Regional Conferences

New Regional Conference in Hobart, Australia Planned for September 2018!

In a first for both ISSTD and Australia, an exciting regional conference on Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD) will be held in Hobart, Tasmania in September 2018.

Hobart, Tasmania

This regional conference will be in workshop format and will be presented by ISSTD members and complex trauma experts, Dr. Joan Haliburn and Dr. Jan Ewing. Delivered over one and half days on 14-15 September, 2018, this conference will deliver cutting-edge professional development in a unique setting, the delightful island-state of Tasmania, located off the south coast of mainland Australia.

The conference promises to be both a didactic and clinical exposition of trauma and its complexities, often the result of trauma in early childhood and compounded with later traumatic experiences resulting in CTSD.

Beginning with an introduction to the “Big Four” conceptual models that inform the understanding and

Cradle Mountain, Lake St. Clair, Tasmania

treatment of CTSD, the presentations will then explore attachment theory, the central role of attachment, and resilience, before moving onto the phase model of psychotherapy i.e. early, middle and late phase to ending therapy. Additionally, it will cover the impact of shame, grief and loss, and incorporate a recovery model of self-compassion and self-acceptance. These presenters have a wealth of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience which will be illustrated by ample clinical material to complement the didactic presentation.

This regional conference will be held in the very comfortable Blundstone Arena Function Centre, Bellerive, in Hobart, Tasmania. Bellerive is located on the eastern shores of the Derwent River, just 10 minutes-drive from Hobart CBD and 10 kilometres from Hobart International Airport.

Bruny Island, Tasmania

While this conference offers a great opportunity for professional development for those living in Tasmania, don’t let this conference just be for Tasmanians! Consider this workshop as not just great professional development, but also a stepping stone to a well-deserved break in Tasmania.

Hobart is ideally placed to explore this delightful island, possibly one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Hobart, a picturesque small city situated along the scenic Derwent River, has a rich convict heritage and many beautiful sandstone buildings. It has a cool temperate climate, a variety of quality accommodation, art galleries, wine bars, cafes and many restaurants, where fresh seafood from the

A friendly Pademelon, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Southern Ocean is a specialty.

Hobart is also an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Tasmania. Stunning Bruny Island is just a day trip away and the World Heritage Listed site of Port Arthur, considered one of the world’s best preserved convict sites, is a short day trip from Hobart. If you wish to have a longer stay and drive a little further afield you can visit lavender farms, vineyards, or enjoy sensational bush-walking in some of the best-protected wilderness in the world. (Almost a fifth of Tasmania is World Heritage Listed wilderness). For the more adventurous among you Tasmania is quickly becoming known as a world class mountain-biking and rock-climbing destination.

You are invited to participate in this exciting new regional conference, and to enjoy what Hobart, Tasmania has to offer. A full copy of the program is available here: Hobart Conference Website