Upcoming Professional Development

Tuesday 23rd August - 5:45pm-8:15pm

Complex Trauma Panel Discussion: "What would you do next?

About the Panel Discussion

Join us for the next event in the COTWA Professional Development training calendar! 

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: 

  1. How would you approach the first three sessions?
  2. How would you determine the focus of treatment?
  3. What kind of assessments would you do, and why?
  4. Would you follow a phased approach to treatment?  If so, how might that look like in this case?
  5. 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.

About the Panel Members

Annaliese Chapman

Annaliese Chapman

Gestalt Therapy

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.

Nadene van der Linden

Nadene van der Linden

Schema Therapy | EMDR

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.

Georgie Paulik

Georgie Paulik

Imagery Rescripting

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).


COVID: Attendance numbers will be limited to 30 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: Tuesday 23rd August 2022
Registration: Registration opens on Friday 22nd July and closes Friday 19th August 2022
Attendance limited to 30 people to comply with SJOG COVID safety measures
Venue: The Auditorium,
SJOG Conference Centre, Level 3,
25 McCourt St, Subiaco WA 6008
Getting there and parking

Catering: Light refreshments will be available from 5.30pm
Cancelation Policy:

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

Enquiries: Sonia Smuts
[email protected]
$80 for non members
$50 for COTWA General members
$30 for COTWA Clinical members
$0 (free) for COTWA Clinical members with a fully completed COTWA Spatial Directory profile
$30 for students
  * Members need to be logged in to the members area in order to get the member rate applied.


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.

Postponed Professional Development

About the Workshop

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

About the Presenters

Mr George Kingsley Ll.M

Registrar of the District Court

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.

Ms Charmaine Holyoak-Roberts

Chief Assessor - Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation - Department of Justice

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.

Ms Renêa Capararo

Assessor - Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation - Department of Justice

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.

Mr Geoffrey Bourhill


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.

Tim Hammond


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.

Greg Boland, Managing Lawyer, Perth Office and his multidisciplinary team


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.

Survivors with a lived-experience of Complex Trauma

Various perspectives

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.

Past Professional Development

About the Workshop

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.

About the Presenter - Dr Andrew Harkin

Dr Andrew Harkin Profile Picture

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.

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.

About the Presenter - George Burns


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.

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.


  • 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.

About the Presenter - Dr Richard A. Chefetz M.D


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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