The assessment process involved interviews with the client’s parents and teachers, observations of his play behaviour during counselling and at school, and an analysis of the transference and counter-transference. Based on this material a hypothesis was made about what might be causing anxiety for Sam. This included concerns about feeling unsafe and attacked – a common presentation for children from refugee backgrounds – as well as believing that he was overlooked in favour of others. The client managed this by alternating between being aggressive in school and by regressing developmentally (acting younger than his age).
The therapeutic aims included establishing a safe and responsive relationship; facilitating the expression of affect; building self-confidence in Sam’s skills and abilities; and enhancing connections to others. A major intervention strategy was to ‘enter the play’ and use metaphor to help reframe unhelpful coping mechanisms and to model more appropriate attachment relationships. An attitude of playfulness was critical to the success of therapy.
An evaluation of Sam’s psychological state revealed considerable improvement in his symptoms. Post-counselling, he was better able to tolerate frustration and related more appropriately to others. Sam also grew more confident in his own skills and abilities and learned more effective and appropriate ways to manage his anxiety.
Evidence suggests that even basic information about trauma related symptoms and issues can help traumatised people to understand their traumatic experiences and to make sense of their symptoms. How the clients react to the intrusions depends on how they view the nature of these symptoms. This lecture defines psychoeducation and explains the use of techniques in clarifying and reframing that can assist clients to correct their misconceptions about trauma symptoms and disorders. It is important for clients to understand that people who suffer PTSD often re-experience the traumatic events through intrusive thoughts and ideation, through dreams as traumatic nightmares, and sometimes even through flashbacks.
This paper focuses on the consequences of torture and war in different populations and deals with the new strategies implemented by the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (www.STARTTS.org.au) to overcome trauma related psychological symptoms of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). This presentation aims to emphasis Neurofeedback as one of the approaches of STARTTS’ Bio-Psycho-Social Model in order to strengthen clients’ capacities making them more sustainable to deal with complex PTSD, by regulating the clients’ nervous system.
The trauma, shock and suffering experienced through the recent acts of terrorism, such as September 11th and the subsequent ‘War on Terror’, has had an enomorous psychosocial impact on Muslims resettling in Australia. Many have experienced re-traumatisation accompanied by severe posttraumatic symptoms, grief and loss reactions, anger, resentment, survivor guilt, anxiety and depression. However, the situation has become further complicated through the association of terrorism with Islam and being Muslim It has become common to hear reports of stigmatization, fear, rejection, harassment and discrimination experienced by Muslims.
The aim of the presentation is to highlight importance as well as complexity of the psychological assessment of torture and trauma survivors treated at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). STRATTS’ clients have experienced multiple traumas; being severely maltreated and persecuted. They face difficulties on the individual, family, community and society levels, suffering from chronic general health conditions and dealing with severe psychological symptoms.
This paper is based on 18 years of field experience in Asia, Africa, and Australia, researching the rape and sexual abuse of refugee and IDP women and girls in conflict situations, camps and urban refugee settings. These actions are often based on notions of depriving women of “honour” and thus shaming individuals, families and communities. In some cases it is used as a form of ethnic cleansing.
Schools are in an excellent position to support children, young people and families of refugee background in their resettlement and recovery from trauma.VFST prioritises supporting schools through the
The presentation will cover the rationale and benefits of conducting groups with students from refugee backgrounds in the school context. Challenges that arise when running groups will be discussed
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent