Legacies unmasked: Recognising and working with the lasting trauma for adults raised by parents with a serious mental illness
Many adults grew up with one or both parents with a (diagnosed or undiagnosed) serious mental illness, yet come away being reasonably competent and non-disordered.
Despite society’s expectations and anticipations of “resilience” regarding such populations, this group maintains a dual existence: (1) life inwardly affected by early life adversities, i.e., traumatised, while (2) outwardly appearing well integrated, fitting in, living acceptably within society.
Without realising it, we encounter people -- presenting with other issues -- who fit this category. Yet we cannot properly help without factoring in their camouflaged trauma and grief.
Knowing the needs of this largely invisible and silent group of sufferers is crucial in any type of clinical setting, across all sectors. This workshop allows a platform upon which the essential needs of all, including individuals with similar upbringings but who are less well-camouflaged, e.g. AOD affected, mentally disordered, etc., to be acknowledged and better understood.
This interactive workshop will provide practical concrete strategies to identify what is interfering in the largely invisible/silent lives of this cohort, and ways of helping them deal with typical issues. Key principles will be based on the facilitator’s extensive clinical experience, original research and resources. Participants can integrate or apply this knowledge to their own clinical work as appropriate.
This workshop will examine:
Typical presentations, engagement and ongoing assessment issues.
Braided themes: attachment, trauma, grief, love and parentification.
Shame: its significant attributes and characteristics.
Guilt: its wielding power in the context of interpersonal trauma.
Essential client needs and their potential applications.
Who should attend? AOD workers, students, allied health and welfare workers and others with an interest in recognising and working with the lasting trauma of adults raised by parents with a serious mental illness.
Trainer: Suzette Misrachi is a clinical social worker and professional supervisor specialising in trauma and grief of competent and non-disordered adult children of parents with a severe mental illness. Her masters research has influenced practitioners and helped sufferers. Developing and facilitating professional and personal development programs since 1992, Suzette was invited to present (“Men & Grief” and “Child & Adolescent Grief: Care of siblings”) to medical and emergency personnel in Japan in 2012 post tsunami and Fukushima meltdown. Internationally recognised trauma expert Professor Onno van der Hart invited Suzette to write about her work for the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. Suzette writes regularly for e-publication Mindcafe, which keeps clinicians up to date with psychiatric and psychological research and opinions from around the world.
Cost: $220 (A light lunch including a vegetarian selection and tea/coffee provided)
Registration enquiries: Contact Student Administration Tue-Fri on (03) 8413 8700.