Australian Helplines:

Blue Knot Foundation - 1300 657 380

Bravehearts Inc - 1800 272 831

Child Wise - 1800 991 099

Sexual Assault Counselling Australia -

  1800 211 028


Tzedek - 1300 893 335

         (Jewish Community)
 

 

 

Royal Commission

Links Page 

 

Trauma

  Release

 


Grid of Issues
for survivors 

 

Dimensions

proposing

 multi dimensional

scales

Issues Papers

submissed to the Australian

Royal Commission

 

 

 

 

 

              on my blog site

  •  Duty of Care

              to come

 

  Background:  
 The announcement of the Australian

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child sexual Abuse


 by the Prime Minister  on Monday 12 November 2012  was welcomed.
 The Secretariat received 200 formal submissions and 600 emails during the consultation period
when stakeholders, survivors and the public were invited by the Attorney General to suggest Terms of Referance.
   About three weeks after the announcement I saw the need to provide links to survivor services which I had found to cater for survivors  during the last 15 years since I commenced my journey of recovery.and set up this site. for Aussie Survivors of child sexual abuse.

    Since then the site grew with my own articles and concepts - in particular  the Grid of Issues

          The Grid of Issues is a non sequencial tabel of issues survivors face including aspects of recovery.

 

     I have in particular advocated that

  sexual assault counselling and trauma release counselling  be recognised as unique health care professions

  



   Links to Support  Services and  Organisations.

 


Many of these organisations have helpful and informative articles on their site.

         ASCA - Adults Surviving Child Abuse  now known as the Blue Knot Foundation

                         ASCA has a Professional Support Line for Survivors  1300 657  380 in Australia


       the recent increased funding from the Federal Government
 has enabled ASCA to employ additional professional male and female counsellors
 9 -5  Mon to Sat coverage during 2014  Now the Royal Commission has ended

  Funding will depend on the Australian Government  Funding arrangements.




    Bravehearts ,
                       
has been a tireless campaigner of Child Protection who also offer help and advice.
                    
National telephone crisis support and information   1800 272 831

                        In January 2018 Brtavehearts announced the provision of

     Bravehearts therapeutic and support services through this online protal





The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA)

provides services within the Southern Metropolitan Region ( of Victoria, Australia) 

to children and adults, both female and male, who have been sexually assaulted.

The Centre also works with non-offending family members, partners, caregivers and support workers.

 



Living Well  is a Queensland service for survivors of csa.
                    their websire has information and links.
                    telephone and chat support for survivors who
                    live in Queensland and can access their
                    face to face counsellors.



RAINN
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network.
America's largest anti-sexual violence organization

Information for Female and Male Survivors.

Rain On Line Chat  Help

 



Broken Rites - for survivors of  Catholic institutions.
                       



Disclaimer - I am just another survivor trying to be of assistance.
read at your own risk on a no liability basis
services the author found useful may not assist other survivor
but are listed in good faith
as a community service.

Survivors are encouraged to have face to face counselling
 from a sexual assult counsellor or a trauma release counsellor.

also in Australia most teaching or regional hospitals have a sexual assult unit
survivors can ring in business hours to make an appointment.
in NSW most units only have female counsellors.

Many directories refer survivors to Lifeline
   Whilst Lifeline provide general support and hope when destressed which help callers to cope with
life's difficulties and help us to face difficult situations
Lifeline is NOT a sexual assault counselling service

    however  Lifeline Counsellors appear to be trauma informed .
   

some directories do not distinguish  mental health from sexual assault services
whilst untreated csa (child sexual abuse) may contribute to or trigger depression
     or even mental health issues
        sexual assault counselling and trauma release counselling are seperate health professionals.

my experience as a survivor is that the most helpful health care professionals are:

 

  • sexual assult counsellors
  • psychologists and counsellors with experience assisting csa survivors
  • understanding GP's  ( Doctors)
  • when other health professionals ( eg Dentist)  understand the impact csa can have in their field of medicine.
  • trauma release counsellors ( a fairly new field of health cvare professionals )
  • comprehensive sites with articles.
  • google searches of issues as they arise ( but with a critical approach to determine helpful sites and eliminate sidetracks and unhelpful sites.)
  • understanding  clergy (  not all clergy cope with csa issues )   others offer short term pastoral care.

                        Christian Survivors may find some of the following links of some assistance.

                        I am working on a new concept - a Grid Of Issues
          My hypothesis is that it is my experience and  some male survivors I am talking to  that  as we gradually progress along our journey of recovery
there are issues which we face along the way
these issues surface with no particular pattern
sometimes I find I leave off one issue because another issue is hindering my progress.
so the grid is meant to be random
and the order on the page bears no resemblance to the order they need to be worked on.
The usefulllness of the grid is:
1. It gives expression to issues
2. As I am able,  linking the issues to their own page
        with links to other sites
        and references for survivors wanting to read deeper.
    survivors do need to work through issues with our psychologists, counsellors or therapists.

 

I am working on a  step by step  for survivors  recovery site.
 
  just started building it last night 26/11/2012
    to be read at your own risk etc etc  you know the legal stuff


Another project I have commenced is reading the books, articles and Professional Journals
to understand the research behind the websites we tend to access on Google Searches.
Whilst much of my work is original
I will do my best to link to sources though its sometimes overwhelming when one has been researching, to recall every source but I will do better than writing summaries or reflections after reading articles without acknowledging sources.
I would encourage organisations wring articles to add bibliographies and footnotes and links
so readers  who wish can read the research for ourselves.

    I am firmly of the opinion that we need to go beyond "GP" style counselling
and to be more forused on  referals to specialist counsellors where needed:

eg  most Degrees in Psychology have only 1 or no  units specifically in trauma counselling
or sexual assult counselling, and yet both are specialities which ought to be recognised.
I would encourage professionals to look at Courses offered by Bravehearts
inclusing Bravehearts on line cources for Professionals.
and ASCA
    see also ASCA's Courses for Professionals.
It is hoped that funding will be given to neuropsychotherapists doctoral research centres
   to measure the neurological impact of sexual trauma on survivors.

I am a Graduate (B.A.)  in Sociology/Anthropology from Macquarie University.
and trained in Theology (Th Dip)
    using the research skills I learnt in Sociology ( transferrable skills) to develop this site.
I have also attended  seminars on Child Protection

It could be said I think Sociologically and Theologically ( as in Applied Theology and Exegisis)
   whilst interacting with psychology and counselling.
I attend Seminars  as part of my professional development and am exploring post  grad by research options.

    It is my view that there is a need for an integration between the Sexual Asult Units and Chaplaincy
and between theology/ pastoral care  and psychology/counselling.
Prayer can facilitate recovery - my experience.
these matters need to be the subject of articles -my to do list is getting longer.
I do this on my own

my aim is also to locate and post resources as I come accross them such as ...

Good Therapy Australia
has developed it's new innovative website
including their Find a Therapist feature.
Types of therapy
                        is an excellent resource, listing all the different types of therapy.
Find a Therapist feature is also on their site but limited to Australian Therapists.

The Royal Commission has invited interested persons and organisations to submit
responses to their Issues Papers.  Other issues have come to mind.
I have set up an issues site.
  for Issues Papers written for the Royal Commission.




                         
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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