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Swinburne University of Technology, Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults | Trauma-focussed treatments with older adults

13 May, 2022 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm


This webinar will describe what is known from the research about how trauma presents in older adults and those with dementia, provide practical advice for delivering trauma-focussed treatments, and discuss adaptations to therapy that may be required for this population. Attendees will gain pragmatic skills in assessing and responding to trauma-related needs. More than 70% of older people have experienced a psychologically traumatic event in their lives. Events that occur in late-life can trigger traumatic stress symptoms, and older people can experience the re-emergence of previously well-managed traumatic stress. Symptoms may appear differently than in younger people, especially in the presence of co-morbid cognitive impairment. It is essential that mental health professionals understand how to identify, assess, and treat traumatic stress symptoms.

About the Presenter

Monica Cations is a registered psychologist and epidemiologist who has worked in the ageing and dementia field for over a decade. Her research is translational with a focus on psychological wellbeing in aged care environments and young people using aged care. Monica is a Senior Research Fellow in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University, supported by an NHMRC/MRFF Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant.