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Treating Complex Trauma with Dr Leah Giarratano

Event number: 18870
14 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Leah Giarratano

This two-day (8:30am-4:30pm) workshop completes Leah's four-day core training for professionals working with traumatised clients. You are required to attend ‘Treating PTSD’ before enrolling in ‘Treating Complex Trauma’ because important workshop material is presented in 'Treating PTSD' and is not repeated in 'Treating Complex Trauma'.

The emphasis of this two-day training program is upon imparting practical, accessible skills to use immediately with survivors of complex trauma (especially child abuse and neglect). Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, medical practitioners, counsellors and occupational therapists are all welcome to attend. Topics include:

  • Complex trauma. Complex PTSD. Attachment disorders. Personality disorders. What’s the difference/ relationship?
  • Phased-based treatment model based on best practice guidelines
  • Building and maintaining the therapeutic relationship, including maintaining compassionate boundaries and managing therapy disruptions and termination
  • Using the therapeutic relationship to promote emotion regulation
  • Understanding attachment re-enactment and betrayal trauma in order to work with challenging behaviours, including: ‘splitting’ between care providers; idolising/demonising the therapist; constant new crises; reduced motivation; external locus of control
  • Practical therapeutic techniques (including exposure interventions and experiential tools) drawn from: Attachment-based treatment; Emotion Focused Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Metacognitive and Mentalisation Therapies; Schema Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help clients presenting with complex trauma symptomatology, including flashbacks, numbing and dissociation, emotional ‘hurricanes’, somatisation, self-hate, self-harming and suicidal acts, dysfunctional relationships and substance abuse
  • Managing and reducing vicarious trauma in the therapist.

About the presenter(s)

Leah Giarratano is a doctoral level clinical psychologist who has developed an expertise in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has been presenting training programs in Australia since 1996 and in New Zealand since 2000. Leah is the author of six books covering the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma and in the application of CBT.


Online registration


Sydney, NSW 2000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 16/11/2017
End date: 17/11/2017
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm


Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 30/11/2017
End date: 1/12/2017
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm


Auckland, 1010
New Zealand
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 16/8/2018
End date: 17/8/2018
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm


$600 (when you pay more than 6 months prior)
$690 (when you pay more than 3 months prior)
$780 (when you pay less than 3 months prior)


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