Upcoming practitioner forum on post traumatic mental health

Phoenix Australia’s Centenary of Anzac Centre was established at the end of 2017 with a grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The aim of the Anzac Centre is to enhance the quality of care for veterans through the provision of expert clinical advice to practitioners across Australia and through cutting edge research that will focus on the development and dissemination of more effective treatments. One of our key objectives is to establish a community of practice amongst mental health practitioners across a range of settings, to promote sharing of experience, innovation and ideas for continual improvement. In this context, we are convening a practitioner forum on 27th July at Pullman on the Park, Melbourne.

Two outstanding speakers will present two master classes. Further details are on the attached flyer. Would you mind distributing it to your members please?

Keynote biographies

Professor Barbara Rothbaum is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, USA. She is director of the university’s Veterans Program and Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. Professor Rothbaum has authored over 200 scientific papers and chapters, and has published four books on the treatment of PTSD. She has served on the Board of Directors and as past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Prof Rothbaum is a clinical psychologist who specialises in research on the treatment of military veterans and other individuals with anxiety disorders, focusing in particular on PTSD. She is a pioneer in the application of virtual reality exposure therapy to the treatment of psychological disorders, the pharmacological enhancement of psychological therapy for PTSD, as well as innovative approaches to prolonged exposure therapy.

Professor Marylene Cloitre is the Associate Director of Research of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division, USA. She is also Research Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of the Institute for Trauma and Stress at New York University. She has written over 120 books, chapters and articles. She has served on numerous National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Veterans Affairs research and policy committees, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and is past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Prof Cloitre’s research and clinical work focusses on PTSD and complex PTSD among military veterans and the general community, including those who have experienced childhood abuse and traumatic loss.


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