Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma

Date produced 11 June 2014

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

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Watch this facilitated panel discussion and be better equipped to:

  • understand the key principles along with the role and approach of the featured disciplines  in working therapeutically with someone who has experienced or been exposed to childhood abuse  

  • be able to identify interventions, approaches and strategies which promote positive outcomes for people who have experienced or been exposed to childhood abuse 

  • take home tips for interdisciplinary collaboration to work therapeutically with  people who have been exposed to or experienced childhood abuse.  

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

Review the interdisciplinary panel of experts'bios:

  • Ms Sarah Coconis (Mental Health Nurse, New South Wales)
  • Mr Bradley Foxlewin (Consumer Advocate, New South Wales)
  • Mr Philip Hilder (Psychologist, New South Wales) 
  • Adjunct Prof. Warwick Middleton (Psychiatrist, Queensland)  


  • Dr Mary Emeleus (General Practitioner and Psychotherapist, Queensland)

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Participants who attended the webinar provided the following feedback:

Learning needs

77% of exit survey respondents indicated their learning needs were ‘entirely met’, with 23% 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, 83% stated it was ‘entirely relevant’. 16% marked it as ‘partially relevant’.

Changes to practice

96% of respondents intend to make changes to their clinical work practice as a result of attending the webinar. 

This webinar was produced in June 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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