Outcomes from PACFA conference on Working with Trauma

Following on from last month’s announcement that PACFA’s conference on the theme Working with Trauma was a big success, we have collated the feedback from the conference. It’s never easy to please every-one but overall, feedback for the conference was very positive.

“Such a fantastic opportunity to see such an array of speakers.”
“The inclusive diversity of this conference has been an integral component to its success. We have been/are standing on sacred ground, making space to deeply listen.”
“Final session profoundly moving.”
“Can’t wait for the next one – exactly what I needed professionally!”

Scores were given by 139 respondents to the feedback questionnaire on various questions on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent. Scores of 4 and 5 were prominent in the feedback. Some of the highlights were:

  • 73.23% of respondents thought the length of the conference was about right
  • 86.3% of respondents scored Miriam Taylors’ Keynote address as a 4 or 5
  • 93.55% of respondents scored Dr Graham Gee’s Keynote address as a 4 or 5
  • 86.72% of respondents scored the Invited Speakers overall as a 4 or 5
  • 82.55% of respondents scored the Selected Speakers overall as a 4 or 5
  • 75.92% of respondents gave a score of 4 or 5 for effectiveness meeting their PD needs
  • 81.62% of respondents gave a score of 4 or 5 for effectiveness addressing the trauma theme
  • 80.6% of respondents gave a score of 4 or 5 for the conference venue, layout and catering
  • 85.61% of respondents gave a score of 4 or 5 for the administration of the conference
  • 79.7% of respondents gave the conference an overall score of 4 or 5

The emphasis on culturally informed approaches to working with trauma made the conference both moving and relevant to working with trauma in the Australian context. Presentations by indigenous speakers Dr Graham Gee and Dr Judy Atkinson received standing ovations. These were important presentations to understand the process of recovery from the intergenerational trauma experienced by the first inhabitants of our country. Also receiving a standing ovation was the Lived Experience Forum which was the last session of the conference presented by Merle Conyer and Will Bonney. Merle and Will, as therapist and client, jointly reflected on the journey of recovery from trauma.

For anyone who missed the conference, PACFA will hold an Online Symposium on 20 and 21 September 2019 on the conference theme. The Symposium will explore key aspects of trauma practice and research with an emphasis on culturally informed approaches to promoting trauma recovery. This event will include the keynote addresses from the conference and seven hours of live interactive webinars featuring seven high quality presentations from the conference. The Symposium is a great opportunity to access some of the excellent professional development material on trauma presented at the 2019 conference.
Bookings for the Online Symposium are open now at the Member Portal.