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

Treating Complex PTSD with Psychotic Features due to Torture and Refugee Trauma

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Prof Zachary Steel
St John of God Professorial Chair of Trauma and Mental Health

Joshua Hall
Clinical Psychologist

People from refugee backgrounds who have experienced cumulative, intense trauma and multiple losses may have complex presentations including complex PTSD with psychotic features. The presence of psychosis in the context of PTSD has been identified amongst our clients, creating challenges for clinicians in treating such clients. In this Clinical Master Class, held on 23 September 2020, Professor Zachary Steel, School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW and St John of God Mental Health Care, gave an overview of complex PTSD with psychotic features, including strategies for containing and managing clients, and appropriate referral. Joshua Hall, a Clinical Psychologist and Trainer at STARTTS, illustrated STARTTS’ work with a case study of one of 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 PDFs are available in the Materials tab.

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