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Skilful use of mindfulness in therapeutic work with clients & individual practice

Event Details
Date: 9 June 2020
Time: 9:00am to 4.30pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: Victoria

AASW Members: $170
AASW New Graduates: $140
AASW Students: $120
Regular: $ 230

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch
Further information

Hayley Dougal
Branch Administrator
Phone 9320 1000 | opt 8 then opt 1


General information

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Deepen their understanding of mindfulness as a fundamental support to mental health
  • Engage in a range of mindful practises in session
  • Explore mechanisms by which various practises relieve stress and increase insight
  • Enhance capacity for the skilful and intentional use of practises to support specific aspects of therapeutic work through conceptual and experiential learning experiences

There will be also be opportunities for discussion of how the skills and knowledge developed during the workshop can be direct applied to client presentations.

Learning objectives:

Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Knowledge of a range of mindfulness practises
  • Ability to introduce the intention/rationale for using mindfulness into the therapeutic work
  • Clear understanding of the means by which mindful practises support:
    - Stress and emotional tolerance
    - Stability, equanimity, calmness
    - Skilful response to unhelpful, habitual patterns of thought or behaviour
    - Self compassion
  • Exploration of mindfulness as enriching the therapeutic relationship and supporting practitioners
  • Conceptual understanding of the place of mindfulness in various therapeutic models

About the presenter

Gabrielle Perversi is a Clinical Psychologist with clinical, counselling and consulting experience; she has worked in substance abuse and addiction, rehabilitation and pain management, for government departments, in general counselling, and tertiary education settings.

She is experienced in the provision of psychotherapy, supervision, mindfulness practice and mindfulness training program's. She has offered mindfulness training in a university setting for the past 10 years. Gabrielle has completed the MBSR and MBCT Facilitator Training, and has also facilitated an Interpersonal Mindfulness Program.

The benefits of mindfulness to therapeutic change, to therapeutic relationships and to therapist wellbeing are known to her through research findings, and through personal and professional experience.


Testimonials from 26 April 2018 workshop include:

'I really appreciated the breadth and depth of Gabrielle’s knowledge and practice. She lives and breathes her stuff, no need to read her overheads as she knows it all. I discussed this with one of the other attendees as we walked up the street together afterwards. It really makes a difference to my learning when the practitioner is a master of their craft.' Testimonial provided by AASW Member Jane Keany.

'Excellent presenter. Good mix of discussing concepts and practising mindfulness'

'The most useful part of the workshop was experiencing different approaches to mindfulness and experiencing different approaches to mindfulness'

All participants who attended the :

  • agreed or strongly agreed the activity met their expectations
  • the activity was relevant to their professional development needs
  • the material was of sufficient complexity/scope for them to learn
  • the advertised learning outcomes were accurate.


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Our venue is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Please note: We recommend travelling via public transport if possible. Our office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds.

The Blackwood St Car Park (located on the ground level the AASW is located in) is currently offering a $20 flat rate per day per exit between 7:30am to 7:30pm. The car park accommodates up to 200 cars. You need to book online prior to arrival at Blackwood St Car Park.

There is also a parking facility at the VCCC building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or $20. Read more here.

There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.

Accessibility: The building is wheel chair accessible. There are no steps at entry on ground level and a lift can be taken to Level 7. Ambulatory toilets are located on the ground floor as well as Level 8 where there is a medical centre. There is one parking spot on Blackwood Street for people with disabilities and 2 car spots are available in a nearby street. For more information to discuss your particular mobility or sensory needs please contact the AASW Vic Branch.


Places are limited to 26 participants.

6.5 CPD hours

Category: Skills and Knowledge/Workshop.

**FPS Relevant Activity**

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