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Post Traumatic Growth Conference

By: Tanya Di Michele

Category: Incidents - Bushfire, People

  10.58 AM 30 August, 2013

Location: General

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On Sunday 8 September, EACH Social & Community Health will be presenting a Post Traumatic Growth mini-conference at no charge to participants.  This has been made possible through funding by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.  EACH has requested that the details of this conference be made available to all CFA members in particular as it is a topic that many members are likely to relate to particularly as a result of their experiences following the 2009 fires

The conference will be held at RACV City Club from 1pm to 6.30pm.  Registration is required by all participants.


What is Post Traumatic Growth? Beyond developing resilience as a positive outcome of trauma and stressful events like the 2009 bushfires, further positive life changes can stem.

What if our ideas of recovery from trauma, could be extended to include the possibility of an entirely new positive way of seeing yourself and living your life? During this conference you will get to hear, see and ask questions to the panel speakers who are experiencing these very changes.

Peoples' perceptions of themselves and the world they live in may change in positive ways that would be hard to imagine after the initial trauma occurred, but positive and unexpected change can and did occur to the people you will hear from and have an opportunity to meet and speak with at this conference - they have walked this journey that we, or people we may know,  are all at different stages of.

Who is this conference for?

  • People who have been traumatically bereaved as a result of the Black Saturday bushfires
  • People who are looking to learn more about positive life changes that could grow from their own personal experiences of trauma
  • Those working with people who have experienced a traumatic experience in their lives

If you would like more information or to register for this event please contact Jodie Bowker on 9871 1800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the following website

If you are struggling with life, CFA’s Welfare Services can provide confidential free support. Any member or family members can access support at any time.

  • Peer support can be accessed through the Rostered Duty Officer, Office in Charge, Line Manager or the Peer Coordinator
  • Psychologists/Counsellors can be contacted directly by contacting the Member Assistance Program on 1300 795 711
  • Chaplains can be contacted directly or by contacting Converge International on 1800 337 068

Welfare services are short term in nature. Members with long term clinical or complex needs will be linked to appropriate services where relevant, such internal services (WorkCover or Volunteer Compensation) and external community based agencies.

Last Updated: 30 August 2013