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Twenty Years On: 
Engaging with Complex Trauma: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities

18th-19th March 2017
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank, Brisbane



This bi-national conference, convened by Belmont Private Hospital and the Cannan Institute, in collaboration with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Trauma and Dissociation Unit (TDU), Belmont Hospital and it uniquely brings together leading clinicians, researchers and writers from the Australian and New Zealand complex trauma/dissociative disorders field.

The first day of the conference comprises a series of plenary presentations culminating in a plenary panel at the end of the day. The conference dinner at Rydges Hotel, will be held on Saturday 18th March. The second day of the program comprises two parallel workshop streams.

Conference Organizing Committee: Jo Levin (Chair – Organizing Committee), Mary Williams, Lenaire Seager, Michelle Galati, Michelle Ballard, Jo Munday & Warwick Middleton (Chair, Conference Scientific Committee, Director TDU, Chair – The Cannan Institute, President ISSTD).

Members of the Cannan Institute and/or the ISSTD enjoy registration discounts for this unique conference showcasing the complex trauma field in Australia and New Zealand.

If you require further information about this conference, contact Karen Weatherall

Phone: +61 7 3398 0111
Fax: +61 7 3398 3105


Program at a glance:

Day 1: Saturday 18th March 2017 (Boulevard Auditorium)

8:40 am:  Opening - Jo Levin  
8:45 am:  Martin Dorahy “What do we know about Dissociative Identity Disorder that we didn’t know 20 years ago?”
9:45 am:  Cathy Kezelman “The Royal Commission – driving change in the trauma landscape”

10:30 am: Break - Morning Tea

11:00 am: Warwick Middleton  "The Nature of Organized Abuse"
11:45 am: Mary Williams & Lenaire Seager "TDU from a nursing perspective” 

12:30 pm: Break – Lunch

1:30 pm:  Michael Salter “Conceptualizing and responding to systematic and chronic abuse”
2:15 pm:  David Leonard  "Comorbidities in Dissociative Identity Disorder and their Management"

3:00 pm:  Break - Afternoon tea

3:30 pm:  Mary-Anne Kate "Aspects of childhood maltreatment and dynamics between a caregiver and child that are most likely to lead to dissociation in adulthood"

4:15 pm:  Plenary panel, moderated by Warwick Middleton and involving selected speakers from the day plus selected Senior consultants from TDU. Panel members include Pam Stavropoulos, David Leonard, Andrew Christensen, Cathy Kezelman and Michael Martin. Suggested question for the panel: “In respect to dissociative disorders, in considering the issues of technique, the processing of trauma, theoretical models, the therapist’s tool-box etc. vs. the relational issues in therapy – what works and why?”

5:00 pm: Close

7:00 pm: Conference dinner - MC - Jeremy Butler; After dinner speaker, Warwick Middleton– Topic - "Don’t Mess with Traumatized People!" 

Day 2: Sunday 19th March 2017 (Meeting Rooms B1 & B2)

Two workshop streams, each of half a day each

First Stream (Two parallel half-day workshops)
9:00 am – 10:30 am – First half

10:30 am: Break - Morning Tea

11:00 am – 12:30 am – Second half

12:30 pm: Break – Lunch

Second Stream (Two parallel half-day workshops)
1:30 – 3:00 pm – First half

3:00 pm:   Break - Afternoon tea

3:30 – 5:00 pm – Second half

5:00 pm: Close

Morning half-day workshops:
1) Joan Haliburn – “A phase approach to psychoanalytic psychotherapy in cases of Complex Trauma” 
2) Martin Dorahy – “The impact of shame in chronic traumatization: Conceptualization and treatment”  

Afternoon half-day workshops:
3) Jan Ewing – “A Clinician's Guide to Trauma and the Brain” 
4) Warwick Middleton, Cathy Kezelman & Robert Llewellyn-Jones - “The Politics of Trauma”