PTS Education and Recovery Strategies Workshop - October 2018

Dates: Wednesdays evenings 6.30-8.00pm – October 10th, 17th & 24th, and November 7th, 14th & 21st
Venue: Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills
Fee:   $129.90 for the program (Medicare rebates may apply for part of the cost for eligible participants). 
50% of the full fee ($64.95) is required to be paid up front in order to secure your spot in the program once allocated to a workshop.  A current Mental Health Care Plan (group sessions) is strongly recommended.
Many people will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime which can understandably be highly stressful and emotionally challenging.  However given the right support and circumstances, most people recover in the weeks following it.  Some people may react in a more severe and enduring way, resulting in a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Recent Australian studies have reported the lifetime prevalence rates of PTSD in the community at 7.7%.  Despite the pain and distress, many people also report great psychological and spiritual growth and other positive outcomes from the recovery journey.  These psychological changes, known as Post Traumatic Growth can include the perception of improved interpersonal relationships, enhanced personal strength, new possibilities, spiritual growth and an increased appreciation of life (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004).

This workshop is focused on increasing understanding and coping skills around traumatic stress reactions whilst keeping Post Traumatic Growth in mind.  It consists of 6 x 90-minute sessions that provide information for participants about PTSD and how it affects the brain, individual treatment options when working with a therapist, identifying values and learning new skills in self-compassion, mindfulness and grounding techniques with the purpose of moving towards a valued and meaningful life. The program draws from approaches in cognitive-behavioural therapy, neuroscience, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion-focused therapy and research into post-traumatic growth.

A brief telephone interview and screening will be undertaken with eligible participants. The program is designed for eligible participants to access the Medicare Mental Health Care Plan (group sessions) to lower the cost.  Places fill quickly so please call or e-mail to register your interest.