The Cost of Complex Childhood Trauma and the Science of Resilience and Post-traumatic Growth

Understand the psychological and physiological impacts of complex childhood trauma across the lifespan, including common presentations of trauma in children and adults. Participants will learn about trauma trajectories including the science of resilience and post-traumatic growth.
QUT EX course facilitator

Your expert facilitators Professor Jane Shakespeare-Finch & Emma Malone

Professor Jane Shakespeare-Finch

Dr Shakespeare-Finch is a Professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling, the Academic Lead in Indigenous Health for the school, the Leader of QUT’s Trauma, Resilience and Growth Group, and Immediate Past President of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her research expertise is in trauma and more specifically Posttraumatic Growth. For over 20 years Jane has worked with a wide range of populations to promote positive mental health prior to and following trauma, ranging from emergency service personnel (Ambulance, Police and Fire) to survivors of sexual assault and refugees. Jane has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications (including books and book chapters) and has presented at more than 70 national and international conferences. Jane is also regularly called on by the media for expert comment following potential trauma exposure (e. g., following natural and man-made disasters).

Emma Malone

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who has 15 years clinical experience working with people who have experienced trauma, primarily with people who have experienced complex/developmental trauma. She currently works as a clinical psychologist and child and family therapist in a specialist trauma service that provides therapy to children and adults who have experienced child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. In her time working in complex trauma, Emma has held both case management and therapeutic roles in a number of specific trauma organisations including child protection services and sexual abuse counselling programs. In addition, Emma provides consultation and supervision around working with people who have experienced complex trauma, including being a member of the advisory committee for the Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into the Family Law system. Emma is currently completing her PhD research looking at the embodied expressions of vicarious trauma in therapists and is very passionate about training and supporting practitioners in the field.

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