Jan Ewing – “A Clinician's Guide to Trauma and the Brain”
While the neuroscience of trauma has become a burgeoning field in recent times, it is often difficult for clinicians to translate the research findings into clinically relevant signs and symptoms and to integrate this knowledge into treatment planning. This workshop will provide an overview of how the brain responds to threat at different stages of development and how prolonged or repetitive trauma and neglect during childhood can compromise slowly maturing regulatory functions. The workshop will include an update of the most recent neuro-imaging research supporting the role of survival mode brain mechanisms in trauma spectrum disorders, including complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. Throughout the workshop the implications of this research for clinical treatment issues will be addressed.
Warwick Middleton, Cathy Kezelman & Robert Llewellyn-Jones - “The Politics of Trauma”
This workshop explores collaborative opportunities for leveraging consumer voices, societal change, and political processes alongside an evolving evidence-base to effectively advance a constructive agenda in the area of trauma. The three presenters have individually and collectively worked with individuals and organizations to heighten societal awareness about trauma and support the voices of those who have been previously silenced as they seek necessary reforms.