Treating Complex Trauma - Day 3-4

Treating Complex Trauma - Day 3-4
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This highly interactive two-day livestream program is intended for all mental health professionals in Australia and surrounding regions including Oceania, ASEAN and Asia. The content is applicable to both adult and adolescent populations. It is delivered between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Take note that if you reside in Brisbane (-1 hr) or Perth (-3hrs) or Auckland (+2hrs) there is a time difference (ie., 8am start in Brisbane or 6am start in Perth and 11 am start in Auckland). You will need a constant high speed internet connection of at least 10 Mbps per day.

This program is intended for past attendees of Treating PTSD (Days 1-2) presented by Dr Giarratano (from 2017 onwards). There are no exceptions to this policy because approximately half of the full four-day program material is presented in Treating PTSD (Days 1-2) and is not repeated in Treating Complex Trauma.

You will be required to commit 19 hours of your time to participate in Days 3-4 (14 hours livestream + 1 hour Day 3-4 quiz + 4 hours case study) with printed copies of your materials mailed to you before access is provided. You also have access to two-hour Livestream trauma case study group to apply the skills taught. The total time commitment for the two days and optional case study group is 19 hours of trauma focused professional development on the following dates:

  1. Treating Complex Trauma with Dr Leah Giarratano (Day 3-4) livestream on 25-26 November 2021 between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time with online access to program material from 27 November to 27 December 2021
  2. Trauma Case Study Group livestream with Dr Leah Giarratano on 11/2/22 between 11am and 1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (participation is optional and included in your fee)

In order to ensure you receive printed materials on time by mail, Australian registrations are not accepted after 19/11/21. If you reside outside Australia, you must be registered three weeks prior.

Leah Giarratano will present the livestream from her home over two consecutive days and you will be able to pose questions during the presentations. Each livestream session will be between 1.5 and 2 hours in duration with three 15-30 minute breaks during the day (for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

To help you consolidate your learning, you will also have one-month access to Leah’s pre-recorded online training package. Please note that this is not simply a recording of a past live event. This is an education package specifically designed and produced to be worked through online, presented throughout by Dr Leah Giarratano, incorporating lectures, real cases, learning quizzes and structured practical exercises to complete in your own time. Further details will be provided upon registration.

As part of your registration, you have complimentary have access to a two-hour trauma case study group livestream on 11/2/22 to apply the skills presented in the training to two cases. This case study group is available exclusively for practicing mental health clinicians who register in the two online modes of Trauma Education (Days 1-4). The first hour will be dedicated to a PTSD case and the second hour to a CPTSD case. The trauma case study time commitment will also include two hours preparation per group and a total of four hours of active professional development.

Professional Endorsements

This program is intended for all mental health professionals. Counsellors, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, counselling general medical practitioners, mental health nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers are all welcome to attend.

Program Description

This program completes Leah's four-day core training for professionals working with traumatized clients. You are required to attend ‘Treating PTSD’ before enrolling in ‘Treating Complex Trauma’ because important workshop material is presented in 'Treating PTSD' and is not repeated in 'Treating Complex Trauma'. The emphasis of this two-day training program is upon imparting practical, accessible skills to use immediately with survivors of complex trauma (especially survivors of child abuse and neglect). The content is applicable to both adult and adolescent populations.

Topics Include:

  • Complex trauma. Complex PTSD. Attachment disorders. Personality disorders. What’s the difference/ relationship?
  • Phased-based treatment model based on best practice guidelines
  • Building and maintaining the therapeutic relationship, including maintaining compassionate boundaries and managing therapy disruptions and termination
  • Using the therapeutic relationship to promote emotion regulation
  • Understanding attachment re-enactment and betrayal trauma in order to work with challenging behaviours, including: ‘splitting’ between care providers; idolizing/demonizing the therapist; constant new crises; reduced motivation; external locus of control
  • Practical therapeutic techniques (including exposure interventions and experiential tools) drawn from: Attachment-based treatment; Emotion Focused Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Metacognitive and Mentalization Therapies; Schema Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help clients presenting with complex trauma symptomatology, including flashbacks, numbing and dissociation, emotional ‘hurricanes’, somatization, self-hate, self-harming and suicidal acts, dysfunctional relationships and substance abuse
  • Managing and reducing vicarious trauma in the therapist. 

Providers Terms

Cancellation Policy

  • In order to qualify for a refund, Talominbooks have not mailed you the printed materials and your cancellation is finalized in writing prior to 1/11/21.
  • Cancellation will attract a $77 processing fee. If you paid by credit card, the card fee paid is not refundable. The card fee also applies on the balance of your refund.
  • If you have received your printed materials and do not qualify for a refund, you can postpone the balance of your online access to the recordings to another time period of your choosing within six months of your registration.
  • If you have received the printed program materials and do not take part in the livestream or access the online recording for any reason, we cannot refund any part of your fee.

Course Fee$576Book
Contact Hours:

14.0 hrs


Thu, 25 November 2021

Start Time:

9:00 AM


2 Days


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Dr Leah Giarratano

B.A. (Hons.), M.Psych., D.Psych.

Leah Giarratano is an Australian registered clinical psychologist and an author of fiction and nonfiction books. As a psychologist she has vast clinical and teaching expertise in traumatology, working in this area in since 1995, across many trauma populations and utilising several treatment modalities. Leah currently provides training and limited clinical supervision to mental health professionals globally. She is available internationally to speak about trauma and its psychological treatment.


  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Wollongong, 2005
  • Master of Clinical Psychology, (Awarded with Merit) University of Sydney, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts (with majors in English and Psychology) and honours (in Psychology), University of Sydney, 1991


  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Fellow APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration Number: PSY0001302405

Leah is a foundation team member of an Australian national award-winning inpatient PTSD treatment program and is the author of several sell-out trauma education programs for mental health professionals. She has conducted specialised programs for the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, many corporate entities, including insurance, juvenile and adult forensic settings, and community mental health. She conducted a nationally accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training program for medical practitioners between 1995 and 2008.

Leah is a Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor. Leah was a Medical Assessor for the NSW Motor Accidents Authority, and for 12 years an Authorised Report Writer for NSW Victims Services. She has held appointments as a Clinical Supervisor for the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, University of NSW and the University of Wollongong, for their Master of Clinical Psychology Programs.

In 2006, Random House Australia (now Penguin Australia) acquired Leah's first two crime novels. Her first novel 'Vodka Doesn't Freeze', was published in July 2007 and her second, 'Voodoo Doll' in July 2008. Two further novels in the series were acquired by Random House in 2007; 'Black Ice' was published in July 2009 and 'Watch the World Burn' was published in June 2010. Although her crime novels are works of fiction, they are inspired by her experiences working in the field of psychological trauma.

In 2008, Screentime Australia contracted Leah to host an eight, one-hour episode, prime-time documentary series 'Beyond the Darklands' as an expert delving into the minds of some of Australia's infamous criminals. The series aired in Australia on Channel 7 from March 18, 2009 and on television networks internationally in 2010.

In 2010, Penguin Australia acquired Leah’s first three young adult novels: an urban fantasy series. The first book 'Disharmony: The Telling' was published in 2012 and the remaining two 'Disharmony: The Laeduin' and 'Disharmony: Immortal Combat' were published in 2013.