Childhood Trauma Conference Day Two

It’s People’s Day, with dozens and dozens of presentations around IMG_1639the conference venue by practitioners and academics. There’s so much going on that  some tough choices have to be made.

However, there was one that was a must: Think. Feel. Do. Using Sensory Bears in Therapeutic Life Story Work, presented by Amy Payne, Karen Vance and Natalia O’Keefe. These bears are hand-made and have a brain, a heart and hands, linking in with the thinking, feeling and doing narrative. Amy, Karen and Natalia have used them in direct practice with children [and adults] and find the bears enable stories to be unfolded. Check this link for more.

Elsewhere, here’s a rundown of other things from today in Melbourne:

  • Jennifer Freyd on Betrayal Trauma Theory: follow this link for more. She spoke of DARVO – how ‘perpetrators of wrong doing may Deny the behaviour, Attack the individual doing the confronting, and Reverse the roles of Victim and Offender such that the perpetrator assumes the victim role and turns the true victim — or the whistle blower — into an alleged offender.’ Think of Donald Trump, a textbook example.
  • Looking in the Mirror: how foster carers can be affected by children in their care: the importance of rituals for carers. [Presentation by Anna Fasolo and Karen Walters.]
  • Stephanie Palmer on her experiences as a foster carer. What struck me was when she observed how she went to meetings with clinicians where toys were broken, jigsaws had parts missing. This quote summed up her attitude: ‘We don’t want admiration: we just want support’. And how the relationship with the caseworker was so important.
  • TeaH: Turn ’em around Healing: A Therapeutic Model for Working with Traumatised Children from Aboriginal Communities. An inspiring session delivered by Dr Michele Moss and Tony Lee, the latter welcoming us by striking clapsticks as we came into the room. The use of puppets was shown as a method to engage young people, and a wonderful short film premiered, partnered by Charles Darwin University. Also check out Eduardo Duran and the legacy of historical trauma. Follow link.
  • Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.
  • And, finally, who would Peter Fonagy have as a dinner guest? Winnie-the-Pooh.


Author: john pitt


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