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Treating PTSD with Dr Leah Giarratano

Event Details
Date: 21st and 22nd June 2018
Venue: Adelaide, SA
CPD hrs: 14 Hours

Super Early Bird fee: $600 (when you pay 6 months or more prior)
Early Bird fee: $690 (when you pay 3 months or more prior)
Normal fee: $780 (when you pay less than 3 months prior)

Organiser: Dr Leah Giarratano
Further information

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The educational activities and products: 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.

Intended audience

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

Learning objectives

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

  • Use psychoeducation 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, is a doctoral-level clinical psychologist who has specialised in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has been presenting trauma training programs in Australia since 1996 and in New Zealand since 2000. Leah is a foundation team member of an Australian national award-winning inpatient PTSD treatment program. She has conducted specialised programs for the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, many corporate entities, juvenile and adult forensic settings, and community health. She conducted nationally accredited CBT training program for medical practitioners between 1995 and 2004 and was an Authorised Report Writer for NSW Victims Services between 2000 and 2015. Leah was also a Medical Assessor for the NSW Motor Accidents Authority and is a Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor.

Leah has been an Honorary Clinical Supervisor for the Universities of Sydney and Macquarie, an Associate in Psychology at the University of NSW, and an Honorary Fellow in Psychology at the University of Wollongong, for their Masters of Clinical Psychology Programs.

Leah is the author of six books covering the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma and in the application of CBT, and has 20 years of post-graduate clinical experience in this field.

Location and dates

Adelaide CBD

21st and 22nd June 2018


Super Early Bird fee: $600 (when you pay 6 months or more prior)
Early Bird fee: $690 (when you pay 3 months or more prior)
Normal fee: $780 (when you pay less than 3 months prior)


e: - Joshua George Program Co-Ordinator

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