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Practical proven strategies to create a safe, empowering environment to enable permanent healing from complex trauma

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Liz Mullinar is the founder of Heal for Life Foundation (HFL).  The HFL centers in Australia, UK and the Philippines have helped over 8,500 adults and children heal from their childhood trauma through an affordable week-long residential program.  The program has developed a reputation as a powerful and unique intervention to aid the recovery of people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness who have background of trauma and abuse.  Over 69% of participants experience a reduction in symptoms of mental illness which is sustained beyond six months, and over 90% of program participants rating the program as life changing or very positive. Liz, a survivor of childhood trauma, developed the Heal for Life model in the mid-nineties in collaboration with other survivors of trauma who were health professionals, to develop a permanent way of healing from the impact of childhood trauma utilizing the unique knowledge of their own journey of healing. Through her work with HFL and her lived experience, Liz is a recognized leader in the field of Trauma Informed Practice (TIP). She is the author of two books published by Hodder Headline: “Breaking the Silence” and “The Liz Mullinar Story”. Her latest book “Heal for Life” will be released for the conference. It details the evidence underpinning the HFL model and provides practical strategies learned from her own healing journey and proven over twenty years of supporting survivors of trauma. Liz concentrates her time in the training and supervision of therapists in the use of the Heal for Life treatment model in their private practice, running TIP for organizations and in training teams in other countries to run the program. Liz is also working with remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberly (West Australia) to help them develop and train teams to run HFL programs in their communities. Liz has been recognized for her significant work in transforming the lives of people who have been severely debilitated by trauma by being awarded an order of Australia and in 2000 she was awarded the inaugural Australian Humanitarian of the Year Award.


The greatest problem for survivors of childhood trauma is the inability to recognize triggers from childhood trauma and to know how to release these triggers so as to de-activate the fight/flight/freeze response. Neuroscience informs us that this response is automatic and that it is one of the prime causes of behavioral and emotional problems for survivors of trauma. Experts in the field have identified that healing must come from the dominant right brain hemisphere. The HFL model succeeds by safely accessing the right hemisphere to release emotions suppressed at the time of the trauma. The model also recognizes the importance of the client themselves in leading and controlling all processes of treatment. This presentation will explain the HFL model: trust, release, empower, nurture, educate.  The model is unique in that it was developed by survivors of trauma incorporating findings from neuroscience as well as their own innate knowledge and personal experiences. it has been refined over 20 years of service delivery by incorporating the experiences and feedback of survivors of childhood trauma. The HFL model empowers the participant to recognize that they have the knowledge and ability to heal; it promotes autonomy and self-efficacy. Clients are supported by peer support therapists who have themselves undergone the same healing process. These individuals are highly trained and professionally supervised to deliver psychoeducation and therapeutic supports. This practical and experiential presentation will provide a survivor’s perspective on effective treatment for complex trauma including a video presentation to reinforce this client-centered, peer-developed program for use in private practice. This will enable congress participants to extend their therapeutic modalities in order to more safely and effectively support clients of childhood trauma towards healing.


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