Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

Newcastle / Hunter Region Branch Meeting

  • 17 Jun 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Carrington Community Centre Corner of Young and Hargraves St Carrington Newcastle


Registration is closed

Newcastle / Hunter Region Branch Meeting


NON PCA members are allowed to attend presentation only, not group supervision. Supervision is for members only.

PRESENTER and Talk   

STARTS AT 2pm sharp - ends approximately 3.30pm

Judith Reader  ACA Supervisor 

  • I have worked in the Trauma area - and associated fields (Drugs & Alcohol, Domestic Violence, Sexual assault, mental health) for the past 40 years, mainly with police, military, and emergency services, and also survivors of abuse and violence. 
    My education and training has been in Nursing, Law studies, Education, and Psychology at the University of NSW.
    Therapy of choice, I use Eye Movement Integration Therapy based on EMDR & NLP; which I have been working with and modifying since I trained with Shapiro in several workshops in 1991/95/96. After seeing over 1800 clients over 5 years, I began to integrate it with Hypnosis, NLP, Gestalt, Narrative, and a wide mix of other models. The goal was to increase its rapidity and success as a treatment. 
    Briefly my past working experience was initially as a Trained Nurse in NSW & overseas in some war effected areas, Department of Community Services; NSW Education Dept.; NSW Health Dept. (Child Sexual Assault), Domestic Violence, Methadone Units, Drugs and Alcohol, and, Qld Children's Health clinic, Qld Police Service, Domestic Violence & Homeless service, Mediation, Couples and groups, a Newcastle Private Hospital Psychiatric ward dealing primarily with PTSD, mental health groups and programs. 
    I have been using EMDR since 1992, and completed 3 Training workshops with Shapiro, and am a Foundation Member in Australia for EMDR and Critical Incident Stress.

    Currently in private practice, I am a clinical supervisor for Counsellors and Hypnotherapists. 
    I have commenced running regular supervision & Training sessions in EMIT, Trauma & Eye Movement Integration Therapy (Eye Movement includes EMDR & NLP, Hypnosis, CBT, Narrative plus other models) for experienced counsellors. 
    Supervision and Training, for me, means creating a safe and enjoyable space for therapists to practise new skills, outside the clinic room, and in a safe, comfortable and educative environment.

    TRAUMA – Simple Trauma – a Fallacy.  

    The talk will cover differentiating various types of Trauma, PTSD, and Complex Trauma, and a short introduction to different types of approaches to Treatment.

    This presentation will include some current definitions and discussion, and some observations and experiences of the presenter in this area.

    Types of Trauma

  • ·        Acute or single incident trauma
  • ·        PTSD or Chronic Trauma
  • ·        Complex or Relational Trauma
  • ·        Developmental Trauma
  • ·        Extreme Trauma (e.g.DID)
  • Judith Herman (Harvard University), suggested a new diagnoses – Complex PTSD was needed to describe symptoms of long term trauma. Van der Kolk referred to these clusters of symptoms as Disorders of Extreme Stress. (DSMS & ICD)

Complex Trauma is currently characterised by:   Severe and pervasive problems in Affect regulation; Persistent beliefs about oneself as worthless, accompanied by deep feelings of shame, guilt, or failure related to the traumatic event; Persistent difficulties in sustaining relationships and in feeling close to others. This is linked to the research from the ACE study.

The difficulties that occur in defining this category, and observations in my working experience.

We will look at a quick overview of current treatments for Complex Trauma.


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