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Q: This has been a tough year for my young clients. How do I help them stay centered and connected to therapy, even as most of what they do—and we do—is now online?

A: When I first started doing teletherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic, I worried my young clients would find our virtual interactions awkward, but that was a reflection of my discomfort, not theirs. Having spent a good deal of their life online, they were relaxed during video sessions and delighted to share their safe place, usually their bedroom, with me. They’d point to pictures on the wall or put meaningful objects in front of the webcam for me to see, as if this show-and-tell were the most natural thing in the world. Sharing their space in this way sparked a kind of implicit trust almost immediately.

With Amy, a senior in high school, whose prom had been canceled at the start of the pandemic, I laughed as she grabbed a stuffed animal from her bed and said how Pooh Bear was now more important to her than ever. Her humor was infectious, a sweet release in an anxious time. Our young clients can teach us a lot about adapting and connecting online, but they still need our real-life wisdom about connecting with their core inner selves, especially as they face life’s challenges, whether they unfold virtually or in person.

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What’s Normal?

It's natural to worry during stressful times. But some people feel tense and anxious day after day, even with little to worry about. When this lasts for 6 months or longer, it may be generalized anxiety disorder. Many people don't know they have it. So they may miss out on treatments that lead to a better, happier life.

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Credit: Minesh Khatri, MD

Terrorism is a crime from which the families of the victims may never recover. A recent study examines the grieving process in depth.

In a recent study, Pål Kristensen, PhD at the Centre for Crisis Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway and colleagues examined the parents and siblings of the victims of the 2011 terrorism attacks in Norway as they went through the grieving process.1 They found nearly 80% of the study participants had a high level of grief and experienced a slow recovery, if any recovery at all.

“The terror attack in 2011 was a huge national tragedy that affected all of us deeply. Still,

we needed to learn about the long-term mental health effects and how we could help those who were affected the most—the bereaved,” Kristensen said to the press.2

In the aforementioned attack, a far-right Norwegian-born terrorist used a car bomb explosion to kill 8 people in Oslo, then shot and killed 69 people on Utøya Island. Researchers reached out to the family members of these victims; of the 208 contacted, nearly 60% responded.

According to the study, families of terrorist victims are at high risk of developing Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). PGD is an ailment marked by an intense longing for the deceased, so consistent and severe that it negatively affects daily life.

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Friday, 26 February 2021 10:49

6 Sleep Myths: Experts Weigh In

Ten sleep specialists assessed widely accepted beliefs and here's what they found.

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Credit: Chris Aiken, MD

Monday, 19 October 2020 11:29

Family Wellbeing Study

Consideration could also be given by the Australian Government to funding and developing further specialist mental health centres of excellence within all major defence service regions, providing local capability and knowledge as well as the opportunity to form partnerships and build the evidence base through high quality research and service evaluation. Such centres would see consultant psychiatrists working within specialist multi-disciplinary teams which include mental health nurses, allied health practitioners and peer workers, and could potentially offer services to current and former serving personnel, and their families.

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My name is Rebecca Pollard from the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and I’m doing a PhD into Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Perpetrated by Australian Defence Force (ADF) Personnel. 

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 11:48

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 11:34

Research on Moral Injury

Sunday, 10 February 2019 00:12

The War Within





The War Within: Making sense of suicide through narratives with former serving Australian Defence Force members




For further information please see information and recruitment flyer and or contact Nikki Jamieson on 0419907069 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



RESEARCH PROJECT : The War Within: Making sense of suicide through narratives with former serving Australian Defence Force members

Are you a former Australian Defence Force (ADF) member?

Have you experienced feelings of self-condemnation, guilt, shame, or suicide?

My name is Nikki Jamieson and I lost my son to suicide whilst he served in the ADF. I am now researching the concept of “moral injury” (MI) and how it might relate to the former ADF service for my doctoral thesis with the University of New England (UNE) and would like to invite you to participate in this study. My interest and prime motivation is to build on international evidence and develop support/training for the future.

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March 26, 2019

AFOM 2018 Annual Report

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February 27, 2019

A Mental Health Workshop for Parents/Carers of Adolescents

AFOM has collaborated with other organisations to present this workshop. The workshop was organised as a result of community feedback from our Invisible Wounds Projects. This is a topic that concerns so many, so this workshop will be a first step towards… Read more...
May 20, 2018

Mens Retreat - More info to come!

Heads up! - We are holding another mens retreat. Want to get away for a couple of days and enjoy a men’s only camping weekend? Then this is for you! For current and past serving military and front line responders: police, firemen, ambulance officers etc.… Read more...
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January 10, 2018

Partners Retreat 2018

AFOM is delighted to collaborate with Operation PTSD Support Partners Forum for this years retreat ! This retreat commences on May 2nd for a week OR if you can only get away for the weekend (a long weekend) that may be able to be arranged as well - It will be… Read more...
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Jan 09, 2018

Charity Dinner and Fundraiser

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Nov 04, 2017

Men's Retreat No 7

Next Men's Retreat/Working Bee 6th December - 10th December 2017 Meet at Mortel's at 10am… Read more...
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May 29, 2017

Invisible Wounds Black Tie, Red Carpet Dinner

Come along and support our Foundation - giving Help, Assistance and Support to our… Read more...
Mar 21, 2017

Mens retreat No 2

Feb 27, 2017

Invisible Wounds Seminar

Bought to you by: When : Thursday March 2nd 2017 Where: State Library Francis St Perth… Read more...
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Feb 27, 2017

Upcoming Seminar - Perth -Western Australia

When : Thursday March 2nd 2017 Where: State Library Francis St Perth Time: 10am - 3 pm… Read more...
Feb 10, 2017

Poker Run and Community Family Day * Note change of Date

AFOM COMMUNITY FAMILY DAY AND POKER RUN Date: Sunday 28th May 2017 Venue: Lambton Bowling… Read more...
Feb 07, 2017

AFOM Mens Retreat

MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND Want to get away for a couple of days and enjoy a men’s only… Read more...
Oct 16, 2016

Sutherland Shire Invisible Wounds

AFOM Caring for ALL in our Community When: Tuesday 8th November 2016 CLUB ON EAST (was… Read more...

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