When a person experiences a traumatic event that has threatened their life or safety, or the safety of those around them, they can be left with intense feelings or fear and helplessness. This can trigger responses such as avoidance, intrusive thoughts and high reactivity. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
A person may develop PTSD after a traumatic event such as a car crash, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or natural disasters such as bushfires or floods.
Many people show symptoms of PTSD in the first few weeks after a traumatic event but recover on their own with the support of family and friends. Others may require treatment and support from health professionals.
Effective treatment for PTSD involves a mix of inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient psychological services.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday for 8 weeks. The program is delivered for 4 consecutive weeks, then one week break and then the final 4 weeks. It starts at 9am and concludes at 2:30pm. Once per week all participants receive a one-on-one 50 minute private counselling session with a member of the treatment team.
Available to Defence personnel (former or current), the Trauma Recovery and Growth Program delivers the latest evidence based treatment interventions for trauma and PTSD. In recent years, research on trauma has shifted from a purely cognitive approach, to more of a psychosomatic approach that includes work on the body and the “storage” of the traumatic experience in the body.
The program includes:
For veterans: You will need to be approved by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to attend this program (white card or gold card).
For current members: You will need to be approved and referred by the Medical Officer.
1 day a week for 6 weeks
For people who have experienced Psychological trauma as a result of experiencing a severe distressing event or events
This program is specifically designed to help individuals understand and manage trauma symptoms, to promote post traumatic growth and improve overall well-being.
• Program Content:
• Understanding how trauma impacts the brain and the body
• How trauma impacts the head, the heart and the gut brain
• Managing your trauma responses
• Supportive behaviours for mental health and emotional well being
• Interpersonal relationships and communication
• Self-compassion and resiliency
You will require private health insurance or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) entitlements or agree to self-fund this course.
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