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The effect of trauma on the brain and behaviour in a forensic population

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Dr Jan Ewing
Description Issues Discussed:

What are the typical coping strategies for undiagnosed and untreated trauma?

Why do we see so much substance use and compulsive re-exposure to high risk situations in response to trauma?

How does trauma affect the ability of the child to concentrate at school and to comply with the expectations of parents and teachers?

How might early trauma predispose a child to behavioural regulation difficulties as an adult?

What are the factors that determine the effect of trauma in adulthood? Who recovers and why?

The presentation includes information on the effect of fear and trauma on both the adult brain and on the developing brain of a child. The effects of mis-attunement and neglect are also discussed. The impact of trauma on the neurobiological networks involved in arousal and behaviour is presented in addition to the implications of such difficulties for future responses to life challenges including offending. The implications of our growing knowledge of the neuropsychology of trauma for early intervention and treatment are also discussed.

This workshop will be of interest to all professionals working with clients who have a trauma history including those involved in the criminal justice system, as well as those with a history of childhood neglect and abuse, combat-related trauma and acute traumatic events in adulthood. It is also of relevance to those who wish to better understand the impact of trauma on the brain and the implications for neuropsychological assessment of this population.
About the presenter(s) Jan holds a Ph.D in clinical neuropsychology and an M.A in clinical psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a founding member of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN), a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (CCP), the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), The International Society for the Study of Dissociative Disorders (ISDD), The Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASSTS), The Canaan Institute, associate member of the Australian Society for Hypnosis (ASH) and Chair of the Publication Committee and former President of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI),). Jan has given conference presentations, workshops and university lectures on a range of topics and has published a number of articles and commentaries in the areas of both neuropsychology and clinical psychology. Her private practice includes both neuropsychological assessments and therapy, with specialist interest and training in post traumatic syndromes, providing the impetus for the drawing together of both fields for this workshop.
Location VIC Metro, Australia
Venue Forensicare - 505 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill VIC 3068

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 29 Oct 2012
Time 9.30am to 5pm
Cost $180 College members; $250 APS non-college members; $350 non-APS members; $150 students
Notes Registrations Close 25th October 2012
Organiser College of Forensic Psychologists (CFP)
Contact Name Tamsin Short
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