Past Webinar: Trauma and Aboriginal Clients

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Dr Gary Fulcher

Kelleigh Ryan - Past Webinar: Trauma and Aboriginal Clients
Trauma and Aboriginal Clients:

Would EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) be of some relevance for Australian Indigenous recovery from trauma?

Presenter(s): Kelleigh Ryan MAPS MCCOUNP, Dr Gary Fulcher MAPS MCCLP, Dr Chris Lee MAPS MCCLP

I’m delighted to have facilitated this live event.

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Why this Webinar?

This event is a moderated on-line Webinar with selected invited speakers on the theme of EMDR as it may or may not relate to healing trauma experienced by Aboriginal clients; individuals, families, groups or communities.

Rationale: There is some controversy and hesitancy among clinicians and others about the possible usefulness – or otherwise – of EMDR as a tool in working with Aboriginal clients/community members impacted by trauma. There is currently limited evidence or readily available best practice on using EMDR with this population. Some issues may include: level of practitioner skills, supervision, cultural specific issues, complex multiple and intergenerational traumas, unstable, chaotic lives, etc.

The Webinar aims to follow Indigenous ethical processes and not assume relevance.

Who should participate?

Psychologists working with or having some interest in Aboriginal Health, Social Workers, Interested EMDR practitioners, GPs, Psychiatrists, Aboriginal health and Allied Health professionals and workforce, including Aboriginal Mental Health workers, managers in Health Department State & Territory Aboriginal Health workforce and Aboriginal community controlled sectors, Interested members of IAHA (Indigenous Allied Health Association), AIDA (Austalian Indigenous Doctors Association), AIPA (Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association).

Please note: This professional development event is designed to increase the knowledge and skills base of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health, medical, and allied health professionals, and health managers.

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait community members who may have an interest to view this webinar conversation. We ask that you connect with your health professional or local mental health service who may join you and support you in being part of this unique webinar. As the event is a professional development event for those mental health workers interested in the area viewing with your mental health service provider will allow you to get the most out of this event.

No prior knowledge needed of EMDR

4 thoughts on “Past Webinar: Trauma and Aboriginal Clients

  1. sdorttuii plmnr

    Fantastic post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks!

    • admin Post author

      Thanks for your inquiry. What specifically would you like to know?

    • admin Post author

      Thank you for your inquiry. This professional development webinar initiated a conversation on the relevance – or not – of EMDR in treating trauma with Aboriginal clients. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a recognised therapeutic method approach as a best practise treatment for Trauma by the World Health Organisation. On balance, the evidence appears strong for this as a suitable treatment mode with Aboriginal clients. However, clinicians are urged to improve their own cultural knowledge and skills to work in a culturally safe way with Aboriginal clients, with understanding of Aboriginal world views.

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