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Implications of Trauma on the Biology of Personality

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr. Joseph Ciorciari
Description Evidence suggests that the link between traumatic experiences during childhood have an impact on the development of mental health issues during adolescence and adulthood. This evidence suggests that many mechanisms can be involved; from neurochemistry, genetics to neurodevelopmental. This workshop will provide a review of the development of brain systems and processes, neuro-plasticity and maturation, and expand on the impact of emotional and psychological trauma on these processes. A number of mental health issues and disorders will be discussed as examples of the implications associated with trauma; from Dissociative disorders, Personality disorders to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Evidence from the neuroimaging literature will also be presented. Therapists, psychologists, social workers, support health related personal and postgraduate students will find the discussions useful in formulating future interventions and directions for future research.

8.30am - 9.00am Registration and Morning Coffee

9.00am -10.40am Session 1: The Human Brain
??? The Developing Brain: Growth and Repair
 Biological aspects associated with normal and abnormal
personality formation

10.40am - 11.00am Morning Tea

11.00am - 12.45pm Session 2: Impact of Trauma on Personality
 Neurobiological systems in disorders associated with a history of trauma; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
 Personality and DID: Understanding the differences in brain function for each dissociated personality
?????Affective disorders

12.45pm - 1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm - 3.10pm Session 3: Vulnerability Factors
 Understanding the changes in long term neural connectivity following psychological trauma to help us develop better interventions following trauma
 Personality vulnerabilities associated with stress and trauma
 Other mental illness susceptibility factors

3.10pm - 3.30pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm - 5.00pm Session 4: Mechanisms of Coping
 Neurobiological systems of personality traits and predictors of ability to coping with trauma
 Neurobiology of emotional intelligence
 What all this research means for intervention, managementand treatment of personality related disorders etc

5.00pm Workshop Close
About the presenter(s) Dr. Joseph Ciorciari is a senior lecturer who teaches into the Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Psychophysiology undergraduate, honours and postgraduate (Psychology) programs at Swinburne University of Technology. He is currently the program coordinator for the undergraduate Psychology/ Psychophysiology course. As from late 2005, as the research unit leader of Biology of Individual Differences Research Unit at the Brain Sciences Institute, he has focused on the investigation of the biological basis of personality using a multidisciplinary approach; combining psychology and neurosciences. More recently, he has joined the new Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre and is a member of the Centre's executive committee.

Brain electrophysiology techniques and neuropsychological measures have been applied in the investigation of creativity, gender, intelligence, personality traits and psychosis. In a world first study into the psychiatric condition known as Multiple Personality Disorder, his research demonstrated clear functional differences in brain function for each dissociated personality, an altered consciousness. He has also researched similar brain processes associated with a history of trauma in non-clinical populations. Further dissociation research has focused on brain function associated with hypnotic states and normal dissociative processes.
Location ACT, Australia
Venue Crowne Plaza
1 Binara St, CANBERRA

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 22 Nov 2012
Time 9.00am - 5.00pm
Cost See brochure for details
Organiser PPL Education Services
Contact Name Sally Lane
Telephone 02 6628 2901
Fax 02 6628 2902