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Date Event Location
On Demand Supervising Supervisors
Endorsed CPD: 2 - Day Event

This two (2) day training workshop provides a safe and challenging environment for participants to develop advanced skills in providing clinical supervision to those who are themselves clinical supervisors.

On Demand Supervisor
Enodrsed CPD: 2 - Day Workshop

This two day workshop is designed for mental health practitioners who are currently providing clinical supervision (or soon to be) within a mental health service setting. The training is practical and promotes a collaborative process-based generic clinical supervision model.

On Demand Mental Health Educator
Endorsed CPD: 3 - Day Workshop

The Mental Health Educator Development 3 day forum provides participants with the knowledge and skills to further their development and professional competency as a trainer, facilitator or educator.

The program explores the development of education sessions for delivery to Queensland Health Mental Health staff. This includes determining learning needs and desired learning outcomes, as well as the principles of adult learning and how these can be addressed by a range of learning activities.

Various
TBA The Artistry of Facilitation: Training Small Groups
Endorsed CPD: One Day Workshop

The Artistry of Facilitation is an engaging and dynamic one day course that will assist workers to explore the theory and practical aspects of facilitating training groups. The course will ensure workers have the knowledge, practical skills and confidence in preparing, delivering and reviewing training sessions. The training will also focus on becoming an artist of facilitation – in particular, the subtle techniques and aspects of facilitation. The course is applicable to trainers in all areas – it is designed to suit both beginning facilitators as well as those that are more experienced.

* AASW Member Discount *

Brisbane, Qld
TBA Difficult But Necessary Conversations
Endorsed CPD: One Day Workshop

This one day workshop will assist the manager/ worker/ staff member to understand and demonstrate the skills, techniques and model in having difficult but necessary conversations.

A difficult but necessary conversation is anything you find hard to talk about but know that you need to. The issue is often how to start sensitive conversations that will invite open and constructive dialogue. When interactions become difficult, emotions often escalate and communication can break down. We often fear having the difficult conversation as we are concerned that we may make the situation worse - so we may try to avoid it or if we know we have to have it, we may try and blunder through it.

This course will provide the necessary understanding, skills and confidence to manage the discussion 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 *

Brisbane, Qld
Semester 2, Date TBA Fighting Fair: Difficult But Necessary Conversations
Endorsed CPD: One Day Workshop

This one day workshop will assist the manager/ worker/ staff member to understand and demonstrate the skills, techniques and model in having difficult but necessary conversations.

A difficult but necessary conversation is anything you find hard to talk about but know that you need to. The issue is often how to start sensitive conversations that will invite open and constructive dialogue. When interactions become difficult, emotions often escalate and communication can break down. We often fear having the difficult conversation as we are concerned that we may make the situation worse - so we may try to avoid it or if we know we have to have it, we may try and blunder through it.

This course will provide the necessary understanding, skills and confidence to manage the discussion 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 *

Brisbane, Qld
24th Feb 2018 Gestalt Introductory Workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Gestalt a a way of being. Here and now!

This workshop is designed to enable the participant to establish a basic Intervention model that clearly describes the process of therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. This requires the participant to become familiar with the ‘phases’ of this relationship. After demonstrating some degree of comfort in this structure, the participant will be able to begin to develop his or her own ‘style’ of interventions and creative practice.

3rd March 2018 Introduction to Gestalt Art Therapy Course
Endorsed CPD: 6 day Course

Module #1 - History and theory of gestalt Therapy, Creative cycle of experiencing, Gestalt art therapy tools.

Module # 2 - Art therapy history and development, the role of therapist-facilitator, who can benefit from art therapy, where we use art therapy, use of art materials and tools.

Module # 3 - Sand-play, Masks, painting, collage, sculpture, phototherapy & music therapy.

Brisbane, Qld
Thursday 8th March 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (QLD 8th Mar)
Workshop

4.5 Hours

The AASW is delighted to be able to offer a new 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.

**THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED**

Please register for an alternative date, or email CVE_Training@aasw.asn.au to join the waiting list.

Logan East Community Centre, 53-57 Cinderella Drive, Springwood, QLD, 4127
10 -11th March 2018 Working with children in therapy sessions
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Any professional in the helping services who wants to work with children, must take into account the child as a total system: the family, social, cultural, and developmental factors influencing the child. Explore how to use sand play, drama, music etc in a therapeutic context.

Brisbane, Qld
20 March 2018 AASW QLD & Griffith University World Social Work Day 2018
Event

Griffith University School of Human Services & Social Work and the AASW (QLD Branch) proudly present a World Social Work Day Celebration at the The Ship Inn, Southbank Parklands.

Brisbane, Qld
Thursday 22nd March 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (QLD 22 Mar)
Workshop

4.5 Hours

The AASW is delighted to be able to offer a new 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.

**THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED**

Please register for an alternative date, or email CVE_Training@aasw.asn.au to join the waiting list.

Logan East Community Centre, 53-57 Cinderella Drive, Springwood, QLD, 4127
Thursday 12th April 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (QLD 12th Apr)
Workshop

4.5 Hours

The AASW is delighted to be able to offer a new 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.

**THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED**

Please register for an alternative date, or email CVE_Training@aasw.asn.au to join the waiting list.

Logan East Community Centre, 53-57 Cinderella Drive, Springwood, QLD, 4127
Tuesday 17th April 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (QLD 17th Apr)
Workshop

4.5 Hours

The AASW is delighted to be able to offer a new 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.

**THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED**

Please register for an alternative date, or email CVE_Training@aasw.asn.au to join the waiting list.

Logan East Community Centre, 53-57 Cinderella Drive, Springwood, QLD, 4127
19th Apr 2018 Core skills and techniques for working with couples. Foundational skills training and perspectives for effectively working with couples
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 to build confidence in this area of clinical work.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
20th April 2017 Active interventions: powerful techniques to enhance individual and couple therapy. Skills training in practice applications for use within any therapeutic approach
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

In recent years, Action Methods have been utilised in a range of current therapies including ACT and Schema Therapy. This dynamic workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn a range of powerful methods (based on psychodrama and Gestalt therapy techniques) which can enhance the therapeutic work with individuals and couples.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
17th and 18th May 2018 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
17-18 May 2018 Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 1: Bridging the couple chasm - a research based approach
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

Brisbane, Qld
19th - 20th May 2018 Art therapy and creativity with varying models of therapy treatments for different client groups
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This weekend workshop will explore the use of art exercises alongside medical models of psychological and behavioural interventions. Social workers will gain knowledge and experience in attending the 2 Day workshop. 7 Art exercise will be included (no artistic talent required).

Coolangatta, QLD
9 - 10 June 2018 Group Work Skills Workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Using artistic tools and integrating them into the practice of social work is an essential ability to perform efficiently & effectively in certain key interventions.

Each Group is a different World. In this weekend, you will learn:

  • The secret of leadership from within
  • Become at ease in a safe place in which you can develop skills as a group facilitator
  • Be able to practice various skills, creative methods in working with groups and become confident in being present as a leader
  • Refine yours and participants' abilities to work with group dynamics as they emerge in the training group
  • Discover the key principles of group process work: Group energy, clients’ patterns and leadership models
  • Practice working on simulated issues that deal with group problems and members will learn how to lead and solve group problems
  • Learn how to resolve group conflicts, emotional blocks, 'shadow work' and more creative methods in group work.
Brisbane, Qld
21st to 25th July 2018 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 *

Gold Coast, Qld
22nd - 23rd July 2017 Mindfulness and Self Compassion 2 day workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Mindfulness and 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
22 - 23 July 2018 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.

Brisbane, Qld
26-28 July 2018 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.

Gold Coast, Qld
26 - 27 July 2018 Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD - Manualised, Evidence-Based Therapy For Complex Trauma
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

CPT is a cognitive-behavioural treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was developed in the late 1980s and has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defence, as well as the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Melbourne, Vic
28th -29th July 2018 Sand Play Therapy - A Gestalt Approach Workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Master class in sand play therapy - a Gestalt approach. A powerful method with families, children couples and individual sessions.

Brisbane, Qld
28th Jul 2018 Gestalt Introductory Workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Gestalt a a way of being. Here and now!

This workshop is designed to enable the participant to establish a basic Intervention model that clearly describes the process of therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. This requires the participant to become familiar with the ‘phases’ of this relationship. After demonstrating some degree of comfort in this structure, the participant will be able to begin to develop his or her own ‘style’ of interventions and creative practice.

2nd and 3rd August 2018 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
2-4 Aug 2018 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
4th- 5th August 2018 Working with children in therapy sessions
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Any professional in the helping services who wants to work with children, must take into account the child as a total system: the family, social, cultural, and developmental factors influencing the child. Explore how to use sand play, drama, music etc in a therapeutic context.

Brisbane, Qld
11 - 12 August 2018 Group Work Skills Workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Using artistic tools and integrating them into the practice of social work is an essential ability to perform efficiently & effectively in certain key interventions.

Each Group is a different World. In this weekend, you will learn:

  • The secret of leadership from within
  • Become at ease in a safe place in which you can develop skills as a group facilitator
  • Be able to practice various skills, creative methods in working with groups and become confident in being present as a leader
  • Refine yours and participants' abilities to work with group dynamics as they emerge in the training group
  • Discover the key principles of group process work: Group energy, clients’ patterns and leadership models
  • Practice working on simulated issues that deal with group problems and members will learn how to lead and solve group problems
  • Learn how to resolve group conflicts, emotional blocks, 'shadow work' and more creative methods in group work.
Brisbane, Qld
24th August 2018 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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
25th August 2018 Applied Positive Psychology: a strengths based approach. Key concepts and practical skills training for use in clinical practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Positive psychology is at times, mistakenly, interpreted as being simply positive thinking and as having the aim of producing perpetually smiling clients. This is, of course, not the case. Rather, positive psychology is a research-based branch of psychology that encourages therapists, as well as clients, to widen their focus from being largely problem-centred to also include clients’ strengths and the things that go right in their lives.

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Sydney, NSW
7th Sep 2018 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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
8th Sep 2018 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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
29th September - 3rd October 2018 Mindfulness and Self Compassion 5 day workshop
Endorsed CPD: 5 day workshop

Mindfulness and 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 *

Randwick, NSW
12th October 2018 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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
18th October 2018 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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
19th October 2018 Dissociation and self states; knowledge for clinical practice - recognising and sensitively intercepting in session enactments of dissociation
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

Dissociation – i.e. disruption to integrated psychological functioning – occurs in a range of forms and spans a wide spectrum of experiences. These range from `normal everyday’ (e.g. daydreaming, absorption in a task, `highway hypnosis’) to protection from overwhelm (i.e. a response to trauma).

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
20th Oct 2018 Attachment across the lifespan: practice focused interventions for specific development periods Seminar 1 of 4
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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
24 May 2018 Maladaptive attachment, trauma and dissociation: Implications for longer term therapeutic work. Third Edition Series: staying current with recent advances in therapeutic research
Endorsed CPD: 1 day seminar

This seminar expands the basics of Attachment Theory with a specific focus on risk associated with maladaptive attachment.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
3rd - 4th November 2018 Art therapy and creativity with varying models of therapy treatments for different client groups
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This weekend workshop will explore the use of art exercises alongside medical models of psychological and behavioural interventions. Social workers will gain knowledge and experience in attending the 2 Day workshop. 7 Art exercise will be included (no artistic talent required).

Coolangatta, QLD
18th -19th November 2018 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.

Coolangatta, QLD
23-24 November 2018 Motivational interviewing: Helping people commit to change - two days of essential theory and skills training for immediate use with clients
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Brisbane, Qld
25th November 2018 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Generalised Anxiety Disorder
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.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Brisbane, Qld
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