Western hosts international traumatic stress conference

Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma experienced by psychiatrists, psychologists and other helping professionals can actually be an occupational hazard.

Francoise Mathieu is a leader in training professionals self-care, and will give the opening presentation tonight (Thursday) at the Brain, Mind & Body: Trauma, Neurobiology and The Healing Relationship conference in London.

The conference is the second in a bi-annual series sponsored by the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche-Soma at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The conference attracts psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other therapists from across North America and Europe.

Dr. Ruth Lanius, who holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche-Soma, says the conference will outline the progress that has been made in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“We are very pleased to welcome a number of international experts in the field of traumatic stress, says Lanius, an associate professor of Psychiatry, and the director of the PTSD Research Unit at Western. “We are hoping to have an in-depth discussion about underlying brain mechanisms as well as novel treatment interventions for stress related disorders.”

A complete agenda can be found at: http://www.sosworkshops.ca/brain-mind-body/index.php