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A multiple intelligences approach to counselling: Enhancing alliances with a focus on strengths

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Mark Pearson

Counselling clients display many ways of reflecting and communicating within therapy. Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (MI), while applied widely in the field of education, has only recently been introduced into the field of counselling. MI has the potential to support flexible responses to client’s particular preferences. This presentation is based on Mark’s PhD research on the impact of introducing MI theory and practice in counselling.

Recent research highlights the positive impact from modifying treatment in response to individual client needs and interests. Gaining information on clients’ preferred intelligences, or MI strengths, enhances counsellors’ ability to tailor their ways of working to meet individual client strengths, and can provide a meta-theory to underpin eclectic practice.

The major themes from counsellors participating in Mark’s research, trialing a MI approach to counselling, included: enhancement of therapeutic alliances, more effective practice, clients responding positively to a strength-based approach, increased professional comfort, positive outcomes from the use of music, and the emergence of new therapeutic options.

Mark will share his research outcomes and the practical ways in which therapy can be offered in response to individual client preferences. Come and learn about your own MI strengths, and new ways to use MI theory in practice.


Ph.D., M. Ed.(BEM); Dip T.; Cert HB & TP; Dip. ERC.

 Mark has been conducting training courses in Expressive Therapies around Australia since 1989. He has completed further studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy with Dr Stanislav Grof, and holds a Masters in Education, majoring in behaviour management, and a PhD, researching multiple intelligence theory in counselling. Mark has over 20 year’s experience as a counsellor, and lectured in counselling at the University of Notre Dame Australia, the University of Adelaide, and is currently Counselling Program Coordinator at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He is the Director of the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia.

Mark is the co-author of Emotional First-Aid For Children (1991), Emotional Release For Children (2004), Sandplay & Symbol Work (2001), and Using Expressive Arts to Work with Mind, Body and Emotion (2009). He is also the author of Emotional Healing & Self-Esteem – Inner-Life Skills for Children and Adolescents (2004) and for adults: From Healing To Awakening (1991) and The Healing Journey (1997). He is the author of the multiple intelligence groupwork program for schools and agencies: The Innerspace Program – Emotional Literacy for Student Wellbeing and Resilience (2006). See his books and peer-reviewed articles at www.markpearson.com.au

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 24 November 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/330530 to make your online booking now and take advantage of the Early Bird Price.

Early Bird – payment needs to be made by Friday 17 November 2017
Members: $16                   Non Members: $21

Full Ticket:
Members: $21                   Non Members: $26

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: This event attracts 1.5 Professional Development hours.

Capacity 50

QCA Committee Professional Development Program



November 24
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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QCA PD Committee


Relationships Australia
159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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