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TEACHING SELF-REGULATION SKILLS TO MANAGE AND CALM STRONG EMOTIONS - Effective assessment & responses to traumatised clients on a path to recovery.

Event Details
Date: 3 Sep 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

Many clients consult helping professionals because they are experiencing difficulties with dysregulation. Heightened anxiety, anger, low motivation and dysphoria are all indicators of dysregulation. After traumatic experiences it is common for the nervous system to get stuck in a hyper aroused and/or hypo aroused state leading to difficulties with relaxation, concentration, focus, sleep, emotion regulation and orientation to time and place. Dysregulation in the nervous system can compound over time as people try to cope with associated distress by avoiding or self-medicating. 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. Stressors from work and daily life commonly impair healthiest functioning, and research shows that emergency and helping professionals experience far greater rates of PTSD and PTSD-type symptoms than the general population, yet as clinicians working with dysregulated people it is imperative that we maintain healthy regulation as we work. Whilst learning how to teach self-regulation skills to clients, participants will also finesse their ability to maintain a state of calm, centred responsiveness, thereby maximising our effectiveness with clients. Participants will take away a toolkit of effective strategies to manage dysregulation and restore a balanced regulated state within their clients and themselves.

Learning objectives

  • An understanding of the human nervous system and sources of dysregulation
  • How to effectively teach skills to increase energy, motivation and presence
  • How to effectively teach skills to calm down and centre the self
  • How to teach skills to manage uncomfortable emotions

Presenter details

Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling and supervision services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher, and her training programs about trauma, sexual and domestic violence, clinical supervision, trauma informed practice, and vicarious trauma are popular nationally and internationally.
After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business in early 2017. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University. When not working, Jackie tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and enjoys a good murder mystery.

Location and date

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

3 September 2020



Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


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