Wyong, NSW – 14-15 Oct 2013

This conference will bring together health professionals, including professionals who themselves are survivors of childhood trauma, to discuss and share their knowledge in how best to treat and support clients who are survivors of childhood trauma so they can begin to recover from their mental illness. Much of worldwide mental health strategies and funding is based on the premise that mental illness is a life-long sentence. In contrast, this conference will examine what is happening throughout the world to encourage long-term recovery and healing. The link between childhood trauma and mental illness has been well established.

This conference will discuss more effective ways of helping people with a mental illness move towards recovery by utilising this information. Trauma Informed Care is now recognised as being an important treatment model being used as a part of recovery oriented practice. The conference will invite practitioners in Trauma Informed Care to share their knowledge. We recognise there are many effective ways of working with survivors of childhood trauma and the conference will provide time devoted to professionals sharing their knowledge with each other.

If you have clients who have experienced childhood trauma or abuse, this conference will assist you work more effectively with them and empower them to take pro-active steps towards their own recovery. This is a positive, recovery-focused conference that will empower you to support your clients to make changes and assist them in healing from the trauma, which may have resulted in the development of mental illness. This will include integrating the principles of neurodevelopment, as it relates to childhood trauma, into clinical practice.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Alexander (Sandy) McFarlane AO – Professor of Psychiatry and the Head of the University of Adelaide Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies.
  • Dr Robin Grille – a father, a psychologist in private practice with twenty years’ experience, and a parenting educator. His articles and books on parenting and child development have been widely published in Australia and overseas.
  • Dr Michelle Mulvihill – a Consultant Psychologist who has been practising for nearly twenty years and has been involved in assisting survivors and church organisations heal sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy.
  • Dr Michael Kennedy, a detective in the New South Wales Police Force/Service for 20 years specialising in child protection investigation. He is now a well-respected academic and his expertise are in areas including social policy, families and family policy, human rights, welfare and the law, law and human rights
  • Mia Fontaine – a survivor an author, writer, and motivational speaker whose past appearances include Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Montel Williams Show. She has spoken nationally about drug addiction and the long-term cost of child sexual abuse.
  • Liz Mullinar AM., B.Th., M. Couns. – founder and CEO of Heal for Life Foundation, which runs healing programs for survivors of child abuse and trauma. Liz has been integral in the development of the program, which has helped empower over 5000 people to heal over the last 13 years.

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