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Event Details - Treating Complex Trauma with Dr Leah Giarratano (Day 3-4)

Title: Treating Complex Trauma with Dr Leah Giarratano (Day 3-4)
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

This two-day (8:30am-4:30pm) workshop completes Leah's four-day core training for professionals working with traumatised clients. You are required to attend ‘Treating PTSD with Dr Leah Giarratano’ before enrolling in ‘Treating Complex Trauma’ because important workshop material is presented in 'Treating PTSD' and is not repeated in 'Treating Complex Trauma'.

The emphasis of this two-day training program is upon imparting practical, accessible skills to use immediately with survivors of complex trauma (especially child abuse and neglect). Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, medical practitioners, counsellors and occupational therapists are all welcome to attend. 

Course / Workshop Outline:

Topics include:

  • Complex trauma. Complex PTSD. Attachment disorders. Personality disorders. What’s the difference/ relationship
  • Phased-based treatment model based on best practice guidelines
  • Building and maintaining the therapeutic relationship, including maintaining compassionate boundaries and managing therapy disruptions and termination
  • Using the therapeutic relationship to promote emotion regulation
  • Understanding attachment re-enactment and betrayal trauma in order to work with challenging behaviours, including: ‘splitting’ between care providers; idolising/demonising the therapist; constant new crises; reduced motivation; external locus of control
  • Practical therapeutic techniques (including exposure interventions and experiential tools) drawn from: Attachment-based treatment; Emotion Focused Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Metacognitive and Mentalisation Therapies; Schema Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help clients presenting with complex trauma symptomatology, including flashbacks, numbing and dissociation, emotional ‘hurricanes’, somatisation, self-hate, self-harming and suicidal acts, dysfunctional relationships and substance abuse
  • Managing and reducing vicarious trauma in the therapist.
OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:
Start/End Date: 12/09/2019 to 13/09/2019
Time: 08:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Leah Giarratano
Contact Name: Joshua George
Contact Phone: 0433 572 992 text only please
Contact Email:
Qualifications: AHPRA registered clinical psychologist

Leah Giarratano is a doctoral level clinical psychologist who has developed an expertise in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has been presenting training programs in Australia since 1996 and in New Zealand since 2000. Leah is the author of seven books covering the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma and in the application of CBT.

Her latest text 'Clinical Skills for Managing Complex Traumatisation' (2018) is available at

Address: To be advised upon registration
Address 2:
Suburb: Adelaide CBD
State: SA
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $780
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Super Early Bird: $600 when you pay by 12/3/19

Early Bird: $690 when you pay by 12/6/19

Normal Fee: $780 when you pay after 12/6/19

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