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Victoria

Date Event Location
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
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.

Melbourne, 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
dates set based on expressed interest from workplace Cultural Appreciation: working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Endorsed CPD: 4 hour workshop

This 4 hour course provides participants with an opportunity to discuss how Aboriginal culture & history continues to impact on current Aboriginal health

Various, Vic
31 Jan - 2 Feb 2020 EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner Certification
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

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

* AASW Member Discount *

Melbourne, Vic
2 February 2020 Midsumma Pride March 2020 - AASW Victorian Branch
March

AASW are pleased to be part of the iconic Midsumma Pride March!

Join the AASW contingent, and thousands of other Melburnians, to celebrate and support solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity.

We invite members, the broader social work community, their friends and family to join us.

Please do register here so that we have a sense of the numbers and so that we can keep you informed of the precise details of times, meeting points, and any other critical information in the lead up to the event.

This is a free event.

2 CPD hours

The Ian Johnson Oval
10 Feb - 6 Apr 2020 The ESSENCE of health program
Endorsed CPD: 8 week program

The ESSENCE of Health Program is an eight week preventative health program that utilises Dr Craig Hassed Seven Pillars of Wellbeing.

Warrnambool, Vic
19th Feb 2020 Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention
Endorsed CPD: Graduate Certificate

This Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention (GC BCI) is highly sought after qualification that will give practitioners theoretical and clinical skill to support patients and clients with both normative and complicated grief reactions. The course is post graduate level and a nationally recognised VET qualification designed for counsellors, social workers, psychologists and other allied health professionals wanting to specialise in bereavement counselling and intervention.

Melbourne, Vic
20 February 2020 Skilful use of mindfulness in therapeutic work with clients & individual practice
Workshop

6.5 CPD hours

This workshop will provide an opportunity to further your knowledge of mindfulness practises and directly apply it to client presentations.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
25 February 2020 Social Work Management and Leadership Series: Workshop 1 Management Essentials
Workshop

2.5 CPD hours

This session outlines a manager’s roles and capabilities, as well as the challenges that can be encountered when transitioning from being a peer to stepping up to supervision.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
27-28 Feb 2020 Supervision & State of Being: Supervisor Training Level 1
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This highly interactive, practical two-day workshop teaches participants the foundational skills of a supervisor working with multi-disciplinary teams and introduces participants to a State of Being approach to supervision, where relationship is placed at the heart of supervision. Designed from an adult learning, strengths based and holistic perspective, participants engage in safe, affirming, purposeful and expertly guided experiential learning in an exceptional learning environment at the Melbourne Zoo.

* Discount to AASW members *

Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
27 & 28 Feb Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers (Feb)
Workshop

This two full day workshop is designed to encompass Focused Psychological Strategies which can benefit the quality and efficacy of casework relationships by adding a deeper Psychological dimension to social work and other practices.

Brisbane, Qld
5-6 March 2020 Cognitive Processing Therapy Training Workshop
Endorsed CPD: 2 Day Workshop

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

* FPS Relevant Activity *

Melbourne, Vic
12-13 March 2020 Supervision & State of Being: Supervisor Training Level 2
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

This experiential and engaging two-day workshop is designed for (but not limited to) supervisors, team leaders, managers & others with some supervision experience, wanting deeper insight, advancement of their supervision skills and transformative tools for professional growth. It focuses on supervision complexity, supervision as leadership and the mindset of supervisors at advanced levels.

*Discount to AASW members*

Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
17 March 2020 AASW VIC World Social Work Day Breakfast 2020
Vic Branch: Networking Breakfast

1.5 CPD hours

The AASW Victorian Branch is delighted to invite members and the wider social work community to join us for our annual World Social Work Day Breakfast Celebration.

The theme of World Social Work Day 2020 is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships.

This year we have secured two esteemed Victorian social workers as our guest speakers:

  • Dr Mishel McMahon, Indigenous Academic Enrichment Advisor and Lecturer in Social Work, Latrobe Rural Health School
  • Naomi Halpern, Director of Delphi Training and Consulting
The Woodward Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106) University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham Street Carlton, Victoria
19-21 Mar 2019 Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 2 Assessment, interventions and co-morbidities
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

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

Melbourne, Vic
19 Mar 2020 COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT): ENHANCING YOUR CLINICAL APPROACH - Learning and helping to replace blame, condemnation and self-criticism
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

Melbourne, Vic
20 March 2020 The Attachment Dilemma: "I hate you – Don't leave me" | "Meh"!
Endorsed CPD: workshop

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

* FPS Relevant *

Melbourne, Vic
20 Mar 2020 MINDFULNESS AND SELF COMPASSION FOR PROFESSIONALS - Practical skills for lasting and effective professional and personal self-care
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
31 March 2020 Social Work Management and Leadership Series: Workshop 2 Leadership Foundations
Workshop

2.5 CPD hours

There is a difference between being a leader and being a manager - both are important, and are inter-related. This session will explore what effective leadership is, and how leadership potential can be developed.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
22nd Apr 2020 Mastering Group Supervision
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

This unique, powerful and highly interactive one-day workshop has been developed in response to a high demand from supervisors, team leaders, human services & other professionals seeking ethical, practical & effective models for group supervision that enrich and support all group members. It teaches the foundational skills of group supervision, provides tailored supervision frameworks for groups, and equips participants with tools to manage complex group dynamics in supervision.

*Discount for AASW Members*

Melbourne, Vic
22 & 23 April 2020 Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Workshop

14 CPD hours

**FPS Relevant Activity**

**Can count towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation CPD requirements**

The Focused Psychological Strategies workshop offers a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the broad and eclectic strategies contained in the Medicare protocol. Beginning with a brief historical overview of mental health interventions, we then investigate the theoretical underpinnings, diagnostic categories and treatment strategies of the four main therapeutic modalities: psychological (cognitive behavioural therapy and neuroscience), psychotherapeutic (the unconscious mind and ‘therapeutic relationship’), systemic (family and narrative) and holistic (mindfulness and mind/body). This two day workshop includes a colourful slide presentation, individual experiential exercises, pair-work and group discussions; and the opportunity to develop and consolidate your therapeutic skills and knowledge.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
28 April 2020 Social Work Management and Leadership Series: Workshop 3 Influencing for Outcomes
Workshop

2.5 CPD hours

How you behave impacts on your chance of success when trying to influence others. This session invites you to reflect on your approach to influencing, and how you may be able to enhance your personal impact.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
29 Apr 2020 EMOTIONALLY-FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT) SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH COUPLES - Learning to incorporate an EFT approach and skills into couples therapy work
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
30 April 2020 Brief Psychodynamic Therapy - Applying Time-limited Dynamic Therapy (BPD) in an Integrated Practice
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
2 May 2020 ENACTING DISTRESS: CLARIFYING AND WORKING WITH TRAUMA EXPRESSIONS - Addressing the clinical interface between complex trauma and dissociation
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
6-8 May 2020 Prolonged Exposure Therapy Training Program and Workshop with Dr Darryl Wade
Endorsed CPD: 3 day workshop

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

*FPS Relevant Activity*

Melbourne, Vic
7-8 May 2020 Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) with Dr Leah Giarratano
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

*FPS Relevant Activity

Melbourne, Vic
1 May 2020 The Attachment Dilemma: "I hate you – Don't leave me" | "Meh"!
Endorsed CPD: workshop

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

* FPS Relevant *

Geelong, Vic
26 May 2020 Social Work Management and Leadership Series: Workshop 4 Managing Unconscious Bias
Workshop

2.5 CPD hours

When it comes to promoting fairness, diversity and inclusion, we need to look inwardly first. While we can't change what we do not see or acknowledge, we can change make the unconscious conscious, and challenge attitudes and beliefs. Looking through a management lens, this workshop explores how unconscious bias filters our approach to how we recruit, promote, allocate work and manage performance.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
29 May 2020 BEYOND BODY AWARENESS: SOMATIC INTERVENTIONS TO DEEPEN CLIENT WORK - Somatic interventions to increase client insight and develop a Corrective Experience
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
17 June 2020 Recognising personality disorders and managing difficult behaviors: Reviewing the ten personality disorders and their associated challenging behaviours with an afternoon focus upon Borderline and Narcissistic disorders
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
23 June 2020 Social Work Management and Leadership Series: Workshop 5 Managing Workplace Change
Workshop

2.5 CPD hours

This session offers frameworks for understanding the change process, and strategies to survive, thrive, and support others.

AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
13-17 July 2020 12th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society
Endorsed CPD: Conference

Grief and Bereavement in a changing world: Personal, Social and Global Perspectives

This conference will provide an opportunity to learn from prominent leaders in grief and bereavement care, as well as experiencing the many riches that Melbourne has to offer.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
29 Jul 2020 OPEN DIALOGUE: AN INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE WAY TO EMPHASISE HUMANITY - Understanding and working with people in personal, family and social contexts
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
30 July 2020 EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE & MINDFULNESS: SUPPORTING CLIENT GROWTH & AWARENESS - Self-awareness, social awareness and interpersonal skills as client resources
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
5-6 Aug 2020 MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: HELPING PEOPLE COMMIT TO CHANGE - Two days of essential theory and skills training for immediate use with clients
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
6-7 August 2020 Treating Complex Trauma (Day 3-4) with Dr Leah Giarratano
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Melbourne, Vic
7 Aug 2020 SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH GENDER DIVERSITY. Understanding and effectively responding to clients in health care/support settings
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
2 Sep 2020 ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT): MOVING BEYOND TRADITIONAL CBT - Applied evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy with a creative difference!
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
4 Sept 2020 WORKING WITH DEPRESSION THROUGH AN EXISTENTIAL LENS - Skills for exploring and understanding loss of meaning for depressed clients
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
5 September 2020 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 co-morbid 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

Melbourne, Vic
6-7 Oct 2020 The Double-Bind: Dissociation vs Mindfulness in bonding, attachment, traumatic injury and repair
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

7 Oct 2020 ATTACHMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: SUPPORTING RELATIONAL SECURITY - Practice-focused interventions and approaches for specific developmental periods
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
8 October 2020 WORKING WITH DISORGANISED ATTACHMENT IN ADOLESCENTS & ADULTS - Skills and knowledge for providing therapeutic security to enhance client wellbeing
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
9 October 2020 ART THERAPY AS NON-VERBAL, VISUAL PROCESSING IN CLIENT WORK - Facilitating deeper client work/expression using Art as an accessible intervention
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

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

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
29-30 Oct 2020 GROUP THERAPY TRAINING - Two days of training for those wishing to run groups and those experienced facilitators wishing to revise and refresh their skills
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
31 Oct 2020 EVIDENCE BASED RELAXATION THERAPY AND PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY - Evidence-based, non-invasive, easy to implement techniques for teaching to clients
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
18th Nov 2020 Narrative Therapy: Re-authoring the stores that shape realities. A full day workshop of core concepts and key skills to enrich your clinical repertoire
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
19-20 Nov 20 Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 1 - Bridging the couple chasm - a research based approach
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

Melbourne, Vic
19 Nov 2020 CHAIR-WORK AND OTHER ACTION METHODS AS THERAPY INTERVENTIONS - Skills training in practical applications for use within any therapeutic approach
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
19-20 Nov 2020 Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) with Dr Leah Giarratano
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

*FPS Relevant Activity

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

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
26-27 November 2020 Treating Complex Trauma (Day 3-4) with Dr Leah Giarratano
Endorsed CPD: 2 day workshop

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

* FPS Relevant Activity *
Melbourne, Vic
28 Nov 2020 NARCISSISM: APPLYING PERSPECTIVES FROM PSYCHOANALYSIS AND SCHEMA THERAPY - Schema interventions for working with Narcissistic Personality Disordered clients
Endorsed CPD: 1 day workshop

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

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

Melbourne, Vic
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