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March 2020

Counselling Men: How to effectively engage male clients

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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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April 2020

Webinar Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl’s Legacy for Counselling and Psychotherapy

April 3 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenter: Paul McQuillan  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 more detail in…

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Webinar Helping Children and Parents Manage Separation and Divorce

April 22 @ 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

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

May 1 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

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:  Shirley Hicks…

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Webinar Understanding and Managing Borderline Personality Disorder

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online webinar

2 Part Webinar: Saturday 2 May 2020 and Saturday 9 May 2020 Sarah Swannell Understanding and Managing Borderline Personality Disorder 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…

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June 2020

Webinar Solution Focused Therapy: Then and Now

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

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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Webinar Couples Therapy: From Straight Forward to Complex

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online webinar

2 Part Webinar: June 20 @ 9:00am - 12:30pm and June 27 @ 9:00am - 12:30pm 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…

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July 2020

Webinar Working with Gender-Diverse and Sexually-Diverse Clients – What Every Clinician Should Know

July 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenter: Chris Pye Constructs such as heterosexism, cisgenderism, internalisation and the coming out crisis underpin the lived experience of people of diverse genders or sexualities.  It can be a trap to assume that members of these communities understand these concepts and the impact they have on their lives. Sometimes it can be a non-identifying clinician who will unlock doors to insight and deeper understanding for LGBTIQ+ clients. This session will shine a light on some key themes and concepts that…

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Webinar Online counselling: Building effective cyber relationships

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenter: Kevin Glasheen Many counsellors are launching their practice into cyberspace. This online workshop explores some of the benefits and possible dangers of counselling clients in the online world. The online format is designed to introduce participants to the type of experience an online counselling relationship can promote. This workshop is designed to initiate discussion and thought about the processes that are present in the online interaction. The difference between synchronous and non-synchronous interaction will be highlighted as well as…

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August 2020

Webinar – Equine Assisted Mental Health

August 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online webinar

Presenters: Helen Sorensen This presentation will provide an understanding of the origins of Equine-Assisted Mental Health (Eagala Model) and how it has evolved over the past 20 years. We will look at the research and populations that benefit from Equine Therapy, who can use it and how to access it. We will discuss "why horses" as opposed to other animals. What are the unique characteristics and instincts that horses bring to the therapy space and how we as mental health professionals…

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