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June 2019

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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November 2019

Helping Couples Repair after Infidelity

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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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December 2019

Pastels with music: Flute-inspired drawing therapy for self-care

December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Presenters: Florence Ee and Sophie Manoharan This Pre Christmas PD and networking event is sure to lift your spirits. Join Interactive Drawing Therapist Florence Ee and accomplished flautist Sophie Manoharan for a live music experience guiding a self-care drawing session. This workshop involves guided drawing inspired by specially chosen sounds of the flute to bring about a strong sense of self-awareness, self-connection and self-nurture, using music and drawing to motivate us to focus on what we love doing, hearing and…

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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
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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
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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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