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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

It is the job of the Royal Commission to uncover where systems have failed to protect children so it can make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices. The Royal Commission is about creating a safer future for children. It has the power to look at any private, public or non-government organisation that is, or was in the past, involved with children. This includes where an organisation caring for a child is responsible for the abuseor for not responding appropriately, regardless of where or when the abuse took place.

Child sexual abuse and other unlawful or improper treatment of children have a long term effect on the individual, families, society and the economy. The work of the Commission has alerted the Australian community to the scale, cost and enormity of the issue, generating a community conversation around childhood trauma and abuse more generally, and challenging entrenched patterns of stigma, taboo and secrecy.

Private sessions, public hearings, issues papers, roundtables and a comprehensive research agenda has established the framework for robust recommendations. It is anticipated that the recommendations will focus on systemic institutional cultural policy and procedural, as well as relevant legislative change so that children are protected, those responsible for children being harmed are held to account, and victims of all ages are appropriately supported with pathways to informed care and justice.

Areas of Interest / Categories: WCP 2015

WCP 2015

Psychoanalytic Sensibility in a Behavioural World: Supervising Intern Counselling Psychologists in Aotearoa New Zealand

Psychoanalysis passed its heyday in the seventies and has been usurped by short term cognitive-behavioural therapies. Despite this trend, recently there has been a small growth of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand. This presentation describes my experience of employing a psychoanalytic sensibility in teaching and supervising intern counselling psychologists in a cognitive-behaviourally dominated university system. Vignettes are used to illustrate where differences between the psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioural worldviews arose in supervision and how I attempted to deal with them.

Family Therapeutic Alliance and Collective Family Therapy

Exploring into local collectivist Malays culture led the researchers to construct the Family Therapeutic Alliance (FTA) which is an invaluable therapeutic source of authority applicable as the underlying element in multicultural psychotherapy. FTA was used in a longitudinal study of relapse prevention among the Malay collectivist recovering addicts and their family that has produced a positive outcome. Four recovering addicts and their families were invited to form four study groups with an initial goal of establishing FTA, and later on, to maintain their alliances. Eight sessions of Collective Family Therapy using a multicultural approach that adopt the basic element of psychotherapy and critical values of the clients was used as the treatment approach.

Mystery, Uncertainty and Complexity in Embryo Donation Counselling in Aotearoa New Zealand

Embryo Donation (ED) is the donation by a couple who have surplus embryos following in vitro fertilisation to another infertile couple or person. This presentation, on counsellors’ experience in providing compulsory ED counselling, was part of a larger research investigation designed to explore how ED is understood and experienced by donors and recipients in Aotearoa New Zealand, a country with unique legislative and policy donation guidelines. The practice of ED counselling in Aotearoa New Zealand differs from other jurisdictions in that counsellors enact and facilitate the policy of ‘open’ donation in which donors and recipients meet and select each other for ED.

7 Types of ADD, Brain SPECT Scan, Psycho-Nutritional, Neurotransmitter and Hormonal Therapy

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental psychological disorder. People with ADHD commonly display significant problems in executive functions. It has been suggested that underlying abnormalities in the brain contribute to ADHD (Amen, 2001). Seven types of ADD/ADHD were classified based on the symptoms and brain spectroscopy (SPECT) scans; different types of ADD/ADHD were attributed to different areas of brain atrophy and over-activation/inactivation. Several mechanisms and theories will be discussed: Neurotransmitters, Hormones, and Stress.

Encounters Between the Psychoanalytic Community and the U.S.-American Intelligence Community 1940-1945 – A Short History of an Unexpected Liaison

Beginning in 1940, members of the US-American psychoanalytic community began to collaborate with the US-Intelligence Community (IC). Early activities (1940-1945) focused on the immediate threat of Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, and their imperial Japanese ally and included studies on a variety of anti-axis propaganda issues, e.g., home front radio broadcasts, analysis of enemy broadcasts, studies on domestic morale, analysis of enemy national character etc. Moreover, psychoanalysts used clinical data retained from ongoing analyses to be used by the IC in search of certain patterns of totalitarian attitudes in patients which might be counteracted by psychoanalysis or by psychoanalytically informed propaganda programs.

The use of Attachment Theory and the Concept of the Corrective Emotional Experience in the Real Relationship in Psychoanalytic Supervision

Attachment theory has been used to understand the real relationship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy but it has not been used to understand the real relationship in supervision. This chapter aims to explore the real relationship in supervision but unlike previous research in the area, I propose that Attachment theory can also be used in supervision in relation to the real relationship. I also suggest that the concept of the corrective emotional experience, as first suggested by Alexander and French (1946), can be linked to the real relationship in supervision.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was instigated by the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard in 2013. The Commission was formed following widespread community concern regarding reports and allegations of systemic institutional failures to protect children, for whom they were responsible, from child sexual abuse. The then Governor General, the Right Honourable Quentin Bryce, appointed The Hon Justice McClellan AM as Chair of the Commission alongside five other commissioners, and the Commission was given wide-ranging powers. The Commission, due to run till the end of 2017, is investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.