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Working with Children and Adolescents Following Trauma: Current “best practice” approaches

Event number: 19099
4 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Rowena Conroy MAPS (MCCLP)

Exposure to traumatic events is relatively common during childhood and adolescence, with significant ensuing difficulties experienced by many young people across multiple areas of development, including in emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and interpersonal domains.

This study group will involve case-based discussion of current “best practice” approaches to working with children and following trauma. The session will include: 

  • A review of what is known about the psychological impact of acute and chronic trauma exposure on children and adolescents at different developmental stages, and about factors associated with risk and resilience
  • A discussion about key assessment considerations when working with trauma-exposed youth, including helpful instruments for the assessment of common posttraumatic mental health problems
  • An overview of the recommendations of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Phoenix Australia, 2013), with the research and rationale underpinning these recommendations to be discussed
  • A description of the key components of evidence-based trauma-focussed interventions for young people
  • A discussion about challenges associated with implementing trauma-focussed therapy in clinical practice (e.g., complexities of working systemically in the trauma context; considerations when working with youth with a history of exposure to complex trauma; modifying techniques according to the developmental stage of the child)

Throughout, there will be a strong emphasis on the use of clinical case material to illustrate the principles being discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • To develop an understanding of how posttraumatic mental health problems commonly present in young people
  • To develop an understanding regarding key aetiological factors underpinning the development and maintenance of posttraumatic mental health problems in young people
  • To develop knowledge of current "best-practice" guidelines related to the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems in children and adolescents
  • To develop an understanding of how to manage some of the more common clinical complexities encountered when working with young people who have experienced trauma


About the presenter(s)

Dr Rowena Conroy, (MPsychol(Clin), PhD, MAPS, MCCLP) is a clinical psychologist who has both clinical and research interests in the area of child/adolescent & family adjustment to trauma. Clinically, Rowena has considerable experience working with survivors of trauma across the lifespan, at centres including the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and in her current role as Senior Psychologist at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, where she is also Coordinator of Education and Training in Psychology. Rowena is an Honorary Lecturer in Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where she coordinates professional postgraduate training in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Rowena regularly works for Phoenix Australia (formerly the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health), providing training to clinicians around the country regarding the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems in children and youth.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

Online registration


The Mind Room
5 Glasshouse Rd
Collingwood , VIC 3066
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 9/6/2018
End date: 9/6/2018
Time: 9.30am-1.30pm


APS member: $110
APS student member: $110
Non APS member: $220


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.
Contact Karen Holst
03 8662 3300