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CPD (Endorsed by AASW)

Date Event Location
Ongoing Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning - 20+ online and face-to-face workshops
Endorsed CPD: Online Training

The Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning (Learning Centre) is a Queensland Health based training provider, offering a range of education options to mental health professionals and other health professionals who are seeking core mental health education.

Online and face-to-face learning opprotunities avaiable.

*FPS relevant activities*

*Free content for QLD Health staff*

Brisbane, Qld
15-20 July 2019 CLINICAL COURSE: Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis (CBT)
Endorsed CPD: 6 day workshop

This course will teach you the fundamentals of CBT, guided imagery, counselling, stress management and relaxation. The emphasis is on using a positive approach with your patients.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Brisbane, Qld
20-21 Jul 2019 Advanced Skills in Couples Therapy
Endorsed CPD - 2 day workshop

This 2-day informative, interactive and experimental workshop will offer therapists and understanding of working with couples from a Gestalt and Emotion Focused (EFT) perspective.

  • Day 1: Working Confidently with Infidelity
  • Day 2: Effective Experiment in Couples Therapy

Participants can attend one day or both days.

Brisbane, Qld
25-27 July 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.

Brisbane, Qld
27-31 July 2019 Mindfulness and 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 *

Coolangatta, QLD
27-28 Jul 2019 Mindfulness and Self Compassion 2 day workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 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 *

Coolangatta, QLD
5th Aug 2019 Building a resilient brain: How to apply the latest neuroscience based brain-changing techniques for better mental health
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one day workshop, led by clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Sweeton, shares the most up to date neuroscience research discoveries and teaches highly effective brain base techniques aimed at facilitating recovery from mental illness.

Brisbane, Qld
8-11 August 2019 Australian Association of Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT) National Forum 2019 - Turning over a new leaf
Endorsed CPD: Forum

The 2019 Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy Forum 'turning over a new leaf' is an opportunity to experience the transformational nature of Bush Adventure Therapy, and how it has brought about positive change in individuals, culture, practices, and research. Situated in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland in the Numinbah Valley, Queensland, this is a forum not to be missed!

Gold Coast, Qld
15-16 August 2019 Treating Complex Trauma 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 *
Brisbane, Qld
16th Aug 2019 Managing Vicarious Trauma
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas.

Brisbane, Qld
20 August 2019 Greening Out - Supporting Young People Using Cannabis - Introductory skills for practice
Endorsed CPD: 3 Hour workshop

Foundation skills for understanding, assessing and responding to cannabis use in young people.

Gold Coast, Qld
24 August - 27 October 2019 Advanced Training in Supervision Theory and Practice - A relational & experiential process
Endorsed CPD: 39 hour workshop

This exciting and newly developed training program provides participants with 39 hours of direct face to face supervision training within a training group over three weekends.
This experiential learning will allow participants to enhance their practice of individual and group supervision within a supportive environment.

Successful participants will be able to apply to be listed as an accredited supervisor on the PACFA National Register.

Brisbane, Qld
30th Aug 2019 Cultivating resilient communities: resources in the face of global crisis with international presenter Mark Fairfield
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In this workshop, international Gestalt trainer, social worker author and community organiser Mark Fairfield presents a framework for protecting communities under threat, pulling from research on resilience and social capital.

Brisbane, Qld
31st Aug 2019 Incorporating MANDALAS in therapy sessions - art therapy
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In this one-day event you will learn how to change the repetitive pattern that emerge in in your client's life using/creating/ modifying mandalas in a symbolic way.

Brisbane, Qld
6th Sep 2019 The wisdom and magic of play - a workshop with Denise Richman
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Denise Richman, experienced child and adolescent therapist from Los Angeles will facilitate this serious, yet lively and playful training. Participants will learn about and explore the Violet Oaklander model of Gestalt therapy for children and adolescents. It is more than play and more than art! This workshop will be fresh and relevant for those who attended Part 1, and completely accessible to those who are newcomers.

Brisbane, Qld
7th Sep 2019 Sand Play Therapy - a Gestalt approach
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In this one-day event you will learn how to use creative methods to enhance your therapy practice with Sand Play tools with individuals, children and families.

Brisbane, Qld
14th Sep 2019 Working with children - a Gestalt approach
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In this workshop we will explore how to use Sand Play, Drama, Music, etc in a therapeutic context with children.

Brisbane, Qld
17 September 2019 Greening Out - Supporting Young People Using Cannabis - Advanced skills for practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Advanced skills for developing therapeutic action plans and interventions for young people using cannabis.

Gold Coast, Qld
10th Oct 2019 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

Brisbane, Qld
12-13 October 2019 Art Therapy and Creativity with varying models of evidenced based therapies for different client groups - weekend workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Weekend Workshop - Using art exercises alongside medical models of psychological and behavioural interventions adds another component to learning, a non-verbal one. Social workers will gain knowledge and experience in attending the 2 Day workshop. 7 Art exercise will be included (no artistic talent required).

*Discount for AASW members*

Coolangatta, QLD
12th Oct 2019 Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Gestalt Therapy is an innovative methodology and practice developed by Dr Fritz Perls in the 1960's and 70's.

Brisbane, Qld
16th Oct 2019 Schema therapy: interventions for change - an introduction to schema therapy for use in an integrated clinical practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Schema Therapy has been designed to treat disturbed people, including those with chronic mood disorders and personality disorders. There is now considerable evidence of effectiveness with randomised control trials.

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

Brisbane, Qld
16th Oct 2019 The joyful brain - practical neuroscience based techniques to help your client rewire the brain and create lasting happiness, improve health, enhance job performance and create contentment
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Attend this workshop and articulate the benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well being, relationships and job performance. Administer specific practices to cultivate gratitude, compassion, self compassion and connection and understand how to integrate these practices effectively into treatment.

Brisbane, Qld
17th Oct 2019 Complex trauma: recognising and working effectively with our clients - a day of theory and training for working beyond single incident trauma
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Complex trauma is highly damaging but frequently unrecognised and inappropriately treated. While current research in the neurobiology of attachment has major implications for treatment of trauma, the potential of these insights is not widely operationalised in clinical practice and confusion about the differences between ‘complex’ and ‘single incident’ trauma persists.

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

Brisbane, Qld
18th Oct 2019 Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as a clinical approach. Learning and helping to replace blame and condemnation and self-criticism
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This workshop will draw from the work of Paul Gilbert, founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Dennis Tirch, founder of The Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy. The healing properties of compassion have been written about for centuries, including the Dali Lama who connects compassion with happiness. CFT is an integrated and multimodal approach that draws from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience.

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

Brisbane, Qld
19th Oct 2019 Group work skills workshop - Introduction
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Discover how to manage any kind of Groups: Work groups, School Groups, Groups Therapy, Family work.

26th Oct 2019 Working with teenagers and art journals with Art Therapy
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This Amazing and interesting Tool is the "Star" of the Art therapy techniques.

Brisbane, Qld
31 October - 1 November 2019 Treating PTSD 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 *
Brisbane, Qld
3-4 November 2019 2 Day Intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Training for adults and adolescents - latest research from DBT skills training manual 2nd edition 2015 Marsha Linehan PhD
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This 2 day Intensive “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Training” is designed to assist practitioners gain knowledge of how to work with DBT as individual therapists/health care workers and also as skills group trainers/facilitators. Training can be tailored to specific region’s needs and information on how to set up a DBT program including Therapists Consult groups is also detailed. DBT for Adolescents and Children is also detailed in the training.

*Discount for AASW members*

*FPS relevant activity*

Coolangatta, QLD
9th Nov 2019 Sand Play Therapy - a Gestalt approach
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In this one-day event you will learn how to use creative methods to enhance your therapy practice with Sand Play tools with individuals, children and families.

Brisbane, Qld
14th Nov 2019 Motivational interviewing: Helping people commit to change - a day of theory and active skills training for immediate use in clients work
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for, and commitment to, a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. Motivational interviewing utilises the principles and practices of person-centred counselling to engage a person in a conversation about change.

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

Brisbane, Qld
15th Nov 2019 Working with Diversity in Gender and Identity Expression - A One Day Workshop for Health Professionals and Support Workers
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 transpeople, 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

Brisbane, Qld
16th Nov 2019 Working with children - a Gestalt approach
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In this workshop we will explore how to use Sand Play, Drama, Music, etc in a therapeutic context with children.

Brisbane, Qld
20th Nov 2019 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - A full day workshop of theory, skills and resources for immediate application
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a chronic disorder characterised by excessive worry, accompanied by somatic symptoms such as restlessness, sleep disturbance, muscle tension and fatigue. It is one of the most common comorbid disorders, particularly with major depression and other anxiety disorders. GAD is also frequently associated with chronic pain conditions, medically unexplained symptoms and sleep disorders. Estimates of lifetime prevalence range between 4.0% and 7.0%. Because of its frequently chronic course, GAD has the potential to create greater disruption in peoples' lives than other anxiety disorders. Historically, it has been less responsive to psychological treatment than other anxiety disorders, and until around 2000, studies reviewing treatment outcomes based on standard CBT interventions found limited improvements.

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

Brisbane, Qld
21-22 November 2019 Cognitive Processing Therapy Training
Endorsed CPD: 2 Day Workshop

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD - A treatment for complex trauma. This two-day workshop aims to train clinicians to deliver CPT. The training is practice-oriented and includes video clips of expert demonstrations. You will also be provided with a comprehensive manual and client handouts (in hard and soft copy) for clinical use.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Brisbane, Qld
21st Nov 2019 Attachment across the lifespan. 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

Brisbane, Qld
22nd Nov 2019 Early and ongoing attachment disorganisation: implications for working with trauma and disordered personality in adults understanding and responding to complex and challenging client presentations
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 2019 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 be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

Brisbane, Qld
23rd Nov 2019 Incorporating MANDALAS in therapy sessions - art therapy
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In this one-day event you will learn how to change the repetitive pattern that emerge in in your client's life using/creating/ modifying mandalas in a symbolic way.

Brisbane, Qld
26 November 2019 Greening Out - Supporting Young People Using Cannabis - Introductory skills for practce
Endorsed CPD: 3 Hour workshop

Foundation skills for understanding, assessing and responding to cannabis use in young people.

Gold Coast, Qld
28th Nov 2019 Promoting resilience in older people - a practical strengths based approach in support of the many challenges of old age
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Why are some people ageing with a great sense of freedom and others with a sense of despair? Is it just a matter of attitude? What does the current research say about ageing with resilience? Evidence suggests that emotional wellbeing generally increases with age unless the older person is experiencing some major health issue or disadvantage (Centre for Mental Health 2014).

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

Brisbane, Qld
6th Dec 2019 Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner Certification Training
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

The EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Certification is a 3 day engaging and deeply interactive course. Over the 3 days you will learn how to use EFT for yourself, with individual clients and in groups. There is also a short pre training to complete online. The wide range of benefits of EFT as a therapeutic tool is being increasingly recognised, largely due to numerous research studies conducted to assess the benefits of the modality. You will learn to use EFT to reduce stress, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, cravings, pain, phobias and more…

The EFT Certification is suitable for participants from all levels of the Social work profession – from student to advanced practitioner.

*AASW member discount**

Brisbane, Qld
AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers