The term `complex trauma’ is increasingly familiar, but identifying and working therapeutically with clients who experience it remains very challenging for health professionals. The challenge can be attributed to a range of reasons including the underlying nature of a trauma (i.e. beneath surface presentations), its diverse impacts (which attract contrasting diagnoses) and that its sources in the past (especially if it relates to childhood) may be distant in time from `here and now’ problems (which can be confusing for clinicians and clients alike). In combination with the fact that trauma of all types is difficult to express in words, that complex trauma in particular is often surrounded with shame and secrecy, and that it may also be pre-verbal, it is no wonder that clinicians are now more familiar with the term `complex trauma’ than confident about identifying and working with it. The good news is that based on clinical, neuroscientific and other research, it is now possible to articulate key and characteristic features of complex trauma, to attune to how these manifest in the `in session’ dynamics of the therapy room, and to accommodate and adjust our practice – both relationally and in terms of strategies and techniques – to assist the resolution of complex trauma including in its severe forms. This seminar presents `must know’ features of complex trauma with a view to increasing the confidence and comfort level of clinicians who work with it
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Pam Stavropoulos PhD is a Sydney based educator, consultant and psychotherapist. A formerFulbright Scholar and twice winner of the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the best clinical, theoretical or research paper in the field of dissociation and/or trauma, she is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and co-authored the nationally and internationally endorsed Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma (2019, 2012). Formerly Head of Research with the Blue Knot Foundation, Pam has held lectureships at the University of New England and Macquarie University, from which she left her tenured position to study and practise psychotherapy, and is a former Program Director of the Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney. The author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (2008) she has written research reports in the community health sector and is a clinical supervisor who specialises in complex trauma-related issues.
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"Ensure you are as familiar with the core features and clinical challenges of `complex trauma’ as you are familiar with the term!" Pam Stavroploulos
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