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February 2019

Emotional Regulation. ‘An exercise of reflection’

February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Jaime Yasky Emotional regulation or emotional self-regulation is a widely used concept in mental health practice. But, how much do we know about this seemingly obvious concept? I invite you to an exercise of reflection about emotional regulation from a theoretical, empirical and clinical point of view in order to gain an understanding about the human process it refers to, and thus enhance the way we manage emotional regulation difficulties with our clients.  To do so I will review…

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March 2019

Using Pets in Therapy

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Dr Bronwyn Robson Mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression are prevalent and appear to be on the rise. Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) have been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD (O’Haire, Guerin and Kirkham, 2015) and buffer the impact of stress (Fiocco and Hunse, 2017). Dr Bronwyn Robson will be presenting an evidence based approach to using dogs in therapy with clients, particularly those with anxiety and/or depression.  She recently ran a…

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“I get how you feel. Now what? Practical strategies for working with Trauma in the short, medium and long term.”

March 23 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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Presenter: Susan De Campo Counsellors are invariably skilled at really getting to the heart of how someone who has experienced trauma feels.  We can accurately describe, reflect and explore feelings.  I have found however, that we can often feel stuck around what we can say, suggest or offer to facilitate healing, change and, hopefully, post-traumatic growth. During this full day workshop, I will share strategies and ideas I have successfully used over the past 25 years when working with clients…

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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: 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 @ 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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August 2019

What is Compassion Focused Therapy? Background and Practical Tips

August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Relationships Australia, 159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD Australia
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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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