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Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers - Live Online Workshop Program April/May 2021 (Wednesdays)

Event Details
Date: Weekly Wednesdays 21 April to 26 May
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm AEST
Venue: Online
State: Queensland
CPD hrs: 9

Members $390

Non-Members $490

AASW New Graduate Members $340

Organiser: AASW Queensland Branch

Rachel Austin
AASW Queensland Branch
(03) 9320 1000

Please note this workshop is now at capacity and no more registrations can be taken.

General Information

The Focused Psychological Strategies Live Online Workshop is a slightly compressed version of the very popular two-day face-to-face workshop, delivered as six 1.5 hour interactive workshops.

Beginning with a brief historical overview of mental health interventions, we then investigate the theoretical underpinnings, diagnostic categories and treatment strategies of therapeutic modalities: psychological (cognitive behavioural therapy and neuroscience), mind-body strategies (mindfulness-based CBT), psychoanalytic theory (the unconscious mind) dysfunctional dynamics and narrative therapy.

Summary of Activity

A series of 6 x 1.5h sessions – to be delivered weekly – in two sections
a. 1st half: session 25/30 mins, discussion 10/15 mins
b. 2nd half: session 25/30 mins, discussion 10/15 mins
c. Accreditation process information and Q & A, 10 mins

Who should attend?

This workshop is for social workers who would like to enhance their practice, with a minimum of two years post-graduate/previous relevant work experience, especially those who may want to apply for accredited mental health social worker status.

Learning Outcomes?

  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, including the physical stress response, grief process, ‘life transitions’ and other potential triggers; assessment (including psychometric evaluations); and diagnosis and treatment.
  • Knowledge of how some treatment options can be useful with particular client groups, e.g. psycho-education and motivational interviewing (MI) for crisis intervention circumstances (‘normalizing’ the grief process), etc.
  • Knowledge of the nature of the ‘therapeutic relationship’ (including professional boundaries and values), and its importance in terms of interpersonal therapy and MI (as well as, less overtly, casework in general).
  • Knowledge of ‘how the mind-brain works’, including concepts from psychoanalysis (the unconscious mind, defensive behaviour) and modern neuroscience (habit, neuroplasticity).
  • Knowledge of narrative therapy (diagnostic and treatment strategies); and expressive therapies (emotion journaling, collage work, art therapy).
  • Knowledge and skills-acquisition of anxiety, anger & stress management and emotion-regulation skills (including self-observation and identifying triggers).
  • Knowledge of dysfunctional dynamics, and interpersonal social and communication skills (assertiveness and empathy), and parent management skills .
  • Knowledge of mind/body integration ideas and skills: somatic/kinaesthetic awareness and relaxation skills; mindfulness meditation, breath awareness & control, progressive muscle relaxation, and active imagination/guided imagery.

Meet the Presenter

Ruth Crowley-Brown, BA (Hons), Dip Psychotherapy (Integrative), CQSW, AMHSW, is a social worker, psychotherapist and writer.

She has worked in London, England, and Brisbane, Australia, in the fields of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Children with Disabilities, Foster Care, Domestic & Family Violence, and with minority groups including Refugees and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Her post-qualification professional trainings include: (in London) Family Therapy, Group Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; and (in Australia) Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment and Diploma in Community Services Management. Ruth has 30 years’ professional experience, and is also a longtime practitioner of Vipassana meditation.


Hands down the most enjoyable professional development I've ever done. Loved the content, loved Ruth's presenting style. Going away with lots of useful tools. Thank you so much!

A very useful two days, there was ample opportunity to contribute. Ruth has a lovely, easy style. Lots of opportunity to reconnect with therapeutic practice and to think of own practice with new language.

Great topics and useful exercises, amazing atmosphere, great learning opportunity

Thoroughly enjoyed presentations, networking and knowledge of presenter.

Ruth is a very knowledgeable and compassionate individual and professional.

Thank you so much. I enjoyed your presentation. Very informative and helpful for my practice.

Great presenter. Great Group. Great participation. Great pace.

More Information

Platform: Zoom Meeting (Zoom details will be sent to you a week in advance of the course commencement).

Date: Weekly from Wednesday 21 April to Wednesday 26 May

Time: 11.30am - 1pm AEST

CPD: 9 hours - Category 2: Skills and Knowledge

**FPS Relevant Activity**

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

Members - Please log on to the website prior to registering to take advantage of the member rates.

Please note this workshop is now at capacity and no more registrations can be taken.

We will have a parallel program running on Thursdays running from April 22 through to May 27. If the Thursday program suits you better, here is the registration link.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers