Paul Valent

Paul Valent

Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,

The meaning of meaning

February 7, 2019


Meaning is more important than life itself, as people may sacrifice their lives if they find that meaningful. Trauma tears through established meanings. To make life worth living post-trauma, meaning of life must be restored. It is important to understand the nature of meaning if we are to help to restore it. This chapter examines the sources of meaning, provides a classification of meanings, and examines how meanings are disrupted and how they may be restored. Read more…

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: A Personal View

Prepared for Advanced Trainees Dinner 12th October 2011
Thank you for asking me to share my view on CL tonight. I will briefly describe my history in CL in the hope that an old person’s completed journey may resonate with those who set out on similar roads. I know that a personal journey leaves out other personal stories. I apologise for that. Read more…

Body, Mind, and Soul

February 6, 2019

Body, Mind, and Soul
Monday 7th November 2011   12.30pm –  1.30pm
Staff  Education  Centre,  Jewish  Care  619  St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you today on this wide ranging and extremely important philosophical topic.

If we talk of body, mind, and soul, we might think that at least the first of these is problem free. I mean the body is visible, tangible, measurable, and has clear boundaries. Read more…

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