Conference Program

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops – 6 concurrent sessions


1A. Early Childhood, Refugee Families and Trauma (half day)

1B. Neurofeedback and PTSD (half day)

2A. The Internalisation of Trauma: How trauma manifests and is worked through symbolically in the psyche (half day)

2B. Expressive therapies (half day)

3. Biofeedback as a Tool for Self-Regulation (one day) (9.30am-4.30pm)

4A. Delivering Evidence-Based Parenting Interventions to Exceptional Populations: Ideas for Bridging the Gap (half day)


5A. School’s In for Refugees (half day)


6A. Building Resilience through Community Engagement (half day)



Conference Launch Cocktail Party

Thursday, 30 March 2017


Plenary 1

International, regional and national perspectives on refugee trauma recovery and resettlement

Keynote speakers:

  • Suzanne Jabbour, Director, Restart Center for Victims of Violence and Torture, Lebanon
  • Professor Derrick Silove, Foundation University of New South Wales Professor of Psychiatry, Liverpool Hospital, NSW
  • Paris Aristotle AM, CEO, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST), VIC

MC: Victor Madriagl-Borloz, Secretary-General, International Council for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (IRCT)


Morning tea break (complementary)

Oral Paper Presentations A – 7 concurrent sessions


A1. Neuroscience
A2. Clinical – Children and Young People
A3. Clinical Assessment and Screening
A4. Asylum Seekers
A5. Education and Employment
A6. Community Interventions
A7. Service Delivery



Expert Panel Discussions – 7 concurrent sessions


Panel 1: What makes for a successful resettlement program?
Panel 2: What happens when people are unable to resettle? Challenges of supporting asylum seekers and TPV holders?
Panel 3: Advances in refugee trauma interventions and research: Where to from here?
Panel 4: Capacity building refugee communities: How to facilitate a better recovery environment?
Panel 5: The triangulation of health, mental health and refugee trauma services?
Panel 6: Children and the school environment: How do we ensure interventions are trauma and attachment informed?
Panel 7: English acqusition and employment: How does knowledge of the impact of trauma on the brain inform service delivery?


Poster Presentations


Afternoon tea break (complimentary)


Plenary 2

Clinical perspectives on refugee trauma recovery and resettlement

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Stuart Turner, Psychiatrist, Trauma Clinic London UK
  • Dr Belinda Liddell, Research Fellow, Neuroimaging Program Director, Refugee Trauma Recovery Program, University of NSW, NSW
  • Jorge Aroche, CEO, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), NSW

MC: Professor Zachary Steel, St John of God Professorial Chair of Mental Health, School of Psychiatry, University of NSW, NSW


Conference Dinner

Friday, 31 March 2017


Plenary 3

Community perspectives on refugee trauma recovery and resettlement

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Alison Strang, Research Fellow and Psychologist, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Susan Elliot, Refugee Practitioner and Lecturer, New Zealand
  • Tracy Worrall, Chief Executive, Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT), QLD

MC: Associate Professor Eileen Pittaway, Director Centre for Refugee Research, University of NSW, NSW


Morning tea break (complementary)

Oral Paper Presentations B – 7 concurrent sessions


B1. Post Traumatic Stress
B2. Expressive Therapies
B3. Early Childhood
B4. Asylum Seekers
B5. Schools and Young People
B6. Community Interventions
B7. Service Delivery



Oral Paper Presentations C – 7 concurrent sessions


C1. Supporting Clinicians and Others
C2. Trauma and the Body
C3. Clinical Treatment Approaches
C4. Families
C5. Schools and Young People
C6. Community Interventions
C7. Service Delivery


Afternoon tea break (complimentary)


Plenary 4

Q&A panel – TBC