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Health Professional Training

Meeting the Past: Health Care Professionals and the Holocaust

Health professionals who deal with Jewish populations come into contact on a daily basis with clients who have suffered enormous trauma as a result of their Holocaust experiences prior to arrival in Australia. While Holocaust survivors often show incredible strength and resilience they can also be deeply affected by past experiences in ways that are not often readily apparent. Often, survivor behaviour is difficult to understand for those who have not encountered it previously. Even for those familiar with the history of the Holocaust and its effects, there can be extreme difficulty in dealing with issues as they arise. Especially as these issues may not seem directly linked to the survivor's past experiences.
The program should enable health care professionals to work with greater sensitivity to Holocaust survivors' needs. The added benefit is the creation among staff of a 'common language' in order to deal with daily interactions, enabling them to better work together and with survivors of trauma in general.

Four hour program includes a focussed tour of the Sydney Jewish Museum, workshop and debrief conducted by Renee Symonds, Clinical Psychologist, workshop and reference materials and morning tea.
Cost: $50 per participant

Bookings essential. To make a booking, please contact the Education Officer on 02 9360 7999 or

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