According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, up to 75% of adults experience at least one traumatic event at some point in their life, and about 20% of people who experience a traumatic event develop PTSD. International studies estimate that 62 to 68% of young people will have been exposed to at least one traumatic event by the age of 17. The current lifetime prevalence of PTSD in the Australian population is about 12% (15.8% of women and 8.6% of men). Yet, PTSD is largely underdiagnosed, with only 1.7% of women and 1.3% of men reporting that they had been told by a doctor, nurse, or health professional that they have PTSD (ABS 2019). These statistics are similar in North America. This means that many of your clients have not yet been identified as suffering from trauma.
Since people who use mindfulness meditation are prone to recover some memories of trauma, although it is a significant advantage for healing, clinicians using MiCBT must be confident and skilful at recognising and addressing these symptoms. This masterclass will provide a deeper understanding of what maintains the symptoms of trauma, based on memory research, co-emergence reinforcement principles, and the neuroscience of mindfulness. This masterclass will also provide instructions for trauma-related exposure to assist in desensitisation and the prevention of avoidance. It will include guidance on how to case-conceptualise clients’ avoidance and other aversive reactions to traumatic symptoms, according to the co-emergence model of reinforcement, to increase the accuracy of treatment. This masterclass is ‘a a must’ for therapists using MiCBT regularly.
You are encouraged to send any related questions you may have, either upon registration or via email. The name of attendees who send questions is kept completely confidential. For a general overview of the masterclasses (process, pre-requisites, CPD, etc.), please read the General Overview on the previous page.
You will learn:
- How trauma memories are formed and maintained overtime
- How to use the co-emergence model of reinforcement to improve the behavioural case-conceptualisation of clients with trauma
- The nature of mindfulness-based exposure and its effects
- How to use the mindfulness-based interoceptive exposure task (MIET) as a distress reduction method
- How to use the MIET to decrease avoidance of panic symptoms and avoidance