Foundation House Trauma-Informed Practice Lectures

Foundation House Trauma-Informed Practice Lectures provide an opportunity for practitioners and leaders to extend their understanding of integrated trauma-informed approaches to promote trauma recovery.

The lectures are suitable for a broad range of practitioners interested in trauma-informed practice, including practitioners, leaders and academics working with individuals, families, and communities from refugee backgrounds, and others impacted by trauma. 

Following the success of 2021’s highly popular lectures presented by Dr. Ida Kaplan, Foundation House is currently exploring opportunities for presenting other international experts.

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Ida Kaplan, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Dr Ida Kaplan is the author of Rebuilding Shattered Lives, Integrated Trauma Recovery for People of Refugee Background for the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. She is a Research Fellow of the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, and a practicing clinical psychologist.

For over a quarter of a century Ida has worked with refugee survivors of torture and other traumatic events as an expert specialist practitioner, senior manager of client services and practice supervisor. She has had extensive experience, locally and internationally, of training professionals in the provision of trauma-informed and trauma-focused interventions for people of refugee backgrounds.

Ida has conducted and published peer-reviewed research on the effects of long-term detention, cognitive assessment of refugee children and rights of refugee children, and also reviewed the effectiveness of interventions for torture survivors. She has a longstanding policy, practice and research interest in the intersection of mental health, social justice and human rights issues.

Internationally recongnised as a pioneer and leader in the field of refugee trauma recovery, Ida’s work and literature has positively influenced the way practitioners and organisations respond to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, and around the world.

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