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The accidental therapist

Elaine Ford

This talk came about from conversations that I have had recently and in the past about trying to understand the role of nurses providing therapy in interdisciplinary teams, and about the journey of becoming a therapist, pondering whether or not therapists are born or made.

The aim of the talk will be to describe the role and approach of expert nurses in the delivery of care to patients across the health continuum by providing a historical framework and use of clinical examples. It will then move into a discussion of whether therapists are born or made from a framework of how many health disciplines provide therapy to people who are experiencing complex traumas.


Inaugural Conference
Westmead Psychotherapy Program for Complex Traumatic Disorders
Complex Trauma: Psychobiology, Clinical Need and Psychotherapy.
Recorded 10th November 2011, Westmead Hospital . Westmead, NSW. Australia

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Elaine Ford

Elaine has been nursing for over 30 years, with extensive experience in general and mental health specialties. Elaine is one of the first mental health Nurse Practitioner’s in Australia, authorised in 2003. She is currently on the education committee of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, and has been president of the state chapter previously. She has trained in cognitive behavioural therapy existential psychotherapy, and is currently studying an Interpersonal Psychodynamic psychotherapy in the Conversational model for the treatment of complex trauma. She currently works in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Westmead Hospital and has a small private practice. She has a strong interest in the areas of depression, complex trauma and disorders of self, mind-body interactions and sleep.

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