Keynote speaker Suzy Matthijssen Ph.D is a Clinical Psychologist who heads up an intensive trauma treatment program in the Netherlands. Suzy is also a senior researcher, focussing on the enhancement of trauma therapy, intensive trauma treatments and working mechanisms of trauma therapy and is credited with the development of EMDR 2.0 alongside colleague Ad de Jongh. Suzy will be presenting live via teleconference giving you a unique opportunity to hear from a practitioner and researcher on the cutting edge of trauma therapy internationally.
Following on from Suzy you will have the opportunity to hear from Heather Irvine-Rundle, Dr Anthony Mason and Professor Ashley Craig as well as a panel of senior psychologists all of whom have a specific area of interest in enhancing the treatment of trauma and PTSD. All the speakers will go beyond the theoretical into the practical application of interventions, presenting case studies and real life examples that span a range of modalities.
In addition, all attendees will receive access to a bonus masterclass which deep-dives into prolonged exposure trauma-focussed CBT (CBT-TF-PE).
FAST AND EFFECTIVE: CHALLENGING OLD ASSUMPTIONS IN TREATING PTSD/CPTSD
Suzy Matthijssen, Clinical Psychologist
“IT WASN’T THAT BAD”: UNDERSTANDING EARLY ATTACHMENT TRAUMA AND PAVING A PATH FOR THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION FOR ADULTS
Heather Irvine-Rundle, Clinical Psychologist
THE ROLE OF TMS AND PSYCHEDELICS / CANNABIS IN THE TREATMENT OF COMPLEX TRAUMA AND PTSD
Dr Anthony Mason, Consultant Psychiatrist
MANAGEMENT OF TRAUMA RELATED DISTRESS BY IMPROVING SELF-REGULATION OF THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
Professor Ashley Craig, Clinical Psychologist
PANEL DISCUSSION: CASE STUDIES AND IMPLEMENTATION
Heather Irvine-Rundle, Dr Anthony Mason, Prof. Ashley Craig, Dr Nathan Beehag, Andrew Sozomenou, Dr Rebecca Guest, Kerri Fort, Nicole Sturla
ONBOARDING & OVERCOMING BARRIERS: STRATEGIES TO PREVENT EARLY DROPOUT OR TREATMENT RESISTANCE IN CBT-TF-PE TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Dr Rebecca Guest, Clinical Psychologist
Suzy Matthijssen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, cognitive behavioural therapist, psychotraumatherapist NtVP, NRGD registered pro justice reporter, EFT therapist, EMDR supervisor in training and is a lecturer at university and post-doctorate psychology specialization programs.
The focus of the research Suzy conducts is on the optimization of trauma treatments. She works at the Altrecht Academic Anxiety Centre where she is head of an intensive trauma treatment program and she is expert leader on PTSS. She is connected to Utrecht University. She is involved in research on the enhancement of trauma therapy, intensive trauma treatments and working mechanisms of trauma therapy. She is in the scientific committee of the Dutch and the EMDR Europe association and is a member of the Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project.
Suzy will be presenting live via teleconference.
Heather is a senior clinical psychologist and the director of the READ Clinic which is one of the largest psychology practices in Australia.
Heather has a particular interest in post-natal trauma, complex trauma and functional neurological disorders, and is a sought-after speaker in the field of trauma-informed practices for early childhood educators.
Heather’s psychology career has spanned over 20 years, including three years in the UK working with some of the most deprived families in Liverpool and London, and leading a service providing advice and consultations on mental health to all the schools in the South London area.
In addition to her clinical practice, Heather is a published author of two books, a regular contributor to local radio and television shows including 60 Minutes, and speaker at conferences around Australia. For her services to the professional practice of psychology and her supervision of dozens of students and interns, she was made an adjunct professor of practice at the University of Newcastle. She has also attained international accreditation as a lifestyle medicine practitioner and EMDR member and is an ambassador for the Mum for Mum charity.
Heather will be presenting in person.
Dr Anthony Mason trained in psychiatry in the UK and worked there as a specialist for 7 years before relocating to Australia in 2016.
Dr Mason has worked in public and private settings, and has experience in ADHD, TMS, ASD, Schizophrenia, Mood disorders, Complex Trauma and PTSD.
Dr Mason set up the TMS Erina Clinic in November 2021 and works there now. This clinic delivers TMS for treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ASD and ADHD. Intranasal esketamine treatment is also available at the TMS Erina Clinic.
Dr Mason has an area of interest in treating Police Officers, Paramedics and ADF veterans with PTSD. He is interested in the therapeutic possibilities of psilocybin in PTSD, depression and cancer.
Dr Mason will be presenting in person.
Dr Craig is the Professor of Rehabilitation Studies in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, and a senior researcher in the Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital. He is also a senior clinical psychologist in the READ Clinic Erina, where he treats adults with trauma related distress, PTSD, anxiety disorder and depression. He specialises in people sustaining mild to moderate injury such as whiplash, back, hand and arm injuries, as well as severe injury such as traumatic head injury and spinal cord injury (SCI). He helps clients manage secondary conditions associated with injury such as chronic pain, cognitive impairment and fatigue.
Dr Craig has been active in research for many years in the injury and mental health area. He has produced over 300 research publications and books. His research ranges from conducting randomised clinical trial research investigating treatments for improving mental health after injury to neuropsychophysiological research that investigates dysfunction in the cardiovascular, autonomic and central nervous systems. He is currently conducting two major studies in severe injury, the first a prospective study funded by icare involving the extent of cognitive impairment after SCI, and the second, a randomised clinical trial funded by the NSW Ministry of Health, involving self-regulation strategies designed to improve autonomic nervous system balance and quality of life after SCI.
Dr Craig will be presenting in person.
Nathan is a Clinical Psychologist, PhD candidate, and Director at the READ Clinic
Nathan is passionate about treating people who have experienced trauma, particularly those who have experienced trauma during childhood, including trauma that occurs within relationships.
Nathan has over 15 years of experience in clinical settings using evidence based treatments with children, adolescents and adults experiencing mild to severe psychological difficulties. He predominately uses EMDR, TF-CBT, and Internal Family Systems Therapy, and has a passion for supervising early career psychologists. Nathan’s own early career was in Out-of-Home Care and the disability sector where people had experienced complex trauma. During this time he established and managed a NSW state-wide clinical team in the disability and child welfare sector and implemented trauma-informed care practices across the service. Nathan has recently submitted his PhD and has presented his PhD findings on Trauma-Informed Care internationally and at the International Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne. Nathan also worked as a casual psychology lecturer at Avondale University since 2017.
Andrew is a Senior Registered Psychologist with over 25 years-experience, and is a Director at the READ Clinic.
Andrew is known for working with individual’s who have previously struggled to achieve results in therapy.
Andrew is passionate about treating individuals who have experienced trauma: including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Trauma, Trauma that stems from events experienced as an adult or in childhood, including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse; and attachment trauma. He also has experience in working with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Conversion Disorder, Personality Disorder’s, treatment resistant Depression and Anxiety.
Rebecca is a Clinical Psychologist with a Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD in the area of rehabilitation psychology, and is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. Rebecca predominantly treats adult mental health, with an area of interest in the treatment of PTSD and trauma-recovery post life adversity, and the delivery of CBT-TF-PE.
Rebecca is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed clinical publications, and the co-editor of the book “Adversity after the Crash – The Physical, Psychological and Social Burden of Motor Vehicle Crashes”, a valuable resource for individuals, medical professionals, university lecturers and students around the world contributing to a deeper understanding of individuals’ lives as they try to rebuild their lives post-trauma.
Kerri is a Registered Senior Psychologist with over 20 years experience. She has a background in adult mental health and then moved to Tresillian Family Care Centre where she gained 10yrs experience working with mothers and fathers in the postnatal period. Kerri first started working at the READ Clinic in 2013 and predominately works with adults.
Kerri has a special interest in working with clients that have been impacted by trauma, which led her to EMDR. Kerri is extremely passionate about EMDR and after her training completed her EMDR accredited practitioner and consultant certification with EMDRAA. Not only is she passionate about assisting clients to work through their past traumas she enjoys encouraging and mentoring therapists and facilities group EMDR supervision to trained therapists.
Nicole is a psychologist of more than 20 years’ experience of working with people who have experience of trauma. Nicole has worked in the fields of substance misuse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Children in Out of Home Care and is now a Senior Psychologist in the Child and Family Team at the READ Clinic. Nicole also operates Sensory Psychology, a service that delivers primarily ‘bottom-up’ interventions that support regulation of the nervous system from a Polyvagal Perspective.
Nicole is trained in the use of CBT, Family Systems Therapy, EMDR, Neurofeedback, Circle of Security Parenting Intervention and is a licensed provider of the Safe and Sound Protocol and the Focus System for Nervous System Regulation. Nicole also has extensive knowledge in DBT principles, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy and Crisis Management.
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