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Online Trauma Symposium

Date: 20 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019


The Working with Trauma Online Symposium will take place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September 2019. There will be a selection of presentations from PACFA’s 2019 Trauma Conference in live interactive webinar format to bring some of the conference presentations to a wider audience.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the conference to have access to the great professional development material on the theme, Working with Trauma. There will be seven hours of live interactive webinars featuring seven high quality presentations from the conference, and the two recorded keynote addresses from the conference.

The Online Symposium will explore key aspects of trauma practice and research. Practitioners and researchers will present on key aspects of their work with trauma. The event is will provide opportunities to engage in dialogue with trauma practitioners specialising in a variety of therapy modalities. These conversations will be facilitated in live interactive webinars. PACFA warmly invite you to join us online to be a part of the discussion.


Dr Judith de Lang

Dr Judith de Lang is a trauma and mental health specialist with expertise in health and wellbeing counselling. She is a practitioner and educator committed to the development of new knowledge and clinical practice. Judith is particularly interested in current advancements in the area of neuroplasticity and its links with trauma and recovery. Judith currently works as a Senior Clinical Counsellor at Country Health SA Local Health Network in Adelaide.

Madeleine Fogarty & Dr Jelena Zeleskov Djoric

Madeleine Fogarty is a psychotherapist and researcher living in Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in private practice and has worked in forensic and mental health settings. Madeleine has been widely published in Gestalt therapy. She is completing her PhD in Psychology on the development of the Gestalt Therapy Fidelity Scale. Madeleine is on the leadership group for PACFA’s College of Psychotherapy, a council member of GANZ, a member of the AAGT and NYIGT and she is on the scientific Board for the European Association for Gestalt Therapy.

Dr Jelena Zeleskov Doric, PhD, MSc and BSc Hons in Psychology, BA Hons and MA in Gestalt Therapy, has been involved in psychology and psychotherapy education, supervision, and research for 15 years. Jelena was a Vice-President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy and a Board member of the European Association for Psychotherapy. Jelena is an International Chair of Gestalt Australia and New Zealand. She lectures at Australian College of Applied Psychology, works in private practice as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and is an active researcher with an interst in the relationship between neuroscience, attachment and gestalt therapy.

Ravi Iyer

Ravi Iyer is a senior counsellor at Melbourne Counselling Service, a specialist practice offering free support to those affected by gambling. Ravi has worked in the area of addiction mental health for the past 9 years. Ravi is completing his training in Lacanian Psychoanalysis, but also has a strong interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and has presented at conferences in the area of ACT for gambling.

Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell

Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell has more than 28 years counselling experience, having trained and worked in Scotland and Canada before moving to New Zealand. She has taught in Psychology and Counselling degrees in England, New Zealand and Australia and works as a counsellor, supervisor, trainer, retreat leader, conference speaker and writer. Ruth has an MA (Honours) in Social Anthropology/Psychology and a PhD in Counselling Psychology. She is a Professional Associate of the Neufeld Institute (Attachment-based Developmental approach to working with attachment traumas). She also specialises in Neuro-psychotherapy and has trained in the Partners of Sexual Addicts Trauma model.

Elizabeth A Riley

Dr Elizabeth Riley is a Sydney-based counsellor and clinical supervisor with over 20 years’ experience counselling trans people and their families and a PhD titled: ‘The Needs of Gender-Variant Children and Their Parents’. Dr Riley also provides academic supervision (PhD) and training in gender diversity for schools, clinicians and other service providers. She has 13 publications including three book chapters, was a founding member of the Australian & New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health, and, is a professional clinical member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Dr Radika Santhanam-Martin

Dr Radhika Santhanam-Martin is a clinical psychologist who works in the field of trauma. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in transcultural mental health; has a PhD in developmental neuropsychology; an MPhil in medical and social psychology; Masters in clinical psychology and Bachelors in philosophy. She has more than two decades of experience in therapeutic and clinical practice in India, Canada and Australia.

Merle Conyer

Merle Conyer offers psychotherapy, supervision, group work, training and consulting services. She works with people and organisations impacted by interpersonal, institutional, political and cultural violence and abuse. In addition to private practice Merle contributes to institutions implementing redress programs, legal services, Aboriginal organisations, agencies informed by social justice and human rights values, and with community-based activists. Merle centres anti-oppressive and decolonising principles in her approach.

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Members: $190
Student Members: $120
Non-members: $290

Language: English

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