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Somatic Symptoms in Children & Adolescents:

How the body signals stress, distress, or disruptions in physiological regulation


Friday 18th November 2016 in Parramatta


COST: $242 (GST incl) 


Speaker: Dr Kasia Kozlowska, Child Psychiatrist


Dr Kasia Kozlowska is a Child Psychiatrist who heads a consultation-liaison team at the Children's Hospital Westmead.  She is also on the faculty of Sydney University Medical School and a member of the Brain Dynamics Centre Westmead. Her clinical interests include the treatment of children with somatic symptoms (eg conversion disorders, somatoform pain and factitious illnesses), the development of multimodal family based interventions and the integration of attachment assessments into clinical practice.  Her research interests fall along these same lines.

Workshop description: 

This workshop aims to provide clinicians with an updated theoretical framework for understanding the body systems that mediate stress-induced somatic symptoms.  An overview of the key body systems involved in homeostasis and human resoponses to stress will be provided.  Commonly occurring somatic symptoms and typical presentations will be discussed via brief vignettes. Treatment options wil be discussed.  It is hoped the workshop will also elicit a discussion of cultural dimensions of somatic presentations in clinical practice.

Key points and learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the broad range of somatic symptoms experienced in the context of stress
  • Knowledge of underlying neurobiology underpinning different somatic symptoms
  • Knowledge of the stress systems and their role in somatic symptoms
  • What to look for during the assessment
  • Helpful interventions

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 I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the presentation yesterday and how valuable I thought it was. I have been working in pain management in private practice for several years and I was pleasantly surprised that yesterday gave me fresh ideas about how to conceptualise clients' experience of pain and present the information to them. (Suzanne, Clinical Psychologist)  

 I found the workshop very practical with skills that I can apply straightaway in therapy. (Evelene, Psychologist)

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