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February 2020

An introduction to the Treatment of PTSD and Complex Traumatisation

February 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Dr Leah Giarratano Therapy for survivors of complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder should be, at least initially, different to treatment for sufferers of PTSD, as defined by DSM 5. This presentation will outline best-practice treatment for these two different clinical populations in order to maximise treatment success and minimise risk of re-traumatisation for your clients. We will also discuss Traumatisation and personality disorders. Presenter:   Dr Leah Giarratano is a registered clinical psychologist and an author of fiction and nonfiction books.…

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March 2020

Counselling Men: How to effectively engage male clients

March 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Nathan Beel Men make up the minority of clients in counselling and when they do attend, they are not always easy to engage in therapy. Counsellors who fail to understand or appreciate the interaction of masculine norms in the context of therapy can inadvertently misunderstand and energise resistant behaviour in some male clients. Some basic counselling procedures and goals can alienate and humiliate some males due to contradicting their masculine norms. Yet when therapists work with gender-sensitivity, men often…

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Understanding and Managing Borderline Personality Disorder

March 21, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Sarah Swannell Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is defined as a pattern of marked impulsivity and instability of affects, interpersonal relationships and self-image. The pattern is present by early adulthood and occurs across a variety of situations and contexts (DSM 5). It has been estimated that within psychiatric services, the prevalence of BPD in the community is between 1% and 4%, and accounts for 9% of all mental health presentations to emergency departments (Hong, 2016).  11% of outpatients and 19%…

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April 2020

Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl’s Legacy for Counselling and Psychotherapy

April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Paul McQuillan PhD Psy D Logotherapy, like life, is paradoxical.  The work of Viktor Frankl is both well known in general but little known in detail. Man’s Search for Meaning has been read by millions (5 million copies in English and translations into 24 languages) yet few have engaged with the key foundations of Frankl‘s work, his concept of the human being and the philosophy of life that provide the foundation for his logotherapy.  The concepts are explained in…

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Webinar Helping Children and Parents Manage Separation and Divorce

April 22, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenter: Karen Young A divorce or separation is difficult enough, but when children are involved, it becomes all the more important to handle the process of separation in such a way as to minimise the consequences for the young lives involved. This workshop will explore ways to support parents and children through the process of separation including how to handle the reactions of children, supporting parents to deal with conflict, how to support children in grieving for what has been…

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May 2020

Somatic Therapy – Skills for Working with the Body in Present Moment Time

May 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Shirley Hicks This presentation will explore through case studies and a range of experiential experiences, the importance of observing and engaging with the body as part of a wholistic bottom up, top down approach. Aspects of therapist embodiment and its impact on this work, how to track a client's experience, how to enhance interoceptive awareness through curiosity and mindfulness and how to link the thought sense with the felt sense will be explored in this highly experiential session.  Presenter: …

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June 2020

Solution Focused Therapy: Then and Now

June 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Roger Lowe Most counsellors will be familiar with the basics of Solution Focused Therapy.  However, the model is often reduced to a few well-known techniques and slogans (e.g. the Miracle Question, problem-talk versus solution-talk, etc.).  This presentation will focus on more recent ideas and developments in the model, in terms of the kinds of questions asked and the intent behind them.  Some of the language has changed considerably.  The expression 'SFT 2.0' has been coined. What is the same…

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Couples Therapy: From Straight Forward to Complex

June 20, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Dr. Paul Gibney Couples Therapy can be one of the most rewarding areas of counselling, and also one of the most challenging and frustrating. Couples can present with difficulties, some psychological mindedness, and mutual good will, and the work can be straight forward and rewarding for all involved. At other times, couples can present for assistance, but the individual partners can have remarkably different agendas and levels of motivation; not to mention, complex secrets. In such cases, the counsellor…

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