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2014 TRaCS Conference


Understanding Human Resilience

What is human resilience? How do we develop this? Resilience is the capacity to withstand stress and catastrophe. Psychologists have long recognized the capabilities of humans to adapt and overcome risk and adversity. Individuals and communities are able to rebuild their lives even after devastating tragedies. Being resilient doesn’t mean going through life without experiencing stress and pain. People feel grief, sadness, and a range of other emotions after adversity and loss. The road to resilience lies in working through the emotions and effects of stress and painful events. Resilience is most commonly understood as a process, and not a trait of an individual.

Our Conference aims to explore the area of human resilience and the means to acquire posttraumatic growth and recovery.

Pre-Conference Workshops

14 (full day) & 15 (Morning session) Aug 2014

Workshop 1: Transforming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: From Exhaustion to Empowerment
Compassion fatigue has been described as: “tired from caring, even tired of caring”. It is one of the most prevalent yet unidentified causes of physical and emotional exhaustion which can lead to burnout among professional, volunteer and family care givers. Compassion fatigue is the result of vicarious trauma that can develop from having a helping relationship with someone who is suffering from acute or chronic physical, mental or emotional trauma or disease.  This course is a highly experiential workshop that leads participants in a process of self-exploration to help them discover and develop inner resources they never knew they had to help them recapture their passion and purpose for care giving.

After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand compassion fatigue as a type of secondary traumatic stress that results from empathic exposure to the suffering of people you are caring for that can lead to burnout;
  • Recognize the situations, relationships and conditions that makes you most susceptible to developing compassion fatigue and feeling burned out and leaves you feeling “no matter what I do it is never (good) enough”;
  • Utilize the science of Positive Psychology to discover and maximize your character strengths and positive emotions that will help you transform negative thoughts and feelings into empowerment and resilience;
  • Learn specific methods such as somatic awareness, the felt-sense, energy discharging and re-charging, focusing, positive visualization and others which can utilize on a daily basis to keep your positive energy flowing.

Workshop Facilitator
Mr. Karl D. LaRowe earned his Master Degree from the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, is licensed as a clinical social worker and is certified as a mental health examiner. He has extensive experience in mental health as a crisis intervention specialist and therapist, program manager, clinical director and expert witness in court commitment hearings. For the past 15 years he has given over 700 workshops to more than 35,000 professionals on three continents on how to transform the stress and exhaustion of compassion fatigue into energy and empowerment.

15 Aug 2014 Friday (0.5Day Afternoon)

Workshop 2: Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD: An Introduction

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Trauma-focused CBT is currently accepted as the first-line treatment for PTSD. However dropout rates from studies of TF-CBT (including EMDR) usually are around 20%. Up to 58% of patients who completed CBT are still diagnosed with PTSD at posttreatment assessment. Furthermore, only 32-66% of patients included achieved good end-state functioning. There is a need for treatment protocols based on CBT which better meet the expectations of traumatized patients. The 16-session, fully manualized, Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy (BEPP) protocol, originally developed by Berthold Gersons, Amsterdam, for police officers suffering from PTSD, proved to be effective in a number of randomized controlled trials. It is listed in the NICE guidelines as an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. BEPP includes psychoeducation (with the partner present), a form of exposure slightly different from Foa’s prolonged exposure, the use of letter writing to express angry feelings, the use of memorabilia and a number of sessions for the domain of meaning, exploring how the traumatic experience changed the patients’ view of the world and of themselves. BEPP is ended with a farewell ritual. In this workshop the BEPP protocol will be presented and discussed. Core elements will be trained in small group work.

Internationally Renowned Speaker and Trainer
Prof Ulrich Schnyder, M.D., psychiatrist and licensed psychotherapist. Professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy. Head, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. Research activities are currently focused on various aspects of traumatic stress research, including epidemiology, neurobiology, psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for PTSD, and resilience to stress. Past President, European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). Past President, International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP). Past President, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Recipient of the Wolter de Loos Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychotraumatology in Europe (ESTSS)

Conference Day

16 Aug 2014 (Saturday) Morning


Treating Intrusions, Enhancing Resilience: An Overview of Therapies for Trauma-related Disorders by Prof Ulrich Schynder

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Positive Psychology and Building Resilience by Mr Karl Larowe

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Compassion Fatigue vs Satisfaction by Dr Angelina Chan

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Update on the Psychological Management & Services of Trauma-Related Disorders in Children & Adolescents in Singapore by Dr Jasmine Pang

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Click here to download the “Registration Form” for the conference

Call for Posters
We are inviting submissions of research posters exploring the area of human resilience, means to acquire posttraumatic growth and recovery.   The deadline for your abstract is 31 May 2014.  Authors will be informed of acceptance of their poster by 16 Jun 2014.  Please email your abstract submission to (DID: 6850 4484)   Please click here to download the “Guidelines on Poster preparation and submission”.  Accepted posters will be displayed throughout the Conference.