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RESCHEDULED: Experiential Therapy for the Treatment of Trauma

Event number: 17167
6 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Mr Michael Burge OAM FAPS MCCOUNP

Please note this event has been rescheduled, was 25 March 2017 - now 14 October 2017


Experiential and expressive therapies such as Psychodrama and Narrative therapy are achieving increasing support through contemporary research. For instance, studies indicate that experiential methods (Elliott, Greenberg & Lietaer, 2003) such as psychodrama, can help the traumatised client develop better relationships with the self and rediscover lost roles.

This is predominantly achieved during processing, by the creation of safety and containment through the setting up of boundary parameters and protective systems. This research is consistent with a Meta-Analysis of the effectiveness of Psycho-dramatic techniques.

The techniques of role reversal and doubling emerged as the most effective interventions (Kipper & Ritchie, 2003). Similar support is being achieved by other expressive approaches. For instance, the current ISTSS treatment guidelines conclude that Expressive therapies have great potential to contribute in-depth knowledge of nonverbal dialogue and the kinaesthetic, sensory, auditory, and visual pro-cesses and their role in perception, cognition, and change in therapy.  Moreover, the ISTSS concludes that experiential-expressive therapies have much potential as an adjunct to CBT.

Ego state therapy, while also gaining in empirical support (Barabasz, 2013) offers an adaptable framework from which to integrate cognitive and experiential and expressive therapies for the treatment of traumatic stress.  The Expressive-experiential, Cognitive and Ego state Framework aims to assist clients’ own capacity to move beyond dissociative symptoms through role development, spontaneity, self- calming, multiple perspectives and the creation of a more objective cognitive schema. The workshop will involve presentations, discussion, demonstrations and experiential work.

The program will be of relevance to group members who wish to build on their skill base from previous workshops in this area, or as an introduction for new members.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the Study Group participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental theory underpinning ego state and experiential-expressive therapies that is relevant to the treatment of PTSD
  • Identify core components of CBT, experiential-expressive therapies and ego state therapy that may be applied to treat PTSD
  • Utilize CBT and integrative therapy techniques in order to maintain stability through trauma narrative development and processing
  • Conceptualize client maladaptive schemas, roles and states that perpetuate PTSD symptomology as defined in DSM 5

*The Study Group Network aims to keep fees affordable and does not provide lunch. Morning/afternoon tea is included and you are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase something nearby.

About the presenter(s)

Michael Burge is Director of the Australian College of Trauma Treatment, recent former Director on the Board of Directors of the Australian Psychological Society, and has had over 30 years’ experience in psychology, counselling, education and training. He has been working clinically in the area of PTSD for approximately 26 years. Michael has published both nationally and internationally in the field of PTSD, with a particular focus on psychosocial issues affecting Vietnam veterans and their families. Michael was Keynote Speaker at the 2015 ANZMHA International Conference. In the early 1990s, Michael introduced PTSD skills based short courses and workshops into Australia and as guest lecturer to most Melbourne universities. In the 2010 Australia Day Honours, Michael was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to psychology and to the community through the development of training and treatment protocols for trauma. He is former state president of the EMDR association and former chair of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Psychological Society.


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Online registration


The University of Melbourne
Hawthorn Campus
442 Auburn Rd
Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 14/10/2017
End date: 14/10/2017
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm


APS Member: $193
APS Student: $193
Non Member: $386

Please note this event has been rescheduled, was 25 March 2017 - now 14 October 2017


APS - Melbourne Branch
The Study Group Network (SGN) is an initiative of the APS Melbourne Branch designed to improve psychologists’ clinical and research skills and to keep them current with new developments.
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