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An exploration of traumatic grief within the context of continuing trauma, a case presentation.

Julie Savage

This is a case presentation of one of Julie Savage female clients at STARTTS who had been imprisoned and tortured for her involvement in a political movement that began as an initiative for social justice, and was consequently targeted by the national government.

The client retreated from political involvement and focused upon bringing up her daughter until a resurgence of attacks upon members of the political group several years later, led her to flee to Australia as an asylum seeker. Through this case presentation Julie illustrates the central role of grief in the refugee experience and the impact of the intersection of grief and intense trauma upon our clients, within the context of the continuing need to survive.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
11 May 2011, New South Wales, Australia.
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Julie Savage

Julie Savage is a psychologist who joined STARTTS as a Generalist Counsellor in 1997. Julie found this a wonderful experience, working in an exciting, clinically focused range of programs, with consistent supervision and continual further training in different clinical interventions. Julie utilises her expertise at STARTTS by providing clinical supervision, seeing individual clients, co-facilitating a monthly clinical supervisor practice and discussion group, and co-facilitating the Advanced Clinical Trainings.

Julie’s first training as a Counsellor was at Lifeline, and then at the Bereavement Care Centre where she developed her expertise in working with bereaved clients. Later she worked as a counsellor at Long Bay Gaol including running a range of therapeutic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and educational groups. Julie is currently also a Family Therapist at Relationships Australia. In addition to this Julie has had an eclectic career working at Film Australia, running her own importing business and teaching Child Studies at TAFE.

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