Category Archive: Abstracts, Special Issue on Working with Trauma

A neuroscientific perspective on the therapeutic alliance and how talking changes the brain: Supporting a common factors model of psychotherapy

Nicole Hess, psychologist, PhD, University of New England.   Abstract For decades, the efficacy and application of psychotherapeutic treatments has been informed and driven by a medical model of understanding. Within this framework, for a psychotherapeutic treatment to be classified as “empirically supported,” the therapeutic intervention alone must be demonstrated to be the mechanism responsible …

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Therapeutic approaches to counselling trans and gender diverse clients during the 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey: A qualitative study of the effects of stigma

Gaby Mason, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Torrens University.    Abstract The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey (AMLPS), conducted between September and November 2017, has been identified as a time when trans and gender diverse (TGD) people experienced high levels of societal stigmatisation. This study enquired into the impacts of stigma on TGD people …

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The impact of caseload and tenure on the development of vicarious trauma in Australian corrective services employees

Justine Campbell, PhD, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Amy Bishop, Australian Catholic University.    Abstract Exposure to traumatic events is a job hazard explicit to corrective services employees, including psychologists and counsellors, and various personal and organisational factors when working with offenders have been attributed to an increase in workplace stress and vicarious trauma …

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Restoring the wholeness of being: Working with trauma from the focusing-oriented experiential therapy perspective

Biliana Dearly, MCounsHumServ, Senior Lecturer, Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Certifying Coordinator, The International Focusing Institute, New York.    Abstract From the focusing-oriented experiential therapy (FOT) point of view, trauma involves emotionally overwhelming experiences with a severe or complete stoppage of the life-forward process and consequent multiple disturbances in functioning. FOT has a unique, safe way of …

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Trauma psychotherapy with people involved in BDSM/kink: Five common misconceptions and five essential clinical skills

Y. Gavriel Ansara, PhD Psychol, MSc Soc Psychol, MCouns, BA Intl & Cross-Cultural Health with African Studies, Dip Adv Clin Family Therapy, CCTP-II, CFTP, Ansara Psychotherapy & Imanadari Counselling Melbourne Branch.    Abstract Psychotherapists’ negative misconceptions about people involved or interested in BDSM/kink can result in unethical clinical practices and ineffective or harmful therapeutic outcomes. …

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Tuning Relationships with Music™: An intervention for parents with an interpersonal trauma history and their adolescents

Vivienne M. Colegrove, PhD, Eltham Relationship Counselling, Sophie S. Havighurst, PhD, University of Melbourne, and Christiane E. Kehoe, PhD, University of Melbourne   Abstract Childhood interpersonal trauma has profound effects on future relationships, including parent-adolescent relationships. However, the effects of an interpersonal trauma history on parenting are not well understood or effectively addressed in existing …

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