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Trauma History and Neuroplasticity


Many people who access mental health services have histories of complex trauma arising from early experiences. These experiences may include parentification, enmeshment or invalidation as well as emotional, physical and sexual abuses and neglect. The brains and nervous systems of infants and children are powerfully influenced by early relationships and this course seeks to illustrate ways that we neurobiologically adapt to our early experiences. The same property of the brain that allows it to be so profoundly affected by early experiences can be harnessed in the service of recovery from complex relational trauma. Mental health workers can utilise this in their everyday interactions with consumers.

This day program is a mix of highly engaging presentation, with a variety of multi -media added to enrich and demonstrate content. There are opportunities for group work including the “Brain Architecture Game”, and discussions. There will also be opportunity to practice skills.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have a better understanding of:

  1. How neuroplasticity can improve our understanding of mental health and illness
  2. How experience impacts on brain plasticity and body regulatory systems
  3. How to reframe distress and symptoms into the brain's best effort to adapt to manage the experiences; and
  4. How to explore ways to maximise the healing power of neuroplasticity
Date Thu 30-May-2019
Location Hawthorn East
Presenter Dr Haley Peckham
Contact Dr Greg Coman on 9231 3186 or