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Position of Talomin Books in relation to event offerings across Australia and in Auckland 2021 concerning Corona virus (COVID-19).


COVID-19 restrictions have changed the way we live, learn and work, and to reduce its spread, restrictions such as border closures, quarantine and mandatory self-isolation will occur with little notice or consideration for personal or professional plans.


For this reason, all our 2020 live capital city events were postponed to 2021. The COVID-19 crisis happened to coincide however, with the launch of our two, new, online offerings. These online programs were two-years in the planning and creation. In consequence, more than 80% of clinicians registered for our live events in 2020 chose to transfer to these programs, and our feedback has indicated they have been thrilled with these online events.


Our online options include a highly interactive two-day livestream, where your can pose questions to Leah Giarratano and participate in live activities/discussions with a peers in real time. The second option is an engaging pre-recorded package that can be worked through at one’s own pace over a three-month period. The recorded program is not merely a recording of a live event, but a specially designed learning package, incorporating videos, real-life case studies, multiple practical skills, learning quizzes and discussion points. We encourage you to consider our online offerings as alternatives to capital-city events until the end of 2021 because of the uncertainty still occurring around live events during the COVID-19 crisis. We have aimed to ensure that the quality of training for our three modes of delivery is equivalent, and many clinicians have commented that they preferred learning from home during a live workshop, and/or having extended access to the online presentations, which can be viewed more than once to consolidate learning.


Our fees remained the same for all three modes in 2020; however we have introduced a complimentary, optional, trauma case study livestream group for clinicians who have completed the four-day online or livestream training package (Days 1-4 and Days 3-4), to help apply the skills to two trauma cases. This takes place in a structured, livestream learning environment facilitated by Dr Leah Giarratano.


In 2021, there will be a fee increase for our Australian capital city events and we will introduce a new online-only program: Days 5 and 6, which will build upon the trauma case study groups, offering applied case formulation to real cases, and additional trauma treatment skills. Our Day 5-6 program will only be available past attendees of Day 1-4.


Please note, that if you register to attend one of our scheduled 2021, live, capital city events and COVID-19 restrictions happen to affect your event, you will have the options of: a refund; credit or transfer to the next scheduled capital city event at the same or different location; or the option of participating in one of these two online training choices (in which case you will also be entitled to the livestream case study program without charge). We will offer you the same options if you contract COVID-19 or are caring for someone with COVID-19. We will waive our usual transfer and cancellation fee under these circumstances.


Also note that in the circumstances above, if you paid us with a credit card, the card fee on the date of payment is non-refundable, however the card fee for the refund will be waived. If you made travel or accommodation bookings in order to attend any of our events, we cannot assist you with reimbursement of those costs. We can only assist you with the fee paid to us.


If you have any questions about participating in one of our online or capital city events, please contact us via this website.


Take care and stay well,

Joshua George - Director

2021 Trauma Education with Dr Leah Giarratano for mental health professionals


Core training for mental health professionals working with traumatised populations now available globally. These two acclaimed, highly practical, science-based professional development workshops will underpin your clinical practice in this field. The content is applicable to both adult and adolescent populations. 


The four-day program attracts 34 trauma focused professional development hours and is available as an engaging self-paced online program, a highly interactive livestream, across Australia and New Zealand, and also internationally to groups of 40 mental health professionals upon request.  2021 offerings are listed here


Trauma Education Series background

Since Judith Herman’s conceptualisation of complex trauma, the past 20 years have seen the emergence of a range of clinically effective treatments for some of our most challenged and challenging clients. A paradigm shift in treatment is occurring, and with that a need for all treatment providers to understand when cognitive behavioural interventions for the traumatised are indicated, and when other, more experiential, but still empirically-validated, approaches are required. A significant controversy has recently emerged in the clinical literature, challenging the current best-practice model of phase-based treatment for traumatised clients:

  • Is Phase One – the ‘stabilisation phase’ – too ‘conservative’, even unnecessary? Is it just a holding period, ‘supportive counselling’, an inefficient use of treatment sessions, rather than an active change agent in the traumatised client’s life?

  • Is Phase Two – processing traumatic memories – the ‘real’ therapy or ‘work’, that we should be getting on with as soon as possible, rather than delaying these ‘front‐line trauma‐focused treatments’  (e.g., prolonged exposure, EMDR) because of an unwarranted concern that the CPTSD client will be adversely affected or drop out early?

This training will explain when exposure-based interventions are indicated and appropriate and when other therapeutic needs must be addressed first.

This trauma training series takes the position that the goals of Phase One of CPTSD therapy are intensely important therapeutic change agents for Complex PTSD clients (CPTSD).  Underlying the Phase One goals of affect regulation; establishing safety; relationship skills training and establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship are profoundly important human needs that have been unmet in the CPTSD survivor’s life. These include the ability to mentalise; to develop an internal safe base to help tolerate and organise terrifying internal experiences, with a view to being able to securely explore the world and others; to effectively collaborate with people, when people have been the cause of their complex trauma; and to achieve these foundations through a stable, observing and well-bounded therapeutic alliance, which itself becomes a major change agent.


And, of course, clinicians who consider themselves experienced in treating traumatic stress disorders should be proficient in Phase Two, or processing traumatic memories, using one or more of the evidence-based therapeutic procedures that do so. For PTSD clients, the therapeutic path to these treatments may be quite rapid and direct, relative to that for CPTSD clients. This approach is in line with the present-day position taken by the originator of the term ‘complex PTSD’, Judith Herman (2020).


There is a difference in the best-practice treatment for PTSD and CPTSD. The author of this training series has worked and taught extensively in both, and has produced a program that synthesises approaches from a variety of modalities and techniques that are publishing positive outcomes for these clients, and then presents them using actual cases for immediate, practical, clinical application.


There is more hope for our traumatised clients than ever before, and these two training programs will equip graduate clinicians with the knowledge and the skills to improve the lives of their PTSD and complex PTSD patients.


Please note that you are required to attend Day 1-2 (Treating PTSD) before attending Day 3-4 (Treating Complex Trauma), as essential material is covered in the first workshop and not repeated in the second. The programs work together and while people may choose to do the first but not the second; they don't work the other way around.


Dr Leah Giarratano has been treating traumatised clients since 1995, and training health professionals across Australia and New Zealand since 1996. These two programs are designed to work together and offer core instruction in the treatment of PTSD and complex trauma.

Watch Leah Giarratano present an overview of: Trauma Education: Day 1-4Treating PTSD: Day 1-2 and Treating Complex Trauma: Day 3-4



Herman, J. (2020). Forward. In C.A. Courtois & J.D. Ford (Ed.,), Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models. New York: The Guilford Press.

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