Stress Recovery for People Involved in Emergencies

Stress Recovery for People Involved in Emergencies

Stress Recovery for People Involved in Emergencies



Architects engage at a very personal level with people looking to rebuild in the future after disasters. This session considers the effects of trauma on the mind. Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert Rob Gordon outlines the characteristics of continuing stress and how to recognise and interact with someone in a high state of arousal. This session is applicable to situations, disasters or extreme events causing trauma. 


This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

    2015 Competencies:

    Design: Project Briefing
    1.4 Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives

    Practice Management: Practice Management

    9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional services
    9.8 Clear and consistent communication with client and relevant stakeholders throughout the project

    2021 Competencies:

    Practice Management and Professional Conduct:

    PC 2 Implement practice resources and apply ethical employment practice methods and quality assurance systems to facilitate efficient, consistent and timely delivery of architectural services. 
    PC 7 Apply and follow processes for clear and consistent communication with clients and relevant stakeholders throughout the project, including obtaining approvals from clients and stakeholders. 


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

1. Identify the importance of strong interpersonal communication and process management between architect and client
2. Outline stages of trauma recovery; how to identify these and deal accordingly
3. Recognise triggers to be aware of when interacting with clients who have suffered trauma
4. Highlight tips for managing the process to get the best outcomes for everyone





Rob Gordon

Clinical Pyschologist

Rob Gordon PhD is a clinical psychologist who conducts a private psychotherapy practice in Box Hill Victoria. He has specialism in treatment of trauma and recovery of communities from disasters. He commenced disaster work in 1983 in the Ash Wednesday Bush-fires and has observed many communities in many different types of natural and human caused events, ranging from bush-fires, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, the Queen Street and Pt Arthur Shootings, The Bali bombing, East Asia Tsunami, Christchurch Earthquake. He has researched the psychological effects of the stresses that follow personal and community trauma and their effects on communication and decision making.




Member: $49
Non-Member: $74
Student: $19


What Do I Do Next?

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5. Once you have completed all the course material, you will be prompted to complete your assessment and feedback, after which your formal CPD certificate will be made available.