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Counselling considerations when working with people who identify as deaf or hard of hearing

October 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Rebecca Reedman

Deaf people are likely to enter therapy with the same problems as their hearing counterparts, although historically the Deaf community has experienced the effects of oppression similar to that of other minorities. This can, and has, resulted issues with substance abuse, un/underemployment, social isolation, and depending on family communication circumstances, isolation from parents and other family members

Globalisations and generalisations, whilst not always helpful, may be useful to ponder, before working in the therapeutic context, and some will be discussed.

When working with Deafness, culturally sensitive interventions are recommended and will be explored, including consideration for the role and impact of an interpreter on the therapeutic alliance and processes.

Therapists can be mindful of various phenomena, common to therapy with all people, however some specific ‘Deaf’ considerations will be discovered.

I have a Nursing background and developed an interest in counselling and psychology and completed Masters in Counselling early 2000’s.  I have a particular interest in working with deaf or hard of hearing people, in different contexts and settings. 

I have been involved in the Family therapy clinic as a guest counsellor, and enjoyed being part of a project that looked at developing and measuring therapeutic alliance with deaf/hard of hearing people.

Since 2007, I have worked as a counsellor in the area of Deafness and mental health , and more recently commenced further studies in mental health nursing.

Examples of the psychosocial interventions I have been involved with, include the development and facilitation of a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group, modified for deaf mental health consumers, and a concurrent pilot study which has since been published.  I also facilitate an Auslan (Australian Sign language) Art group each week, which allows an opportunity for psycho-education in areas of social and emotional wellbeing, as well as reflection and expression through art in a safe and validating environment. A current project focus is the preparation of an evidence based ‘social cognition’ program, to be translated and modified to enhance positive outcomes for deaf service users, that may like to attend the program.

WHERE: Relationships Australia 159 St Pauls Terrace Spring Hill on the corner of St Pauls Tce and Warren St opposite the Villa Maria Church Nursing Home. There is some parking under the building and free parking in Warren St and other side streets after 5pm BUT please note that St Pauls Terrace is a clearway and if you park there you will be towed.

WHEN: 5.00pm Friday 27 October 2017.  Enjoy light refreshments, including wine, juice and snacks and a chance to meet, talk and network with other counsellors from 5.00pm.  Topic presentation starts 5.30pm and concludes at 7.00pm

Please click on this link https://www.trybooking.com/299478 to make your online booking now and take advantage of the Early Bird Price or use the TryBooking form below.

Early Bird – payment needs to be made by Friday 20 October 2017
Members: $16                   Non Members: $21

Full Ticket: (21 Oct to 27 Oct)
Members: $21                   Non Members: $26

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: This event attracts 1.5 Professional Development hours.

QCA Committee Professional Development Program

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Date:
October 27, 2017
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Organiser

QCA PD Committee

Venue

Relationships Australia
Australia

Details

Date:
October 27, 2017
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:

Organiser

QCA PD Committee

Venue

Relationships Australia
Australia