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April 2019

A Working Alliance Model for Counselling and Psychotherapy

April 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Presenter: Dr 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…

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

June 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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, 2019 @ 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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August 2019

What is Compassion Focused Therapy? Background and Practical Tips

August 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Presenter: Dr James Kirby Compassion is often misunderstood as being soft and an indulgence, even selfish.   In this presentation on Compassion, James will be reviewing what compassion is, and how being compassionate can help with the difficulties of life. He will discuss a specific type of therapy called "Compassion Focused Therapy", which was developed to directly target self-criticism and shame that many individuals can struggle with at times. In the presentation James will discuss the background science underpinning compassion focused…

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September 2019

Loss as an integrating concept in adversity: Assisting Case Formulation and Client Care

September 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Presenter: Judith Murray Counselling in common with other mental health professions is being confronted with challenges to single theories with associated manualized empirically supported treatments. We are being forced to find means to consider the reality of complexity in clients, levels of mental health care and a broader consideration of evidence beyond RCTs. New frameworks and models are being proposed to try to guide care. This presentation will consider this challenging issue in counselling and will show how loss can…

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October 2019

I’m Still Standing: Tales of a Resilient Counsellor

October 19, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 10:45 am

Presenter: Susan De Campo I have been a counsellor for over 25 years, a Registered Nurse for 39 years and a mum for 37 years. Lots of healing, helping, supporting and giving. This professional development presentation will offer some reflections on what sustains functional longevity in the healing professions.  I am absolutely clear that it goes beyond ensuring you access professional supervision and enjoy regular walks!  This view is well supported in the research literature.  I will share (as if…

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Managing Clients’ Suicidality in Clinical Practice

October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenter: Fiona Shand Suicidality is a common presentation across a range of health settings, and in particular during the assessment and treatment of mental illnesses. This webinar aims to present what is known about suicide prevention in clinical practice. Topics covered will include the dynamic nature of suicide risk and alternatives to risk assessment; evidence-based models that inform therapeutic targets for modification; risk factors vs warning signs; evidence for CBT and other modalities for suicide prevention; and working with ambivalence…

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