From CEO's Desk
The Editor
Workshops & Conferences
Chaper Meetings & Group Supervision
Training & Development


From CEO's Desk

June and July have been very busy months with visits to Adelaide and Sydney to run the ACA Super 2 in 1 workshop and attend the SAPCA annual conference in Adelaide. I have caught up with many members and hope to catch up with more as the year progresses.

I can now inform you that ACA has now started meeting with Private Health funds in relation to having counsellors recognised for provider numbers. This task will take several months as unfortunately we need to meet with each health fund individually. Hopefully there will be a ripple effect when we strike gold.


I have had emails sent to members about the conference in Canberra and would once like to emphasise seats are going fast and ACA is limited to only 100 seats so if you are intending to go do not leave in the pending tray as you may miss out.


I hope to catch up with you in my travels.



The Editor

Hello Everyone,


I am currently away on leave and will be back to office on 3rd, Aug. I hope everyone enjoy the rest of the month.



Workshops & Conferences

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training for Counselors


The Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS) at the University of Queensland is one of the largest providers of conflict resolution education and training in Australia. Many courses provide credit towards other degrees and OPD points for a number of professional organisations and for mediators under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme.


ACPACS has the following workshops coming up and invites ACA members to attend. A discount of 15% is available if three or more participants enroll from the one organization.

Conferencing (Melbourne)

DATE: 15-17 July

COST: $1600 (includes GST)


Transforming Conflict- Advanced Skills Training for Mediators 

DATE: 22-25 July (Brisbane) and 5-8 August (Melbourne) 4-7 November (Melbourne)

COST: $1800 (includes GST)


Mediation (Melbourne)

DATE: 27-31 July

COST: $2500 (includes GST)


Negotiation Skills (Brisbane)

DATE: 28-30 July

COST: $1600 (includes GST)


Mediation (Brisbane)

DATE: 6-8 and 13-14 August

COST: $2500 (includes GST)


Conflict Coaching (Melbourne)

DATE: 19-21 August

COST: $1600 (includes GST)


Advanced Family Mediation (Melbourne)

DATE: 31 August – 3 September

COST: $1800 (includes GST)


Multi-Party Facilitation

DATE: 2-4 September (Brisbane) and 7-9 September (Melbourne)

COST: $1600 (includes GST)


For a complete list of workshops visit

Call 03 98632600 or visit



Play Therapy Australia 

Presents Workshops with Mary Ellen Sherrill from Texas, USA on Play Therapy & Animal-Assisted Therapy in October 2009!


Play Therapy Australia is pleased to be bringing Mary Ellen Sherrill to Australia. Mary Ellen is a Social Worker, Therapist & Clinical Supervisor at the Children’s Assessment Centre in Houston, Texas.  She is an approved supervisor for Play Therapy Australia and provides international supervision. Mary Ellen’s areas of expertise are Child Centered Play Therapy for children 2-10 years old & Animal Assisted Therapy, in the assessment & treatment of child sexual abuse & complex trauma. She has been a speaker on these topics at local, state, national & international levels & is a highly regarded presenter. Mary Ellen developed, coordinates and supervises the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program at The Children’s Assessment Center and has assisted other Child Advocacy Centers in learning about and/or developing their own programs. The workshops are a wonderful opportunity, to learn about the fascinating fields of Centered Play Therapy, Trauma & Attachment & Animal Assisted Therapy. Child Centered Play Therapy is a beautiful & respectful way of working with children from 2-10 years. It fosters the child’s innate potential & supports the child’s unique development & emotional growth.


Workshops with Mary Ellen Sherrill MSW LCSW, RPT-S

The Science & Magic of Child Centered Play Therapy

Melbourne, Victoria: 15/16 October 2009    

Perth, Western Australia: 22/23 October 2009


A Deeper Understanding: Group Supervision

Perth, Western Australia: 24 October 2009


Therapeutic Applications of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) 

Melbourne, Victoria: 17 October 2009 9.30am-4.30pm


For full workshop & registration details, please go to the Play Therapy workshops webpage: 

Post Graduate Diploma of Play Therapy Course:  2010/2011

Play Therapy Australia offers in depth training in Child Centered Play Therapy & counseling & psychotherapeutic work with children. The Post Graduate Diploma of Play Therapy course is a 2 year part time Play Therapy clinical training program that is offered in intensive block training modules, to allow for people to participate in the course, from different Australian states and different countries.  There is the opportunity through this course, to experience training & supervision with some of the international leaders in the field of Child Centered Play Therapy.

This course is an approved specialist post graduate level course with the Australian Counsellors Association and Play Therapy Australia is an approved training provider with the International Play Therapy Association, the Association for Play Therapy (USA):  APT Provider #08-227 

Please email: to be sent the full course details for the next course starting in 2010, as soon as they are available.


For more information about Play Therapy & Play Therapy Australia go to


Email: or phone 0415 138 857 with any questions you have.



Workshop - How the 'Real World' Is Driving Us Crazy! Integrating Theory, Practice and the Brain


Following up the lectures given at The Milton Erickson Foundation Brief Therapy Conference in San Diego and the Mental Health Super Summit, this workshop expands and integrates the newest theories and practices in psychotherapy:


Positive psychology, Self-Determination, Self Efficacy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Solution Orientation, Neuroscience and Psychotherapy, Broaden and Build, The 4-stage Creative Cycle, Ultradian Rhythms and the Winner/Loser World Theory.


2 brand new techniques will be taught as well as Ernest Rossi's Mirror-Hand Approach (in the Masterclass). Richard is personally mentored by Ernest Rossi and teaches with Dr Rossi’s approval and consent.


Workshop + Masterclass (attend 1 or 2 days)

Brisbane – 25 - 26 July

Venue:The Urban Hotel, 345 Wickham Tce, Brisbane


Perth – 29 - 30 August 

Venue: Onedex, 50 Goodwood Pde, Burswood


Single day - $175. Both days - $295. Only $50 deposit required to secure the place. Special offer for groups of 5 - 20 % off.

Includes refreshments and lunch. Up to 12 OPD points; Attendance Certificate supplied. Approved ACA, CAPA, ASOCHA


More information and registration at . Free downloads of papers, talks and other important material will be posted prior to the event even if you aren't able to attend - send your email of interest now:


Richard Hill is fast becoming known as an expert in the new focus on neuroscience in psychotherapy and being a 'brain-wise' therapist. He holds a BA in linguistics (UNE), Dip Prof Couns (AIPC) and is sitting for a Masters in Social Ecology (UWS).


He is mentored by Ernest Rossi, PhD in the new field for Psychosocial Genomics; is a member  of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS) under Dr Daniel Siegel; a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and the Creative Skills Training Council.


He has written 2 books, "Choose Hope" and "How the 'real world' Is Driving Us Crazy!", and is published around the world. He is a regular contributor to the GAINS Quarterly (USA) and has also written for the American Family Therapy Magazine (on the recommendation of Michael Yapko PhD), CAPA and AAMT. He has spoken to the ACA, ASOCHA, MindWorx and also the business community.



"Meeting him and then reading his book I thought - this man is genius"'- Dr Ronald Forbes "Richard Hill is a fantastic and engaging presenter' - AAMT National Conference ".enormous regard and respect we have for both you and your work." - ASOCHA


Register your interest or make a firm booking as soon as possible:  More information:



Federation of Psychotherapists & Counsellors of Queensland Inc


Invites You To The

2009 FPCQ Annual Conference

Therapy Health and Wellness


Saturday 21st November 2009

The Novotel Hotel, Brisbane

Creek Street Brisbane, QLD


The 2009 FPCQ Annual Conference has been approved for Ongoing Professional Development for:

Australian Counselling Association and its member Associations (12 per day)


The 2009 FPCQ Annual conference is open to all, whether or not members of professional associations.


Registrations are open now and Early Bird rates available for a limited time!


To Register: Or Post to FPCQ, PO Box 160, Grange, QLD 4051


Enquires: Ph:07 3356 4937

Fax: 07 3356 4355



Chaper Meetings & Group Supervision

Queensland Group Supervision

Executive Meeting Dates First Tuesday Bi-Monthly



Day: Every Second Saturday of every month

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

Venue: Edinburgh Castle Hotel

Cost: (Gold coin donation to cover venue hire and morning tea)

Contact: Anne Rickett on (07) 3356 4937 Or 0407 823 061


Aug 8th Group Supervision

Sept 12th Annual General Meeting and Group Supervision

Oct 10th Speaker

Nov 14th Group Supervision

Dec 12th No Meeting End of Year Lunch


Gold Coast

Day: Every third Saturday - Bi Monthly

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Venue: 39-45 Scarborough Street, Southport (opposite RSL)

Cost: (Cold coin donation to cover venue hire and morning tea)

Contact: Kaye Laemmie on (07) 5591 1299 Or Email


Aug 15th Chapter Meeting

Oct 17th Chapter Meeting

Dec 19th Brief Chapter Meeting Christmas Luncheon


Sunshine Coast: To Be Confirmed

Day: Every Fourth Friday of every Month

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Upstairs at Queensland Injectors Health Network Offices

59 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore

Contact: Cameron Covey on (07) 5442 7107 Or Email:


Chapter Meetings for New South Wales (Sydney)

Day: Saturday

Dates: 8/8/2009/, 10/10/2009, 12/12/2009

Time: 12:30pm

Venue: Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114

Cost: $10.00 including refreshments

Contact: Lorraine A. Dailey on (02) 4566 8368 or 0416 081 882


Our speaker will be Donald Marmara, who many of you know as a real supporter of our chapter, his subject is:


"How to Become a More Effective Counsellor"

An interactive and experiential presentation with Donald Marmara. There is no way to become more effective - there is YOUR WAY. Each one of us is different. Using professional skills gained over the past 30 years, Donald will help you discover what YOU can do to further develop your unique combination of strengths and talents so as to maximise your potential to help others and increase and deepen your ability to enjoy life.


As research shows that 60% to 90% of what we communicate is through body language and voice tone, these aspects will be emphasised. A whole new dimension opens up when we work on this level, and deeper issues can be discovered. Donald's passion is to encourage and support each person's uniqueness. He also loves working with children and teenagers, as well as with adults.


Donald trained with some of the leading exponents of somatic psychotherapy and developing humans potential in Europe and America, and has presented at various National and International Conferences including the Australian Counselling Association's National Conference in Melbourne and Brisbane, the International Ecopolitics Conference at Macquarie University in Sydney and The British Holistic Medical Association and the Institute for Cultural Affairs in the UK.


He currently maintains a private practice in Sydney and can be contacted on (02) 9413 9794 Or 0412 178 234 please visit the following website for more information There will be Clinical Supervision after Donald's presentation, please confirm your attendance or otherwise by Monday 9th of February.


Western Sydney Chapter Meeting Schedule

Day: Saturday

Dates: 25/7/2009, 19/9/2009, 28/11/2009

Venue: Penrith Bowling Club, Corner of Woodriff St and Derby St Penrith

Cost: $5.00 to assist in rental of venue and afternoon tea

Contact: Pamela Hoy


Supervision is available at each meeting with well known and respected Brigitte Madeiski, a guest presenter will be at each meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain supervision and OPD points required by ACA as well as meeting other Counsellors. This is a friendly, informal group and we welcome Counsellors and students.


Hunter Valley Chapter Meeting & Group Supervision

Day: Monday

Dates: 17/8/2009, 14/12/2009

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Charlestown Community Hall Pearson Street Charlestown Shopping Centre

Cost: $5.00



·        17th August - Philip Armstrong (National President)

·        19th October - Greg Yee (Men and Anger Management)

·        14th December - Christmas Meeting


Victoria Chapter Meeting

Invitation to all Victoria ACA members to become a member of our Association


Benefits of FVC membership:


·        PDP (Professional Development Programs)

·        Supervision by ACA registered supervisors

·        Networking with peers

·        Workshops, conferences and seminars (at member's rates)

·        Monthly e-Bulletin

·        Professional recognition

·        A voice and strength in advocacy

·        Counsellor directory listing

·        Advertising at reduced rates

·        Monthly meetings

·        Membership certificate


Monthly meetings are held at three locations:

Day: Every Second Saturday

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Venue: Melbourne Central

Cost: Full members $5.00

          Student members $2.00

          Visitors $10.00

          Non ACA students $5.00


Day: Every Fourth Saturday

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Venue: Ferntree Gully

Cost: Full members $5.00

          Student members $2.00

          Visitors $10.00

          Non ACA students $5.00


Day: On the First Monday

Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Venue: Albury

Cost: Full members $5.00

          Student members $2.00

          Visitors $10.00

          Non ACA students $5.00


Contact: FVC President Barbara Matheson on (03) 9703 2920 or bmcounselling@bigpond.ccom.


Please visit any meeting as a visitor [FREE] to check us out; we look forward to sharing our journey with you all.


Chapter Meetings for Tasmania

Counselling Tasmania Inc


Day: Monthly Business Meeting every third Friday of each month

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Suite 8, Weeroona House, 326 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, TAS, 7000

Cost: Nil

Contact: Berry Dunston (Chairman) on 0419 011 239 or Deborah Townrow (Secretary) on 0427 550 696


Chapter Meetings for ACT

ACT Chapter Meeting & Peer Support


The Australian Counselling Association ACT Chapter meets for peer support on:


Day: Last Tuesday of Every Month

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: 13 Jalanga Crescent, Aranda, ACT

Cost: $10.00

Contact: Bobbi Cook Vice President on (03) 6253 3116 or


Chapter Meetings for Western Australian

Professional Counsellor Association of WA (PCAWA) - Perth

Day: Mondays & Saturdays

Dates: 5/9/2009, 7/11/2009

Venue: Claisebrook Lotteries House Association, Conference Room, Ground floor, 33 Moore Street, East Perth

Cost: $5.00 Members $10.00 Non Members


Contact: Carolyn Midwood President on (08) 9448 3210 or PCAWA: PO Box 751 Mt Lawley, WA 6929.


Training & Development

Certificate IV in Counselling Supervision (69828) - Nationally Accredited Training


The Certificate IV in Counselling Supervision is a self-directed learning program for experienced counsellors interested in supervising other counsellors. It embraces the methodology of learning deliveries which empowers you, as the learner in the learning process.


You have the flexibility in options as to when, where and how you can best learn to develop and demonstrate competency in this qualification. The course is delivered in four different learning modes (workshop, workplace, distance & RPL), and we guide you to identify and undertake the required learning in the learning mode that suits you best.


Workshop Learning Mode (Full Course) - 2009 Time Table

City: Brisbane

Date: 6th -11th

Month: July

Closing: 16th May


City: Sydney

Date: 21st - 26th

Month: September

Closing: 8th Aug


For inquiries please contact Veronika on (03) 9772 1940


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More and more Counsellors are gaining advanced specialist skills with a Vocational Graduate qualification. A vocational graduate qualification gives you advanced theoretical knowledge with an emphasis on practical application. It's time and cost effective, meaning you can gain a formal graduate qualification in 6 to 12 months in your specialist area.


Here's how a graduate qualification can advance your career:


·         Develop a deeper understanding of your area of interest and achieve more optional outcomes with your clients.

·         A graduate qualification will assist you move up the corporate ladder from practitioner to manager/supervisor.

·         Make the shift from being a generalist practitioner to a specialist.

·         Gain greater professional recognition from your peers.

·         Increased client referrals from allied health professionals.

·         Maximise job opportunities in your preferred speciality areas.

·         Formalise years of specialist experience with a respected qualification.


To learn more about the institute, our Vocational Graduate courses and how to enroll, please visit Or alternatively, please call your nearest Institute branch on the Free Call numbers listed below.


Sydney: 1800 677 697

Melbourne: 1800 622 489

Perth: 1800 246 381

Brisbane: 1800 353 643

Adelaide: 1800 246 324

Regional NSW: 1800 625 329

Regional QLD: 1800 359 565

Gold Coast: 1800 625 329

NT/Tasmania: 1800 353 643


Expand Your Qualifications with Australia's Most Cost Effective and Flexible Bachelor of Counselling


The Bachelor of Counselling is a careful blend of theory and practical application. Theory is learnt through user-friendly learning materials that have been carefully designed to make your studies as accessible and conductive to learning as possible.


The course and its subjects are structured to progressively develop your knowledge and skills from foundational theoretical concepts through to more complex concepts and advanced skills and applications.


·        Save up to $16,000.00 on your qualification.

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·        Be supported by a large team of highly-qualified professionals.

·        Learn externally with intimate personal support.

·        Attend Residential Schools to hone your practical skills and network with other students.


On completion, you will.


  • The capacity to apply counselling theory and skills in an intentional and mindful manner.
  • The ability to evaluate and apply a variety of counselling models according to the needs of your client.
  • The ability to analyze counselling issues with consideration to broader social and cultural perspectives
  • And will be equipped to make a natural transition into the role of a Counsellor.


To learn more, please visit or click to download a comprehensive course prospectus. The institute is accredited as a non-university Higher Educational Provider. The Bachelor of Counselling is accredited by the Minister of Education and Training, the accrediting authority under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2003.


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