On Mental Health Day, remember those affected by trauma

Seventy per cent of Australians experience at least one traumatic event in their lives and for some, the effects can be long-lasting. It’s no wonder that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the second most common mental health condition nationally.

This World Mental Health Day, remember that Phoenix Australia has a range of useful resources to help you in your work with people who have experienced trauma, whether you are a volunteer, workplace peer or manager, community worker, or mental health practitioner.

Trauma resources

The Australian PTSD treatment guidelines provide information about the most effective treatments for PTSD. We have the following resources available:

  • The complete Guidelines
  • Guidelines summary – a summary of the recommendations for practitioners
  • A practitioner guide to treatment – a handy guide for practitioners who work with children and adolescents who have been affected by trauma

 

Fact sheets and booklets available:

  • Recovery after Trauma – A guide for people with posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Joel and the Storm – A story for children who have experienced trauma
  • What the? – A guide for teenagers who have experienced trauma
  • Helping my Children after Trauma – A guide for parents

 

Imaginal Exposure DVD: our easy-to-follow clinician manual and DVD helps practitioners to use the gold standard treatment for PTSD – imaginal exposure therapy.

For more information and to download or order resources visit www.phoenixaustralia.org/for-practitioners/practitioner-resources.

Advice to help treat veterans with mental health issues

If you’re a practitioner working with veterans with mental health issues, our Centenary of Anzac Centre offers free consultations, guidance and support to help you care for your clients.  

No query is too simple or too complex, and mental health does not need to be the primary focus of your work with a client. We have a multidisciplinary team of expert consultants in veteran and military mental health who can respond to your enquiry. We will use the information you provide to direct your enquiry to the most appropriate team member to ensure that their expertise is matched to your needs.

Ask an expert now by calling 1800 VET 777 or submitting an online enquiry at www.anzaccentre.org.au/enquiry.

Evidence-based trauma training

We offer a range of engaging and interactive training facilitated by trauma experts, to help you gain the knowledge and skills to deliver effective support and treatment to people affected by trauma.

Our courses include:

  • Psychological First Aid
  • Anger and Trauma
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Neuropsychological Impact of Trauma
  • Trauma-Focussed Therapy – Working with Children and Adolescents
  • Trauma-Focussed Therapy – Working with Adults
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy

 

Find out more and register for training at www.phoenixaustralia.org/for-practitioners/training-programs.