Compassion Keynote 2018 (Non-AACBT event)
- Deborah Lee
5th Annual UQ Compassion Symposium – Compassion Keynote 2018
Developing Compassionate Resilience in those who have been hurt and harmed by others: Using compassion-focused therapy to help change the emotional context of traumatised lives.
Presented by Dr Deborah Lee
- 6pm – Registration opens
- 6.15pm – Drinks and canapés served
- 7pm – Keynote address commences
- 8pm – Estimated end of event
This is a free public event.
About the talk
Those who have been repeatedly traumatised at the hands of others have many challenges to face as they discover a life without trauma and learn how to live in a mind that can flourish. As well as characteristic symptoms of PTSD, people struggle with profound self-loathing, lack of trust, interpersonal difficulties, affect regulation and altered states of consciousness. This symptom presentation is often referred to as Complex PTSD, and this new diagnosis is now to be included in ICD-11.
Effective treatments of interpersonal trauma suggest phase-based approaches (Cloitre, 2010) and recent expert consensus has suggested this too is a suitable treatment of Complex PTSD (UKPTS 2015 guidelines). Yet other researchers suggest that working directly with trauma memories should not be delayed and therapists ought to make this the focus of treatment. This debate is still to be resolved by evidence and the precise ingredients of the phases are still debated.
This keynote will explore recent developments in the treatment of complex PTSD using compassionate resilience as a way to develop a compassionate narrative about trauma and work directly with trauma flashbacks, in order to create an integrated trauma narrative. Recent preliminary findings will be presented which explores the effectiveness of compassionate resilience based on the principles of compassion focused therapy (Gilbert, 2005; 2009) as part of a phased based treatment for complex PTSD.
About Compassion Symposium
This cross-disciplinary symposium is designed to bring together academics, clinicians, researchers, and students from different disciplines within The University of Queensland and from the community, to present on how compassion is or could be a part of their research, studies, or practice.
The compassion symposium consists of the free keynote address, and the full-day conference.