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'Mental bites' webinar series - EMDR Therapy - a ‘trauma-informed’ approach to mental illness - where is the evidence? Members login for free access About RACGP online events


Type: On-demand
Recorded: 7 Apr 2022


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'Mental bites' webinar series - EMDR Therapy - a ‘trauma-informed’ approach to mental illness - where is the evidence?

On-demand recorded 7 Apr 2022

This series addresses common issues in mental health.  Whether you have a high level of experience and training in Psychological Medicine related skills or simply wish to update your learning and increase your confidence in applying these skills in consultations, this webinar series will offer cover common and pertinent topics in psychological medicine that GPs face in daily practice.
The second webinar in the series will discuss evidence- based practices regarding trauma treatment. EMDR Therapy is one such approach and was included in the list of Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) in 2000, the only such addition since the introduction of the Better Access Program in 2006. This webinar will highlight a practical skill the GP can take away from the session as well as Q&A with an expert on this topic.

Learning outcomes

  1. To identify micro skills available to engage with patients and their mental health
  2. Apply techniques to form safe and effective therapeutic communication with patients

This event is part of 'Mental bites' webinar series. Events in this series are:


Dr Cathy Andronis
Chair, RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine

Dr Cathy Andronis works as a GP and psychotherapist in inner Melbourne and is a qualified family therapist. She is RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine Chair, a member of the Victorian RACGP–RANZP liaison subcommittee, and is the RACGP representative for Mental Health Australia and the MHPN clinical education committee. Cathy is an experienced facilitator of case consultation groups for the RACGP and the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (ASPM) and a provider of clinical supervision. She is the GP lead at Deakin University Eastern Health Clinical School.


Dr Darra Murphy

Dr Darra Murphy has spent over 40 years in general practice and has a specific interest in psychological medicine. He was President of the ASPM (Australian Society for Psychology Medicine (2014-2016) and helped to develop and implement a Basic Skills Program for GPs in Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS). This training remains accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC). He completed the EMDR Institute Basic Training in EMDR Therapy in 2000 and trained as a trainer with senior Institute Trainers and Dr Francine Shapiro herself (2012-2015). He is the previous Chair of the Psychological Medicine Specific Interest Group at the RACGP and delivered an Advanced Learning Module in EMDR Therapy in the last CPD triennium (2017-2019), which he hopes to revive before the end of this year.



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