RMIT recently hosted world-renowned trauma recovery expert Babette Rothschild in a sold-out public lecture.
The talk explored the prominent risks to health professionals’ wellbeing when working with individuals who have experienced trauma.
Working in the field for almost 30 years, Rothschild is a recognised specialist in integrated mind and body theory and treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has published widely on the topic, including bestselling book The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (2000).
Published by WW Norton, Rothschild is also author of books The Body Remembers Casebook (2003); Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (2006); and recently released 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery (2010).
Organised by RMIT’s social work team, the free public lecture was rapidly filled up – with more than 300 students, staff, social worker and community service employees attending to learn from Rothschild’s teachings.
“RMIT Social Work were proud to support world renowned trauma expert Babette Rothschild's Asia Pacific Tour: The Body Remembers: Integrating and Mind for Trauma Recovery,” said Dr Jenny Martin from RMIT's Social Work program.
“According to Babette’s teachings, ‘Nobody suffers from trauma if they feel in control.’ We learnt that the main goal for trauma work is to be ‘calm in body and organised in thinking’. She had many useful and practical strategies for achieving this state.”
Rothschild was in Melbourne as part of her 2015 Asia Pacific Tour for the Centre for Mental Health Education.