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Domestic Violence and the Refugee Experience: Clinical Implications

Tajana Opacic

Experience of domestic violence has significant psychological impacts on post trauma reactions. In this presentation Tajana will illustrate the impact of a long standing history of domestic violence on psychological functioning and its interactions with trauma reactions associated with the refugee experience. Tajana will present a case of a female Iraqi client who is of Mandaean Sabean background and has experienced persecution and loss as a result of her ethnicity and religion. 

STARTTS Clinical Master Class Evening
9 September 2014
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Tajana Opacic

Tajana Opacic is an AHPRA registered Psychologist, a clinical psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has been working for STARTTS for the past three years. In addition, she has been working with clients presenting with anxiety and mood disorders at the Sydney Obsessive Compulsive and Anxiety Disorders Clinic (SOCAD) over the last two years. Her training and acquired experience enables her to conduct psychological assessments and formulate appropriate treatments for various mental health disorders, with specific emphasis on treating survivors of torture and trauma. She has had the opportunity to work with a range of clients of various cultural backgrounds, including individuals in detention, asylum seekers in the community and children. Tajana facilitates therapeutic groups, particularly for young children, and provides trainings to external agencies on working with refugee torture and trauma survivors.

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