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Susan Henry
Founder

1985 – 2011

Naomi Halpern
Director

1987 – Present

About Delphi Training
& Consulting

The Delphi Centre, now Delphi Training and Consulting, was founded by Susan Henry, (B.App.Sc. Speech Path.), Dip.C.H. in 1985. Naomi Halpern, CQSW, Grad Cert (Human Rights) joined the practice in 1987. Initially developed as a general counselling practice, the direction soon changed focus as many clients disclosed significant complex trauma and abuse histories sitting behind the difficulties for which they were seeking assistance.

Over more than two decades, Susan and Naomi provided trauma informed therapy for adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma, offering clients a holistic collaborative approach. From 2012, Susan’s energies have been directed to the area of banking and financial industry abuse (FIA) and the hidden trauma surrounding these issues. Naomi refocused to broaden and further develop specialist trauma consultation for mental health professionals, lawyers and related professions, in-house training and workshops.

Delphi Training and Consulting has achieved international recognition for its pioneering work in Australia from the early 90s, providing continuing professional development training with international and national experts in the field of complex and relational trauma, PTSD and dissociation.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? ……. We are all meant to shine, as children do. ….. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same …...”​

– Marianne Williamson

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Photo Credit: Lauren Selsky

Pioneers of Trauma Informed Training in Australia

In 1991, Naomi Halpern and Susan Henry, with other health professionals founded the Australian Association of Trauma & Dissociation Inc. (amalgamated with the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in 1996). For 5 years they played instrumental roles in organising conferences for the association in this developing field.

Delphi Training and Consulting expanded training opportunities through establishing in 1995 national seminar tours with leading clinicians and researchers in the field of complex and relational trauma, dissociation and PTSD.

Philosophy

“Know Thyself” is one 147 maxims inscribed throughout the ancient temple in Delphi, Greece. The choice of the name Delphi is a metaphor for the unification or integration of mind, spirit, body and soul. It results from developing skills to ask the important (therefore ‘right’ or relevant) questions, and to seek guidance from within oneself to make choices that support and enhance a meaningful experience of life.

Our approach supports people to find answers within themselves, at a pace that suits the individual, allowing the process to unfold, while taking action to create the desired outcomes. Our approach recognises that each person has the ability to learn how best to guide themselves through personal issues, conflicts and concerns toward a life that reflects their desired vision and potential.

Inherent in our approach is the understanding that we all have many ‘parts’ to our personality.  Our parts are a combination of personal characteristics, genetic influence, environmental and developmental experiences. All parts of Self are motivated to protect and benefit the whole person, even when the way a part(s) expresses this intention is harmful to the individual or others.

Defenses develop to adapt to the demands of situations in which there was no real choice. Integral to healing from trauma or abuse is to understand and work with these natural, protective mechanisms that have enabled survival. While valuable at the time of overwhelming stress, some behaviours, feelings, beliefs and perceptions can become problematic in themselves. By respecting the purpose and benefit of defenses, the individual can begin to work with, rather than against, themselves. This creates better ways of learning to meet needs instead of subconsciously re-enacting past unhelpful experiences.

While many things that happen in life are out of our control and for which we do not have responsibility (such as trauma, abuse and neglect) we can develop and nurture resilience, internal resources and agency in how we respond to, and deal with life experiences. This includes addressing the impact of circumstances that we could not, and cannot, control or change. It also involves exploring the decisions we make, and consequent actions we take, where we can influence the outcome.

It is paramount that human pain and distress is not pathologised as the term ‘disorder’ suggests. Healing requires a broader perspective than traditional medical model approaches. Respectful, empathic and meaningful adjustment and transformation rather than ‘resolution’ is the goal rather than attempts to finalise or eradicate suffering or conflict.

We take a whole-person, humanistic and principle-centred approach. To this end, we combine discussion, education and solution-focused strategies (mind) with sensorimotor or somatic awareness (body) and healthy emotional expression (soul) with respecting what gives meaning and purpose (spirit) to each person.

Therapists have a responsibility to embrace their own personal challenges. This includes the impact of providing trauma services and being confronted with humankind’s capacity for inhumanity when driven by unrecognized or unprocessed pain and suffering (vicarious trauma). A therapist’s authentic engagement with personal issues directly reflects comfort and skill in assisting clients to navigate healthy emotional expression, decision making, crises in faith in themselves and pursuing fulfilment and meaning.

Importantly, therapists hold the hope for clients until they can hold it for themselves.

Portfolio of Experienced Trainers & Presenters

David Calof

Professor Bethany Brand

Professor Eve Carlson

Dr Frank Anderson

Professor Julian Ford

Naomi Halpern's 2022 Speaking Schedule

22/03/2022
Russell Kennedy Lawyers, Melbourne
In-House Training

Vicarious Trauma: Strategies for the Frontline

22/03/2022
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, National
In-House Training

Responding to emotion dysregulation

24/03/2022
Russell Kennedy Lawyers, Melbourne
In-House Training

Vicarious Trauma: Strategies for the Frontline

26/03/2022
ISSTD Virtual Book Club
Open House

Member’s webinar: Part 2 - Discussion about Trauma Model Therapy: A treatment approach for trauma, dissociation and complex comorbidity with authors Colin A. Ross and Naomi Halpern

30/03/2022
ActivOT, National
In-House Training

Self-Care: Strategies for the Frontline

31/03/2022
Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault, Melbourne, VIC
In-House Training

Exploring Dissociative Identity Disorder: Working with 'Parts'

What Mental Health Organisations say
about training with Naomi Halpern

Thank you for such an amazing training day. The team thoroughly enjoyed it. I had great feedback about the content and relevance for our work! So, thank you!

CatholicCare, Canberra & Goulburn, Student and Family Counselling Program

The training was excellent and really well received by the team. We’d love to proceed with a full day training to continue to build on these skills later in the year.

Employment Plus - Salvation Army, Melbourne, Vic

I wanted to say a big thank you for the presentation. You are such a warm and engaging speaker that it was a delight to listen to. The feedback from the staff has been very positive, with the staff finding the information so useful. One staff member has suggested a “Part 2” from you at some stage.

ACT Women's Health Service, Canberra, ACT

    We are honoured to have worked with the following organisations

    Delphi Training and Consulting acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands and waters which we share. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge and recognise it is the oldest living culture in the world and that sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be Aboriginal land. 

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    Delphi is an inclusive and safe organisation. We respect, celebrate and support diversity, the inclusion of children, young people and adults from LGBTQIA+ communities, people with disabilities, people from CALD backgrounds and people with diverse religious beliefs or affiliations.

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