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Counselling Afghanistan Torture and Trauma Survivors

Counselling Afghanistan Torture and Trauma Survivors

The development of services to meet the needs of Afghan refugees, most of whom have been traumatised by years of war and internecine violence, requires a sophisticated blend of counselling strategies and culturally-informed pragmatism.  Multi-level intervention, targeting different levels of the client’s individual and social systems has been utilised effectively with Afghan c1ients. However, counselling is a new concept for many Afghans and for this intervention to be useful it needs to be well explained and ‘translated’ into culturally appropriate terms. This lecture outlines the approach that has been found most useful in dealing with this extraordinary client population, with a particular focus on cross-cultural counselling. It also includes a brief presentation on the history, people and cultures of Afghanistan.
Areas of Interest / Categories: Refugee Issues, STARTTS 2012, Survivors, Torture and Trauma, Trauma

STARTTS 2012

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : Healing the Social Brain

This eight parts seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : The Healthy Aging Brain

This eight parts seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : Simple and Complex PTSD

This eight part seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

Post-traumatic Growth: Is there evidence for changing our practice?

Positive psychological changes and growth beyond previous levels of functioning are characteristics of a phenomenon described as Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). Tedeschi, Park & Calhoun (1998) identified 5 outcomes of PTG: increased appreciation of life; sense of new possibilities in life; increased personal strength; improvement in close personal relationships; and positive spiritual change. More recently, PTG has been proposed as a coping style, as well as a coping outcome.

Healing traumatic nightmares using sandplay therapy.

Nightmares are a common and distressing symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet frequently resistant to treatment. The relationship between traumatic experience and dream

Implications for learning a second language: Effect on progress in school and sociability.

Language skills are fundamental to all communication and learning. Language development depends on many neuro-cognitive and environmental factors. If there is any disruption during the critical period for language development, a child’s language skills will be compromised. Children coming to Australia as refugees face the challenge of having to learn a new language with which they must negotiate the education system. If the child has weaknesses in the use of their mother tongue, this will greatly influence the ease with which they can learn English, with resultant impact on their ability to access the Australian curriculum.   Devon’s presentation gives the audience a greater understanding of language acquisition and the factors that influence language competency, in both mother tongue and second language learning.

The dance of lullabies: integrating music therapy, sensori-motor and play activities in working with refugee and asylum seeker infants and their parents

In this presentation Rosemary Signorelli will use case vignettes to illustrate work with infants and their parents and caregivers. This work is influenced by the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competence