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Event Details - Severe Trauma & Stress Recovery, a Solution Focused Approach - Brisbane, 11 October 2019

Title: Severe Trauma & Stress Recovery, a Solution Focused Approach - Brisbane, 11 October 2019
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

This workshop will provide participants with easy-to-learn-and-apply solution focused tools and techniques to enable victims of severe trauma and stress to get their lives back on track.


Initially, importance is placed on affirming and empowering victims of trauma to regain control over symptoms. The six fields of work - triggers, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, sleep disturbance, ‘the lows’ and living life to the full, are examined in detail to give participants increased understanding and confidence in working with this client group in a specialised solution focused way.

Course / Workshop Outline:

At the end of the workshop attendees will be able to:


·         Demonstrate an increased understanding of severe trauma and/or stress

·         Know the difference between the ‘victimhood’, ‘survivorhood’ and ‘living life well’/’thriverhood’

·         Understand the basic solution focused tools & techniques used with this group of service users

·         Use a variety of specialised tools and techniques for helping those involved move further towards living life well

·         Recognise how the specialised techniques can be applied to all types of trauma

·         Appreciate the pitfalls when working with severe trauma and/or stress

·         Highlight the most helpful and useful questions to ask

·         Understand the key ways staff can look after themselves to enable them to undertake this important work

·         Feel more confident in their work with a wide range of service users who have experienced severe trauma and/or stress.


This workshop is also being held in Melbourne on the 8 October 2019

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:



“Past courses I have attended in this subject area have pussy-footed around the edges, giving loads of statistics, demographic data and all the symptoms that victims can experience.  John Henden cuts to the quick, giving participants easy to use tools & techniques.  Thank you for a most practical and helpful workshop” – Graham Barnes, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK


“For years, I have referred on people from this client group to ‘experts’, who were either too busy or ill-equipped to work with them. With the skills learned on this 2-day workshop, added to my existing skills and knowledge, I feel more than able now to take on such clients.” – Emma McCulloch, Stirling, Scotland, UK


“This course has affirmed me in the knowledge that I have the skills already, to do this work” – Gaynor Evans, Aldershot, Surrey, UK


"This would be one of the best workshops that I have attended, hugely informative"


"John was an excellent communicator and the practice exercises really reinforced the learning"


"Trainings on this topic are certainly a much needed resource in NZ at the moment and I am thankful that you are facilitating access to trainings to upskill people in this area. I hope that you will continue to strive to provide the most up to date and evidence-based presentations available in the future. Thank you"


This workshop is suitable for:

Telephone crisis line staff, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, Fire & Rescue staff, Ambulance staff, art therapists, Veterans’ welfare agencies and their welfare staff.


Also, Police, counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, military personnel, clinicians, criminal justice professionals, social and youth workers.

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Start/End Date: 11/10/2019 to 11/10/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 15:30:00
Presenter / Provider: John Henden
Contact Name: Nathalie van Dort
Contact Phone: +64 6 878 3456
Contact Email:
Qualifications: John Henden has a background in psychology, is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. For over 20 years he worked within the NHS both as a clinician and in management roles before establishing his training and consultancy firm

He regularly presents on a range of solution focused topics in different international forums, and has received particular acclaim for his work on solution focused suicide prevention and intervention.


John is an author, and his best-selling book ‘Preventing Suicide: The Solution Focused Approach’, is now into its second edition.


His energetic and captivating presentation style, utilizing multiple teaching mediums, ensures delegates will leave equipped to incorporate this ground-breaking intervention model immediately, into their work with at-risk people.


This training will be of benefit to all who come into contact with suicidal people regardless of their agency setting.

Address: Park Regis Brisbane
Address 2: 293 North Quay
Suburb: Brisbane City
State: QLD
Postcode: 4000
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 ($): Earlybird - $220.00, Standard - $250.00
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Note: Earlybird for Melbourne and Brisbane finishes - Thursday, 26 September 2019



Attend Preventing Suicide and Severe Trauma and Stress Recovery workshops in 1 location (Melbourne or Brisbane) and pay only $390 AUD to attend both. Book and pay by 26 September. Visit the website to book both workshops


There are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process and upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on +.64 6 878 3456 or email:

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