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PTSD and collective trauma: What does healing look like?

August 24, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

You are invited to a special panel on trauma and healing with Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre, author and journalist Dean Yates and Dr Vivianna Rodriguez Carreon from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

This panel discussion will explore the causes and impacts of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), effective psychological and social interventions, and the healing process from three quite distinct perspectives.

Professor Ian Hickie’s expertise in psychiatry, cognitive therapies and Australia’s mental health system will provide insights into the causes, triggers and treatment of trauma.

Dr Vivianna Rodriguez Carreon will discuss how her research on identifying threats to the empowerment process and agency of people’s lived experiences in rural poverty and war led to becoming an action researcher in collective trauma and healing the injury to societies’ sense of being and living.

Dean Yates, who details his own experience of moral injury and healing in his newly released memoir – Line in the Sand, will offer an intensely personal perspective of his own mental health struggles caused by layers traumatic experience in conflict zones.

The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and join the conversation in an extended Q&A following the presentations.

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August 24, 2023
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Heydon Laurence Lecture Theatre 217
The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Sydney, NSW 2050