S14: Treatment Services for Trauma

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Authors: Roger Gurr

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Treatment Services for Trauma

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers


Roger Gurr will ask Why, How and When to Ask About Trauma? While there is a rapid growth in evidence of the importance of effectively addressing developmental trauma (poor attachment, neglect, emotional abuse, physical and sexual abuse), it has not been systematically assessed on intake. Most clinicians have been anxious about asking about developmental trauma, for fear of triggering consumer distress and/or personal distress from vicarious trauma. The research indicates that people should be asked as part of the initial assessment. The practical why, when and how to ask will be discussed. His talk is based on his work in the Western Sydney headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program and 30 years Board involvement with the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

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