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Psychoeducation as an integrative part of therapy with clients who suffer from PTSD

Indira Haracic-Novic

Evidence suggests that even basic information about trauma related symptoms and issues can help traumatised people to understand their traumatic experiences and to make sense of their symptoms. How the clients react to the intrusions depends on how they view the nature of these symptoms.

This lecture defines psychoeducation and explains the use of techniques in clarifying and reframing that can assist clients to correct their misconceptions about trauma symptoms and disorders. It is important for clients to understand that people who suffer PTSD often re-experience the traumatic events through intrusive thoughts and ideation, through dreams as traumatic nightmares, and sometimes even through flashbacks.

Recorded at STARTTS
12 November 2007, New South Wales, Australia.
Visit STARTTS at: www.STARTTS.org.au

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Indira Haracic-Novic

Indira Haracic-Novic has been a clinical psychologist /psychotherapist with the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) for the last 11 years. Herself a refugee, Indira has extensive experience working with refugees both overseas and in Australia and she played an important role with the Kosovo refugees during Operation Safe Haven. She has successfully treated acute victims of war, particularly rape survivors in Sarajevo and treated people with chronic PTSD during her work at STARTTS. Her particular interest and expertise is the use of psycho-education to aid recovery of trauma survivors. In addition to individual therapy she facilitates psychoeducational therapeutic groups for adults and children. She also provides clinical supervision and training and consultation for clinicians in their work with refugees. Indira is trained in Transactional Analysis (TA), EMDR and Trauma Therapy. For her clinical thesis Indira researched TA psychotherapy for female clients who suffered from somatoform gynaecological disorders.

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