Event Details

Somatic symptoms in children and adolescents

15 Feb 2019 at 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Lorimer Dodds lecture theatre, The Education Centre, Level 4, The Children's Hospital, Westmead NSW
Functional Somatic Symptom Team – Psychological Medicine, Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW)

How the body signals stress, distress, or disruptions in physiological regulation

The team at the Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) uses The Stress System Model for understanding and treating functional somatic symptoms. This workshop aims to share our theoretical framework and its application to clinical practice with other clinicians with an updated theoretical framework. An overview of the key body systems involved in human responses to stress will be provided. Commonly occurring somatic symptoms and typical presentations will be discussed via brief vignettes. Treatment options will be discussed.


Associate Professor Kasia Kozlowska (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) has specialised in working with children with functional symptoms and is currently employed at CHW, and affiliated with The University of Sydney Medical School and the Brain Dynamics Centre, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Kasia and her team have done extensive research in the field. All funds raised will be used for further research.

Key points and learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the broad range of somatic symptoms experienced in the context of stress
  • Knowledge of underlying neurobiology underpinning different somatic symptoms
  • Knowledge of the stress systems and their role in somatic symptoms
  • What to look for during the assessment
  • Helpful interventions

Registration cost: $250, ($200 early bird rate before 31 December 2018), $150 student. Booking fee additional.


For any enquiries about this conference, contact Blanche Savage on 02 9845 2005 or at blanche.savage@health.nsw.gov.au


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