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PRESENTING GLOBAL ETHICAL STRATEGIES, METHODOLOGIES AND TREATMENT IN THE FACE OF TODAY'S HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES.

29 Mar 2018

The term ‘global’ encompasses mental health in any country of the world and refers toglobal influences on mental health and treatment - for example,cross-national factors such as conflict, slavery, mental health and disease.

As a professional platform iCAAD have a responsibility for improving global mental health removing borders, class, race, gender, ethnicity and culture; promoting global mental health requires collective action based on global partnerships.

 

KATHLEEN O’HARA, JUDITH THOMPSON AND RAJA CHELLAT PRESENT:

THE TIMELINE OF CATASTROPHIC TRAUMA: UNDERSTANDING THE LIFE-LONGAND TRANSGENERATIONAL IMPACT OF MAJOR TRAUMA ON VICTIMS, SURVIVORS AND THE COMMUNITY.

While many therapists are trained to help people cope with ‘repressed’ or long-standing childhood trauma, there is a lack of both understanding and training on catastrophic or violent death trauma, caused by war, terrorism, natural disaster, homicide, suicide or drugoverdose.

These events are different in their scope and effect on the lives of victims, survivors and the community. They are sudden, violent and caused by either the act of a person, group, or nature itself. They leave deep scars on individuals, families and communities and while there are services, they are often inadequate, uncoordinated, disorganized and poorly delivered. This presentation is a unique opportunity to understand the nature, timeline and effects of violent death trauma. You will hear the stories, perspectives and life-long effects from three experts working in the field and their personal experiences. Professionals will gain valuable insights on how to work with survivors, understand their experience and shape treatment plans that will provide integrated, long-term care and solutions.

 

FATHER JOE AND PHILLIPA FRISBY PRESENT:

THE CIRCLE – A FILM ON YOGA TRANSFORMING LIVES OF STREET CHILDREN CAUGHT IN WEB OF DRUG ADDICTION.

The Circle is a film about the transformational power of yoga in treating drug addiction in the street children of Mumbai. The film focuses on the centre in Dharavi, which finds and takes in some of the most vulnerable members of society, ultimately reforming their lives. The documentary tells the tale of four street children through their individual stories, portraying their harrowing ordeals whilst living on the streets. We hear how they fall into a cycle of addiction, how they live out of dustbins, and survive simply by selling rubbish, using drugs to block out their inner pain.

 

DR JUDITH LANDAU PRESENTS: 

HELPING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ACCESS RESILIENCE TO PREVENT MENTAL ILLNESS AND ADDICTION FOLLOWING MASS DISASTER

We may not be able to stop natural or human made mass disasters, losses from major epidemics, or acts of random violence from happening in our world - from the international opiate epidemic, to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, to the Grenfell Tower disater in London, but we can take steps to prevent the mental and physical damage this trauma can do to individuals, families and communities. By working through natural change agents as Family and Community Links, we empower those communities and families to build resilience and lead healthier lives in the present and for future generations.

This presentation will review several studies and clinical vignettes that illustrate the benefit of mobilising individuals, families, and communities to build positive attachment and to draw on their intergenerational strengths and resilience. Practical methods of assessment, mapping, and intervention that consider all levels of individual, family and community involvement and collaboration will be presented.

 

REV JACK ABEL AND REV EYGLO BJARNADOTTIR PRESENT:

SPIRITUAL CULTURE, WISDOM, AND PRACTICE: INCORPORATING THE SACRED INTO CONTEMPORARY MODELS OF TREATMENT

Rev Abel leads an integrated spiritual care team for Caron Treatment Centers and speaks for Caron on spirituality in addiction and other behavioural health care. He is an ordained minister in good standing in the United Church of Christ and a summa cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary.

A separate engagement with spiritual background, sources of authority, and methods or “spiritual practice” is a luxury few treatment providers can afford. When present, it is often partial, adjunct, or secondary. But, human beings are shaped by their cultural and communal experiences, including story and heritage.

How does one assess the relevance of cultural/religion/spirituality? How does one identify sources of spiritual authority for a client or family system? What are the categories and varieties of spiritual practice that are most helpful and readily integrated in addiction care, and how can they be adapted to fit particular context and needs? This session will explore each of these questions and more.

 

MICHAEL ROWLANDS, JULIE NORRIS AND SANDRA PAUL PRESENT:

THERE MAY BE TROUBLE AHEAD

In this session, Julie Norris, Sandra Paul and Michael Rowlands at internationally recognised law firm Kingsley Napley LLP, will provide an overview of the common legal pitfalls that can occur when treating individuals whose lives are affected by addiction – for the treating professionals, their clients and their families.

The session will focus on a range of legal issues that may arise in the treatment of addiction, including: dealing with allegations of criminal conduct; its effects on relationship and family breakdown; ways of protecting assets and wealth; the regulatory and other legal requirements placed on professionals; and practising in a way that safeguards professional as well as personal reputation.

 

MILES ADCOX AND CINDY WESTCOTT PRESENT: 

THE GRIEF MODEL OF TRAUMA RECOVERY: CREATING SUSTAINABLE CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

In this presentation, Miles Adcox (CEO and Owner of Onsite), and Cindy Westcott (Clinical Director of Milestones at Onsite) will explore and present on new findings and innovative ways to address and recover from trauma.

Their combined 45 years of experience in trauma therapy, treatment, and education create a dynamic formula for much needed innovation in trauma treatment. Miles and Cindy teamed up and ‘hyper-focused’ for over a year on what works in trauma treatment and how to integrate all components from environmental, clinical strategy, administrative support, and building culture and teams for optimum outcomes. The session will look at how trauma is encoded, digested, ‘grieved’ and ultimately healed in the mind and body through the Grief Model of Trauma Recovery.

By attending, you will learn how to assess the progress and movement between ‘stages’ of grief recovery. It will also explore the tension of this work and creating the best care for patients in a healthy, safe and sustainable client-focused culture.

 

HEATHER HAYES AND HOLLY RYAN PRESENT:

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: WORKING WITH VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. Every country in the world is impacted by human trafficking and communities across the globe are changed forever as humans are sold into slavery, sexually exploited, and die in captivity. This 21st century slave trade feeds a global demand for cheap and vulnerable labour.

In fact, the United Nations estimates that this multi-billion dollar industry is the third largest source of revenue for organized crime. Victims of trafficking often endure brutal conditions that results in physical, emotional, and psychological trauma. Victims are isolated from friends and family, subdued with drugs, and forced to live and work in unsanitary conditions.

This presentation will provide clinicians with the knowledge on trafficking and give specific tools that can be used to identify, intervene upon, and treat victims and survivors.

 

DR CHRISTOS KOUIMTSIDIS PRESENTS:

ALCOHOL MISUSE IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS: INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES AND PEOPLE WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

There is little and conflicting evidence on the prevalence of alcohol misuse and treatment available for people with Intellectual Disabilities (also referred as Learning Disabilities). As is similar to other vulnerable populations, adults with ID have increasingly lived more independently in the community following the closure of long-stay hospitals. This has increased their exposure to environmental stressors and substance and alcohol misuse, negatively impacting on their functioning, relationships, physical and mental health, and safety.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the most common cause of disability in younger adults. Yet the community care for patients with TBI varies hugely in the UK. There is a well-established link between TBI and alcohol misuse, with both TBI leading to increased levels of alcohol misuse and alcohol misuse contributing to risk of TBIs. The effects of neuronal damage have been shown to increase after TBI accompanied by alcohol intoxication.

This presentation is based on the experience gained from the first in the UK feasibility study on this topic, and draws from the experience of setting up and running the first ever pilot of a combined TBI and alcohol brief intervention service in London.

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