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Therapeutic responses to trauma in mental health careopposing paradigms or opportunities?

Sabin Fernbacher , Sandy Jeffs, Robyn Humphries, Alison Asche

The majority of people living with a mental illness have experienced interpersonal trauma. Between 50-90% of women and at least 40% of men accessing clinical mental health services have experienced such abuse. The link between trauma and the development of mental health problems has also been well established. However it can be argued that mental health services in Australia have not adequately integrated this knowledge into practice through the provision of trauma-informed care that includes therapeutic approaches. This symposium presentation will discuss opportunities for opportunities for therapeutic interventions in settings that do not provide traditional psychotherapy. The symposium brings together lived experience, research, clinical and organisational practice in four presentations discussing: 

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Sabin Fernbacher

Sabin Fernbacher was born in 1961 in Vocklabruck, Austria. She has a B.Ed. and a Master of Arts. She worked in the Rape Crisis Centre in Vienna and was involved in Women's Centre Cafe in Vienna and the Women's Building in San Francisco. After arriving in Australia, Fernbacher again worked in women's services, including refuges. From 1989-94 she was involved in the Amazon Theatre and helped organise the 1991 Lesbian Festival in Melbourne. By 2004 Sabin was working in mental health services for women, specifically in service development and women's mental health issues, focussing on women, mental illness, domestic violence and sexual abuse issues. This collection is No.89 of the Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archive.

Sandy Jeffs

Sandy Jeffs was born in Ballarat and has a BA from La Trobe University. She has lived with schizophrenia and all its moods for over thirty years. She is a community educator who speaks to schools, universities and community groups about what it’s like to live with a mental illness. She has been published widely and is a prize-winning poet whose writing has been concerned with madness, domestic violence and the humorous antics of women who play midweek ladies’ tennis. Sandy lives with her friends and animals on the outskirts of Melbourne.
She is the author of the bestselling Poems from the Madhouse (1993; reprinted 2000, 2001), Loose Kangaroos (co-author, 1998), Blood Relations (2000), Confessions of a Midweek Lady: Tall Tennis Tales (2001), and The Wings of Angels: A memoir of madness (2004).
Her latest book is her autobiography, Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living With Madness (2009)

Robyn Humphries

Ms Robyn Humphries, Northern Area Mental Health Service. Manager System Transformation, Mental Health at Department of Health Victoria, Australia. 

Alison Asche

PhD Doctoral student. La Trobe University, Department of Public Health, Northern Area Mental Health Service.

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