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Empowering Excellence: Evidence-Based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology with Dr Judy Lovas

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours (part FPS)
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW

This course comprises the following three modules in integrated mental health practice and evidence-based relaxation therapy, presented by the experienced and passionate presenter Dr. Judy Lovas.

  • Introduction to Relaxation Therapy and Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing Watch PREVIEW
  • Introduction to Progressive Muscle Relaxation Watch PREVIEW
  • Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) Watch PREVIEW

This workshop is suited to a range of social workers and/or allied health/caring professionals, particularly those specialising in mental health and counselling practice and/or integrated health (the science of mind, body, and health).

Course objectives

This introductory course will provide participants with an understanding of:

  • The theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based relaxation therapies and PNI
  • How to apply evidence-based relaxation therapies directly in therapeutic settings

Presenter details

Dr. Judy Lovas offers engaging and expert presentations in Evidence-Based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology. (PNI) Judy translates current research into clinical relevance and shares her passion for PNI, the science of mind, body and health. Her seminars demonstrate ways to implement relaxation into daily life for anxiety, pain, PTSD, depression, sleep disorders and chronic inflammation.

In tertiary education, Judy teaches psychology, relaxation therapy, Psychoneuroimmunology and Cellular Health. Judy has studied the effects of massage therapy on immune function and increased T and B cell function. Her PhD examined psychological and immunological outcomes of massage therapy and guided imagery on secondary conditions in people with spinal cord injury. Judy publishes articles and book chapters.

Sydney-born and based, Judy Lovas speaks at conferences and travels Australia to present seminars in Evidence-Based Relaxation Therapy and PNI to health and medical professionals. Between presentations, Judy regularly practices the art of relaxation with family and friends.

Further information about Judy is located on her website.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this course, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW SWOT Platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.


Total workshop duration is 1.5 hours. Additional hours can be claimed for CPD purposes to enable practice of relaxation exercises.

CPD for Credentials

The following two modules can can be claimed as Focussed Psychological Strategies:

  • Introduction to Progressive Muscle Relaxation (20 min)
  • Introduction to Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing (40 min)

This course can also be claimed under Mental Health and Clinical for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

Find out more today about opportunities to have your specialised social work skills recognised.


AASW member price: $99
AASW student price: $49
Non-member price: $149



  1. Register for this course by following the link to the right
  2. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing all access instructions.

For further information regarding the Empowering Excellence Program, please contact us on [email protected].

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers