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2008 Trauma Conference

Traumatic Incidents: Early Intervention - Changi General Hospital, 24-26 July 2008

Organized by Trauma Recovery & Corporate Solutions (TRaCS) Everyday, newspapers report various kinds of traumatic events that afflict people. Some are a result of natural disasters while others are the acts of human violence. In developed nations like Singapore, the number of people affected by road traffic and work-related accidents are escalating. The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that by the year 2020, road traffic accidents will have moved from a rank of nine to a rank of three for the leading causes of disability resulting from disease or injury.

Apart from the direct physical injury, victims of such traumatic events are at increased risk of a wide range of psychological and behavioural problems including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse and suicidal behaviour. These psychiatric disorders may become chronic or even permanently disabling if not identified and managed early.

The theme of this conference “Traumatic Incidents: Early Intervention” aims to highlight the strategies and psychological interventions available for use during the early or acute phase post incident that would help mitigate the impact of trauma to survivors and their families. Three overseas trauma experts, Dr Gary Quinn (Dir, Jerusalem Stress & Trauma Institute), Dr Jeffrey Mitchell (Clin Associate Prof, Dept Emergency Health Services, University of Maryland) and Mr Tony Culnane (Staff Care Advisor, World Vision International) will be sharing their experiences in best practices for managing traumatic events.

Dr Angelina Chan
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist


“Pastoral Crisis Intervention” Workshop 1

Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the combination of faith-based resources with traditional techniques of crisis intervention. Pastoral crisis intervention represents a powerful addition to traditional community and organizational psychological support resources. The purpose of this two-day workshop is to assist the participants in learning how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions may be effectively integrated. Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of faith-based resources in healing should find this course of interest.

Day 1:
  • Nature of psychological crisis
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
  • Overview of faith-based healing: Nature and research
  • Applications of pastoral crisis intervention
  • Pastoral crisis assessment: The "crisis of faith"
  • Psychological triaging
  • Common psychological reactions during crisis
Day 2:
  • Mechanisms of pastoral crisis intervention
  • The role of religion
  • Mechanisms of traditional crisis intervention
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Practice in pastoral crisis intervention
  • Most challenging applications
  • Common problems encountered in pastoral crisis intervention
“Mental Health First Aid” Workshop 2
What is Mental Health First Aid?

First aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Similarly, mental health first aid is the initial help given to someone experiencing mental health problem before professional help is sought.

What does the Mental Health First Aid Training course involve?

This 12-hour mental health literacy course has been developed for members of the public. This course addresses the following crisis situations:

  • Person having suicidal thoughts
  • Person having a panic attack
  • Person who has recently experienced a traumatic event
  • Psychotic person threatening violence
  • Person who has overdosed

The course also provides tips on how to help people with mental health problems before a crisis develops. The 4 teaching modules (3 hours each) cover the following areas:

  • Psychosis
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Addiction problems and other mental health related issues
Is Mental Health First Aid Training effective?

This training course has been evaluated in Australia and showed a number of benefits:

  • Better recognition of mental health problems
  • Better understanding of available treatment options in mental disorders
  • Reduced stigma
  • Increased confidence in providing help to others
  • Greater amount of help provided to others in the 6 months following the course
“EMDR Level 2 Training” Workshop 3

EMDR is an effective and efficient method of treating traumatic memories and related problems. EMDR has been empirically tested with patients evincing a considerable range of presenting complaints, including, loss of a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, and natural disaster. This is a hands-on clinical skills training for using EMDR and integrating it with your psychotherapy approach. EMDR Level 2 training is necessary for the full therapeutic utilization and understanding of the myriad applications of EMDR.

This workshop will consist of:
  • 5-hour group consultation session with Dr Quinn
    (This will satisfy EMDR training regulations that require clinicians to have 5 hours of EMDR case supervision prior to attending a Level 2 workshop.)
  • 3-day EMDR Level 2 workshop
Workshop Learning Objectives:
  • Identification of problem areas
  • Closing down incomplete sessions
  • Working with difficult or resistant clients
  • Integration of self-control techniques
  • Expanded preparation strategies
  • Treatment planning to choose and prioritize targets
  • Dealing with highly emotional responses
  • Overview for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias
  • Effectively treat more complex trauma-related disorders