This module is an introduction to the University of Sydney degree in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy. It forms the first module of the Unit of Study on Psychodynamic Principles and Framework.
Over the last 35 years the Westmead Psychotherapy Program, led by Emeritus Professor Russell Meares, has been involved in the development of an approach that has come to be known as the Conversational Model.
Central to this model is an understanding of the normal development of self and the impact of trauma in limiting self-realization. This talk introduces the model, places it in historical context and illustrates the growing awareness of the significance of trauma in a wide range of mental health presentations.
STDIP is a trauma-informed, active, time-limited and structured therapy, based on the developmental and relational principles of the Conversational Model and uses the techniques of the model to provide a collaborative framework for patient and therapist to work together on the patient’s presenting difficulties. It is not an abbreviated long - term model, neither is it a substitute for long term therapy. It requires therapists to sharpen their skills, to be actively present, to put aside therapeutic neutrality, and assist the patient achieve limited goals. STDIP does not cure all ills, but initial research coming out of our work since 2011 shows that it effects personality change and brings about change in a large number of patients. The presenter has used this model of work with children, adolescents, and adults. This presentation will provide an overview of the model and leave ample time for discussion.