Naomi Halpern


Naomi holds a C.Q.S.W. (UK) and Grad. Cert. Human Rights. For over thirty years she has demonstrated her commitment to assist and enhance the quality of life of people who have experienced severe trauma, abuse and disadvantaged life situations.

Naomi trained as a social worker in the UK. Early in her career she worked with children in emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and NGO’s, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling.

In 1987 Naomi went into partnership with Susan Henry at The Delphi Centre, now known as Delphi Training and Consulting. She has developed expertise in psychotherapy for complex trauma and provides clinical consultation for post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders and related comorbidity, with survivors of sexual abuse, rape, gender based violence, torture and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across cultures, socioeconomic groups, faiths and sexual orientation.

A skilled speaker and trainer, Naomi presents her work in complex trauma, vicarious trauma, stress management and work-life balance, nationally and internationally. She provides case consultations and training to organizations such as Metta Youth, Corpus Christi, Delmont Private Psychiatric Hospital, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, Western Centre Against Sexual Assault, CASA House, Carelink Counselling Services,  Knowmore Legal Services, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Maddocks Lawyers, STARRTS, Attorney General's Solicitors Dept. and the United Nations.

Naomi was a founding member of The Australian Association of Trauma and Dissociation Inc. in 1992 (amalgamated with the Australasian Association of Traumatic Stress Studies in 1996). She served on the Executive Committee and Conference Committee from 1991 – 1996, and as Treasurer from 1992 – 1995.

A founding member and spokesperson for an action group for victims of white collar crime, Naomi is an advocate and provides representation for victims of deceptive and misleading financial advice. She speaks at financial industry forums regarding the impact of white collar crime, the changes needed in the industry and legislation. Naomi works closely with parliamentarians across political parties and independents as well as the media. 

Naomi is co-author with Dr Colin A Ross from Dallas, TX, USA of a treatment manual: Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, (2009), Manitou Communications Inc.

She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Naomi was the lead senate candidate for Victoria in the 2016 federal election with the Nick Xenophon Team