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Considering Complex Trauma with Families; The role of family therapy

Margaret Goldfinch

When a parent has complex trauma they can experience their children as demanding and intrusive, or difficult and rejecting. The very tasks of parenting can be overwhelming and this can have a profound effect on their children and others in their family. This presentation will consider the impact on children, and outline some ways to work with parents and families toward good outcomes – promoting safety and positive relationships by helping parents improve their reflective function and learn specific skills to maintain safety.

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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Margaret Goldfinch

Margaret Goldfinch is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years experience working with children and families. She is the Team Leader of the Early Childhood Unit at Redbank House and has special interest in family relationships, complex trauma, attachment and oppositional behaviour. Her recent publication in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy is titled: Putting Humpty Together Again: working with parents to help children who have experienced early trauma.

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