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Lecture Overview

What is trauma? You might be surprised to learn that there are actually a set of clear criteria for an event to be officially classified as 'traumatic'. This essential session explores the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and treating those with a mental illness with a holistic, trauma-informed approach to care.


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Karen-Ann Clarke Visit

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experiences of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space.


31 Total Rating(s)
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Colin Gardiner
03 Oct 2019

Good lecture and content

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21 Sep 2019


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Cheryl Van Den Nieuwenhuizen
18 Sep 2019

Education was well delivered

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Mark Barlow
02 Sep 2019

A useful and informative introduction to recognising trauma in our patients.

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Deborah Mcrae
01 Sep 2019

I loved listening to this educator. She was well spoken, and engaging, and the topic was very interesting.

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Alison Kernke
28 Aug 2019

Excellent overview of trauma and implications on health of childhood trauma

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Bruce Garry
24 Aug 2019

A very good primer about trauma in the manifestation of mental illness.

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Mary Wyn
14 Aug 2019

A brilliant presenter highly recommend

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Philippa marriott
22 Jul 2019

Was great education thank you

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Jennifer Small
16 Jul 2019

Excellent and highly informative

CPD57m of CPD
Total Rating(s)  31
Published20 June 2019
Expires28 April 2022
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