Faculty of Psychotherapy Virtual Conference 2020

Trauma is everybody's business

Saturday 28 November 2020

A virtual event

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We are in a time of trauma - all of us, right here, right now. However underneath the obvious challenges of surviving a pandemic our recent understanding of the importance of trauma and loss as risk factors for mental health and drug and alcohol presentations has been growing. We can speak now about the effects of acute, chronic and complex trauma and of loss, with attention on the challenges of childhood and interpersonal trauma as well as the sequelae of accidents, disasters and complicated bereavements. With the notion of trauma-informed care and trauma-informed psychotherapy comes the need for both practitioners and systems to understand trauma and loss and apply that understanding to general psychiatry, the subspecialties and to medicine in general.

The conference will speak across the continuum of care to the idea that trauma is everybody's business and we are in this together.

A/Prof Loyola McLean and Dr Andrew Christensen, Conference Co-Convenors


The conference organising committee are currently curating a dynamic program which will include pre-released presentations with live forums on the Saturday, panel discussions and an optional virtual Balint Group. 

The program will be released mid October 2020.


Dr Pam Stavropoulos  

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD is an educator, consultant and psychotherapist who is Head of Research with the Blue Knot Foundation. A former Fulbright Scholar, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the ISSTD Scientific Committee and co-author of the nationally and internationally endorsed Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex (Blue Knot Foundation, 2012, 2019). Pam has held lectureships at Macquarie University and the University of New England and is a former Program Director of the Jansen Newman Institute. The author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (Florida: Universal, 2008) she has written research reports in the community health sector and is a clinical supervisor who specialises in complex trauma-related issues.




Dr Swapnil Sharma

Dr Swapnil Sharma is a Consultant-Liaison Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in public and private practice. He holds appointments as the Clinical Lead of Liaison Psychiatry at Prince of Wales & Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospitals and a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He has post-graduate training in Pain Medicine, Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and Balint Group Leadership. He applies psychoanalytical principles in all domains of his clinical and teaching work. He is currently leading Balint Groups for psychiatry trainees and pain medicine clinicians and supervises a registrar-led Balint Group for medical students.




Dr Anthony Korner 

Anthony Korner works in Sydney as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, primarily in public practice. He is Director of the Westmead Psychotherapy Program, incorporating the Master of Medicine and Master of Science in Medicine (Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy) Degrees at the University of Sydney, and is active in teaching and research. His research interests are in psychodynamic psychotherapy, linguistics and philosophy. He has published approximately fifty papers in journals and books. He was on the NH&MRC Committee for the development of a guideline for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder 2011-13. He is the Australian representative on the World Council for Psychotherapy and was the coordinator for the 6th World Congress for Psychotherapy in Sydney, 2011. In 2015 he completed a Ph.D. entitled Analogical Fit: Dynamic Relatedness in the Psychotherapeutic Setting with the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. His first book, Communicative Exchange, Psychotherapy and the Resonant Self (Routledge) has recently been released.



Registration is now open.

Registration type Cost
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate  $155.00
Non-RANZCP Fellow- Psychiatrists and other medical practitioners   $195.00
RANZCP Trainee/nurse/allied health   $95.00
University student (medicine/psychology)   $95.00
Retired Fellows   $135.00

Conference registration includes:

  • Access to all pre-recorded and live conference sessions
  • Optional participation in a virtual Balint group 


Please note that registrations for this conference, must be paid for via credit or debit card through our online booking system. Payment via invoice is not available. A receipt will be provided upon completion of your booking. 

Cancellation policy 

All requests for cancellation or substitution must be made in writing and sent to events@ranzcp.org. Cancellations received before 10 November 2020 will incur a $35 AUD administration fee. No refunds will be issued after this date. Substitute delegates may be accepted. Please contact events@ranzcp.org for any enquiries.