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New South Wales

Date Event Location
27th Mar 2019 Child sexual abuse (CSA) and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities: An education program for services providers in Australia
Endorsed CPD: Half day workshop

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013–2017) identified Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities as a sub-group of Australia's population that we know very little about. To help heed the call on building knowledge and capacity in the services sector, a cultural competency education program has been developed. It is primarily designed for service providers in sexual assault and domestic violence organisations (e.g. counsellors, social workers, and psychologists), however general practitioners (GPs), psychiatrists, and relevant program trainers, researchers, and policy-makers are also welcome to attend.

Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27th March Environmental Social Work Practice Group - 27 Mar 2019
Meeting

1.5 CPD hours

Any interested social worker or student is invited to attend the next meeting of the Environmental Social Work Practice Group.

Register here. Video conferencing available.

AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
28-29 March 2019 Working therapeutically with complex trauma clients (Level 2) three phased approach
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This training is designed for practitioners who work in a counselling and/or therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients, and utilise clinical assessment, case formulation and treatment/care planning in their daily practice. This two-day interactive professional development training presents the three-phased approach for working ‘bottom up and top down’ with clients who have complex trauma histories.

Sydney, NSW
28 March 2019 FULL Building Resilience and Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (Sydney 28 Mar 2019)
Workshop

The AASW is pleased to be able to offer this continuing professional development program for social work, mental health and welfare professionals around the theme of Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop.

This workshop will be offered free to all attendees with priority given to AASW members.

NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Heritage Room.  37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
29, 30 and 31 March 2019 Art Therapy Retreat - Art camp
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

At this Art Camp, you will be able to learn and enjoy creative ways of working with clients ( Children, Adolescents, Adults) and groups (Families, Corporations) , using Art Journals, Sand Play, Drawing, Drama Therapy, Body work, Masks, Paintings, Land Art, and more.

Mullumbimby, NSW
29th Mar 2019 Introduction to Open Dialogue and dialogical practice
Endorsed CPD: 4 day course

This training will introduce participants to the Open Dialogue model of care (Finland) and the dialogical clinical practices that underpin and emerge from this model.
There will be a particular focus on the role of open network meetings in Open Dialogue, as well as working therapeutically with families and wider systems in a variety of clinical contexts.

Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th April Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - International Social Work
Seminar

The Student Series: Social Workers in Practice provides opportunity for students to hear from professional social workers about their work and build connections within the profession. There are 8 events planned for 2019, between March and November.

Our April speaker will be David Keegan.

David is a Social Worker and the founding CEO of HOST International, an Australian NGO working with refugees and host communities in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. David has been managing refugee and asylum seeker services for the past 7 years and prior to that worked as a Mental Health First Aid trainer and as a social worker in homelessness and child protection services. David is also the AASW NSW Branch President.

David will provide insights into his work with refugees in Australia/NZ and more recently in Nauru and South East Asia. He will describe how he got into this work and outline some of the challenges and opportunities that social workers will face in this area of work.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Register here. Video conferencing available

AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
Thursday 4th April Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - International Social Work - by video
Seminar

The Student Series: Social Workers in Practice provides opportunity for students to hear from professional social workers about their work and build connections within the profession. There are 8 events planned for 2019, between March and November.

Our April speaker will be David Keegan.

David is a Social Worker and the founding CEO of HOST International, an Australian NGO working with refugees and host communities in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. David has been managing refugee and asylum seeker services for the past 7 years and prior to that worked as a Mental Health First Aid trainer and as a social worker in homelessness and child protection services. David is also the AASW NSW Branch President.

David will provide insights into his work with refugees in Australia/NZ and more recently in Nauru and South East Asia. He will describe how he got into this work and outline some of the challenges and opportunities that social workers will face in this area of work.

Register here.

AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
5th Apr 2019 Core concepts in working with children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around the unique issues faced by children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It will look at the impact of war and violence from a developmental perspective, with attention paid to attachment and resilience. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Sydney, NSW
8th Apr 2019 Core concepts in working with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Armidale, NSW
9th Apr 2019 Evidence Based Relaxation Therapy
Endorsed CPD: 3 hour workshop

Relaxation is evidence based, non-pharmacological, non-invasive, efficacious and cost effective. These practical seminars demonstrate simple techniques reduce pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, inflammatory conditions and PTSD.

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Sydney, NSW
9th Apr 2019 Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology
Endorsed CPD: 3 Hour Workshop

PNI studies interactions between thoughts, emotions and health. Learn effects of relaxation on neural, hormonal and immunological pathways and its' role in reducing pain, fatigue, anxiety, inflammation, depression, PTSD and chronic disease.

Sydney, NSW
9th Apr 2019 Accidental counsellors: Responding to refugee trauma related behaviours
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

There will be times when people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds talk about their previous traumatic experiences of war and violence to workers and volunteers; or get angry or upset, or display other types of trauma reactions. This workshop has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent.

Armidale, NSW
11th Apr 2019 Evidence Based Relaxation Therapy
Endorsed CPD: 3 hour workshop

Relaxation is evidence based, non-pharmacological, non-invasive, efficacious and cost effective. These practical seminars demonstrate simple techniques reduce pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, inflammatory conditions and PTSD.

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Coffs Harbour, NSW
11th Apr 2019 Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology
Endorsed CPD: 3 Hour Workshop

PNI studies interactions between thoughts, emotions and health. Learn effects of relaxation on neural, hormonal and immunological pathways and its' role in reducing pain, fatigue, anxiety, inflammation, depression, PTSD and chronic disease.

Coffs Harbour, NSW
11-12 April 2019 Cross cultural assessment and treatment of torture and refugee trauma with adults
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This two-day clinical workshop incorporates close to 30 years of STARTTS’ experience working with torture and refugee trauma in the context of resettlement and is based on the latest research in the trauma field. It aims to provide counsellors with a framework of the essentials of best practice in moving beyond symptoms to the context of clients from refugee backgrounds which includes socio-political aspects, cultural transition, resettlement and collectivism. It will cover the distinct biopsychosocial sequelae of torture and refugee trauma, including on the nervous system and memory; ways to overcome barriers to engaging clients from refugee backgrounds in therapy; and the importance of utilising a combination of body and mind approaches in a phased trauma treatment approach. It will emphasise the importance of incorporating family and community; and working with other professionals to achieve desired clinical outcomes.

Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 16th April, 2019 Trauma-Informed Care & Practice - Level 2
Interactive Workshop

7.5 CPD hours

The AASW (NSW Branch) in collaboration with the Blue Knot Foundation, are facilitating a one-day interactive professional development training day on Trauma-Informed Care and Practice - Level 2. This workshop is for professionals who work in the (not limited to) health, mental health, AOD, community, legal, justice, domestic and family violence, child protection, emergency, disability, housing, settlement, and/or employment services. This one-day interactive professional development training, builds on the principles of trauma-informed care and practice explored in the Trauma-informed Care and Practice Level 1 workshop.

*Can count towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation CPD requirements*

Professional Teachers' Council NSW, Ground Level, 67-73 St Hilliers Rd (entry via Hall Street), Auburn, NSW
29th Apr 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.

Lismore
29th Apr 2019 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
Thursday 2nd May Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Social Work Practice in Aged Care; an Inpatient and Community Lens
Seminar

The Student Series: Social Workers in Practice provides opportunity for students to hear from professional social workers about their work and build connections within the profession. There are 8 events planned for 2019, between March and November.

Our May speakers will be Melissa Efstathiou and Erin Riley

Melissa Efstathiou is a social worker in the area of geriatric medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she has worked for the past two and a half years. She has worked at Ryde Hospital and Hornsby Hospital and has 8 years of experience providing a social work service in a variety of inpatient setting. She is passionate about aged care and the role of social work in assisting patients and their families to navigate the aged care system. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at the University of New South Wales.

Erin Riley has ten years of aged care social work experience. Erin began her social work career as an inpatient social worker in Geriatrics and Rehabilitation at Fairfield Hospital, following which she was Fairfield Hospital’s Patient Liaison Officer. Erin has worked for the last seven years in a community-based social work capacity, currently working in the Short Term Aged Response Team (START), a case management service based out of RPA that sees vulnerable older people in their own homes, providing advocacy, referrals and complex case management. For a split second in 2017 she was the acting Co-ordinator of Kalparrin, Concord’s Dementia Day Centre. Erin sees the complex interplay of ageism, poverty, neoliberal healthcare models, racism, sexism and intersecting oppressions on the job every-day and is interested in the personal level relational interactions between clients and social workers that don’t recreate systems of power and how these small wins can be viewed as small-scale ways of working toward dismantling systems of inequity of access. Erin completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Sydney University and a Masters of Counselling (Social Work) at UNSW. Erin’s keen interest lies in the promotion of the open discussion of end of life/death and dying with older people, Vikki Reynold’s idea of the immeasurable outcomes/’unhappenings’ of community-based work and how radical/anti-oppressive social work ideas can be applied to work with older people living on the margins. Erin has a lot to say about the decimation of case management funding in the community and how it affects some of society’s most vulnerable people.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Register here. Video conferencing available

AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
Thursday 2nd May Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Social Work Practice in Aged Care; an Inpatient and Community Lens - by video
Seminar

The Student Series: Social Workers in Practice provides opportunity for students to hear from professional social workers about their work and build connections within the profession. There are 8 events planned for 2019, between March and November.

Our May speakers will be Melissa Efstathiou and Erin Riley

Melissa Efstathiou is a social worker in the area of geriatric medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she has worked for the past two and a half years. She has worked at Ryde Hospital and Hornsby Hospital and has 8 years of experience providing a social work service in a variety of inpatient setting. She is passionate about aged care and the role of social work in assisting patients and their families to navigate the aged care system. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at the University of New South Wales.

Erin Riley has ten years of aged care social work experience. Erin began her social work career as an inpatient social worker in Geriatrics and Rehabilitation at Fairfield Hospital, following which she was Fairfield Hospital’s Patient Liaison Officer. Erin has worked for the last seven years in a community-based social work capacity, currently working in the Short Term Aged Response Team (START), a case management service based out of RPA that sees vulnerable older people in their own homes, providing advocacy, referrals and complex case management. For a split second in 2017 she was the acting Co-ordinator of Kalparrin, Concord’s Dementia Day Centre. Erin sees the complex interplay of ageism, poverty, neoliberal healthcare models, racism, sexism and intersecting oppressions on the job every-day and is interested in the personal level relational interactions between clients and social workers that don’t recreate systems of power and how these small wins can be viewed as small-scale ways of working toward dismantling systems of inequity of access. Erin completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Sydney University and a Masters of Counselling (Social Work) at UNSW. Erin’s keen interest lies in the promotion of the open discussion of end of life/death and dying with older people, Vikki Reynold’s idea of the immeasurable outcomes/’unhappenings’ of community-based work and how radical/anti-oppressive social work ideas can be applied to work with older people living on the margins. Erin has a lot to say about the decimation of case management funding in the community and how it affects some of society’s most vulnerable people.

AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
4th May 2019 Becoming trauma sensitive: The professionals' path to making meditation safe and effective for trauma survivors
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room will likely be struggling with trauma. Join our two-day workshop to equip you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness in a safe, effective, trauma-sensitive way.

Sydney, NSW
6-11 May 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 *

Sydney, NSW
9th May 2019 Integrated evidence-based approaches to working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This enjoyable and information packed seminar will provide participants with new abilities to help clients BPD deal with issues relating to self half, multiple suicide attempts, frequently hurt feelings, intense unpredictable mood swings, shame, trauma, toxic relationships and other problems that impair their ability to function in society.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Sydney, NSW
10th May 2019 Evidence based techniques for working effectively with with the five most challenging client groups
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Clients with complex needs are often labelled as "challenging" or as "having challenging behaviour." They may challenge your way of working but there are many strategies you can use in order to enhance your practice and achieve best client outcomes. Attend this seminar and learn how you can develop and further modify CBT, DBT and Schema Therapy techniques you currently use to better support clients with complex needs.

*FPS Relevant Activity*

Sydney, NSW
10th May 2019 Trauma Informed Transgender and Gender Diverse Affirmative Care - Masterclass
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Delivered by one of Blue Knot Foundation’s most experienced and revered facilitators, Dragan Zan Wright is a transgender psychotherapist and trainer who has worked extensively in the fields of Gender Diversity, Complex Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and Practice.

Sydney, NSW
11 May 2019 The Therapeutic Relationship is Your Most Powerful Tool (& Biggest Pitfall): Relational Strategies to Effectively Treat Challenging Clients
Endorsed CPD: 6 hour workshop

While many of us try to maintain a good therapeutic relationship, this can be difficult. Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist; many minimise their own traumatic experiences, or become help-rejecting. Others rush into the work, seeking a “quick fix,” despite a long history of interpersonal trauma.

Through the lens of attachment theory, using a relational, integrative approach, Dr Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors. How do we tell when we’ve unknowingly compromised safety in the relationship? What happens to the relationship when clients or therapists rush into the process, and how can this be addressed? And how can subtle conflicts in the relationship become useful in treatment? Dr Muller points to the different choices therapists make in navigating the relationship. In trauma therapy, those choices have a strong impact on outcome.

Recovering from trauma is a complicated process. When people reveal too much, too soon, they may feel worse. The pacing of therapy is critical. Here too, the key is in the therapist-client relationship. Dr Muller walks you through the relational approaches that help pace the process of opening up –so that people find the experience helpful, not harmful.

Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr Muller's own treatment sessions. This workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in your work as therapists. You will learn specific skills to ensure ethical practice with all clients.

Sydney, NSW
14 May - 2 July 2019 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR
Endorsed CPD: 8 week evening course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a highly acclaimed evidence based program cultivating emotional, psychological and physical resilience. It brings together meditative practices with current scientific understandings of human functioning. The 8 week program (2 hours in evening plus one Sunday retreat day) is highly experiential and includes systematic training in formal and informal mindfulness practices. It is open to health professionals and members of the general public.

Sydney, NSW
16-17 May 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 *
Sydney, NSW
17-19 May 2019 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
17th May 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.

Wollongong
17,18 and 19 May 2019 Art Therapy Retreat - Art camp
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

At this Art Camp, you will be able to learn and enjoy creative ways of working with clients ( Children, Adolescents, Adults) and groups (Families, Corporations) , using Art Journals, Sand Play, Drawing, Drama Therapy, Body work, Masks, Paintings, Land Art, and more.

Mullumbimby, NSW
23rd May 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

Sydney, NSW
24th May 2019 Trauma informed care and practice for the legal and justice sector
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day interactive professional development training provides the information and skills needed by all personnel working in the legal and justice sector to better assist, advocate for and support the large numbers of their clients impacted by diverse traumas, past and present.

Sydney, NSW
24th May 2019 Core concepts in working with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Sydney, NSW
29th May 2019 Working with Psychosis and Trauma – Masterclass
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This Masterclass is delivered by 2017 Mental Health Nurse of the Year, Matt Ball. Matt is renowned for his trauma-informed approach to working with people who experience psychosis or altered states.

Sydney, NSW
30th May 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

Sydney, NSW
31st May 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

Sydney, NSW
31 May - 2 June 2019 Doing death and dying well (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
3rd Jun 2019 Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 1)
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day interactive professional development training provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work in counselling and/or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma.

Parramatta, NSW
4th Jun 2019 Core concepts in working with children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around the unique issues faced by children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It will look at the impact of war and violence from a developmental perspective, with attention paid to attachment and resilience. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Coffs Harbour, NSW
6th Jun 2019 Supporting asylum seekers through the prolonged uncertainty in their claim for protection
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Asylum seekers need to cope with prolonged uncertainty and the fear of being sent home associated with their protection claims, while dealing with the impact of persecution, organised violence, torture, forced displacement, a sometimes dangerous journey to Australia, and detention in Australia; all in the context of an Australian political and media environment that can be unsupportive of asylum seekers. This workshop will discuss the global situation of displaced people, the history of asylum seeker policy in Australia, the legacy caseload and the situation of offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island. It will explore the complex challenges with seeking protection in Australia, and help participants understand how they can support asylum seekers to be able to contain their emotions and feelings, cope with what they are going through in Australia, and prepare for what may come in the future, whether that means obtaining a protection visa or being returned.

Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th June Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Child Protection
Seminar

The Student Series: Social Workers in Practice provides opportunity for students to hear from professional social workers about their work and build connections within the profession. There are 8 events planned for 2019, between March and November.

Our June speakers will be Biljana Milosevic and Aisha Akkawi

Biljana Milosevic is employed as the Director of the Jannawi Family Centre, an NGO specialist child protection service located in Wiley Park which works with children at risk aged 0-12 years and their families. She began working there in 200 and has significant experience working directly with children and families who have experienced violence. She believes strongly in resilience based practice and maintaining hope. She is also the current chair of CASAC Inc., a non-funded peak representing community based child sexual assault counsellors in NSW.

Aisha Akkawi is a Social Worker employed as a Family Counsellor at Jannawi. Her role is to provide specialist counselling and support to parents and children who have experienced interpersonal abuse and violence. She believes in the human right for all children to live in safe homes and the need to advocate for children in adult systems. Aisha also provides support and external supervision to social work students on placement.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Register here. Video conferencing available

AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
Thursday 6th June Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Child Protection - by video
Seminar

The Student Series: Social Workers in Practice provides opportunity for students to hear from professional social workers about their work and build connections within the profession. There are 8 events planned for 2019, between March and November.

Our June speakers will be Biljana Milosevic and Aisha Akkawi

Biljana Milosevic is employed as the Director of the Jannawi Family Centre, an NGO specialist child protection service located in Wiley Park which works with children at risk aged 0-12 years and their families. She began working there in 200 and has significant experience working directly with children and families who have experienced violence. She believes strongly in resilience based practice and maintaining hope. She is also the current chair of CASAC Inc., a non-funded peak representing community based child sexual assault counsellors in NSW.

Aisha Akkawi is a Social Worker employed as a Family Counsellor at Jannawi. Her role is to provide specialist counselling and support to parents and children who have experienced interpersonal abuse and violence. She believes in the human right for all children to live in safe homes and the need to advocate for children in adult systems. Aisha also provides support and external supervision to social work students on placement.

AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
11-12 June 2019 Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This interactive and stimulating 2 day course will assist professionals to explore conflict and impart the essential principles and process of mediation. The structured 5-step mediation model and specific conflict resolution skills will be presented and practiced. The course can be utilised in many different areas of conflict e.g. client work, workplace disputes and interpersonal conflict.

* Discount to AASW members *

Sydney, NSW
12th Jun 2019 Core concepts in working with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Albury, NSW
13th Jun 2019 Difficult But Necessary Conversations
Endorsed CPD: One Day Workshop

This course will provide the necessary understanding, skills and confidence to manage the difficult discussions effectively. The difficult conversation in the workplace will be necessary for the manager with employees, between colleagues and with clients or students. It is also applicable for challenging interpersonal conversations. This course will explore the difficult conversation utilising the Harvard Negotiation Project model.

* AASW Member Discount *

Sydney, NSW
13th Jun 2019 Accidental counsellors: Responding to refugee trauma related behaviours
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

There will be times when people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds talk about their previous traumatic experiences of war and violence to workers and volunteers; or get angry or upset, or display other types of trauma reactions. This workshop has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent.

Albury, NSW
14-16 Jun 2019 Doing death and dying well (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 experiential 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
14th Jun 2019 Foundation for Trauma-informed Care and Practice (Level 1)
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day interactive professional development training alerts attendees to the possibility that their clients and/or co-workers may have experiences of childhood and/or other past or current trauma(s), which are affecting their health, wellbeing, daily interactions and functioning.

Sydney, NSW
17th Jun 2019 Hardwiring recovery with mindfulness and neuroscience: applications for mood, trauma and addictions
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Join Dr Debra Alvis for a day of cutting edge contemplative and brain based interventions to address a spectrum of clinical disorders. With the seminar's focus on clinician self care, conclude the day feeling renewed energised and ready to apply these new approaches.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Sydney, NSW
20th Jun 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

Sydney, NSW
21st Jun 2019 Non verbal, visual processing as a clinical approach in client work. Understanding and using art as a therapeutic intervention in client work.
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This is a rare opportunity to develop understanding and skill in the use of art as visual processing in therapy and particularly in trauma treatment and recovery. When clients find it difficult to talk about an event, situation, relationship, feeling etc. a nonverbal expression can open up expression and make way for therapeutic work. Trauma memory can be a visual reoccurrence or recollection, that is triggered unexpectedly at times and using art becomes a relevant approach regardless of a person’s artistic ability.

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

Sydney, NSW
21-23 Jun 2019 Doing death and dying well (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 experiential 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
25th Jun 2019 Embedding Trauma-Informed Care and Practice for Managers
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day foundational interactive professional development training alerts attendees to the possibility that clients, staff members and/or practitioners may have experiences of trauma/s, from childhood, or more recently, which are affecting their health, wellbeing, and daily interactions and functioning.

Sydney, NSW
26th Jun 2019 Working with couples. A practical day of active training in essential skills, interventions and knowledge
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Working with couples can be very challenging and asks a great deal of the therapist in different ways to working with individuals. This training day is designed to give therapists an opportunity to learn systemic concepts when working with couples and participants will learn practical skills and tools to build confidence in this area of clinical work.

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

Sydney, NSW
27th Jun 2019 Engaging parents and carers: creating a working alliance - An ethical engagement framework to support confidence and best practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This course will help participants develop skills in positive engagement of parents/carers from the outset. The course aims to provide participants with an engagement framework that complements all their existing knowledge and skills. It brings together knowledge of trauma, attachment, shame research, attunement, invitations to responsibility framework, parental ethics, and their role in ethical client engagement.

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

Sydney, NSW
28th Jun 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

Sydney, NSW
28th Jun 2019 Chronically suicidal clients - developing understanding and strategies for help
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

For many clients, suicidal feelings occur once in their life during periods when they are overwhelmed by current life stressors. Helping such clients is usually a relatively straightforward process. The most commonly applied psychotherapeutic and psychiatric techniques are usually successful. However, more difficult are those clients who have been suicidal all of their adult life. These clients do not respond to medication, social support, community mental health teams, and most other forms of psychotherapy. Many of these clients are also habitually self-destructive, regularly hurting themselves and acting on suicidal impulses. Dealing with clients who are both chronically suicidal and self-destructive can be a source of great anxiety for many professionals. This workshop is intended to help participants develop an understanding of the source of chronic suicidal thoughts and actions, and provide some basic principles for use when treating such clients.

Sydney, NSW
4th Jul 2019 Accidental counsellors: Responding to refugee trauma related behaviours
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

There will be times when people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds talk about their previous traumatic experiences of war and violence to workers and volunteers; or get angry or upset, or display other types of trauma reactions. This workshop has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent.

Wollongong
25-26 July 2019 Cross cultural assessment and treatment of torture and refugee trauma with children and adolescents
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This two-day clinical workshop incorporates close to 30 years of STARTTS’ experience working with refugee trauma and is based on the latest research in the trauma field. It aims to provide counsellors with a framework of the essentials of best practice in moving beyond symptoms to the context of children and young people from refugee backgrounds which includes cultural transition, resettlement, integrating into a school community and collectivism. It will cover the distinct biopsychosocial sequelae of torture and refugee trauma, including on the developing nervous system, memory and attachment; ways to overcome barriers to engaging young clients from refugee backgrounds in therapy and groups; and the importance of utilising a combination of expressive and body and mind approaches in a phased trauma treatment approach. It will emphasise the importance of incorporating family, the school and community; and working with other professionals to achieve desired clinical outcomes.

Sydney, NSW
30 July - 17 Sept 2019 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR
Endorsed CPD: 8 week evening course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a highly acclaimed evidence based program cultivating emotional, psychological and physical resilience. It brings together meditative practices with current scientific understandings of human functioning. The 8 week program (2 hours in evening plus one Sunday retreat day) is highly experiential and includes systematic training in formal and informal mindfulness practices. It is open to health professionals and members of the general public.

Sydney, NSW
1-2 August 2019 Gottman Martial 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.

Sydney, NSW
2-4 August 2019 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
2nd Aug 2019 The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar
Endorsed CPD: 1 day seminar

The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar equips social workers and other frontline professionals with practical knowledge, skills and tools that they can apply directly in their work to support young people improve and maintain their mental and emotional wellbeing.

Sydney, NSW
6th Aug 2019 Cultural competence in working with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one day workshop will give participants a greater awareness of the key factors which impact on client-worker interactions such one’s worldview, privilege, bias and representation. Participants will come away with general knowledge of the socio-political contexts of the main countries of origin of refugees coming to Australia and how culture, identity and meaning are impacted by torture and other traumatic events, resettlement, interactions with the host culture and the Australian service provision context. The workshop will explore key worker attitudes and skills for working in a culturally competent and trauma informed manner with people from refugee backgrounds.

Coffs Harbour, NSW
8-9 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 *
Sydney, NSW
19-24 August 2019 ADVANCED CLINICAL COURSE: Certificate of Advanced Clinical Hypnosis (CBT)
Endorsed CPD: 6 day workshop

This course is designed to expand your range of clinical skills with hypnotherapy, psychotherapy & counselling. There is a special component of regression and hypno-analytical therapy contained in this course.

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Sydney, NSW
21st Aug 2019 Accidental counsellors: Responding to refugee trauma related behaviours
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

There will be times when people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds talk about their previous traumatic experiences of war and violence to workers and volunteers; or get angry or upset, or display other types of trauma reactions. This workshop has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent.

Newcastle, NSW
23rd Aug 2019 Core concepts in working with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Sydney, NSW
29-30 August 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 *

Sydney, NSW
6th Sep 2019 Cultural competence in working with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one day workshop will give participants a greater awareness of the key factors which impact on client-worker interactions such one’s worldview, privilege, bias and representation. Participants will come away with general knowledge of the socio-political contexts of the main countries of origin of refugees coming to Australia and how culture, identity and meaning are impacted by torture and other traumatic events, resettlement, interactions with the host culture and the Australian service provision context. The workshop will explore key worker attitudes and skills for working in a culturally competent and trauma informed manner with people from refugee backgrounds.

Sydney, NSW
11th Sep 2019 Accidental counsellors: Responding to refugee trauma related behaviours
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

There will be times when people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds talk about their previous traumatic experiences of war and violence to workers and volunteers; or get angry or upset, or display other types of trauma reactions. This workshop has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent.

Wagga Wagga
13th Sep 2019 Facilitating groups with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop will give participants a greater understanding of the impact of torture and refugee trauma on group participation and dynamics, and how it can be effectively managed. It will cover the general principles of group facilitation in a cross-cultural context; and the things to be aware of and techniques to create a safe and engaging learning experience, to encourage a meaningful exchange of ideas, and to involve each member in thinking through different issues. Group facilitation tools and practical exercises to encourage meaningful participation will also be covered.

Sydney, NSW
20th Sep 2019 Refugee trauma sensitive conflict resolution
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Refugees have experienced persecution, torture and other traumatic experiences in the context of organised violence, which has implications for healing from trauma and rebuilding lives in Australia. It is essential that workers have the skills to manage conflict when it arises and provide a safe service provision environment. This practical workshop focuses on understanding and resolving conflict in a trauma-sensitive way. It is informed by latest research in the conflict and trauma field, and aims to draw the link between the two fields. Participants will come out of the training with an understanding of how conflict, violence, the trauma experience and trauma-healing are related, and practical skills of facilitating resolution of conflict in a trauma-sensitive way.

Sydney, NSW
22-26 Sep 2019 Mindfulness and Self Compassion 5 day workshop for professionals
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
22-23 Sep 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 *

Sydney, NSW
26-27 September 2019 Providing grief counselling in the context of multiple losses associated with refugee trauma and resettlement
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Loss and associated grief are defining characteristics of the refugee experience. This two-day clinical workshop will give participants a greater awareness of the key components of loss and grief counselling when assessing and treating refugee survivors of torture and trauma. It will introduce participants to a model of cross cultural grief treatment and its relevance to the refugee resettlement context associated with the loss of loved ones and homeland, change of social status, and a loss of a sense of belonging, meaning and purpose. It will give participants practical strategies for how to treat grief, including traumatic grief, and assist clients rebuild their lives in Australia.

Sydney, NSW
11th Oct 2019 Core concepts in working with children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around the unique issues faced by children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It will look at the impact of war and violence from a developmental perspective, with attention paid to attachment and resilience. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Sydney, NSW
11, 12 October and 1, 2 November 2019 Supervision of staff for social workers
Endorsed CPD: 4 day workshop

The aim of this course is to enable the achievement by all participants of a satisfactory level of competence for supervising social work staff in an effective, efficient and sensitive manner. The course will focus on the development of supervisory skills, techniques and knowledge using a variety of methods, including presentations, small group discussion and experiential learning assisted by the use of video.

Sydney, NSW
15th Oct 2019 Core concepts in working with children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around the unique issues faced by children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It will look at the impact of war and violence from a developmental perspective, with attention paid to attachment and resilience. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Armidale, NSW
17th Oct 2019 Research based skills training for healing wounded couples. A one day skills training for practical application based on Gottman's research
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This practical one-day training workshop begins with a brief review of historical approaches to couples therapy and how research has revealed the ineffectiveness in those approaches. Ari will then present some of Gottman’s (leading couples therapy researcher) findings about destructive patterns in couple relationships and their predictive validity as well as those aspects that enhance satisfying and enduring relationships.

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

Sydney, NSW
17th Oct 2019 Clinical and community interventions in early childhood with families from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This two-day clinical workshop is informed by STARTTS’ research and is focused on the unique challenges of working clinically with children from refugee backgrounds under six years of age and their parents/caregivers who have experienced war and violence. It will explore how direct and indirect traumatic experiences impact on the mother and child pre- and post-natally. Consideration will be given to influences such as the developing nervous system, memory and attachment, potential delays in all areas of development as a result of the complex interactions of refugee-related trauma, ways to overcome barriers to engaging young children from refugee backgrounds and their parents in therapy; the importance of balancing structure with child-centred / relationship based following of the child, regulating emotions, using play, music and movement. Attention will also be given to how to act as a role model, mentor and supporter for parents. The workshop will discuss incorporating the family’s cultural beliefs in therapy and how to integrate an interpreter into sessions.

Sydney, NSW
18th Oct 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

Sydney, NSW
23rd Oct 2019 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 obsessive compulsive 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
24th Oct 2019 Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders in Depth: Recognising 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, co-workers and therapists alike. This seminar will provide an in-depth understanding of BPD and NPD.

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

Sydney, NSW
25th Oct 2019 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
31st Oct 2019 Accidental counsellors: Responding to refugee trauma related behaviours
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

There will be times when people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds talk about their previous traumatic experiences of war and violence to workers and volunteers; or get angry or upset, or display other types of trauma reactions. This workshop has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent.

Sydney, NSW
31st Oct 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.

Sydney, NSW
1, 2 and 3 November 2019 Art Therapy Retreat - Art camp
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

At this Art Camp, you will be able to learn and enjoy creative ways of working with clients ( Children, Adolescents, Adults) and groups (Families, Corporations) , using Art Journals, Sand Play, Drawing, Drama Therapy, Body work, Masks, Paintings, Land Art, and more.

Mullumbimby, NSW
1st Nov 2019 Grieving loss with mindfulness and with self compassion - skills and strategies for transforming painful processes in loss and grief.
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This course will present a mindful approach to working through loss, grief when learning new ways to cope with a changed world. The workshop will draw on John Kabat Zinn’s (2016) work which suggests that ‘The challenge of mindfulness is to work with the very circumstances in which you find yourself regardless of how discouraging and stuck you feel.’

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

Sydney, NSW
6th Nov 2019 Bringing your best to supervision - A one day practical workshop for both supervisors and supervisees
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This workshop explores how both supervisors and supervisees provide input towards key processes in supervision.

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

Sydney, NSW
7-8 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 *
Sydney, NSW
7th Nov 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

Sydney, NSW
8th Nov 2019 Somatic approaches for deepening client work. Actively exploring embodied emotional experience with accessible techniques
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Recent developments and research in neuroscience indicate that direct attention to and work with the emotions is necessary for effective therapeutic change. More particularly, ‘affective embodied experiences are central for change to occur’ (Schore 2012).

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

Sydney, NSW
8th Nov 2019 Core concepts in working with people from refugee backgrounds
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Sydney, NSW
13-14 Nov 2019 Group Therapy Facilitator training - Two days of active and experiential training for those wishing to run groups and those 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
14-15 November 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 *
Sydney, NSW
18 - 23 November 2019 SUMMER RESIDENTIAL Istituto di Gestalt Italy in Byron Bay - Contemporary Gestalt thought and practice next to the ocean!
Endorsed CPD: 31 hour workshop

Dr Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb brings her well received 1-week summer Gestalt Therapy residential straight from Italy to Tallows Beach Retreat Centre between the Teatree Lake and the Pacific Ocean!

Byron Bay, NSW
25-30 Nov 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 *

Sydney, NSW
28th 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

Sydney, NSW
29th Nov 2019 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 be considered Focused Psychological Strategies. Please refer to the DoH website for further information

Sydney, NSW
30th Nov 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

Sydney, NSW
AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers