Masterclasses will explore topics that are pertinent to working in complex trauma, by lecture, discussion and workshopping in-the-room-content.

The final masterclass for 2019 will take a deeper look at trauma within the family system.

Considering the family – Incorporating a systemic lens into trauma work

This masterclass will focus on how systemic thinking can be incorporated into a trauma-focused practice. Trauma affects a person’s relationships, and family interactions and other relationships affect a person who has suffered trauma. We will look at how a systemic lens can support therapist and client to work with this process, and share some principles for practice along with examples to illustrate this thinking.

Tuesday 5th November 2019  – 6pm – 9.00pm


Margaret Goldfinch

Margaret is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has over 25 years clinical experience with children and families in community, schools and mental health settings. She currently works part time for Northern Sydney Health with stressed and vulnerable families with young children, and part time in private practice at Birchtree Centre of Excellence. She provides clinical supervision and teaching for a range of disciplines, and lectures for ACU Psychology programs. She has a particular interest in attachment, systemic and mindfulness approaches, and her passion is working with both adults and children to reduce the impact of trauma on individuals and on relationships.

Chloe MacDonald

Chloe is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience working with children presenting with emotional and behavioural difficulties and their families. Her particular interests are in systemic therapy, complex trauma, and a strength-based approach to intervention that utilises a variety of therapy models to help families deal with difficulties. She has been involved in teaching and supervision roles in both mental health and university clinic settings, and supervises clinicians in private practice and the public health system.