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Vicarious Trauma and Self Care at The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

Gordana Hol-Radicic

The focus of this lecture is to highlight a phenomenon of stress, secondary and vicarious traumatisation, and burnout on one side and importance of an implementation of self care strategies  at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) on the other side. Stress is defined as a person’s total response to environmental demands or pressures. Various life situations could create stress, that decreasing one’s capacities to cope with new stressful situations. Stress interferes with a person’s life situation; it impacts one’s cognitive appraisal, emotional and physiological arousal.

Recorded at STARTTS
2nd March 2011, New South Wales, Australia.
Visit STARTTS at:www.STARTTS.org.au

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Gordana Hol-Radicic

Gordana Hol-Radicic is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years experience as a clinican, including more than 20 years working clinically with the complex presentations of torture and trauma survivors. Gordana is able to utilise various therapeutic approaches in the group and individual treatment of STARTTS’ clients from diverse age groups: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

Currently Gordana is the Direct Services Coordinator at STARTTS. She is responsible for ensuring the delivery of counselling services to refugee and asylum seeker clients, and manages five direct services teams of approximately 50 counsellors and the intake sub-team. She also provides clinical trainings, support and consultation to STARTTS’ counsellors and other service providers. Gordana has presented at international conferences and for the online psychological journal, ‘Psychevisual’, addressing topics on the psychological assessment of torture and trauma survivors, the psychological and physiological base of traumatic memories, and the utilisation of Neurofeedback with clients suffering from complex PTSD.

 

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