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Treating Severe Trauma

Format Workshop
Presenters Stephen Heydt, MAPS, COCP
Description The training will likely be of interest to therapists at any stage in their career working with clients who have perceived severe personal trauma. It will be most useful to those who either currently or likely in the near future, will be working with people where they can practically implement the training.

Many people who have perceived an experience of severe personal trauma, either in childhood, a long time in the past, for extended periods or found their experience to be particularly horrific, do not respond to conventional treatment. These include most individual and group psychotherapies, medication, hospitalisation or even complementary approaches. Often people present with complex and multiple symptoms including auditory and visual intrusive imagery, comorbid moderate to severe mental disorders, behavioural problems and legal and illegal substance use. They have typically participated in extensive treatment of many types over many years with limited benefit.

Through his work with traumatised clients over thirty years in diverse contexts and many countries and cultures, Stephen has developed an approach which seems to be effective for many such clients. The approach is respectful, engaging and endeavours to help the person integrate their horrific perception and recommence a rewarding life path. The approach borrows from Interpersonal Psychotherapy but with a focus on building the Intra-personal relationship utilising every possible attribute available within the person and their community. It also looks to build on concepts of self awareness, worth and efficacy and pragmatic acceptance.

The approach is medium term and can be easily adapted to most people. Stephen has developed this approach in working with people around the world, transculturally and sometimes working through interpreters. It has been used with children from eight years of age and appears most useful from early adolescence to older ages. An ability to reflect and exhibit insight is necessary.

The training will be participative, involve role plays of cases brought by participants and suggested by Stephen. By its nature the training may include distressing descriptions and information. The training is also likely to include videos of therapy and none graphic images which some may find distressing. Pre-reading will be supplied for context to the extent participants choose to inform themselves. To ensure duty of care obligations, certificates of participation will only be provided to those who attend for the entire training as self-care will be discussed at the commencement and conclusion.
About the presenter(s) Since 1981, Stephen Heydt has specialised in working with survivors of human and natural violence and with people with moderate to severe cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural disturbance across the developmental continuum.

Trauma clients have included children and adult victims, family members of victims, refugees, civilians, military, emergency services and government personnel and bystanders involved in, violence, warfare, other political conflict, individual and mass homicides, sexual and other assaults, suicides, torture, religious cults, transport and industrial accidents and natural disasters.

From 1998 to 2003 Stephen worked in remote communities or the Northern Territory including with members of the Stolen Generation.

From 2003 to 2009 Stephen worked in Central and South East Asia and the Middle East with victims of conflict, child soldiers, freedom fighters, refugees, village communities and others with all mental health conditions. This included responsibility for the provision of services to one and a half million refugees in the Middle East.

Stephen has conducted many thousands of therapeutic consultations, as well as supervising trainees and practitioners, conducting training and public information sessions, managing mental health programs and providing expert reports.

He holds or has held professional appointments to the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and NSW Victims of Crime Bureau

Stephen is a Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Location QLD Metro, Australia
Venue Emmanuel College Stevens Bonnin Room (The University of Queensland)
Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia, Brisbane

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 25 Nov 2012 to 26 Nov 2012
Time 9am - 5pm each day
Cost (includes catering) APS Members $200; APS Student Subscribers $150; Non members: $350.00
Organiser Brisbane Area Branch
Contact Name Gail Corrigan
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