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Victoria

Date Event Location
dates set based on expressed interest from workplace Cultural perspectives: working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients within general practice and primary health care settings
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This course provides participants with an opportunity to discuss how Aboriginal culture & history continues to impact on current Aboriginal health.

Various
to be confirmed Basic practicum in choice theory reality therapy and lead management
Endorsed CPD: workshop

This practicum serves to assist participants to increase their knowledge base in CT RT and LM and importantly increase their skills by focusing on skills development experiences these applications in practice. Participants will be taught the value of questioning techniques through a combination of lectures, demonstration role-plays, practice, experimental exercises and discussions of Dr Glasser's ideas.

* Discount for AASW members *

Melbourne, Vic
dates set based on expressed interest from workplace Cultural respect and appreciation: working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
Endorsed CPD: workshop

This course provides participants with an opportunity to discuss how Aboriginal culture & history continues to impact on current Aboriginal health.

Various, Vic
dates set based on expressed interest from workplace Cultural appreciation practical strategies for working with ATSI clients, families and carers
Endorsed CPD: workshop

This course provides participants with an opportunity to discuss how Aboriginal culture & history continues to impact on current Aboriginal health.

Various, Vic
dates set based on expressed interest from workplace Introduction to mental health in the workplace
Endorsed CPD: workshop

This course provides participants with an opportunity to understand the different mental health concepts that exist and how to identify & assist workers with mental health issues.

Various, Vic
2 March 2018 Take Charge of Your Life
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

‘Take Charge of Your Life’ Fitzroy North, Melbourne, 9am-4.30pm Friday March 2nd 2018. AASW CPD-endorsed 160405. Led by Kalikamurti Suich.

Learn an easy to use, culturally neutral model, that you can use to assist others to:

  • understand and manage their own personality, needs and behaviours
  • choose effective, responsible behaviours that satisfy their needs without depriving others
  • be happy, healthy and in more effective control of their lives.

Enquiries or registration::

http://centredinchoice.com/event/take-charge-of-your-life-fitzroy-north-vic/

* Discount for AASW members *

Melbourne, Vic
November 2017 Working with impacts of sexual assault
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

Working with Impacts of Sexual Assault is a two day interactive workshop that will extend the capacity and skills of those working with adults and family members who have been affected by sexual assault. This training will assist participants to engage with approaches based on trauma theory, systemic theory and feminist theory that have been shown to be effective in ameliorating the affects of sexual assault.

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Melbourne, Vic
October 2017 Responding to Sexual Assault
Endorsed CPD: One Day Workshop

Responding to Sexual Assault is a one day workshop that explores the nature and impact of sexual assault on individuals and families. It enhances the capacity and confidence of health and welfare workers in responding to women and men who are impacted by sexual assault. The workshop provides the skills to respond in ways that are sensitive and effective.

Melbourne, Vic
22 -24 Feb 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.

Melbourne, Vic
22nd February 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**

Melbourne, Vic
Friday 23rd February 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (VIC 23rd Feb)
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.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
28 February - 1 March 2018 Supervision & State of Being: Supervisor Training Level 2
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This unique, highly experiential, practical two-day workshop teaches participants how to deepen and expand their supervision skills and take their supervision practice to advanced levels. It uses carefully selected frameworks and tools for more experienced supervisors, leaders and managers, and a State of Being approach to supervision, where relationship is placed at the heart of supervision. The workshop is offered at the Melbourne Zoo, an exceptional learning environment that provides full catering and plenty of opportunity to enjoy and relax in the surroundings. Participants receive a comprehensive Learner Guide and a Course Certificate upon completion of the two days.

**THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
1st to 2nd March 2018 Cognitive Processing Therapy Training
Endorsed CPD: Two Day Workshop

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD - A treatment for complex trauma

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Melbourne, Vic
Thursday 1st March 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (VIC 1st 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.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
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
Wednesday 14th March 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (VIC 14th 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.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
15th March 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**

Melbourne, Vic
16th Mar 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**

Melbourne, Vic
18th - 19th March 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.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
Wednesday 28 March 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (VIC 28th 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.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
Tuesday 17th April 2018 Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop (VIC 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.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
3rd - 4th May 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.

Melbourne, Vic
7th May 2018 The Use of Advanced Forms of Mindfulness in Social Work Practice 2
Workshop

7 CPD Hours

This workshop has been repeated due to popular demand. It will enable participants to learn to combine the personal use of mindfulness with a practice known as Grounding. This makes possible the active use of mindfulness skills when faced with intense feelings, conflicts, problems from the past, the prospect of future events, health issues, the desire for spiritual awakening, planning for the future.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
10th and 11th 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 *
Melbourne, Vic
30th May 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**

Melbourne, Vic
31st May 2018 Exploring attachment and personality differences in therapy: When one size does not fit all. Seminar 2 of 4 in the Attachment Series
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

The first half of the day will focus on providing an updated 2018 perspective on difference studies within Attachment Theory with a specific interest in ramifications for the counselling setting. Attachment differences in terms of avoidance and anxiety will be explored as suboptimal but not maladaptive attachments.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Melbourne, Vic
21 -22 June 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
26th and 27th July 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 *
Melbourne, Vic
27th July 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.

Melbourne, Vic
30th August 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

Attachment Theory has offered a truly valuable framework to understand many of the mental health care risks associated with childhood difficulties. Indeed, research in key areas of risk is increasing at exponential rates. This seminar focuses on longer-term work with maladaptive attachment and the accompanying experience of trauma and dissociation.

New to this year’s 4th seminar series will be an added focus on current views in the memory sciences and considerations of attachment for the therapeutic relationship.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Melbourne, Vic
31 August 2018 Emotion Regulation and Attachment: Advanced Skills for Working with Less Functional, Maladaptive Attachment: Seminar 4 of 4 in the newly developed 2018 Attachment Theory Seminar Series (4th ed)
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

A healthy emotional life constitutes one the key sources for a good life: assisting us to pursue goals, live in the moment and sustain valuable relationships. Indeed, Bowlby proposed in 1969 that emotions were best seen as ‘felt appraisals’, a position way ahead of its time but now supported by current empirical study. However, many of our traditional modalities—be they cognitively, affectively, narratively or existentially focused—may have also failed to capture the breadth of our complex emotional lives now supported by the research.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Melbourne, Vic
11th October 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 *
Melbourne, Vic
13th October 2018 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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Melbourne, Vic
18-19 Oct 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.

Melbourne, Vic
19th Oct 2018 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.

Melbourne, Vic
25th October 2018 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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Melbourne, Vic
26th October 2018 Existential perspectives on therapeutic interventions. One day of training for introducing existential perspectives in therapy practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This course aims to introduce participants to existential theory as something inherent in all client presentations, with a view to broaden their practice framework and interventions.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Melbourne, Vic
15 -16 November 2018 Group Therapy Training: Two days of training for those wishing to run groups and those experienced facilitators wishing to revise and refresh their skills
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

**This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS)**

Melbourne, Vic
17th 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 *

Melbourne, Vic
22nd and 23rd November 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 *
Melbourne, Vic
29th and 30th November 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 *
Melbourne, Vic
29th Nov 2018 Brief Psychodynamic Therapy - Applying Time-limited Dynamic Therapy (BPD) in an Integrated Practice
Endorsed CPD: 2 - Day Event

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.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

Melbourne, Vic
30th Nov 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**

Melbourne, Vic
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