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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Managing Chronic Pain with Torture and Trauma Survivors

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A/Prof Tony Richardson
Consultant Psychiatrist
St Vincents Hospital

Hugh Churchward
Somatic Psychotherapist, Orthobionomist, STARTTS

People with torture and refugee trauma experiences often present with chronic pain and general body discomfort in the form of headaches, body aches and pains, and muscle tension, without a medical diagnosis or apparent physical cause. In addition, clients from refugee backgrounds can suffer from a range of physical conditions as a result of injuries sustained from torture and other types of violence. Contemporary research in trauma highlights that body focused interventions such as relaxation training, physiotherapy, massage and acupuncture can be extremely helpful in treating trauma survivors. In this Clinical Master Class, held on 13 May 2020, Associate Professor Tony Richardson spoke about managing chronic pain with trauma survivors, and Hugh Churchward, an experienced and highly skilled STARTTS somatic psychotherapist and Orthobionomist demonstrated STARTTS’ work with a case study of one his clients.

View the two lectures and panel discussion by clicking on the course content below. When you are finished you can request the system send you a certificate of completion. The slide PDF of Hugh Churchward’s presentation is available in the Materials tab. A/Prof Richardson did not supply a copy of his slides.

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