The Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation (OCIC) is a specialist tribunal providing a flexible and informal approach to determining applications for compensation by victims of crime in Western Australia.

The OCIC operates pursuant to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 2003 which provides for the payment of compensation to victims of offences committed after 22 January 1971 in some circumstances, and for related matters.

It also enables the recovery of compensation paid to an applicant from a convicted offender.

The Tribunal consists of the Chief Assessor and three Assessors all of whom are legally qualified with at least 8 years legal experience. The Assessors, who are supported by Case Managers and Recoveries Officers, act in an informal, responsive and expeditious manner.

Presenter Name
  Ms Renêa Capararo
Presenter Position
  Assessor - Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation - Department of Justice
Presenter Blurb
 

Renêa is an Assessor of Criminal Injuries Compensation appointed in April 2019. Her background is as a solicitor in personal injuries, having worked in the area since 2001. Prior to joining the office of Criminal Injuries Compensation she was head of the Sexual Abuse team at Bradley Bayley Legal.

Presenter Name
  Mr Geoffrey Bourhill
Presenter Position
  Barrister
Presenter Blurb
 

Geoff was admitted to legal practise in 1981 and has spent all of his professional life representing the interests of parties in litigation arising from personal injury, initially plaintiffs but for most of that time, defendants.

For the first 35 years his involvement was as solicitor, primarily on instructions from insurers. In 2016, he joined the independent bar and since has operated solely as a barrister.

In that role, since 2018 he has been involved in the conduct of claims by the survivors of complex trauma.

Presenter Name
  Tim Hammond
Presenter Position
  Barrister
Presenter Blurb
 

Tim specialises in representing victims of asbestos disease and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

He also has expertise acting in medical negligence claims, workplace, motor vehicle and catastrophic injury cases and in employment & industrial relations matters.

From 2016 to 2018, Tim was the Federal Member for Perth.

Presenter Name
  Greg Boland and his multidisciplinary team
Presenter Position
  Managing Lawyer, knowmore, Perth Office
Presenter Blurb
 

knowmore was established by the Australian Government in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Childhood Sexual Abuse, helping people apply to the National Redress Scheme or referring them to a panel of law firms for advice on other options like a common law claim, Criminal Injuries Compensation or other avenues of compensation.

knowmore stands out with their multidisciplinary approach, including the services of a lawyer, a counsellor/social worker, an Aboriginal Engagement Adviser and Financial Counsellor.

Presenter Name
  Survivors with a lived-experience of Complex Trauma
Presenter Position
  Various perspectives
Presenter Blurb
 

There will be 7 survivors talking about their lived experiences with complex trauma, and the ways in which they have navigated the legal process.

As a survivor, they each bring a unique perspective. Their varied experiences will give anyone supporting a survivor through a legal process some insight into what helped and what hindered.

Details

COVID:

In the case of a COVID-19 lockdown, presentations will be moved on-line and a link to the platform will be emailed to you prior to the event

Date/s: Friday 19th & Saturday 20th November 2021
Registration:

Registration opens on Friday 1st October and closes Tuesday 16th November 2021

Venue: The Newman Siena Centre,
33 Williamstown Road,
Doubleview WA 6018
Additional Venue Information
Catering:

Tea and a light lunch will be provided

Please advise special dietary requirements at time of registration

Accomodation Suggestions:
Recommended Reading:
Cancelation Policy:

100% refund for cancelations before 30th October

50% refund for cancelations between 31st October and 9th November

20% refund for cancelations between 10th and 15th November

No refunds for cancellations after the 16th November, but you can transfer your registration by providing us with the contact details of the attendee coming in your place (please note any special dietary requirements for this person cannot be accommodated as the catering order will already have been placed)

Enquiries:

Workshop Enquiries

Vivien Bainbridge - vivien.bainbridge@complextraumawa.org.au

General Enquiries

Sonia Smuts - sonia.smuts@complextraumawa.org.au

Fees:
Amount For Who?
$750 Non Members
$500 COTWA General or Clinical Members
$300 COTWA Members listed on the COTWA Directory
Notes about Fees

Disclaimer

The information in this workshop is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.

About the Panel Discussion

An expert panel of three senior trauma-trained clinicians will share their experience in treating a fictionalised new client who presents for psychotherapy. Our panel members all practice from distinctly different and overlapping theoretical paradigms; and they will respond to questions such as: 

  • How would you approach the first three sessions?
  • How would you determine the focus of treatment?
  • What kind of assessments would you do, and why?
  • Would you follow a phased approach to treatment?  If so, how might that look like in this case?
  • What kind of challenges do you anticipate in this case? How might you approach those?

This year, the audience will have an opportunity to learn more about some of the practical applications of Schema Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Imagery Rescripting when working with someone who presents with a lived experience of complex trauma.

The intention of the panel discussion is to offer a structured but informal collegial conversation amongst peers, about the different ways in which different therapists would approach the same client. It aims to introduce other clinicians to different modes of conceptualising and trauma intervention; as well as to create a safe ‘community’ of local clinicians where senior colleagues can also model and normalise attuned not-knowing to new trauma therapists.

Program

Who is this workshop for?

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Annaliese Chapman
Presenter Position
  Gestalt Therapy
Presenter Blurb
 

Annaliese Chapman has been registered as a Clinical Psychologist for more than 20 years. After working in positions within adult community mental-health and juvenile forensic community and custodial-based settings, she has worked solely in private practice for the past 10 years. She has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children from 6 years of age onwards. Annaliese works from therapeutic approaches that are evidence-based. She is client-centred in her approach, encouraging her clients to be curious about their experience in the world to encourage both insight and a sense of agency. She draws from a range of therapeutic modalities and theories to achieve the best outcome for clients. These include cognitive behaviour therapy, Gestalt therapy, attachment theory, structural dissociation theory and family therapy. Annaliese has met Blue Knot Foundation’s rigorous assessment of her clinical competence in international best-practice requirements for working with complex trauma, which allows her to be a COTWA Clinical Member and list her profile on COTWA’s Spatial Directory.

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Presenter Name
  Nadene van der Linden
Presenter Position
  Schema Therapy | EMDR
Presenter Blurb
 

Nadene van der Linden completed her Masters degree in Applied Psychology (Clinical) in 2005. She is an accredited EMDR therapist and Advanced Certified Schema Therapist. Her area of special clinical interest is working with trauma. Nadene is a Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor, and a significant proportion of her work is the mentoring and clinical supervision of psychologists and mental-health therapists. Nadene has published a range of webinars and other online courses to support new trauma therapists.

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Presenter Name
  Georgie Paulik
Presenter Position
  Imagery Rescripting
Presenter Blurb
 

Associate Professor Georgie Paulik is a senior Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director at Perth Voices Clinic. She is a research-practitioner who is passionate about working with people with psychosis and those who hear voices. She completed her PhD in voice hearing from the University of Western Australia in 2007 and has produced over 30 peer reviewed publications and a textbook in the field of psychosis and voice hearing. The Perth Voices Clinic aims to improve services and training of mental health professionals working with voice hearers. She is also passionate about exploring the role of trauma in hearing voices and the impact of psychological interventions for trauma on voice hearing; and has ongoing collaborations on trauma interventions, including Imagery Rescripting, with Prof Arnoud Arntz (Netherlands), Prof. Craig Steel (UK), and Prof. Peter McEvoy (Perth).

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Details

COVID:

Attendance numbers will be limited to 40 people to reflect public health recommendations applicable at the time of the event – first in, best dressed. Mask mandates for attendees remain in place at St John of God Hospital.

Social distancing measures will be in place in the Auditorium.

Date/s: Tuesday 23rd August
Registration:

Registration opens on Friday 22nd July and closes Friday 19th August 2022.

Attendance limited to 40 people to comply with SJOG COVID safety measures

Venue: The Auditorium, SJOG Conference Centre, Level 3,
25 McCourt Street,
Subiaco WA 6008
Additional Venue Information
Catering:

Light refreshments will be available from 5.30pm

Accomodation Suggestions:
Recommended Reading:
Cancelation Policy:

Full refund if cancelled 7 days in advance (less catering costs)

Enquiries:

Enquiries

Sonia Smuts - sonia.smuts@complextraumawa.org.au

 

Fees:
Amount For Who?
$80 Non Members
$50 COTWA General Members
$30 COTWA Clinical Members
$0 (free) COTWA Clinical members with a fully completed COTWA Spatial Directory profile
$30 Students
Notes about Fees

Disclaimer

The information in this workshop is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.

About the Event

Day One - An Introduction to Working with the Body in Complex Trauma Treatments

Current research indicates that trauma is largely remembered non-verbally, leaving the body and nervous system primed for future threat. Many traditional approaches to treatment lack techniques to work directly with this physical legacy of trauma; indeed, the body has largely been left out of the ‘talking cure’. 

Through a combination of lecture material, experiential exercises and discussion, this workshop will introduce a body-oriented approach to working with unresolved trauma. Andrew’s approach to training encompasses not only the most recent theoretical understanding regarding neuroscience and the impact of our experiences on our body, but also provides a clear and pragmatic link between theory and practice.

At the conclusion of day one, participants will be able to:

  • Review current neuroscience and practical applications in relation to safe trauma work.
  • Understand the role of the body in trauma treatment, including the role of procedural learning and its relevance to trauma treatment.
  • Apply simple somatic techniques to facilitate clients' self-regulation (including directed mindfulness).
  • Acquire increased knowledge and skills in assisting clients to develop body-based resources and enable them to experience and stabilise embodiment.
  • Understand the significance of the relational field in body-based psychotherapy.
  • Acquire increased knowledge and skills in incorporating bodily experience into all phases of trauma therapy.

Day Two - Deepening Resources for Stabilisation

The second day will build on content covered in the first day, with particular focus on assisting clinicians to use more advanced body-based psychotherapeutic techniques to enrich and enhance their treatment approach to clients presenting with unresolved trauma. 

Areas of focus will include the impact of somatics on the therapeutic relationship, and assisting clients to effectively access body-based resources to improve their capacity to regulate strong emotion and physiological arousal and more effectively process their traumatic experiences. The workshop will include both didactic and experiential material, with an emphasis on the provision of practical skills for body-based psychotherapy practice.

At the conclusion of day two, participants will have:

  • Practiced simple somatic techniques to facilitate clients’ self-regulation (including directed mindfulness).
  • Grasped the significance of the relational field in body-based psychotherapy.
  • Acquired increased knowledge and skills in incorporating bodily experience into all phases of trauma therapy.
  • Acquired increased knowledge and skills in assisting clients to develop body-based resources and enable them to experience and stabilise embodiment.
  • Acquired practical skills for the development of advanced resourcing that supports clients’ trauma processing.

Program

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is suitable for those working professionally with clients who have experienced complex trauma and who have current professional registration with an Australian regulatory body:

  • General Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Mental Health Nurses

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can apply on an individual basis to the COTWA Board by emailing diana.phillips@complextraumawa.org.au or vivien.bainbridge@complextraumawa.org.au. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s:

  • Nature and length of employment
  • Educational background and qualifications
  • Training in trauma
  • Support from the applicant’s supervisor and/or employer

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Dr Andrew Harkin
Presenter Blurb
 

Andrew Harkin graduated as a medical doctor from the University College in Dublin in 1990. Having a keen interest in the holistic treatment of his patients, Andrew completed a two-year postgraduate training course in 1998 with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Colorado, USA. He subsequently became lead trainer at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and taught psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists in the fields of trauma and attachment across the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and Australia for more than five years.

Andrew has also trained in other trauma-related models such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, and the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM). Additionally, he is a teacher in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), having trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor in North Wales.

In 2013, Andrew and his family emigrated to Western Australia to take a position as a Senior Therapist in a psychiatric day hospital. In 2016, he recorded the TED Talk, Mind the Gap: Moving From Brain to Body to explore the importance of reclaiming a sense of health and a sense of belonging in the body. Andrew now divides his time between providing training across Australia for mental health clinicians in body-based approaches to psychotherapy, and a private practice in Bunbury.

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Details

COVID:
Date/s: Friday 26th March & Saturday 27th March 2021
Registration:

Registration opens on Wednesday 17th February

Registration closes Sunday 21 March 2021

Venue: Trinity on Hampden Conference Centre,
230 Hampden Road,
Crawley WA 6009
Additional Venue Information
Catering:

Tea and a light lunch will be provided

Please advise special dietary requirements at time of registration

Accomodation Suggestions:
Recommended Reading:
Cancelation Policy:
Enquiries:

Workshop Enquiries

Diana Phillips diana.phillips@complextraumawa.org.au

Vivien Bainbridge vivien.bainbridge@complextraumawa.org.au

Membership/Directory Enquiries

Sonia Smuts sonia.smuts@complextraumawa.org.au

Fees:
Amount For Who?
$750 Non Members
$500 COTWA General and Clinical Members
$300 COTWA Members listed on the COTWA Directory
Notes about Fees

Disclaimer

The information in this panel discussion is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.

About the Workshop

What can we learn from hypnosis to enhance our clinical effectiveness in working with trauma and dissociation? Can a dissociative therapeutic approach, such as hypnosis, be helpful for someone where dissociation is symptomatic? Can this approach be integrated into one’s current therapeutic practices, such as with mindfulness and meditation? And, perhaps most importantly, how can it help a client grow from trauma?

While this two-day course will cover topics such as the principles, ethics, and practise of hypnotherapy in up-to-date, evidence-based, outcome-oriented approaches, it is best seen as an introduction to clinical hypnosis. It will introduce you to the language and processes of clinical hypnosis for post-trauma growth, in a user-friendly, experiential learning format with particular emphasis on your own clinical applications and clinician skills.

Moving beyond the traditional scripted approach to hypnosis, you will learn about the application of hypnosis into therapy in ways that are creative, individual, and adaptive to client goals.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is hypnosis
  • A brief history of therapeutic trances
  • Myths and misconceptions
  • Hypnosis, trauma and dissociation
  • The nature of suggestions
  • Types and power of suggestions
  • Basic theories of hypnosis
  • How to induce and deepen the hypnotic experience
  • Hypnosis for facilitating post-trauma growth
  • How to apply your new skills in your own therapeutic work

The style of teaching will be focussed on practical skills-development with many exercises designed to facilitate the application of hypnotherapy in your daily therapeutic work with clients.

Program

Date
  Friday 28th August 2020
Program
 
Time Activity
9:30am - 11:00am Introduction to hypnosis; Introductory hypnosis demonstration; What is hypnosis? Definitions; Brief history of hypnosis; Induction/elicitation demo and exercises
11:00am - 11:15am Morning Tea
11:15am - 12:30pm Myths and Misconceptions; Contra-indications; Ethical issues; More induction & deepening strategies
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm Indications of trance; Traditional versus non-traditional approaches; Learning how to hypnotise effectively; Steps to induction; Exercise
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm - 4:30pm Ego strengthening; Strength-spotting; Early learning sets; Exercise: Practise of further inductions
Date
  Saturday 29th August 2020
Program
 
Time Activity
9:30am - 11:00am Hypnotic Phenomena; Utilisation of Hypnotic Phenomena; Demonstrations/Exercises
11:00am - 11:15am Morning Tea
11:15am - 12:30pm Dissociation and hypnosis; What is it?; How does it work?; How can it be utilised therapeutically?
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm Post-traumatic growth; Expert companionship; How to hypnotically facilitate growth from suffering
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm - 4:30pm Hypnotically enhancing greater happiness; Participant case applications; Ongoing application of hypnosis in your own work

Who is this workshop for?

Working with hypnosis, trauma, and dissociative disorders require a high level of psychotherapy skills, and a mental health background is an essential prerequisite for the effective application of hypnosis with this client population. 

This workshop is open to experienced mental-health professionals who are fully registered with a professional association and meet the following criteria:

  • COTWA Clinical Members
  • COTWA General Members
  • Non-Member Medical Practitioners
    • Psychiatrists need to be registered with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 
    • General Practitioners are required to have additional training in Psychological Medicine, and be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Non-Members Allied Health Professionals
    • Psychologists are required to be registered with Psychology Board of Australia or the New Zealand Psychology Board.
    • Occupational Therapists are required to have additional specialist training in mental health and need to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia or the New Zealand Occupational Therapy Board.
    • Social Workers need to be registered with Australian Association of Social Workers or in New Zealand with the Social Workers Registration Board.
    • Counsellors and Psychotherapists are required to be registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) as a Clinical Mental Health Practitioner or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as a Level 3 or 4 member.
  • Non-Member Mental Health Nurses
    • Mental Health Nurses are required to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia /AHPRA or in New Zealand with the Nursing Council of New Zealand
    • Interns/Students enrolled in a graduate level program in mental health (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counselling, etc.) that are currently involved in the internship portion of their program and are working under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can apply on an individual basis to the COTWA Board by emailing admin@cotwa.org.au. Consideration will be given to the applicant's:

  • Nature and length of employment
  • Educational background and qualifications
  • Training in trauma
  • Support from the applicant's supervisor and/or employer

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Adj. Prof George Burns
Presenter Blurb
 

Adjunct Professor George Burns is an Australian clinical psychologist whose innovative work as practitioner, teacher, and writer is recognized nationally and internationally.

George is Adjunct Professor of the Cairnmillar Institute, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling; Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University and Director of The Milton H Erickson Institute of Western Australia. He has been active in several international hypnosis societies and is an Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

George has also published eight books that have been translated to 18 languages and include an international best-seller. He has authored some 50 articles and book chapters, been described as a ‘master clinician’ by eminent colleagues; and “among some of the world's best therapists” by the Milton H Erickson Foundation.

Given his contribution to the psychology of well-being, he was an invited participant in a United Nations High Level Meeting on creating a new world development paradigm based more on happiness than on economic values. He has recently been honoured with Life Membership to the Australian Psychological Society, and the first ever Life Membership awarded by the Institute of Clinical Psychologists.

In recent years he has been working as a volunteer clinical psychologist in developing countries such as the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where his most recent project has been helping to establish a new youth drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre based on a therapeutic model of happiness and wellbeing.

George’s teaching blends a wealth of clinical and personal life experiences in a relaxed and pleasant style aimed at providing hands-on skills for the enhancement of therapeutic effectiveness.

More information about George, his books, and the training he offers can be found on his website: www.georgeburns.com.au

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Details

COVID:
Date/s: Friday 28th August & Saturday 29th August 2020
Registration:

Registration opens on the 22nd July 2020 and closes on 20th August 2020

 

Venue: The Newman Siena Centre,
33 Williamstown Road,
Doubleview WA 6018
Additional Venue Information
Catering:
Accomodation Suggestions:
Recommended Reading:
Cancelation Policy:

Cancellation prior to 20th August 2020 will attract a $50 processing fee.

Cancellation after 20th August 2020 will attract full fee (transfer of registration is possible).

Enquiries:

Ms Sonia Smuts - sonia.smuts@complextraumawa.org.au

Fees:
Amount For Who?
$750 Non-members
$500 COTWA Members (General and Clinical)
$300 COTWA Members who are listed on the COTWA Directory
Notes about Fees

Disclaimer

The information in this workshop is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.

About the Workshop

Dissociative processes are most evident in the rapid shifts in self-states identified by the close tracking of ‘no-go zones’ - those places in our psyche which are too dangerous or painful to enter. These places frequently result from persistent early trauma, commonly as a consequence of growing up in an environment where the child’s caretaker(s) are either frightened or frightening, or both.

Working therapeutically with individuals with such disorganised attachments presents considerable difficulties since, by definition, the dissociative processes are designed to ‘hide’ both the fear and the longing for connection from both oneself and the Other. This can result in behaviours which fluctuate between angry attacks on the therapeutic relationship and a tenacious attachment to it. An intolerable dilemma arises from a longing to feel ‘real’ yet also desperately wanting to avoid the associated pain that comes with it. This requires the therapist to survive, detoxify, and metabolize the emotional turmoil that results from the internal shame and fear of humiliation, intolerable loss, intense dislike, disgust, and contempt that often underpin such ‘attackments’.

In this workshop, Dr Chefetz marries dissociation and its clinical manifestations with a wealth of extended case histories. Drawing on theories of self-states and their involvement in dissociative experiences, he demonstrates how to identify and work with persistent dissociative processes, and their related neurobiological and psychodynamic underpinnings.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognising dissociative processes in your casework;
  • Understanding memory processes in trauma patients; and
  • Working with shame, repetition compulsions, enactments, addictive behaviours, depersonalisation, self-harm, and suicidality in the lives of adult survivors of childhood trauma.

Objectives

  • Describe the normal tension between association and dissociation and how the balance between them contributes to mental coherence.
  • Discuss why discerning depersonalisation is critically important in assessing dissociation.
  • Describe how dissociative process influences memory and the questions that are important in discerning dissociative disturbances of memory
  • Compare the basics of infant attachment behaviours and their adult manifestations in trauma treatment.
  • Discuss the differences between emotions in the shame spectrum of experience and their personal and interpersonal correlates
  • Explain the potential value and pitfalls of countertransference disclosure in psychotherapy with trauma survivors.
  • Describe appropriate questions to discern depersonalisation, derealisation, amnesia, identity confusion, and identity alteration toward making a diagnosis of a dissociative disorder.
  • Discuss and be able to apply the four basic patterns of infant attachment, secure, anxious-ambivalent, avoidant, and disorganised/disoriented to their adult cases and apply these to the clinical setting.
  • Predict which patients in your practice are likely carrying hidden shame
  • Describe the process from which shame and rage become welded together.
  • Discuss how hippocampal and amygdala functions interact in trauma treatment.
  • Discuss a strategy for pointed intervention to impact and reduce suicidality as an immediate threat.
  • Explain how "attackment" describes a shift from proximity seeking in the attachment paradigm to guaranteeing distance when domination- submission, power and control, dynamics overwhelm the interpersonal world of a child
  • Describe the difference between the words affect, feeling, and emotion as well as the clinical utility of distinguishing between them.
  • Describe the general underlying cause of addictive behaviour as it relates to dissociative processes.
  • Discuss a technique for specific psychotherapeutic exploration of addictions and their relief.
  • Explain the likely sources of negative therapeutic reaction in the treatment of a person with a complex dissociative disorder.

Program

Date
  Friday 20th September 2019
Program
 
Time Activity
9:00am - 10:00am Recognising Dissociative Processes in Your Casework
10:00am - 10:50am Morning Tea
10:50am - 12:20pm Process Interventions and Psychodynamics of Self-states
12:20pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm Catastrophic Shame, Negativity and Dissociative Self-states
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm - 4:30pm ‘Attackments’: Subjugation, Shame and Dissociative Self-states Case Presentation
Date
  Saturday 21st September 2019
Program
 
Time Activity
9:00am- 10:00am The Neurobiology of Emotion, Self-states, and the Gateway to Treatment
10:00am - 10:50am Morning Tea
10:50am - 12:20pm Addictive Processes, the Compulsion to Repeat, and Enactment
12:20pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm Self-states, Suicidality, and Self-harming Behaviours
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm - 4:30pm Depersonalization: Can We Dance to the Music?

Who is this workshop for?

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Dr Richard A. Chefetz M.D
Presenter Blurb
 

Dr Chefetz is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2002, and Co-Founder and Chair of their Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program for eight years. Dr Chefetz is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology; and a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.

He has published numerous journal articles on psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma and dissociation; and published the internationally acclaimed Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real in 2015 with W.W. Norton, in their Interpersonal Neurobiology series.

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Details

COVID:
Date/s: Friday 20th & Saturday 21st September 2019
Registration:

Registration opens on 1 July 2019.

Please register at www.complextraumawa.org.au

Inaugural membership offer ends on the 16th August 2019.

Venue: Trinity on Hampden Conference Centre,
230 Hampden Road,
Crawley WA 6009
Additional Venue Information
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https://www.trinityonhampden.com.au/guest-accommodation/

https://www.stcatherinesonpark.com.au

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Cancelation Policy:

Cancellation prior to September 1st will attract a $50 processing fee.

Cancellation after September 1st will attract full fee – transfer of registration is possible.

Enquiries:

Mrs Sonia Smuts
cotwa.complextraumawa@gmail.com

Fees:
Amount For Who?
$800 Non members
$600 COTWA Members
Notes about Fees

Disclaimer

The information in this panel discussion is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.

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