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Unlocking Trauma - Keys to Exposing Exposure Therapy and CBT

Event Details
Date: 28-29 October 2019
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 14

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Organiser: Donna Zander

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Exposure treatments using C.B.T. have emerged in response to the need for more intensive, direct and effective interventions for anxiety and stress disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and they are the key evidenced based treatment. This two day workshop covers the fundamentals of exposure treatment and its many variants. It describes how it is used in the treatment, and offers guidelines for the use of this technique within a comprehensive approach to the treatment of PTSD. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of exposure therapy and its many variants, describe how it is used in the treatment of PTSD, and to offer guidelines for when to use this potentially very effective technique within a comprehensive approach to treating PTSD. It will be skills based including hands on experience and practice in small groups of both modes of exposure and include demonstrations of the Foa Prolonged Exposure model and stages of treatment.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain knowledge of the research underpinning the evidence base of exposure therapy in PTSD treatment, the principles and the structure of the therapy.
  • Gain knowledge of the structure of safe trauma treatment and the skills to prepare clients for exposure in 'single incident' and complex trauma presentations.
  • Develop skills in teaching trauma psycho education, effect management, distress tolerance and the rationale for exposure to clients.
  • Increased confidence and competence in undertaking prolonged exposure and understanding the role of C.B.T. within the process..


Donna Zander, Accredited mental health social worker. She has significant experience in trauma, child abuse and family violence and working therapeutically with infants, children, women and families. She has worked in this field for over 25 years both as a professional and a volunteer. Donna has a history of developing high quality training programs for the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Vic., Australian Childhood Foundation and Post Trauma Victoria. Donna's personalised, energetic and dynamic presentation style sees her services as a keynote speaker and facilitator are in great demand both nationally and overseas most recently in Bougainville, New Guinea at the Nazareth Rehabilitation Centre..

Location and date

Melbourne CBD

28-29 October 2019


AASW APS members: $440
Standard: $460

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