Recognising and Responding to Complex Trauma

Date produced 07 April 2014

The first in a three-part professional development series focused on complex trauma. Watch this webinar to benefit from an interdisciplinary panel's insights as they discuss a case study.

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After watching the webinar you will:

  • develop an improved understanding of the prevalence, epidemiology, characteristics and impact of complex trauma
  • be better equipped to recognise the physical, mental and psychosocial presentations which might indicate unresolved trauma.
  • have explored tips and strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration to support people who have been exposed to or experienced complex trauma

MHPN would like to acknowledge Adults Surviving Child Abuse for their assistance in producing this webinar. 

The panel comprises:

  • Dr Cathy Kezelman (NSW-based consumer advocate)
  • Mr Iggy Kim (Tas-based mental health nurse)
  • Prof Louise Newman (Vic-based psychiatrist)
  • Dr David Walker (Qld-based GP)

The webinar was facilitated by Dr Mary Emeleus (Qld-based GP).



The following resources supported the webinar:

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Participants in the webinar provided the following feedback:

Learning needs

65% of exit survey respondents indicated their learning needs were ‘entirely met’, with 35% of respondents indicating their learning needs were ‘partially met’.

Relevance to practice

When asked to rate how relevant the webinar was to the clinicians own practice, 96% stated it was ‘entirely relevant’. 4% marked it as ‘partially relevant’.

Changes to practice

94% of respondents intend to make changes to their clinical work practice as a result of attending the webinar. 

This webinar was produced in April 2014. The Mental Health Professionals’ Network’s webinars are produced for mental health professionals. The information is intended for suitably-experienced mental health professionals and does not replace clinical judgement and decision making. It is intended for use as a guide of a general nature only and may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. The subject matter is not exhaustive of any mental health conditions presented. Health professionals implementing any recommendations contained in the webinar must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. Any information presented in the webinar recording was deemed relevant at the time of the live event and after this date has not been reviewed. No guarantee can be given that the information is free from error or omission.

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