Date: Thursday June 29, 2017 State: NSW

ARPA NSW PD Breakfast: Psychological injury: Overview, Treatment & Management and Return to Work presented by Dr Peter Cotton

ARPA NSW are holding their second breakfast PD event for the year.  We are pleased to announce that Clinical and Organisational psychologist Dr Peter Cotton will be delivering a detailed presentation on Psychological injury: Overview, Treatment & Management and Return to Work.

About the topic:

Dr Cotton's presentation will cover the following:

  • Common psychological injury related clinical profiles: work stress, bullying & harassment, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
  • The status of ‘adjustment disorder’
  • Types of psychological injuries including low morale and complex psychological injuries
  • Persistent pain and secondary psychological injuries 
  • Disproportionate outcomes  
  • Common barriers: psychosocial factors that exert more influence on outcomes than symptoms
  • The Clinical Framework and good practice in the treatment of psychological injuries 
  • Passive and active psychology treatment 
  • Simple questions to ask an injured worker that can flag concerns about their psychology treatment
  • Issues with GP certification and improving certification practices
  • Return to work issues

About the presenter:

Peter is a Clinical & Organisational Psychologist specialising in how work environments influence employee mental health, wellbeing and behaviors. He works as an advisor to government and the corporate sector. He has published a number of peer reviewed research papers and book chapters.

Peter was invited by Worksafe Victoria, in 2006, to write the initial mental health version of the Clinical Framework and establish their Psychology Clinical Panel. Subsequently this Framework was integrated with the physical therapy version into the National Clinical Framework in 2012. This is the clinical quality assurance reference used to review treatments delivered to injured workers, via peer to peer contacts. Peter continues to work on the WorkSafe Victoria Clinical Panel to the present time.

Peter was the lead author of the Australian Public Service Commission and Comcare guidelines – Working as One: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work. Peter has also recently been appointed by beyondblue to assist with its national Police and Emergency Services program. He also conducts a private clinical practice.

Peter holds the following current professional appointments: Workplace Mental Health Advisor with SuperFriend (the not for profit mental health and wellbeing foundation funded by the industry superannuation funds); and member, beyondblue Workplace Mental Health Expert Advisory Group. 

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