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Trauma, anger and spirals of violence.

Trauma, anger and spirals of violence.

Anger and its various manifestations have received remarkably little attention by Psychiatry until recently. The inclusion of symptoms of irritability in the diagnostic criteria for PTSD may be one factor that has obscured the importance of anger as a “primary” response to human rights violations. The ADAPT model proposes that the undermining of systems of justice may be specifically related to prolonged, and in some circumstances, dysfunctional forms of anger amongst survivor groups. The relationship of anger to human rights trauma and frustrations in the post-conflict environment is illustrated in the findings of the East Timor Mental Health Epidemiologic Needs Survey (ETMHENS).

The study highlighted groups at specific risk to persisting explosive anger, including torture survivors. The presentation will also make reference to indigenous constructs of resentment-anger identified amongst the Timorese and West Papuan refugees. An important question is whether tailored treatments are needed that focus specifically on anger in providing counselling to refugees and other post-conflict populations. The aim of the presentation is to stimulate debate within members of STARTTS and related agencies about best practice interventions that focus specifically on issues of anger.

Areas of Interest / Categories: Anger, STARTTS 2010

STARTTS 2010

Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) with Torture and Trauma Clients at STARTTS (Case study)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was implemented in a treatment of a female client from Sierra Leone, who had been experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and who has been experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Complex Trauma and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) was originally developed by Marcia M. Linehan to address the impulsive behaviours, chaotic life and emotional deregulation associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT has been proven to be useful in the treatment of the same difficulties in individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress and Complex PTSD.

A practical methodology for coherence training

This presentation will review the research of Dr. Robert Coben with Autistic Children with a view to understanding his coherence training methodology.  Dr. Gary Schummer has analysed and adapted this methodology in his own research with ADHD and Autistic Spectrum children.  Drs. Coben and Schummer base their coherence training on the Neuro Rep analysis of  Dr. William Hudspeth.

Fundamentals of EEG Analysis

This program is an advanced study of the EEG, its generators and brain state. Methods for reading EEG data and identifying patterns, artifacts and transients are reviewed.  Typical failure modes

The TOVA in Clinical Practice

This program is a review of the TOVA continuous performance test, with an emphasis on interpretive strategy.  TOVA profiles of ADHD subtypes and some of its comorbidities are presented.  Precise

As a group we do better: Twenty years of a Latin American Refugee Women's self-help group, based on a systemic bio-psycho-social approach.

This paper examines the effectiveness of a group intervention in the treatment of female refugees who are survivors of torture and trauma. It focuses on the development of a culturally diverse Latin American Women's group, which has been functioning as an open self-support group for the past twenty years.

Short-term group intervention for newly arrived refugee children: Helping to rebuild children' lives after trauma

This paper describes a short-term group intervention conducted with a group of newly arrived pre-adolescent aged 9-12 from Afghanistan in the context of the Early Intervention Program (EIP) of the New South Wales Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). The paper will emphasize the importance of the refugee child assessment in order to conduct successful brief interventions. Newly arrived refugees have lived through multiple traumatic experiences for protracted periods in their country of origin and in refugee camps and/or other countries of asylum before resettlement. In addition they have suffered multiple losses and extreme deprivation. These experiences may have a severe impact on the development of children, particularly those who have experienced multiple traumas and losses without the adequate family or social support. During the resettlement period, refugee children have also to deal with the stresses associated with the daunting task of adaptation to a new country. In some cases young traumatised people may carry considerable additional responsibilities brought about by their changing role within their families.