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April 2019

A Working Alliance Model for Counselling and Psychotherapy

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Dr Matthew Bambling Over 50 years of research has demonstrated the importance of the working alliance for client outcomes in counselling and psychotherapy.  The working alliance is probably the most validated process construct in counselling and psychotherapy research. In this presentation the evidence for the working alliance, its mechanisms as a common factor among all therapies and relationships with outcome, will be presented. A validated model for conceptualising and managing alliance, based on Matthew Bambling’s own research, will be…

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May 2019

The future of the Counselling and Psychotherapy profession in Australia

May 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Maria Brett The counselling and psychotherapy profession faces significant challenges as it seeks to establish itself as a recognised allied health profession.  PACFA is emerging as the key peak body for the profession, leading the way on important matters such as training standards, course accreditation, research, ethics and professional development. Better resourced than ever before, PACFA is also undertaking important policy and advocacy work around professional recognition of counsellors and psychotherapists. Recent significant achievements are PACFA's Scope of Practice for…

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Understanding and Managing Addiction

May 8 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenter: Dr Maxine O'Brien This webinar will begin by briefly exploring the prevalence of substance addiction in Australia, how we know there is a problem to be addressed, and important areas of current concern to Australian Alcohol and Other Drug workers. Maxine will then aim to provide attendees with an enhanced understanding of the lived experience of addiction, encompassing the important psychological, social and neurobiological features of this common, yet sometimes challenging presentation. We will then build on this enhanced…

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June 2019

Narrative Therapy: A Therapist’s Narrative

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Carol du Plessis Narrative Therapy is a counselling approach that places people’s stories at the forefront of healing and growth and allows individuals to develop new and empowering narratives for their own lives.  Facilitating the emergence of new narratives is a powerful therapeutic endeavour and has a profound impact on both client and counsellor.  In co-crafting new client narratives a new narrative also emerges for the therapist, as mutual story telling allows for the exploration of new possibilities and…

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Developing counselling skills to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault and abuse in our communities

June 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Alan Richardson Since the George Pell conviction there has been an increased number of callers to Lifeline centres around Australia. The potential triggers for people who have been sexually assaulted and abused are now more apparent with social media (#MeToo) and the flow of news about politicians and well-known personalities that have been accused of sexually inappropriate/ illegal behaviours. An increase of people seeking counselling from previous assault and abuse or the higher likelihood to seeking support and justice…

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July 2019

Working with Family Violence in Therapeutic Practice

July 16 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenter: Dr Joel Cullin Counsellors and therapists are often in the position of having to respond to violence and its effects in their practice. Being in the midst of violence can evoke strong emotions for counsellors, and being tasked with knowing how to respond can be daunting and anxiety provoking. Working with families or family members with a history of violence, or witnessing the emergence of violence, requires paying particular attention to issues of safety, and brings to the fore…

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November 2019

Helping Couples Repair after Infidelity

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Trish Purnell-Webb This presentation will introduce participants to the 3 stage model of betrayal recovery :  Atone - Attune - Attach. Participants will be led step by step through the process with the use of lecture, case study and video to assist with the understanding of how to process the hurt and pain of discovery with a couple; develop a new understanding and conceptualisation of their relationship needs; and how to assist the couple to re-build a stronger more…

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