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Comprehensive 2-Day Seminar for Nurses and Midwives
It is estimated that at least 5 to 10 percent of people in Australia will suffer from acute stress disorder (ASD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within their lifetime. Are you confident in your care of someone with these conditions? Attend this seminar to make a difference to your practice. Learn about:
Many Australians experience events that threaten their health or safety, which may result in ASD or PTSD. However, these disorders are often poorly understood and the approaches to treatment are not always consistent. Practitioners who will provide mental health care regardless of professional background must be appropriately educated to deliver appropriate care. Nurses and midwives need to be able to identify people with these conditions as early as possible so that action can be rapidly initiated. As knowledge of the conditions and evidence for therapies are still evolving, regular updates and familiarity with the latest Australian Guidelines is essential.
Nurses and midwives will learn current knowledge about acute stress disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the recommended Australian Guidelines to confidently care for people with these conditions.
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
Although each person's experience and response to trauma is unique, there are a wide range of responses that would be considered 'normal' or 'common' reactions. In this session, we will look at these 'normal' and 'common' responses to trauma. This will include both emotional as well as physical reactions. Topics include:
To care for those who experience PTSD, it is necessary to understand what this diagnosis entails. In this session, we will examine the notion of stress and trauma and diagnostic criteria as determined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV and DSM 5. Topics include:
10:30am - Morning Tea
PTSD has relatively recently emerged as psychiatric diagnoses. Many people associate these conditions, particularly PTSD, with war and working in the military. However, it has a long and interesting history, and it is not confined to battlegrounds. This session will contextualise these trauma-related mental health conditions. Topics include:
Many people may be particularly vulnerable to PTSD. This session looks at:
This short session will consider why some people who have experienced trauma proceed to develop PTSD.
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
Assessment needs to be comprehensive and include good history taking skills. The choice of screening tool should reflect the best available evidence. This practical session demonstrates:
With rising rates of PTSD in society, there are many individuals with the disorder who are also responsible for the care of children and teenagers. This session will take a close look at the unique ways in which younger children and adolescents deal with the unique stressors of PTSD in themselves and their families.
3:30pm - Afternoon Tea
'Zoning Out' or dissociation often occurs when a person is bored and fatigued. However, in some people, dissociation can be a symptom of how they are dealing with trauma. In this session, we will explore the association between PTSD and dissociation, including the difficulties in dealing with personal triggers.
4:45pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
The Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder aim to support high-quality treatment of people with PTSD. In this interactive session, you will explore a case scenario that reveals the principles of care.
Early identification of PTSD makes treatment easier as symptoms can get worse over time. This session will look at a range of treatment options available and what nurses and midwives can do to assist the person with the condition.
10:30am - Morning Tea
The mainstay of treatment are therapies which involve talking. Using case scenarios, this practical session will allow you to learn principles underlying therapeutic conversations. It includes:
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
You are caring for a person who has been admitted to hospital for surgical intervention for prostate cancer. During the night, he experiences anxiety attacks and is exceptionally demanding. This session will look at the appropriate nursing actions that you would take to quickly establish whether this person is also experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. Topics Include:
This practical session looks at the concept of 'Trauma Informed Care' which seeks to provide care in a way that does not re-traumatise the person.
3:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
PTSD can be very disruptive to those in contact with people who experience these conditions. In this final session, we will review the professional implications for caring for this group of people. Includes:
4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degree in public health and mental health nursing. He has extensive experience in all areas of mental health nursing, including forensic, acute, community, consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychiatry liaison, GP liaison, and homeless mental health. He is currently a clinical nurse consultant in HIV Mental Health, located in metro Sydney and providing care for people presenting with complex physical and mental health issues, including concurrent mental health problems, personality disorders, alcohol/substance abuse, infectious diseases, and other associated health problems. Mike has been a guest lecturer at the University of Technology School of Nursing for both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. He coordinates the University of NSW medical students on placement, providing a program of experience and community-based learning, and provides education for University of Notre Dame medical students. He is also a co-coordinator for the Mental Health special interest group for the Public Health Association of Australia and is involved in mental health policy and advocacy at a national level.