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About the Webinar
Complex trauma is best understood as multiple, repeated forms of interpersonal victimisation resulting in traumatic health problems and psychosocial challenges. Typically, women with complex trauma have experienced child abuse and/or neglect, and subsequent physical and sexual revictimisation in adulthood. This commonly occurs within a context of domestic and family violence. Practitioners across all health and social sectors, including mental health and refugees services, frequently come into contact with women who have experienced complex trauma. However, the term ‘complex trauma’ neither consistently nor well defined in policy or practice.
Drawing on findings from ANROWS research ‘Constructions of complex trauma and implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence’, this panel of researchers, practitioners and survivors with lived experience will discuss:
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Attending this webinar earns 1 Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) continuing professional development (CPD) point.
Associate Professor Michael Salter
Associate Professor Michael Salter is a criminologist and Scientia Fellow at the University of New South Wales, where he studies the criminological aspects of complex trauma. His research focuses on the violence and exploitation that underlies trauma and dissociation, and the responses of professionals and services to the complex entanglements of abuse and trauma. He is the author of two books, Organised Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2013) and Crime, Justice and Social Media (Routledge, 2017), and many papers on child abuse and gendered violence. He sits on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and advises child protection and violence prevention agencies in Australia and internationally.
Amy is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked at Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) for the past 4 years, currently working as the Manager of Clinical Services. Her current role encompasses providing professional supervision to direct practice QPASTT staff, as well as overseeing clinical governance and supporting clinical incidents. Prior to this she worked in the tertiary education sector providing clinical supervision for higher degree pathway to registration and lecturing across varying topics and degrees. Amy has worked with refugees and asylum seekers over the past 10 years in varying capacities including in clinical practice, providing supervision to clinical staff and managerial roles. She is passionate about working with refugees and asylum seekers to support their healing but also supporting clinicians and other health care providers to feel confident in their work with survivors of torture and trauma also.
Dr. Karen Williams
Dr. Karen Williams is a Consultant Psychiatrist and works at South Coast Private Hospital in Wollongong NSW. In her role, Karen provides treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD. Karen is the Special Advisor on Mental Health at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre. She is also a member of the Professional Advisory Group for The Trauma Recovery Centre currently in development on NSW’s South Coast. Karen is the founder of Doctors Against Violence Towards Women an advocacy group aimed at promoting the mental and physical safety of women who are survivors of sexual assault and domestic and family violence.