ASSBI - Warrick Brewer Workshop in Sydney


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Neuropsychologists are well-equipped to understand the nature and interplay of emotional disturbance and its impact upon cognition. Common clinical referrals include clients whose anxiety is a key distractor to higher level attention, working memory and information processing, and/or where ABI compounds premorbid mental health vulnerabilities. The neuropsychological profiles of other neurodevelopmental disorders such as depression, psychosis and personality disorders for example are also well documented. Less well understood is the compounding emotional impact of early abuse and trauma as a key factor in emotional and associated socio-cognitive delay, or even prefrontal neural-developmental arrest, in early adolescence. Here vulnerable youth essentially ‘grow into deficit’ as they mature chronologically.

This workshop aims to assist neuropsychologists to gain confidence in diagnostic formulation and therapeutic intervention beyond the traditional emphasis on assessment and cognitive rehabilitation. A structured clinical exemplar of intervention as generic psychologists is outlined, focusing on assisting clients with either ABI and its emotional sequelae, or with mental illness that impacts cognition.

The workshop draws upon an evidence-based intervention practiced within a pioneering clinical-research youth mental health neuropsychology program with a focus on clients with a forensic history. Funding avenues for clients will be discussed including the established route of general psychology rebates. The presenter’s research on emotional dysregulation in neurodevelopment includes findings in Autism-spectrum, ADHD, Psychosis, OCD and Antisocial Personality disorders, and this informs the material presented. Recent outcomes from an Intensive Case Management Team via a quasi-experimental naturalistic design targeting high-risk for homicide and suicide in young men with psychosis have recently been published (Brewer et al [2015] Lancet Psychiatry, 2:29).

Funding avenues for clients will be discussed including the established route of general psychology rebates. Participants should expect to gain a structured outline for a 6 session basic intervention from neuropsychological perspective, receive a copy of a manualised clinical intervention that serves as a model that can be tailored to their own needs, and receive an introduction to accessing tools for functional emotional recognition and regulation within the therapeutic milieu.

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  • When

  • 28/08/17
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    E. Australia Time

  • Where

  • Ariel UTS Function Centre
    Level 7, Building 10
    235 Jones St
    Ultimo, New South Wales 2007
    02 9514 1630

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