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 in-person 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. It will approach Imagery Rescripting as a stand-alone treatment, and primarily focus on using the intervention with adults and adolescent clients. No experience in Schema Therapy is required for this workshop.

The style of teaching will be focussed on hands-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 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 13 October 2023 - Saturday 14 October 2023
Registration:

Registration opens on 1 April 2023

Registration closes on 1 October 2023

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 1 October 2023 will attract a $50 processing fee

Cancellations after 1 October 2023 will attract the full fee (transfer of registration is possible).

Enquiries:

WORKSHOP ENQUIRIES:

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

GENERAL ENQUIRIES:

David Edwards - David.edwards@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 31 October 2023, 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.

COTWA's Spatial Directory is a unique and much-needed resource for survivors, colleagues, GPs, and other service providers in WA. The more weight trauma-trained clinicians add to it, the more weight COTWA has to advocate on behalf of everyone, for improved service delivery in WA for people with complex trauma.

CONTACT US FOR ASSISTANCE:

COTWA recognises that it is a complex process to become a Clinical member with a Spatial Directory profile. We still believe it is worth it! 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 presented at this workshop is general in nature, and that of the presenter's. This may/may not represent the views of COTWA as well. You should always seek your own professional advice specific to your unique circumstances.

About the Panel Discussion

An expert panel of three senior trauma-trained clinicians - Anna Mills (Gestalt), Katrina Boterhoven De Haan (Imagery Rescripting), and Maree Even (Psychodynamic/attachment psychotherapy) - 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?

The intention of COTWA's annual 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 students and emerging trauma 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?

This event is suitable for experienced clinicians who are considering expanding their professional repertoire and wanting an insiders' view into how other clinicians practically conceptualise their approach to treatment from a particular theoretical perspective.

It is also an invaluable opportunity for students and new practitioners who are wanting to learn more about complex trauma, and the real-life application of different approaches to working therapeutically with this patient population.

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Anna Mills
Presenter Position
  Counselling Psychologist
Presenter Blurb
 

Anna has worked as a Counselling Psychologist for more than 18 years, in private practice, in the community, and in prisons. She has extensive experience working with complex trauma, PTSD, self harm and suicide, substance misuse due to trauma or stress, relationship breakdown, family stress, grief and loss, disordered eating, and mental illness as it affects individuals and those close to them. She is an accredited Gestalt therapist having completed a further four years of study after her Masters with the Gestalt Institute of WA.

Presenter Name
  Maree Even
Presenter Position
  Clinical Psychologist
Presenter Blurb
 

Maree has 25 years of psychology experience. During this time she has worked for both community and government agencies in the areas of mental health, alcohol and other drugs, corrections, women's services, and research. She practices from a psychodynamic/attachment perspective; and is in the final year of further post-graduate training in the Masterson Approach which focuses on understanding and working with relational trauma and personality. Maree is a published author on Attachment Theory and Neuroscience. Her main areas of work include emotional difficulties, intimacy issues, developmental/complex trauma (e.g. childhood emotional neglect, sexual abuse), addictions, highly sensitive people, and those wanting to connect to themselves and others in a more real and full way. Maree utilises a trauma-informed approach and psychological methods that assist with the embodiment of the real self.

Presenter Name
  Katrina Boterhoven de Haan
Presenter Position
  Clinical Psychologist
Presenter Blurb
 

Katrina Boterhoven de Haan (PhD) qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2016. Since then, she has worked across both government and not-for-profit sectors, including community mental health, child protection and specialised services such as at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC). She is an accredited EMDR therapist and consultant and is working towards accreditation as a Schema therapist.

Katrina specialises in the treatment of trauma and has extensive experience in treating individuals with trauma and complex trauma experiences. She completed her PhD through University of Western Australia where her research focused on treatment of adults with childhood trauma-related post-traumatic stress disorder. She has published several articles and a book chapter about treating complex trauma presentations, and her research has seen her present her work at several international conferences. In 2017, she was the primary researcher in an internationally acclaimed study on comparing the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Imagery Rescripting treatment for adults with childhood trauma-related post-traumatic stress disorder.

Details

COVID:
Date/s: Thursday 17 August 2023
Registration:

Registration opens on 1 April 2023 and closes on 1 August 2023.

Seats are strictly limited for this event, so please register early to prevent disappointment.

 

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

Light refreshments will be available from 5.45pm

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

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

Disclaimer

The information presented at the 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 Seminar

Ever since the publication of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, the many cumulative adverse effects of  survivors' hypervigilance and chronically raised cortisol levels have become increasingly well-known - the body really does keep the score.

It is increasingly clear that unsafe environments affect people's neurological development, immune systems, and regulatory systems. Childhood trauma alters the structural development of neural networks and the biochemistry of neuroendocrine systems.

Adrien will explain the cascading impact of complex trauma on the body and mind, and introduce the concept and principles of "Lifestyle Medicine" to the audience. He will explain how chronic exposure to cortisol is associated with a multitude of problems, including temperature regulation and weight gain. Cortisol also lowers the levels of neurotransmitters, which in turn affect mood, concentration, and motivation. It causes blood sugar fluctuations and gut symptoms, caused by an imbalance in digestive enzymes, and this also directly affects mental health. In this introductory seminar, Adrien will share some practical tips and proven strategies accessible to everyone, to start mitigating the impact of complex trauma on the body.

 

Program

Who is this workshop for?

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Dr Adrian Lopresti
Presenter Position
  Clinical Psychologist
Presenter Blurb
 

Dr Adrian Lopresti is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience working with children and adults; as well as a senior researcher at Murdoch University in Western Australia, and Managing Director of Clinical Research Australia.

Adrien's clinical expertise is focused on integrative evidence-based treatments for mental health difficulties - these include lifestyle, nutritional, psychological, and herbal therapies. He has conducted several randomised-controlled trials on herbal and nutraceutical interventions for depression, anxiety and ADHD. He regularly publishes in peer-reviewed journals on the effects of diet, nutraceuticals, sleep, and exercise for the treatment and prevention of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and bipolar disorder.

Adrian developed an evidence-based personalised integrative approach to psychotherapy that targets small, achievable, and sustainable changes in people's diet, nutritional status, lifestyle habits, social connections, psychology, spiritual health, and physical health.

He regularly conducts educational workshops both nationally and internationally.

Details

COVID:
Date/s: Mid June 2023
Registration:

Registration opens on 1 April 2023 and closes on 1 June 2023.

Seats are strictly limited for this event, so please register early to prevent disappointment.

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

Light refreshments will be available from 5.45pm

Accomodation Suggestions:
Recommended Reading:
Cancelation Policy:

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

Enquiries:

GENERAL ENQUIRIES:

David Edwards - david.edwards@complextraumawa.org.ay

EVENT 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

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

Disclaimer

The information presented at this event 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 presenter 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 symposium is to elucidate the different pieces of the jigsaw and clarify how they fit together.

The rare opportunity, involving some of the most senior and widely respected barristers in Western Australia, will cover a range of topics pertinent to complex trauma and the law including:

  • The different civil and criminal options; and the costs and benefits of each
  • What the process might look like for survivors
  • Ways in which a mental health professional might support their client
  • A multi-disciplinary conversation about how we might better support each other’s work, in the best interests of survivors

You should leave with a better understanding of:

  • The survivor’s experience of the process
  • The legal practitioner’s part of the process
  • The clinician’s part in the process
  • The need for a trauma-informed multi-disciplinary approach to legal compensation

Program

Date
  Friday 26th May 2023
Program
 
Time Activity
8:15am - 8:45am Registration
8:45am - 9:00am Welcome & Housekeeping
9:00 - 10:30am The necessity of trauma-informed care in the legal process
10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea
11:00am - 12:30pm Survivors' lived experience of the legal process
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm Justice and redress for survivors in Western Australia
3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm - 5:00pm Criminal Injuries Compensation - How does it work?
Date
  Saturday 27th May
Program
 
Time Activity
8:30am - 9:00am Registration
9:00am - 9:30am Reporting retrospective abuse to the police
9:30am - 10:30am What does the Criminal Court process entail?
10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea
11:00am - 12:30pm Filing a Civil Court claim for childhood abuse
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 3:30pm Alternative Dispute Resolution and mediation
3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm - 5:00pm Multi-disciplinary Q&A and panel discussion

Who is this workshop for?

This unique opportunity to learn from some of the most respected barristers in Western Australia, is open to survivors, members of the public, and all service providers who work professionally with clients who have experienced complex trauma.

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Mr George Kingsley Ll.M
Presenter Position
  Registrar of the District Court in WA
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 for more than 30 years; and brings significant knowledge about the legal process for survivors of historical abuse. 

Presenter Name
  Ms Renêa Capararo
Presenter Position
  Assessor at the Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation for the 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 SC
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 then has operated solely as a barrister. In that role, since 2018, he has been involved in the conduct of claims by survivors of complex trauma.

Geoff, together with Tim (see introduction below) will introduce attendees to the inner workings of the Civil Court process

Presenter Name
  Tim Hammond SC
Presenter Position
  Barrister
Presenter Blurb
 

Tim's litigation background is predominantly in the area of of civil litigation with a focus on on personal injuries compensation.

He has expertise acting in medical negligence claims, workplace, motor vehicle and catastrophic injury cases and in employment & industrial relations matters. He specialises in representing victims of asbestos disease and also represents survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

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

Presenter Name
  knowmore Multi-Disciplinary Team
Presenter Position
  Perth office
Presenter Blurb
 

knowmore is a free and independent legal service, with offices across Australia.

The service was established by the Australian Government in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Childhood Sexual Abuse, to provide advice to survivors of child sexual abuse about justice and redress. The knowmore team also helps survivors to apply to the National Redress Scheme; or refer them to a panel of reputable law firms for advice on other options and avenues for 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
 

A number of survivors have bravely agreed to talk 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:
Date/s: Friday 26 May 2023 & Saturday 27 May 2023
Registration:

Registration opens on Wednesday 15 February 2023 and closes Monday 15 May 2023

Venue: Stirling Room, Crowne Plaza,
54 Terrace Road,
Perth WA 6004
Additional Venue Information
Catering:

Teas 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 cancellations before 30 April 2023

50% refund for cancelations between 1 May and 15 May 2023

No refunds for cancellations after 15 May 2023, 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

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

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

David Edwards - David.edwards@complextraumawa.org.au

Fees:
Amount For Who?
$800 Professional Non-Members requiring an Attendance Certificate for Professional development purposes
$600 Non-Professional Members of the Public (no Attendance Certificate)
$500 COTWA General Members *
$250 COTWA Clinical Members *
$50 COTWA Clinical Members with a FULLY COMPLETED Spatial Directory profile by 31 May 2023 **
$200 Registered Students
$150 Survivors (no Attendance Certificate required)
Notes about Fees

SPONSOR A SURVIVOR

If you would like to sponsor the workshop fees for a survivor, please CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION.

At the "Please specify if you would like your donation to be used for a specific purpose" questions, please state that you would like the donation to be used to "Sponsor a workshop place for a survivor".

The COTWA board will allocate your donation to survivors who might not otherwise have access to this event, on a merit system basis.

COTWA thanks you for your generosity.

 

MEMBER RATES

* Members need to be logged into the Members' Area to get the member rate applied. All COTWA Members will receive a Certificate of Attendance for professional development purposes, that will remain accessible in their personal Member's Area.

** 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 31 May 2023, you will qualify for the $50 attendance fee and 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 completed Clinical membership application, it will be sent to Blue Knot Foundation, Australia’s National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, for independent 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.

The Spatial Directory is a unique and invaluable resource for local survivors, carers, colleagues, GPs, and other service providers. The more public weight we add to it, the more weight COTWA has to advocate on everyone's behalf for better service delivery in WA.

 

CONTACT US FOR ASSISTANCE:

COTWA recognises that it is a complex process to become a Clinical member with a Spatial Directory profile. We still believe it is worth it! 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 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.

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