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Seminar: VTMH October Seminar 2018

Start: 2018-10-17

End: 2018-10-17

VTMH Monthly Seminar Series 

Wednesday 17th October, 2018


Guest Speaker: Naomi Halpern

Venue: Conference Room, Level 1 Bolte Wing (Building F), 14 Nicholson St, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy VIC 3065 

Time: 3pm - 4pm

The session: 

Trauma-informed practice reframes the medical diagnostic model, “what is wrong with this person?”, with curiosity about, “what has happened to this person?”. It understands trauma responses as functional; a person’s best attempts to manage overwhelming internal distress and external stressors. Underpinning trauma-informed practice are five core principles - safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment. Inherent within these principles is respect for diversity. This seminar will cover definitions, prevalence and presentations of trauma and outline the foundations for a trauma informed service and clinical practice.

About the speaker:

Naomi Halpern is director of Delphi Training and Consulting. She has 30 years’ experience working with complex trauma, PTSD and dissociative disorders. Naomi provides consultation, supervision and training to mental health organizations, sexual assault centres, law firms and the United Nations. Naomi worked at VTMH for a brief period, during  2018.

She is co-author with Dr Colin Ross, MD, USA, of a treatment manual for complex trauma and is a collaborating researcher with the University of Haifa, International Consortium for Maladaptive Daydreaming Research. 


Register here for the seminar. (THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL.) 

The VTMH Seminar Series presents speakers on a range of mental health and diversity themes.  Sessions are free and will interest people working in a range of sectors.