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Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) with Dr Leah Giarratano

Event Details
Date: 20-21 October 2020
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 14

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Organiser: Talomin Books

This workshop is intended for graduate clinicians who specialise in mental health interventions, including counsellors, mental health nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

This two-day workshop presents a highly practical and interactive workshop (case-based) for treating traumatised patients; the content is applicable to both adult and adolescent populations. Techniques are largely cognitive behavioural, evidence-based, and will be immediately useful and effective for clinical practice. The workshop includes discussion around numerous case examples and handouts. The emphasis is upon imparting practical skills and up-to-date research in this area. This workshop has been conducted across Australia and New Zealand by Leah Giarratano since 1995, although it is updated yearly based upon latest research.

Learning objectives

By the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Use psycho-education strategies to teach traumatised clients about the nature and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Produce a treatment planning map for a traumatised patient
  • Conduct a behavioural assessment to analyse and treatment-target dysfunctional behaviours (e.g., substance abuse, self-harm)
  • Use a variety of anger management techniques specifically designed for traumatised patients
  • List the benefits of arousal reduction for traumatised patients
  • Practise and teach at least 10 methods to reduce arousal, including breathing retraining, grounding and various relaxation procedures
  • State the role of avoidance in the maintenance of anxiety disorders
  • Use invivo exposure therapy techniques to treat phobic avoidance
  • Use prolonged exposure therapy to reduce the distress associated with traumatic memories and nightmares
  • Use a variety of cognitive challenges designed specifically to target the negative thoughts associated with traumatic memories
  • State when exposure therapy techniques should not be used

Presenter details

Dr Leah Giarratano
B.A. Hons (Psych.), M.Psych.(Clin), D.Psych.(Clin), MAPS
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Psychology Board of Australia Registration No.PSY0001302405
Registered Medicare Provider

Leah Giarratano is a doctoral-level clinical psychologist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD. She has been presenting training programs in Australia since 1996 and in New Zealand since 2000. Leah is the author of seven books covering the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma and in the application of CBT and other clinically-validated trauma treatment approaches.

Location and date

Brisbane CBD

Venue to be advised - contact organiser

20-21 October 2020


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