Title: Public Health Approaches to the Development & Implementation of Trauma Focused Interventions in Post Disaster Contexts
Bio: Douglas Zatzick, MD is currently Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Health Services in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Over the past two decades his research has focused on clinical epidemiologic, functional outcome, and early intervention studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related co-morbid conditions in adults and youth, across civilian and veteran trauma exposed patient populations. He has participated in disaster relief efforts and early intervention efforts in the Western Hemisphere after the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, post Hurricane Katrina, and in the wake of multiple United States earthquakes over the past two decades. Dr. Zatzick has completed ethnographic field studies after trauma exposure and he currently serves on the World Health Organization PTSD Guideline Development Group. From 2009-2012 he has served as chairperson of the United States, National Institute of Mental Health, Mental Health Services in Non-specialty Settings Study Section.
He has been selected to serve on the congressionally mandated US Institute of Medicine four-year ongoing assessment of PTSD treatment. He is Medical Director of the University of Washington’s Harborview Level I Trauma Center Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service, and in this capacity provides front-line clinical services to diverse acutely injured trauma survivors.
Title: Posttraumatic Stress in Very Young Children: Recognition, Treatment, and Post-disaster Challenges
Podcast: The ASTSS August 2012 Podcast features Prof Scheeringa and is made publically available here:
Very_Young_Children_and_Post_Disaster_Mental_Health-Aug_2012.mp3 - 17Mb
Bio: Michael S. Scheeringa, MD., M.P.H. is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Section of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA. He has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in young children based on his work on scientific studies over the last 15 years. These have included comprehensive assessments studies and intervention studies, plus a randomized clinical trial for PTSD in older children and adolescents. His research interests include attachment, parenting, parent-child relationship difficulties, diagnostic assessment of children, neurobiological correlates of psychiatric disorders, outcome prediction, and development of protocol-driven therapies. His research on PTSD in young children after Hurricane Katrina has been widely cited.
Title: Hear Our Voices: Aboriginal Trauma and Resilience
Abstract: The extraordinarily high rates of suicide and other social and emotional wellbeing problems in Aboriginal communities are commonly attributed to a complex set of factors which not only includes disadvantage and risk factors shared by the non-Indigenous population, but also a broader set of social, economic and historic determinants that impact on Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. These risk factors are in addition to, rather than instead of the mainstream determinants of wellbeing like health, education, income and housing. Identifying the risk and protective factors that contribute to the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal communities, and its opposite, community distress and suicide, requires an in-depth knowledge of the historic, cultural and economic risk factors at play in each community and are best known and understood by community residents themselves. Furthermore, while external change agents might be able to catalyze action or help to create spaces for people to undertake a change process, empowerment can occur only as communities create their own momentum, gain their own skills, and advocate for their own changes. This presentation examines trauma that confronts Aboriginal people on a daily basis. A empowerment healing and leadership model that has potential to support and develop Aboriginal resilience, the Kimberley Empowerment Project, will be discussed as an example of community empowerment in overcoming trauma.
Bio: Professor Pat Dudgeon is acknowledged as the first identified indigenous psychologist in Australia, and has over 20 years of experience in the area of indigenous people and psychology. Pat was instrumental in developing the Guidelines for the Provision of Psychological Services for and the conduct of Psychological Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of Australia, which were adopted by the APS in 1996. Pat was appointed as Head of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University in 1990 and for the next 17 years led the organization through significant growth and change to become a national leader and important provider of Indigenous higher education. Pat is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice. She has participated in numerous community service activities of significance. Pat was a member of the Parole Board of Western Australia for several years, and was a psychologist in the defence forces. She has undertaken many projects and has publications in the areas of psychology, education and women's issues. Currently, she is a research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia, undertaking research about Cultural Continuity and Change: Indigenous Solutions to Mental Health Issues.