On 18-20 September 2022, AUSiMED, Phoenix Australia and Hadassah Australia hosted the Second International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health in Jerusalem.
The main conference theme was "The Impacts of Trauma and Adversity: Challenges & Innovations".
The conference addressed:
- The mental health impact of trauma and adversity in ongoing conflict zones, on refugees and displaced persons;
- The mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults, young people and children; and
- Innovations in PTSD intervention across trauma-affected populations
Keynote Speakers included:
Prof Richard Bryant AC
Prof Richard Bryant AC is a Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Professor Bryant has researched the nature, course, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over 20 years. His work has identified key genetic, neural, and psychological factors underpinning PTSD. Much of his work has focused on early markers of recently trauma-exposed people who will develop PTSD.
Through many longitudinal studies he has developed the world’s leading screening tools for early identification of PTSD as well as development of the most commonly used early treatment protocols. These have been translated into over 15 languages and used in many countries.
Professor Bryant has written 5 books, 70 book chapters, and 570 journal articles. He has served on major international committees to define PTSD internationally. In 2016 he received the Companion of the Order of Australia for services to research and management of traumatic stress.
WHO Mental Health Programs for Mental Health Interventions for Refugees and Displaced Persons
Prof Tine K. Jensen
Prof Tine K. Jensen, Psych. Ph D, is a professor and a clinical psychologist at the University of Oslo, Department of Psychology and a senior researcher at the Norwegian Center on Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies in Oslo, Norway.
Her therapeutic and research interests have been on understanding consequences of traumatic experiences and the impact they have on youth and their families, and on change processes in psychotherapy. She was the primary investigator of a RCT comparing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy with treatment as usual for traumatized youth in regular mental health clinics in Norway.
She has been the primary investigator of a longitudinal study on children traumatized by the 2004 South East Asian tsunami, and of a study on mental health problems of unaccompanied young asylum seekers. She is also a senior researcher on a study of health effects on youth and their parents who experienced the 2011 Terror Attack on Utøya Island in Norway. She was a member of the ISTSS guidelines committee for early intervention and treatment of PTSD. After the terror attack in Norway, she was part of the Norwegian Health Directorates expert group for psychosocial interventions.
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Please find below pictures from the conference.