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CPD (Endorsed by AASW)

Date Event Location
Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Services (Level 1)
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day interactive professional development training provides the trauma-informed information and skills needed by personnel working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence (DFV), past and current.

Newcastle, NSW
Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Services (Level 1)
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day interactive professional development training provides the trauma-informed information and skills needed by personnel working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence (DFV), past and current.

Sydney, NSW
Managing Vicarious Trauma in Legal and Justice Sector
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day interactive professional development training for legal and justice personnel acknowledges the significant risk of vicarious trauma (VT) and burnout in daily practice and distinguishes between them. In so doing it supports you, professionally and personally, to stay safe, healthy and resilient.

Sydney, NSW
15-16 May 2020 Deactivating the Buttons: Integrating a Trauma Lens into a Counselling Framework with Laurie MacKinnon PhD
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

By viewing videos of actual therapy sessions and through practice skills, clinicians develop skills in assessing for PTSD; decreasing arousal; obtaining a trauma history; and in processing traumatic memories through Radical Exposure Tapping (RET)

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Sydney, NSW
Monday 30 March 2020 NSW Social Workers in Private Practice (SWiPP) Meeting - Monday 30 March
Meeting

1.5 CPD hours

Successful Supervision in Private Practice.

If you are interested in running a successful supervision practice as a social worker in private practice or if you are simply wondering if your supervision experience could be improved then this session is for you. Good supervision is critical to good practice as a social worker in private practice. We have a great line-up of speakers to help you in developing your skill in this area

Online
Wednesday 8 April 2020 NSW Branch - Connect:ED Webinar Series
Webinar

0.5 CPD hours

Social workers have long been pioneers of social and economic change however many fall prey to the status quo and fail to empower change when needed. At this time of uncertainty and socio economic upheaval, we are called even more to lean in, listen and flex our approach in response to the circumstances that we are presented with. How should social workers respond to major change and disruption?

Register for the first in a new series of webinars for all social workers in order to hear NSW Branch Present, David Keegan, present on a model he has developed to help social workers establish a social innovation mindset. His presentation will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on how you respond to change and what you can do to be revolutionary in your context.

This AASW Connect:ED webinar is part of a new series helping Social Workers to connect with new ideas and reflect on their own practice. We will focus on bringing everyday social workers to talk about their practice, ideas and experiences of social work. Webinars will be 30mins (including short Q&A) and will be recorded for those who can not participate in real time.

Webinar
9 April 2020 Without question
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This practical, one day workshop is designed to provide you with frameworks and build the skills you need to tackle difficult conversations with responsibility and confidence. Discover how you can increase the effectiveness of your communication with practical tools and strategies by attending this course.

Sydney, NSW
Mar - Nov 2020 Postgraduate training course in Clinical Hypnosis
Endorsed CPD: online and face to face year long course

The Society’s Postgraduate Training Course in Clinical Hypnosis content, structure, format and inbuilt exercises and assessment will provide social workers with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to effectively utilise clinical hypnosis in their specific professional setting. The Diploma course is unique in that it consists of online study modules undertaken in the home or office, but which are built into a framework of collegial face-to-face training days to promote actual skills acquisition.

Sydney, NSW
22-24 April 2020 Wrapped in Angels
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

A three-day experiential based practice. This training will build on participants knowledge of the concepts of resilience-based practice, trauma recovery work and attachment enhancement and examine how to provide a space of engaging with the spiritual contexts of client’s lives through making a blanket.

Sydney, NSW
29 Apr - 3 May 2020 Mindful Self Compassion 5 day workshop
Endorsed CPD: 5 day workshop

Mindful Self-Compassion is an outstanding workshop. The program consist of didactic and experiential training exercises in mindfulness and self-compassion, to improve professional skills and personal lives.

Rapidly expanding research shows that mindfulness and self-compassion are strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety, pain and depression, better healthy habits such as diet and exercise, more satisfying personal relationships and enhanced self-care.

** DATES TO BE RESCHEDULED AT FUTURE TIME please contact provider for further details **

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Newcastle, NSW
29 April 2020 Holistic assessment and formulation for young people and adults
Endorsed CPD; 1 day workshop

This practical workshop explores strategies for making the assessment and case formulation process meaningful for both the client and practitioner. Participants will experience techniques for using a holistic model to maximise the therapeutic value of assessment and developing overt formulations that promote effective treatment and give their clients and their significant others greater insight and understanding, evidence for hope and a sense of the way forward.

Sydney, NSW
30 Apr - 1 May 2020 Grief, loss, transition and change: Creative ways of working with children, adolescents and adults to promote mental health
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This two-day workshop will develop your knowledge and skills in using a range of creative techniques for working on issues of loss. It will also provide opportunities for self awareness and strategies to maintain therapeutic poise in the face of the raw emotions of loss.

* FPS relevant *

Sydney, NSW
1 May - 7 Dec 2020 Certificate in 'Somatic Attachment Focused Expressive Therapy' (SAFE-T)
Endorsed CPD: 8 month training

This series of six, 3-day workshops over eight months offers an exciting opportunity to work with Monique Rutherford, founder of Somatic Attachment Focused Expressive Therapy (SAFE-T). Take a deep dive into the world of Attachment and relationships whilst learning the foundations of Sandplay Therapy and a range of Expressive Therapy modalities. SAFE-T is an integrated and multi-modal approach to therapy that draws from evolutionary, social, developmental, psychodynamic and Jungian psychology, as well as the latest research in attachment, trauma and neuroscience.

*FPS Relevant*

Mullumbimby, NSW
7 May 2020 ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT): MOVING BEYOND TRADITIONAL CBT - Applied evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy with a creative difference!
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This course will provide clinicians with an overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Participants will experience the difference ACT can make and will gain experience applying ACT to a variety of different clinical issues.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
8th May 2020 Brief Psychodynamic Therapy - Applying Time-limited Dynamic Therapy (BPD) in an Integrated Practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

As there has been a significant increase in demand for mental health services and a requirement for economical ‘less is more treatment approaches’, skills in brief, focused therapies are becoming necessary. With Psychodynamic Therapy noted for its emphasis on the unconscious, transferences, childhood patterns, and defence mechanisms, one might wonder how it could be adapted to be an effective brief therapy.

* This training may be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 8th May 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
14-15 May 2020 Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) with Dr Leah Giarratano
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This two-day workshop presents a highly practical and interactive workshop (case-based) for treating PTSD patients; the content is applicable to both adult and adolescent populations.

*FPS Relevant Activity

Sydney, NSW
15-17 May 2020 RISE UP Supervision Training Course
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

This 3-day face to face course is an opportunity not only to be trained in the RISE UP model of supervision, but for personal growth and personalised feedback, which culminates in a formal assessment phase. It has a pre-reading component of up to 40 hours. Your presenter has extensive experience in private practice and supervision, affording you insight into cases and supervision issues

Sydney, NSW
19 May 2020 LawSense for Mental Health Practitioners - Family Series
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

LawSense Law for Mental Health Practitioners - Family Series provide invaluable, tailored insight for mental health practitioners dealing with family and child issues. This is a practical one-day seminar that will help you navigate pressing client/patient issues, complaints, compliance and courts and help you minimise your legal exposure and risk.

Sydney, NSW
20 May 2020 ATTACHMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: SUPPORTING RELATIONAL SECURITY - Practice-focused interventions and approaches for specific developmental periods
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Attachment consists of diverse lifespan phenomena. Studies have now expanded including all age cohorts: younger and older children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Both understanding and responding to attachment needs of each group requires knowledge of important differences and similarities, continuities and discontinuities. This seminar provides a unique overview of practical interventions applicable across the full attachment lifespan. For each age group, one evidence-based approach will be engaged whereby specific skills and activities are explored with a focus on applicability for practice. Although fewer practitioners work with every lifespan age group, awareness of the full spectrum remains valuable for understanding clients, their families and their relations.

* This training may be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 20th May 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
21 May 2020 WORKING WITH DISORGANISED ATTACHMENT IN ADOLESCENTS & ADULTS - Skills and knowledge for providing therapeutic security to enhance client wellbeing
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

The concept of attachment difference within Attachment Theory has offered a truly valuable framework to understand many of the serious mental health care risks associated with childhood difficulties. This second 2020 attachment seminar extends this focus to addressing a relatively new set of adult differences identified as ‘attachment disorganisation’, something potentially influenced by ‘early and ongoing’ trauma and associated with adult personality disorders. In addition to clarifying current knowledge of ‘attachment disorganisation’ into adulthood, the seminar will also introduce more integrated approaches to treatment that include attachment and might also provide greater direction to our work.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
22 May 2020 SCHEMA THERAPY TRAINING: ACTIVE INTERVENTIONS FOR CHANGE - An introduction to Schema Therapy for integration to existing clinical practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Schema Therapy has been designed meet the challenges of treating disturbed people, including those with chronic mood disorders and personality disorders and other complex difficulties. The approach introduces the innovative ways in which Schema Therapy incorporates proven cognitive-behavioural techniques and expands on them with elements of other widely practiced therapies, emotive techniques and therapeutic relationship. Randomised trials have provided a considerable base of evidence for the effectiveness of the approach which can be incorporated into existing modes of clinical practice.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 22nd May click here

Sydney, NSW
27-29 May 2020 Prolonged Exposure Therapy Training Program and Workshop with Dr Darryl Wade
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

This training workshop will give social workers the confidence and skills to use Prolonged Exposure therapy to help clients recover from posttraumatic stress disorder and related mental health issues. The training incorporates pre-training online learning, lecture, discussion, demonstration therapy videos, and skill development exercises with feedback.

*FPS Relevant Activity*

Sydney, NSW
28 May 2020 EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE & MINDFULNESS: SUPPORTING CLIENT GROWTH & AWARENESS - Self-awareness, social awareness and interpersonal skills as client resources
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Most people have heard of emotional intelligence and many people know what it is, but far fewer people know how to use it to improve their performance, wellbeing and relationships. Particularly in times of stress, it can be easy to forget being emotionally intelligent. The good news is that spotting triggers and consistently responding in a more emotionally intelligent way can be trained!

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 28th May 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
29th May 2020 Narrative Therapy: Re-authoring the stores that shape realities. A full day workshop of core concepts and key skills to enrich your clinical repertoire
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Narratively oriented therapists take the position that our lives are shaped by stories. We never see the world as it is, we always see through a narrative ‘lens’, we give value to certain aspects of experience and neglect other aspects, we are constantly interpreting what is happening in, to and around us. It is through the stories we have about ourselves, others and life in general that we make sense of things and navigate our way in the world. And how we see the world clearly shapes how we act in the world.

* This training may be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

Sydney, NSW
4-6 Jun 2019 Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 2 Assessment, interventions and co-morbidities
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

Deepen your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and expand your strategies and interventions in your work with couples. Practice using Gottman Method interventions in group role-plays while receiving personal, supportive coaching from trainers. This workshop provides a wealth of information about relationship theory, observation, couple dynamics, relationship assessment, treatment planning, when and how to use interventions, and working with co-morbidities. All materials may be used in clinical settings.

Sydney, NSW
5 Jun 2020 The Attachment Dilemma: "I hate you – Don't leave me" | "Meh"!
Endorsed CPD: workshop

Harnessing the fairytale of Snow White as a metaphor, this workshop provides practical strategies for the treatment of complex trauma. The concepts outlined are applicable to all trauma-related symptoms, behaviours and diagnosis.

* FPS Relevant *

Newcastle, NSW
12-14 June 2020 Deathwalker training
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

Doing Death and Dying Well (Deathwalker Training) is a 3 day strength based training providing pallative care awareness to professionals working with people who are dying, their loved ones and carers. The training provides legal and practical knowledge around death and dying. It is experiantial and educational in it's delivery, building resilience and developing skills that enable you to accompany the dying person, their loved ones, carers and bereaved on their journey during what can be a challenging time.

Byron Bay, NSW
17 June 2020 WORKING WITH DEPRESSION THROUGH AN EXISTENTIAL LENS - Skills for exploring and understanding loss of meaning for depressed clients
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Drawing on existential philosophy and existential integrative practice frameworks, this seminar aims to engage the participants through a blend of existentially-informed understanding of depression and associated moods and symptoms, experiential learning, and opportunities to experiment with embodied and creative ways of working with adolescents and adults living within the experience of depression.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 17th June 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
18 Jun 2020 SEXUAL VIOLENCE: HUMANISING RESPONSES IN SUPPORT OF RECOVERY - Effective assessment & responses to traumatised clients on a path to recovery.
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This interactive session will move beyond the limits of the Recovery Model and Trauma Informed Care to articulate key principles for supporting progress towards recovery from sexual violence in ways that are both effective and accessible. Participants will be equipped to immediately apply their learning in therapeutic practice.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
26-30 Jun & 18-22 Nov 2020 Intensive Training in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy
Endorsed CPD: 10 day training

During this intensive 10-day training (2 Modules of 5 days), participants will learn the principles of clinical hypnosis and strategic psychotherapy to develop personalised hypnotherapeutic- and strategic interventions to treat various clinical conditions. AICHP is a constituent society of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and participants can apply for membership with ISH and receive access to the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

* FPS Relevant *

Sydney, NSW
19 Jun 2020 INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS) FOR INDIVIDUAL CLIENT WORK - Skills to support individual clients increase affect tolerance and regulation
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is one of the fastest-growing approaches to psychotherapy. It has developed over the past twenty years into a way of understanding and treating human problems that is empowering, effective, and non-pathologising with an understanding that symptoms are actually the coping mechanism of Parts (sub-personalities/ego-states) trying to protect us from pain. IFS is a powerful model of therapy that enhances mindful awareness and self compassion through getting to know our Parts in a methodical yet intimate way.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
24 June 2020 SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS – CO-OCCURRING - Strategies for supporting people with co-occurring AOD and mental health issues
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

The aim of this one-day workshop is to increase the awareness of the impact of co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions. The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to gain skills for supporting people to reduce the impact of AOD and mental health conditions on their lives.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 24th June 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
25 Jun 2020 DECIPHERING CONTROLLING BEHAVIOURS IN RELATIONSHIPS - Effective assessment and responsive strategies to support couples in distress.
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Many couples seeking counselling are struggling with one or both person’s controlling behaviour. As clinicians we are required to accurately assess and respond to controlling behaviours. Most clinicians can correctly identify physically violent relationships as unacceptable but even physical violence within relationships can stem from different sources and require different approaches to be effectively resolved.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 25th June 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
26 Jun 2020 CHAIR-WORK AND OTHER ACTION METHODS AS THERAPY INTERVENTIONS - Skills training in practical applications for use within any therapeutic approach
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In recent years, Chair-Work and among other active interventions have experienced a revival in their clinical application. These methods have been utilised in a range of current therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 26th June 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
27 Jun 2020 EVIDENCE BASED RELAXATION THERAPY AND PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY - Evidence-based, non-invasive, easy to implement techniques for teaching to clients
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Relaxation Therapy is evidence-based, efficacious, non-invasive and cost efficient. Simple techniques such as deep diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation can increase physiological and psychological health. Relaxation can improve pain, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, wound healing, cognitive function and post-traumatic stress disorders. Relaxation can increase alpha and theta brainwaves, decrease heart rate and respiration, reduce production of stress hormones such as corticosteroids and improve a range of immune functions

This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 27th June 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
5 Aug 2020 OPEN DIALOGUE: AN INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE WAY TO EMPHASISE HUMANITY - Understanding and working with people in personal, family and social contexts
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Most people enjoy being heard. If they engage in therapy, they need to be heard. Regretfully, the experiences of individuals are often unintentionally minimised and their realities denied, not only by family and friends but also by professionals. Not being heard, in turn, can increase a person’s feelings of aloneness and create a roadblock to their recovery.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 5th August 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
6-7 Aug 20 Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 1 - Bridging the couple chasm - a research based approach
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Help couples in your practice manage conflict and deepen intimacy! This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Couples Therapy. A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions.

Wollongong
6-7 Aug 2020 DIALECTIC BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (DBT) FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER - Two active days developing a DBT stance and skill-kit for use in clinical work
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Day One of this two-day workshop provides a historical look at the development in our understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which includes current epidemiological studies and clinical presenting features. Day Two takes a more in-depth focus on the four
modules, and the general therapeutic stance taken by a DBT practitioner.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 6-7th August 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
13-14 August 2020 Treating Complex Trauma (Day 3-4) with Dr Leah Giarratano
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

The emphasis of this two-day training program is upon imparting practical, accessible skills to use immediately with survivors of complex trauma (especially child abuse and neglect).

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Sydney, NSW
20 August 2020 Recognising personality disorders and managing difficult behaviors: Reviewing the ten personality disorders and their associated challenging behaviours with an afternoon focus upon Borderline and Narcissistic disorders
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

How can we differentiate bipolar disorder from borderline personality disorder (BPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder from obsessivecompulsive personality disorder, or a cognitive lack of empathy from the emotional lack of empathy that is part of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)? Although personality disorders are often talked about, their symptoms can be difficult to recognise - particularly by novice therapists who may be baffled by behaviours associated with personality disorders. This seminar will provide an understanding of the ten DSM-5 listed personality disorders, with an emphasis on: learning to identify the symptoms; understanding the lived experience of consumers; and learning to manage some of the difficult behaviours.

* This training may be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

Sydney, NSW
22 Aug 2020 DID I MISS SOMETHING? PERCEIVING SECRET SUICIDAL THOUGHTS - Exploring the subtleties of clients secretly considering suicide
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Are pain and suffering the same? In suicide prevention we listen for and validate any subtleties of pain that our clients deem to be unbearable. Nevertheless, suffering and pain is complex and often in reflection after having provided a counselling/support session one will ask themselves if they missed something?

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.


* Also available as a live webcast on the 22nd August 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
24-25 Aug 2020 Fundamentals of couple counselling - a two day introduction workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Do you find working with couples a challenge? Would you like to feel more confident to be able to work with couples? Being an effective couple therapist requires us to develop skills that may not come naturally. This two day workshop teaches participants the fundamental skills of couple therapy and explores the challenges of working with adults who present with relationship problems and the particular issues they bring to the counselling room.

*FPS relevant activity *

** AASW Member discount **

Sydney, NSW
27-28 August 2020 Cognitive Processing Therapy Training Workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 Day Workshop

CPT is a cognitive-behavioural treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). CPT was developed in the late 1980s and has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Sydney, NSW
28-30 Aug 2020 RISE UP Supervision Training Course
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

This 3-day face to face course is an opportunity not only to be trained in the RISE UP model of supervision, but for personal growth and personalised feedback, which culminates in a formal assessment phase. It has a pre-reading component of up to 40 hours. Your presenter has extensive experience in private practice and supervision, affording you insight into cases and supervision issues

Sydney, NSW
10 Sept 2020 SUPERVISOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: KNOWING JUST WHERE TO FOCUS - Applying practical models to strengthen and enhance effective supervision work
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This workshop utilises two models of supervision to help supervisors tailor their supervisory approach with supervisees.

Sydney, NSW
24 Sep 2020 TEACHING SELF-REGULATION SKILLS TO MANAGE AND CALM STRONG EMOTIONS - Effective assessment & responses to traumatised clients on a path to recovery.
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This course will provide the skills to effectively teach clients to regulate their nervous systems and emotions. Techniques for assisting hyper arousal and hypo arousal are taught and participants will directly experience these skills as well as taking away tools for conveying them effectively to their clients.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
26 Sep 2020 SUPPORTING CLIENTS IN LIFE TRANSITIONS: REFOCUS THE INNER COMPASS - Practical perspectives and strategies to facilitate stability through life changes
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

‘I was fine until I retired’ or ‘I was okay whilst my kids were living at home’ are common statements we hear when we are trying to understand what life was like before a significant life-change. The transition process has thrown the familiar world into chaos and confusion. This course is for all who facilitate/counsel and support these negotiations of ongoing change and stress and want to build resilience in their clients in support of them making healthy, positive choices.

This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 26th September 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
26-30 Sep 2020 Mindful Self Compassion 5 day workshop
Endorsed CPD: 5 day workshop

Mindful Self-Compassion is an outstanding workshop. The program consist of didactic and experiential training exercises in mindfulness and self-compassion, to improve professional skills and personal lives.

Rapidly expanding research shows that mindfulness and self-compassion are strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety, pain and depression, better healthy habits such as diet and exercise, more satisfying personal relationships and enhanced self-care.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Sydney, NSW
14-15 Oct 2020 GROUP THERAPY TRAINING - Two days of training for those wishing to run groups and those experienced facilitators wishing to revise and refresh their skills
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

In this two-day workshop, the first day gives theory and practice of group therapy. The term 'group therapy' can be applied to a variety of theoretically and practically different kinds of groups from the psychoanalytic to the CBT.

* This training may be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

Sydney, NSW
16 Oct 2020 ADOLESCENT CULTURE: ENGAGING AND MOTIVATING YOUNG PEOPLE - Tools and strategies to understand and effectively work with young people
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

The Adolescent Culture workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to engage and be a part of an informative and experiential/interactive session about young people today. This workshop will include discussions, activities and information on adolescent culture, highlighting what young people are experiencing, feeling, participating in and experimenting with. In addition, participants will walk away with a tool belt with skills and strategies to best engage with and motivate young people.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 16th October 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
19-20 Oct 2020 The Double-Bind: Dissociation vs Mindfulness in bonding, attachment, traumatic injury and repair
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

In this two-day training we will explore the function and processes of dissociation and learn why mindfulness is so terrifying yet fundamental to healing. We will take a tour of the most primitive and most expansive areas of humanity in order to learn how to bring quality and peace to our own, as well as our clients, life.

Sydney, NSW
19-21 Oct 2020 Prolonged Exposure Therapy Training Program and Workshop with Dr Darryl Wade
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

This training workshop will give social workers the confidence and skills to use Prolonged Exposure therapy to help clients recover from posttraumatic stress disorder and related mental health issues. The training incorporates pre-training online learning, lecture, discussion, demonstration therapy videos, and skill development exercises with feedback.

*FPS Relevant Activity*

Sydney, NSW
23-25 Oct 2020 Deathwalker training
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

Doing Death and Dying Well (Deathwalker Training) is a 3 day strength based training providing pallative care awareness to professionals working with people who are dying, their loved ones and carers. The training provides legal and practical knowledge around death and dying. It is experiantial and educational in it's delivery, building resilience and developing skills that enable you to accompany the dying person, their loved ones, carers and bereaved on their journey during what can be a challenging time.

Sydney, NSW
28 Oct 2020 COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT): ENHANCING YOUR CLINICAL APPROACH - Learning and helping to replace blame, condemnation and self-criticism
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

CFT was developed for mental-health issues linked to shame and self-criticism, and for work with those who often come from difficult (eg. neglectful or abusive) backgrounds (Gilbert). The focus is not the content of the client’s problems but the affect and attitude the client takes towards themselves in their suffering. The absence or presence of self-compassion has potential to amplify pain or soothe emotional pain, respectively. Kindly & non-judgmentally relating to oneself & one’s emotional experiences is a worthwhile therapeutic target (Germer & Neff, 2013).


*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 28th October 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
29 Oct 2020 MINDFULNESS AND SELF COMPASSION FOR PROFESSIONALS - Practical skills for lasting and effective professional and personal self-care
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

A growing body of research suggests that health professionals benefit from Mindfulness Based Interventions and Loving-Kindness Meditations that increase their Self-Compassion, since these practices can strengthen their relationships with clients, reduce the chances of burnout and increase overall wellbeing (Bellinghasu, Jones &Hutton, 2014). Applying Mindfulness and Self-Compassion practices in personal life, has the capacity to enhance professional effectiveness and increase longevity.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for further information

Sydney, NSW
30 Oct 2020 ENACTING DISTRESS: CLARIFYING AND WORKING WITH TRAUMA EXPRESSIONS - Addressing the clinical interface between complex trauma and dissociation
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

It is well known that trauma is re-enacted but the reenactment of trauma poses many clinical challenges. This is partly because unresolved trauma is often dissociated and non-verbal, expressed in domains other than spoken language.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for further information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 30th October 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
30 Oct - 1 Nov 2020 Deathwalker training
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

Doing Death and Dying Well (Deathwalker Training) is a 3 day strength based training providing pallative care awareness to professionals working with people who are dying, their loved ones and carers. The training provides legal and practical knowledge around death and dying. It is experiantial and educational in it's delivery, building resilience and developing skills that enable you to accompany the dying person, their loved ones, carers and bereaved on their journey during what can be a challenging time.

Byron Bay, NSW
4-5 Nov 2020 MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: HELPING PEOPLE COMMIT TO CHANGE - Two days of essential theory and skills training for immediate use with clients
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
4-5 Nov 2020 Deep Dive - Sexual Attitudes Reassessment
Endorsed CPD: 2 day course

The primary purpose of a Deep Dive SAR is to assist participants to evaluate their biases, values, attitudes, and feelings regarding a variety of sexuality topics.
This two-day intensive course utilises multimedia, speakers, panels, and small group discussion to provoke an experiential, cognitive, and affective deep dive exploring the range of human sexual expression and behaviour.

*AASW member discount*

Sydney, NSW
6 Nov 2020 SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH GENDER DIVERSITY. Understanding and effectively responding to clients in health care/support settings
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This seminar aims to enhance counselling practitioner’s knowledge, sensitivity and awareness for working with transgender people. Some of the topics covered will be; awareness of language when referring to trans people, scales of sex and gender, the current DSM gender dysphoria diagnosis, referral requirements for treatment and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards. Specifically, this training addresses background information, terms & definitions, diagnosis criteria, the prevalence of gender diversity & aspects of assessment.

* This training may be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

* Also available as a live webcast on the 6th November 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
7 Nov 2020 REGULATING EXISTENTIAL FEELINGS: THE CHALLENGE OF MEANING-MAKING - Exploring and promoting hope, tolerance and resilience for clients in challenging times
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

The early 21st Century is presenting monumental challenges to both leaders and everyday people. Global threats of climate change, mounting numbers of refugees, declines in civility and respect for democracy and accelerating inequality, to name only a few! Such matters may feel ‘all too big’ to fathom, let alone respond constructively.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
12-13 November 2020 Treating Complex Trauma (Day 3-4) with Dr Leah Giarratano
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

The emphasis of this two-day training program is upon imparting practical, accessible skills to use immediately with survivors of complex trauma (especially child abuse and neglect).

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Sydney, NSW
18 Nov 2020 BORDERLINE (BPD), NARCISSISTIC (NPD) & ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDERS (ASPD) - Understanding and responding to these highly challenging client presentations
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

The unpredictability of mood swings and rages associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) can be confusing and challenging for family, friends, colleagues and therapists alike. The hidden agenda and ruthlessness associated with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) can be dangerous.

This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 18th November 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
20 Nov 2020 NARCISSISM: APPLYING PERSPECTIVES FROM PSYCHOANALYSIS AND SCHEMA THERAPY - Schema interventions for working with Narcissistic Personality Disordered clients
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Participants are expected to bring to the workshop a de-identified case of a person in treatment for narcissistic issues. This will be shared in small peer groups and provide a focus for working clinically with such clients.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
25 Nov 2020 EMOTIONALLY-FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT) SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH COUPLES - Learning to incorporate an EFT approach and skills into couples therapy work
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Developed by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in 1985, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term systematic intervention designed to reduce distress in adult love relationships while creating more secure attachment bonds

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 25th November 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
26 Nov 2020 BEYOND BODY AWARENESS: SOMATIC INTERVENTIONS TO DEEPEN CLIENT WORK - Somatic interventions to increase client insight and develop a Corrective Experience
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

With the development of neuroscience and its emphasis on the necessity of working with the body for effective therapeutic work, more practitioners are bringing work with the body into the therapy room. The most common method for doing this is to focus on the development of Insight. In this process, the therapist teases out themes, patterns and repetitions that are occurring at a level of body awareness or mindfulness. Insight develops and self-knowledge increases. However, as with traditional therapeutic approaches, other somatic interventions are available to deepen the therapeutic effectiveness of working with the body.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

* Also available as a live webcast on the 26th November 2020 click here

Sydney, NSW
27 Nov 2020 MALE-FRIENDLY COUNSELLING: ENHANCING THERAPY WORK WITH MEN - Developing gender-sensitive strategies for working with men and boys
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Males make up approximately only 30% of therapy clients and when they do attend, it’s not uncommon for them to experience some struggle to engage with the counselling process. If attending as an obligation feeling pressured to attend, they may present with overt resistance and/or aggression. Many therapists feel underprepared to work with men and do not recognize how ‘therapy-as-usual’ can violate some models norms of traditional manhood.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
28 Nov 2020 NONDUAL AWARENESS & NARRATIVE THERAPY: EAST MEETS WEST - A full day of experiences and training to utilise the present more effectively
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Western psychology focuses on how I am (thoughts, feelings, behaviour and so on) and who I am (identity, personality, etc.). These themes are central to most therapies. However, something is missing, something that has traditionally been the focus of the Eastern approach... and that is that I am, the fact of being, the enduring and underlying self that is so intimate, so essential, so unfailing that it is usually overlooked.

*This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health for more information.

Sydney, NSW
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