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The National Professional Peak Association Oct 12 2011


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From CEO's Desk
Dear Member,
During August/September, the Senate Community Affairs Committee enquiry into the Commonwealth funding and administration of mental health services called for witnesses after reviewing submissions. The ACA submission can be found on the home page of the ACA website. On August the 19th, the enquiry sat in Melbourne to hear further evidence from a select group of witnesses invited by the Community Affairs Committee.
Over 1000 submissions were sent into the enquiry and therefore I was honoured when ACA was asked to be one of the few to present further information at the enquiry. This at least reflected that our submission had been read in detail and its contents were of interest to the members of the enquiry to the point that they wanted further information from us.
I attended the enquiry with ACA board member Dr Clive Jones, who was also a joint author of the independent bi-partisan submission (a copy of this is also available on the website). Dr Jones and I fronted the committee, which was made up of Senators Siewert (Chair), Fierravanti-Wells, Moore, Adams and Carol Brown. The reception we received was positive and friendly, which was comforting and helped us to answer many questions in relation to counselling and mental health.
Our primary message was for the committee to consider that our model of mental health delivery and services be seen as part of a continuum and not one based on professional status. Further, our message that the exclusion of counsellors from the current (BAI & ATAPS) workforce has had a detrimental impact on services for consumers was heard. There was no resistance from the committee in relation to our contention that counsellors are in the main qualified and skilled to come under Medicare (Better Access and ATAPS) and become part of its existing mental health workforce. As ACA was the only representative of the counselling profession at the enquiry, this was an important message that was heard. 
The committee was very aggressive at times towards the APS representatives, with one of the Senators referring to the submissions’ reflecting that psychologists were at war with each other. At no time did the committee refer to our profession in such a way, which was refreshing in that obviously the work we have undertaken in the last few years to shore up fractures has worked. The committee will release its findings later this month.
Notice of AGM: The ACA AGM will be held at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne at 10 o’clock on Monday the 14th of November 2011. Only current financial ACA members may attend.
Till next time,
Philip Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer
Professional Indemnity and Public/Products Liability Insurance
We announced mid last year a new insurance program for members. The feedback from members who have taken advantage of this program has been very positive to date.
This program has been designed by Rowland House Insurance Brokers and is very well priced.
When your current policy expires, we encourage you to visit the Rowland House web site and obtain a quote online -  
The Rowland House policy has been specifically designed for ACA members and their service is outstanding – telephone 1800 642 747. Policy features include:
-       All claims are handled locally by CGU Insurance and/or their appointed solicitors
-       Limit options up to $20,000,000
-       Nil excess
-       Cover for Inquiry costs
-       Unlimited Retroactive cover (cover for all past work as a counsellor/psychotherapist)
-       Free run-off cover (free cover when you retire from practice)
-       Cover for locums (up to 30 consecutive days and 60 days in annual)
The ACA earn $20 a policy. This recognises our contribution in policy design, marketing, pricing economies and support services. All ACA revenue is put back into member services.
If you have any questions about their policy and/or pricing, please call Rowland House on 1800 642 747 and ask for Helen, Kate or David.
Introducing: Microsale’s CounsellPro Counselling Software
CounsellPro is an information management tool for all counselling professionals. It is an easy-to-use, affordable program for recording consultations, managing client information and printing a variety of reports.
Summary of Features:
-       Designed to streamline the entry of consultation notes, client details etc.
-       View all past consultations for a client on one page.
-       Information is easily found and any documents associated with clients may be stored in private folders.
-       Dropdown boxes enable fast selection for Consultation entry.
-       Add to or Edit any of the pre-set records for Consultation Types, Sub-Types, Issues, Ethnicity etc.
-       Change Field Names to personalise the program. Get the Reports you want.
-       As well as Client details, record Support Persons, partner and Children’s contact information.
-       Any document stored whether in .pdf, .doc, .docx format, etc., may be found and printed directly from the program.
-       Multiple saving of notes for later retrieval, Addition of other Issues to notes
-       Reports include Consultations by Ethnicity, Consultations by Age-group etc. Adjustable to whatever fields you have and printed with a male/female, numbers per quarter and yearly breakdown.
-       Previous Years reports can easily be re-printed.
-       Multiple Counsellor use in the one organisation.
-       The use of “Students” in the School Version may be altered to “Clients” for the Private Practice Version.
-       All reports are automatically saved in .csv format, for loading into a spreadsheet. Produce the charts you want.
-       An Appointment diary with appointment notes, phone number and amounts paid able to be recorded and totalled on a daily basis.
-       Runs on all versions of Windows.
-       Regular updates from user feedback.
For a more comprehensive look at the program, and to download a trial version, please click on the following webpage link:
Price per School or Business: A$195 (incl. GST)
Unlimited email help and support for first year, then a support and update fee of A$75 per year is requested for continued support and updates when required.
Contact: Donald Logie, Microsale NZ,
ACA Recognised OPD Events
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: To learn a range of mindfulness techniques, in a theoretical and practical framework, based on the original MBSR course by Jon Kabat Zinn. Research has shown the primary importance of the therapeutic alliance in positive therapeutic outcome. Learning mindfulness will assist therapists to deepen and strengthen the therapeutic relationship, by developing improved concentration and focus, affect tolerance, empathy, attunement and equanimity. Mindfulness has also been shown to be effective in self care and professional resilience.
Outline: The course includes experiential exercises (body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and Kum Nye), the theory and practice of mindfulness, group discussions, and homework exercises. Resources provided include a course book, CDs, and e-mail and phone support. An individual introductory session is included in the price.  
Duration: 26 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 27/10/2011
End Date: 15/12/2011
Presenter/Provider: Michelle Morris
Location: Livingstone Community Centre, 1 Livingstone St, Ivanhoe, VIC 3709
The Sydney Mindfulness Seminar 2011
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: The Sydney mindfulness seminar is bringing together three elite professionals to discuss and explain a variety of topical core concepts about mindfulness.
Outline: On the Making of Mind by Professor Russell Meares: Morning Tea: Presentation: Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Process and Rationale for Mental Health Disorders
By Dr Bruno Cayoun (Director, The MiCBT Institute): 11.15am-1.15pm
Lunch: 1.15pm-2.15pm Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for caring, connection and compassion. By Dr Louise Hayes: 2.15pm-4.15pm
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Start Date: 14/10/2011
End Date: 14/10/2011
Presenter/Provider: Professor Russell Mearers, Dr Brunn Cayoun, Dr Louise Hayes 
Location: The Sevel Pier One, Sydney, NSW 2000
More information: 
NLP Level 1: NLP Practitioner Certification
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: For professional counsellors, the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming adds skills for interpersonal communication, rapport, therapeutic change, coaching methodologies and tools for building resources with a client. The objective of the Level 1 NLP Practitioner Certification course is to build conscious competencies of the basic skills of NLP to use in a therapeutic session.
Outline: The NLP Level 1 course is delivered over an 8-day format, 9am to 6pm. Each day, 2 to 3 topics are covered through lecture, demonstration and experiential learning. Taught in a generative manner, each aspect of learning is built on previous learnings providing a well-rounded learning experience.
Duration: 64 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 20/01/2012
End Date: 27/01/2012
Presenter/Provider: Dr. Heidi Heron PsyD & Laureli Blyth
Location: NLP Worldwide Learning Centre, Level 9, 143 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
More information:
Trance Camp with Dr. Stephen Gilligan - Week 1
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Trance Camp is an experiential workshop for counsellors and therapists using Generative Trance. The objective of Trance Camp Week 1 is to develop transformational states of consciousness. In Week 1 participants will learn: Techniques for developing generative trance; How to make transformational changes while in generative trance; How to establish a deep connection with the creative unconscious; To identify and transform limiting beliefs and resistances; To transform 'negative trances' (such as anxiety, depression, self-criticism) into positive resources; To use generative trance to create experiences and outcomes you never imagined or believed possible; The Ericksonian attitude of approaching each day and challenge as a great opportunity for new learning.
Outline: The Experience of Trance Camp has many dimensions. The course usually runs from 9 - 6 pm each day. Each day is filled with Dr. Gilligan's talks, group trances, Dr. Gilligan's work with volunteer clients, generative trance exercises with partners, and group discussions. The trances start out simple and short, and progressively deepen and extend into core pieces of transformational work. A group of experienced assistants is there to help as needed, and we all work to ensure that the group space is safe, intimate, and lots of fun.
Duration: 42 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 14/04/2012
End Date: 19/04/2012
Presenter/Provider: Dr. Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Location: Mary Mackillop Place, Sydney, NSW 2060
More information:
Trance Camp with Dr. Stephen Gilligan - Week 2
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Trance Camp is an experiential workshop for counsellors and therapists using Generative Trance. The objective of Trance Camp Week 1 is to develop transformational states of consciousness. The second week of Trance Camp explores the many possibilities of working within trance for generative change.
Week 2 includes: How 'reality' and 'identity' are 'trance states' created, maintained, and transformed via trance phenomena; How to use trance phenomena to create a Generative Self of higher consciousness capable of going beyond previous limits, obstacles, beliefs and negative events; How to transform an experience by shifting the submodalities of natural trance phenomena; Generative trance as a quantum field that opens possibilities beyond ordinary limits; What to do once generative trance has been established; Integrating the conscious and unconscious minds into a 'Generative Self'; How the Generative Self can heal wounds, improve competencies, develop deep intimacies and generate transpersonal experiences. Prerequisite: Week 1.
Outline: The Experience of Trance Camp has many dimensions. The course usually runs from 9 - 6 pm each day. Each day is filled with Dr. Gilligan's talks, group trances, Dr. Gilligan's work with volunteer clients, generative trance exercises with partners, and group discussions. The trances start out simple and short, and progressively deepen and extend into core pieces of transformational work. A group of experienced assistants is there to help as needed, and we all work to ensure that the group space is safe, intimate, and lots of fun.
Duration: 42 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 21/04/2012
End Date: 26/04/2012
Presenter/Provider: Dr. Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Location: Mary Mackillop Place, Sydney, NSW 2060
More information:
Working with a Dual ACT and CBT Concept - a Theory Driven, Experiential Seminar with Application of Focussed Psychological Strategies
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective/Outline: This seminar will demonstrate a comprehensive approach of how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can interact for powerful results that bring satisfaction for both client and clinician. The seminar will explain how emotions can be explored through examining a client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour from a CBT and ACT perspective. The presenter, Dr Carolyn Youren will elucidate the theoretical background paying particular attention to where ACT and CBT can be overlayed for a dynamic interaction, and thorough exploration of emotions and barriers to action.
Specific CBT and ACT interventions will be discussed and used to illustrate this theoretical collaboration. CBT interventions include (but are not limited to): identifying and exploring core beliefs, understanding automatic thoughts, development of rational response, identifying unhelpful thinking styles, behaviour activation, scheduling/planning, exposure and response prevention. ACT interventions include (but are not limited to): diffusion, expansion, connection, observing self, values, committed action.
Application to the treatment of Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and for building resilience will be explained and illustrated. Theory is based on the traditions of the Behavioural (e.g. Skinner and Pavlov), Cognitive (e.g. Beck and Ellis) and Mindfulness-based (e.g. Hayes, Strosahl, Kabat-Zinn) therapies from which CBT and ACT research have been generated. The application to clinical practice of a dual ACT and CBT theoretical approach has been drawn from research by Ciarrochi and Bailey, and from the clinical training and experience of the presenter.
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Start Date: 22/10/2012
End Date: 22/10/2012
Presenter/Provider: Dr Carolyn Youren - Consulting Psychologist, PS Counselling
Location: University of Melbourne, Hawthorn Campus, 442 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC
More information: 
Sandplay Therapy Certificate Course
Type of Activity: Relevant Course Work
Objective: The aim of this experiential training course is to give counsellors and therapists of diverse orientations, the basic skills, knowledge and experience to confidently use Sandplay Therapy with their clients. This competency-based training course uses a flexible learner-centred approach that will help participants gain knowledge and understanding and develop skills in the application of Sandplay therapy. Entry Requirements: Prior qualifications and experience in counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work or equivalent in addition to an acceptance interview.
Outline: The 3 key areas of the training will be: Underpinning knowledge; Practical skills; Appropriate attitudes of a Sandplay therapist Course Structure. 12 training days held over 4 modules. The Structure of the Training Modules Each module will contain the theoretical principles involved and experiential exercises to support the practical application of sandplay therapy.
Primarily, the afternoons will focus on experiential exercises and practices of relevant techniques based on the concepts discussed in the morning session. Due to the highly experiential nature of the course there will also be time and support for debriefing, integration and consolidation of theory and personal work.
Module One - Oct 13-16 (4 days): Overview and history of sandplay; What are we trying to achieve with sandplay therapy • Practical requirements of introducing sandplay into your practice; Sandplay Therapy facilitation skills - Pt 1.
Module Two - Oct 30-31 (2 days): Basic Jungian psychology and the individuation process; Sandplay Therapy facilitation skills - Pt 2.
Module Three - Nov 11-13 (3 days): The therapeutic process; Understanding clients trays; Facilitating sessions - working with clients under supervision.
Module Four - Nov 25-27 (3 days): The therapeutic process - Pt 2; Understanding clients trays - Pt 2; Facilitating sessions - working with clients under supervision; Review, revision, assessments.
Teaching Methods. This course will be taught using experiential learning principles and exercises. Participants will be encouraged to use the training as an opportunity for both their personal and professional development. A range of delivery and teaching methods are used including lectures utilising visual aids, use of textbook and handouts, group discussions, theoretical and practical exercises, demonstrations and presentations.
Duration: 84 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 13/10/2011
End Date: 27/11/2011
Presenter/Provider: Institute of Therapies For Emotional Transformation - Karen Daniel
Location: 90 Warragal Road, Turramurra NSW 2074
Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy - 6 Days Professional Development
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy (PEEFT) is a humanistic, process-orientated, evidence-based practice. PEEFT is one of the most rigorously researched forms of humanistic practice and has been shown to be efficacious in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, Complex PTSD, trauma and abuse. This experiential training will highlight theoretical as well as practical ways of working with clients with many forms of psychological distress. Each session will provide opportunities to observe live demonstrations as well as take part in practical triad work.
Outline: Day 1: Brief Overview of EFT theory; Discuss latest research in the area of trauma; Emotion theory for Complex Trauma; Demonstration; Discussion;  Practical triad work and feedback. Day 2: Theory; Review of PTSD, complex PTSD, trauma and abuse and shame; Identification of Tasks and Markers in trauma work; Case management and Case Formulations of trauma cases; Termination of trauma cases; Demonstration; Discussion; Practical triad work and feedback.
Duration: 42 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 24/09/2011
End Date: 20/11/2011
Presenter/Provider: Melissa Harte
Location: Centre for Emotion Focused Practice, Level 1, 102 Toorak Road, South Yarra, VIC, 3141
More information:
Counsellor Self Care & Supervision
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: To teach participants an Emotion Focused / Expressive Therapy technique and to use the technique for personal processing. To provide counsellors opportunity for discussion and supervision.
00-10.00 AM: Preliminaries and Introductions
10.00-11.00 AM: Demonstration of ET/Emotion focused technique
11.00-11.30 AM: Morning tea
11.30-12.30 PM: Working in pairs, using technique for personal processing
12.30-1.15 PM: LUNCH
1.15-2.15 PM: Working in pairs, using technique for personal processing
2.15-2.30 PM: Short tea-break
2.30-4.30 PM: Group Supervision
Duration: 6 hours
OPD Points: 12 Points
Start Date: 25/06/2011
End Date: 26/11/2011
Presenter/Provider: Cheryl Taylor
Location: The Kilbride Centre, 52 Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park, VIC 3206
More information:
Positive Behavioural Interventions for People Using Challenging Behaviours
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: A person who uses Unwanted Behaviours is likely to be responding to a situation they perceive as challenging and that they do not currently have the appropriate means to manage effectively. Unwanted Behaviours are often a person’s only existing-skills to communicate a message to other people: “I don’t know how to manage this situation I am finding challenging”.
This programme is designed to assist individuals wanting to change their own unwanted behaviours and those who work with people using unwanted behaviours to: (1) better understand the reasons why unwanted behaviours occur and (2) to develop effective interventions based on preventive and skills-building strategies. Strategies learnt will assist an individual to use appropriate behaviours and therefore better manage in these same situations they previously found difficult to handle effectively.
Outline: Attending this unique and hands on workshop will provide you with a new and innovative experience in the application of individualised behavioural strategies. Use of real case examples and the opportunity to practice learned strategies throughout the workshop allows for a true understanding that can be integrated into your every-day life.
The focus of this workshop will be on the development of skills-building and preventative strategies as opposed to reactive strategies. This will lead to the reduction of unwanted behaviours and an increase in occurrences of more sought-after appropriate behaviours. The practical and common sense strategies presented in your user friendly workbook will allow for ongoing reference and effective implementation after you have completed this workshop.
Duration: 6 hours
OPD Points: 12 points
Start Date: 10/11/2011
End Date: 01/12/2011
Presenter/Provider: Shannan Puckeridge
Location: Suite 34 (Level 1), 1 Mudgeeraba Road, Worongary QLD 4213
More Dates: 10/11/2011 – 01/12/2011
More information:
Creating Positive Experiences for a Person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: All people have an anxiety scale from 1 (calm) to 5 (meltdown). Increasing anxiety is a result of a person being presented with events they perceive as challenging in their day-to-day environment. Individuals exhibiting characteristics of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s Syndrome perceive the same world we all live in, in their own unique manner. A person with an ASD finds some daily experiences challenging... experiences that others do not find challenging, in fact might enjoy; thus we are all experiencing the same situations differently.
Knowledge and understanding gained from extensive clinical experience with individuals with an ASD and their families has led to the development of this course. You will gain knowledge of innovative, hands on techniques that are required to achieve a reduction in anxiety and challenging behaviours for the person with an ASD. The practical and common sense strategies presented in your user friendly workbook will allow for ongoing reference and effective implementation after you have completed this workshop.
Outline: This programme has been designed to assist those who work with, or in some manner support a person with an ASD, to learn to understand how the person with an ASD experiences the world differently to you and their peers... remembering that different does not mean wrong! By identifying these different experiences we are able to identify and understand the person’s unique triggers to escalated anxiety and thus likely behavioural deterioration.
Strategies are taught to equip supporters to modify these triggers or to understand when and how to teach the person with an ASD to learn new behavioural responses; thus reducing both anxiety and behavioural deterioration. Throughout this programme participants will lean: How a person with an ASD experiences the world differently to you and others; To identify common challenges a person with an ASD is presented with on a daily basis; That behavioural deterioration is often the person’s only means of managing these challenging situations; How to develop more favourable experiences in which a person with an ASD will become less anxious and therefore can function most successfully.
Duration: 6 hours
OPD Points: 12 points
Start Date: 09/11/2011
End Date: 30/11/2011
Presenter/Provider: Shannan Puckeridge
Location: Suite 34 (Level 1), 1 Mudgeeraba Road, Worongary QLD 4213
More Dates: 09/11/2011 – 30/11/2011
More information:
Member Association Meetings & Group Supervision
Federation of Psychotherapists & Counsellors of Queensland Inc
2011 Member Association Meetings for Counsellors and Students
FPCQ meet monthly. It is a great way to keep updated with industry developments, discuss issues affecting the counselling profession, network with other counsellors and have supervision for the cost of a gold coin.
Day: Every Second Saturday of every month
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 421 Gympie Road, Kedron
Cost: $10 donation to cover venue hire and morning tea
Contact: Secretary on Phone: 0404 436 183 or email:
October 08 Speaker
November 12 Group Supervision & Year End Lunch
Sunshine Coast
New FPCQ Sunshine Coast Chairman is David Kliese.
October 28
November 25
Day: Fourth Friday of the Month
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Trinity Healing Centre, 18 Columbia Street, Sippy Downs
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: David Kliese 07 5476 8122
FPCQ Board Meeting Dates Monthly on the First Monday
Time: 9.30am to 11.30am
Venue: Clinical Counselling Centre, 43C Carberry Streets, Grange
Apologies: 0404 436 183 or Email:
Monday November 7
Federation of Victorian Counsellors Inc
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)
-       Bi-Monthly e-Bulletin
-       Professional recognition
-       A voice and strength in advocacy
-       Counsellor directory listing
-       Advertising at reduced rates
-       Monthly meetings
-       Membership certificate
FVC membership consists of three levels: Fellowship, Full Member and Student Member.
Members meet the standards and criteria as laid down by the association for full and student membership and are currently financial members of the Australian Counselling Association prior to being eligible for FVC membership. All members subscribe to the objects, code of conduct and ethics of the ACA and FVC.
Application for membership must be in writing, signed by the applicant on the prescribed application form available at It must include details of the applicant’s supervisor, or if applying for student membership, details of the course (s) being undertaken and details of the approved training body.
Full membership: $50
Student: $40
Each member will receive a membership certificate, which should be displayed in a place of easy viewing and access by the public/clients when practicing as a counsellor with membership to the association.
Monthly meetings are held at three locations:
Melbourne Central, on the second Saturday 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Ferntree Gully, on the fourth Saturday 1:00pm to 3:30pm, and
Albury, on the first Monday 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Maffra bi-monthly, on last Monday 9:30am to 12:30am
Cost: FVC Full members $5, student members $2, ACA visitors $20, ACA students $5. We look forward to sharing our journey with you.
President Barbara Matheson Email:
FVC postal address: PO box 648 Eltham 3095
Ph: 0402 251 835
Counselling Tasmania Inc
Day: Monthly Meeting every third Friday of each month
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Venue: 25 Forster Street, New Town, TAS, 7008
Cost: Nil
Contact: Darren Radley on 03 6228 5535 or 0400 135 353.
Professional Counsellors Association of Western Australia Inc
Chapter Meetings for WA Inc (PCAWA) - Perth 2011
Meetings will consist of Professional Development and/or Group Supervision.
Day: Saturdays
Saturday 5 November: 9.30 to 11am
Saturday 3 December: 9.30 to 11am
Outcare Incorporated, Conference Room, Ground floor, 27 Moore Street,
East Perth. Entry will be at rear of building.
Cost: $5.00 Members $10.00 Non Members
Carolyn Midwood, President
Amanda Lambros, Secretary:
Postal - PCAWA: PO Box 751 Mt Lawley, WA 6929
South Australian Professional Counselling Association Inc
The South Australian Professional Counselling Association holds regular meetings which all members are entitled to attend. Come along and contribute to SAPCA, the committee is always seeking members input.
Venue: These meetings are held at Level 10 GHD Building 68 Grenfell Street Adelaide
Time: Starting at 5:45pm until approximately 7:00pm
The next SAPCA Board meeting is scheduled for 5 Oct 2011.
No charge - ACA members are invited to attend.
Chapter Meetings & Group Supervision
Chapter Meetings for New South Wales (Sydney)
Day: Saturday
Dates for 2011:
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
Western Sydney Chapter Meeting Schedule
Venue: Penrith Bowling Club, Cnr Woodriff St. and Derby St. Penrith.
Dates and Times:
Saturday 26 November 2011 from 1pm – 4pm
Everyone is welcome to attend and also stay after the meeting to network with other counsellors.
Fee: $10 which includes tea and coffee.
Morgan Hayward
Tele: 02 4567 7719
Mob: 0414 684 268
Central Coast Chapter
Dates for 2011 (Saturday):
26th November
Venue: Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, Unit 1 / 20 Kincumber, St Kincumber NSW 2251
Cost: $10.00 per person (Morning Tea provided)
Contacts: Rose Quigley (President - 0407 786 431) or Barb Shearer-Jones (Secretary - 0435 004 264)
P.S. An e-mail confirming your attendance would be appreciated; this will assist us for catering purposes - thanks!
Counselling Supervision is available at each meeting by the very experienced counsellor, Brian Edwards. There will also be Guest Presenters in 2011. So come along to gain Supervision and OPD points required by the ACA; also meet and network with other Counsellors.
For further details contact: Cliff Parker (Publicity Officer)
PCA (ACT/NSW) - Newcastle OPD & Group Supervision
Time: 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Mondays see date below.
Supervision 2.00pm to 3.30 pm
3.30pm Presentation approximately till 5pm
Then business meeting 5pm to 6pm (full OPD points given only if staying for the whole meeting)
17.10.2011 – Presenter: Dinah Buchanan (Director Terrigal Gestalt Institute)
“Gestalt Revisited – Beyond the Hot seat...”
Gestalt Therapy is an Experiential and Experimental Therapy that also offers much in terms of Dialogue and Therapeutic Relationship. However, it is most often remembered by those who have had a ‘brush with Gestalt’ as the therapy that uses ‘tools’ such as the ‘Hotseat’ or ‘Empty Chair’ etc.
In this presentation we will revisit the creative elements of this approach by looking at the Gestalt approach to Dream-work and Imagery, and de-mystify some of the ‘tools’, whilst shining a light on how that fits into the ‘Relational approach’, relevant to much of contemporary therapeutic understanding.
Time permitting there will be a chance to experiment with some exploration of Dream-work & Imagery with participants.
12.12.2011 – Xmas Meeting - No Presentation only 2 hours of supervision
Day: Monday
Venue: Carrington Community Centre Cnr. Young and Hargraves Streets Carrington
Cost: $10.00 for ACA members to cover cost of venue/beverages/ presenters.
$15.00 for Non- ACA members for Presentations only. Free to students.
Contact emails: any enquiries please forward your emails to:
Steve Tsousis (Secretary) on or
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Mental Health Academy (MHA) is a leading provider of online OPD education for the mental health industry. The MHA Education Portal is a quality, practical solution for counsellors who need to meet their OPD requirements, but are struggling to find time or opportunities to do so.
With MHA, you no longer have to worry about high costs, proximity and availability, or fitting a workshop around your lifestyle! You can access the huge range of OPD, including courses and video workshops, whenever and from wherever you want.
“I am so impressed with the quality and content of the courses and will be undertaking as many more courses and video workshops as possible. What a fantastic concept that you have put into practice. The savings alone on travel time, accommodation and attending courses in person have saved me literally thousands of dollars already, all from the comfort of my home.” ~ Robert Skujnieks
Take a quick look at what Mental Health Academy offers:
-      Over 70 professionally developed courses.
-      On-demand, webstreamed video workshops.
-      Over 100 hours of professional development.
-      Extremely relevant topics.
-      New courses released every month.
-      Video supported training.
-      Online, 24/7 access to resources.
-      Endorsement by multiple Associations, including AASW, ACA and APS.
Become an Unlimited Member Today and get 24/7 access to all courses. Click on the link below to register for a monthly or annual unlimited membership. As an unlimited member, you can access all MHA courses for less than $1 per day, and receive discounts when purchasing any video workshops:
(69795) Vocational Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Nationally Accredited Training
In partnership with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
The course provides the graduate with advanced specialised technical and theoretical knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled supervision work in a complex and specialised field of counselling supervision at AQF level 8, and further learning.
Graduates at this level have autonomy, judgement and responsibility in often complex and unpredictable counselling supervision context that require self directed work and learning and within broad parameters to provide professional advice and functions.
Delivery includes on the job learning and off the job learning through:
-      Seminars/Classes (2day x3)
-      Independent studies/self-directed learning
-      Case studies and scenarios, and
-      Practicum (1-day x4)
Students who cannot attend the seminars/classes or the practicum are able to accomplish the course requirements via distance and video taping all of their sessions.
For further inquiries, please contact Veronika:
Tel: 03 9772 1940
Or Email:  
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