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The National Professional Peak Association Apr 11 2012


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From CEO's Desk
Dear Member,
March was a very busy month for me as I visited members and ran workshops in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. The positive outcome of these trips was meeting so many enthusiastic members whose faith in ACA and our activities is so strong. Many members who I met are very positive about the direction in which this industry is heading and are optimistic about growth opportunities, particularly in niche markets. Social, economic and government trends all point to growth in areas that counsellors have expertise in. I was very impressed to see that many members were moving with the future and using modern technology to expand their services beyond the physical boundaries of where their offices were.
One area that concerned me was the poor quality of Supervision that many members seemed to be receiving, and in particular those who used psychologists as Supervisors. It seems that many psychologists who supervise counsellors do not appreciate that the requirements that bind counsellors are not the same as psychologists whose practice is regulated. Therefore the supervision they are delivering is based around their own discipline and its requirements rather than ACA requirements. I was dismayed by several members who disclosed to me information that their Supervisors had told them that was simply wrong.
Some members in private practice were being held back by poor guidance through Supervisors who were misleading (unintentionally) them with incorrect, or more accurately, personal opinions. Some members, particularly those who wish to become Supervisors, have criticised ACA’s new policy mandating graduate qualifications for all new Supervisors (regardless of being a psychologist or not). My recent experience has demonstrated that this is solid policy. The problem in relation to members claiming they are receiving good supervision is that they (in many cases) have few comparisons to draw any conclusions on. These issues will need to be addressed by the new ACA College of Supervisors. To balance these comments I did come across members whose knowledge base and practice was solid due to quality supervision.
I can now verify that the 2013 conference will be held at the Radisson Resort, Gold Coast in late September. A call for papers will be released soon. The conference will be held over the September school holidays and we have arranged for the resorts Kids Club to be made available to delegates so members can take the opportunity of also using the conference as a family holiday destination. I am not an accountant so this is not to be considered financial advice but I believe there may be potential positive tax implications in combining the conference with a holiday.
ACA will be holding a Virtual Conference in June to help members accumulate their final OPD points before their renewal is due. This will help members whose renewal is due in July to top up their OPD points if required and also help other members to accumulate points before their renewal is due later in the year. The Virtual Conference will be run over several days with a low cost admission fee for ACA members and slightly higher cost for non-members. Members will receive further emails on this event as we roll it out. 
Till next month.
Philip Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer
MHSS Workshops – Get on the ACA MHSS Register
Are you on the Mental Health Social Support (MHSS) Register yet?
The ACA MHSS Register is promoted to Local, State and Federal Government as a first response database in instances of emergency and disaster. MHSS certification covers unique areas not otherwise covered in your counselling qualification. For this reason it’s a separate competency and one that we strongly recommend you acquire.
You can gain your MHSS certification at a 2-Day Workshop. Numbers for group workshops are strictly capped to maximise your learning experience, so please book early.
Upcoming workshops in April/May:
Once you have received MHSS Certification you can be listed on the ACA Mental Health Social Support Register. And you will also be able to claim 28 OPD points for the Workshop.
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.
Call for Papers / ACA sponsored event
3rd Asia Pacific Rim Conference 2013
Theme: Sekarang! Counselling and Psychotherapy for Relationships, Educational & Environmental Needs
Date: 15th to 18th August 2013
Venue: Sarawak, Malaysia
For further information on Paper and Workshop presentations:  
Contact conference organiser’s email:
ACA Recognised OPD Events
MHSS Workshops - 28 OPD Points
Canning Vale, WA: 19-20/04/12 – Register here:
Fortitude Valley, QLD: 28-29/04/12 – Register here:
East Perth, WA: 03-04/05/12 – Register here:
Parramatta, NSW: 10-11/05/12 – Register here:  
Canning Vale, WA: 19-20/05/12 – Register here:
Melbourne, VIC: 19-20/05/12 – Register here:
Glandore, SA: 26-27/05/12 – Register here:
2012 Trauma Conference
Type of Activity: Conference
Outline: “Out of the Blue: Survive and Thrive” with special guest speaker Bill O’Hanlon.
Start Date: 28/06/2012
End Date: 30/06/2012
Presenter / Provider: Federation of Psychotherapists & Counsellors of Queensland
Location: Brisbane International Virginia Palms. Corner of Sandgate and Zillmere Road, Boondall, QLD.
Project Plan to Empowerment 
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Intimate Partner Abuse & Intimate Partner Sexual Violence and introducing Executive State Identification ESI: in working with DV survivors Who should attend? Experienced health professionals including counsellors working in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is a unique one-of-a-kind workshop. Ricky explores at a deep personal level what is means to be a survivor of (IPA) intimate partner abuse, (IPSV) intimate partner sexual violence, and torture as she exposes the labels of disempowerment and illegitimate shame.
Outline: Workshop start 9.30am sharp Morning tea 10.45am to 11.05am Lunch 12.45pm to 1.15pm Afternoon tea Relaxed working through Workshop Finish 5.00pm approx
Duration: 6 hours
OPD Points: 12 Points
Start Date: 04/05/2012 
End Date: 04/05/2012 
Presenter / Provider: Dawn Spinks Ricky Hunter and Jan Sky
Location: Drug Arm Training Room, 473 Annerley Road, Annerley QLD 4120
Engaging Adolescents
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Engaging Adolescents is a one-day professional development course for professionals to learn to teach parents the skills for resolving teenage behaviour problems. This course is suitable for parenting professionals who work with teenagers and their families.
Outline: This one-day course equips professionals with:
The knowledge to teach parents the program over three sessions and/or how to teach the tenets of the program in a few one-to-one clinical sessions
A comprehensive training manual and a CD slideshow to aid your presentation
Session-by-session guidelines for parent meetings
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Dates and locations:
BATHURST: 20/06/2012
ROCKHAMPTON: 18/05/2012
SYDNEY (Liverpool): 22/05/2012
WOOLONGONG: 23/08/2012
Presenter / Provider: Michael Hawton, Psychologist, MAPS (or various presenters)
1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: 1-2-3 Magic® & Emotion Coaching is a one-day professional development course for professionals to learn to help parents manage difficult behaviour in children aged 2-12.
Outline: This one-day course will provide you with the knowledge to conduct the 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching program - either as three (two-hour) session parent education courses, or to teach the program one-on-one within a few clinical treatment sessions.
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Dates and locations:
ADELAIDE 11/05/2012
BATHURST 19/06/2012
ROCKHAMPTON 17/05/2012
SYDNEY 21/05/2012
WOOLONGONG 22/08/2012
Presenter / Provider: Michael Hawton, Psychologist, MAPS (or various presenters)
Avert Family Violence: Dimensions, Dynamics & Impact of Family Violence
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Increase knowledge about the prevalence, dynamics and impact of family violence Increase recognition of key research themes and findings in the area of family violence Develop the ability to identify and respond effectively to people affected by family violence Increase capacity for collaborative practice in relation to family violence
Outline: One day workshop with four sessions each lasting 90 minutes, with breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch: Dynamics of family violence; Power and control in family violence; Impact of family violence on children; Changing legal and social responses to family violence.
Duration: 6 hours
OPD Points: 12 Points
Start Date: 02/04/2012
End Date: 02/04/2012
Presenter / Provider: Kevin Hanavan, Registered Psychologist
Location: Eats Fremantle Yacht Club, Petra Street, East Fremantle, WA 6158
Your Journey of a Lifetime! Life Management Skills
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: A one-day workshop where you will learn tools and strategies to assist you, and clients, in understanding the power of your mind and create new brain-pathways to overcome blockages and accelerate your sense of fulfillment and success in life
Outline: Create a Compass for your Journey by • identifying what motivates you so that you live a life of purpose; gaining insight into habits that are blocking you from reaching your goals; clarifying who you want to be and achieve during 2012 and beyond Session 1 9.00am - 10.30 am "Who Am I?" Break 10.30am - 10.50am Session 2 10.50am - 12.20pm "I Am..." Lunch 12.20pm - 1.00pm Session 3 1.00pm - 2.30pm "Journey Detours" Break 2.30pm - 3.00pm Session 4 3.00pm - 5.00pm "Creating My Compass".
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Start Date: 23/06/2012
End Date: 23/06/2012
Presenter / Provider: Carolyn Cutforth
Location: 'Vagelis Cafe & Bar Function Room', 30 Racecourse Road, Hamilton, QLD 4007
Certified Infant Massage Instructor Training Course
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: This nationally recognised accredited training course provides participants with the specific knowledge, skills and insights required to deliver parent education programs in Infant Massage, in accordance with guidelines of the International Association of Infant Massage. Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) are qualified to instruct parents to massage their own babies. A CIMI does not massage babies themselves, but instead teaches parents how to use touch, massage and many other forms of communication to enhance bonding, promote healthy infant development, and provide support for the parents in a social and non-threatening atmosphere.
Outline: The course consists of a four-day face-to-face component, comprised of workshops, lectures and practical sessions. This is followed by a self-directed component which is usually completed within 4 months.
Duration: 32 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 19/04/2012
End Date: 22/04/2012
Presenter / Provider: International Association of Infant Massage Australia
Location: Adelaide Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA
More information:
Sandplay Therapy Training
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: This training will allow you to use your creativity in your practice to help your client through their journey of transforming their lives. The training is at the same level of postgraduate courses that Marg has helped developed in the past in Transpersonal Psychology. Courses offered include Certificate of Graduation in each level of Visionary Sandplay Training, Sandplay Therapy and Relationships, and Master Sandplay Therapy.
Outline: Each Module is conducted over a three day weekend with breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch, all of which are included in the cost. Module 1 - Introduction to Sandplay. Module 2 - Facilitation Techniques & Shadow Exploration Module 3 - Working With Children Module 4 - How to Facilitate Sandplay in a Counselling Session Module 5 - How to work with Relationships using Sandplay Module 6 Master Practitioner Sandplay.
Duration: 24 hours
OPD Points: 20 Points (Maximum)
Start Date: 03/02/2012 
End Date: 11/11/2012
Presenter/Provider: Marg Garvan
Location: Various in NSW
More information:
Bipolar Spectrum: Bringing Evidence to Practice 
The Best Integrated Assessment & Treatment Tools
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objectives / outline: Assess 11 non-manic bipolar markers as well as DSM criteria for hypomania. Utilize effective screening tools including the Mood Disorders Questionnaire, the Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale and the Hypomania Checklist-32. Implement at least one of three research-tested bipolar-specific psychotherapies, targeting cognitions, social rhythms, significant others and even light and dark exposure!
Understand current medication strategies and how to integrate these with psychotherapy (e.g. avoiding antidepressants); Report diagnostic findings using the five dimensions of the Bipolarity Index developed at Harvard. Teach clients, families and carers using efficient psychoeducation: websites, books and your own understanding; Become familiar with the proposed diagnostic changes to be included in DSM V.
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Dates and locations:
Sydney (SMC Conference & Functions Centre): 10/08/12
Melbourne (Darebin Arts Centre): 15/08/12
Brisbane (Broncos League Club Red Hill): 17/08/12
Adelaide (Next Generation Club): 20/08/12
Perth (Wollaston Conference Centre): 22/08/12
Presenter / Provider: Dr. Leslie Lundt, MD
More information:
The Best Evidence Based Techniques to Treat Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Phobias & PTSD
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Explain anxiety as a behavioural problem and not just a thought problem; Resolve avoidance, reassurance seeking and distraction, the three main features in maintaining an anxiety disorder; Implement a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment plan as your best option for treating anxiety disorder; Apply the most empirically validated treatment for all anxiety disorders—Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP); Integrate ERP in a traditional outpatient setting, and in other community settings; Develop specific treatment plans for panic, OCD and social phobia.
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Dates and locations:
Sydney (SMC Conference Centre, CBD): 07/05/12
Brisbane (Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill, QLD): 09/05/12
Canberra (The Hellenic Club, Woden): 11/05/12
Melbourne (Darebin Art and Entertainment Centre, Preston): 14/05/12
Adelaide (NG Club Adelaide CBD): 16/05/12
Perth (Wolaston Conference Centre): 18/05/12
Presenter / Provider: Patrick MacGrath PhD / TATRA Training Services
More information:
The Real Life Adaptation of DBT: Make It Work Effectively for Your Client
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Validate client’s emotional wounds without reinforcing them. • Adapt DBT for the clinical need of the client. • Utilize DBT in individual psychotherapy. • Practice DBT with most major mental health disorders. • Develop strategies to overcome resistance and enhance engagement. • Implement DBT strategies without adherence to a manual (although using the manual!). Participants will learn how to: • Validate even the most self-defeating beliefs and feelings • Implement strategies for inertia and resistance in the face of overwhelming emotions • Balance acceptance with change • Encourage clients’ strengths • Deal with transference issues as opportunities for change • Prevent “therapeutic drift” • Generalize therapeutic gains by keeping behaviourally focused • Shift strategies for both the client and therapist
Outline: DBT Theory in Action • Foundations of DBT • Emotional sensitivity as the “core” issue • Emotional sensitivity is the result of kindling effects and neurochemistry, not always Axis II disorders • Treatment targets for DBT • Therapist strategies to deploy DBT (1hr) Morning tea (15 min) Application of DBT • Evidence-Based Practice and DBT • Emotional Regulation • Mindfulness (1.5 hr) Lunch ( 30 min) • Acceptance and Change • Coping Skills to replace escape and avoidance • Treatment, Client and Therapist Dialectics • DBT Relationship and Change Strategies (1.5 hr) Moving Beyond Borderline Using DBT with Other Diagnoses: • Mood Disorders • Anxiety Disorders • Eating Disorders Afternoon break (15 min) • Substance abuse • OCD • Impulse Control • Complex Co-morbidity (2hrs + 15 min afternoon tea break) Practice of DBT in Individual Psychotherapy and Other Settings • Adapting of DBT to match clinical need • Levels of care • When to refer • Assessing and insuring safety (1.5hr)
Duration: 7 hours
OPD Points: 14 Points
Dates and locations:
Sydney (SMC Conference Centre, CBD): 13/06/12
Brisbane (Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill, QLD): 15/06/12
Canberra (The Hellenic Club, Woden): 18/06/12
Melbourne (Darebin Art and Entertainment Centre, Preston): 20/06/12
Adelaide (NG Club Adelaide CBD): 22/06/12
Perth (Wolaston Conference Centre): 25/06/12
Presenter / Provider: Dr. Lane Pederson / TATRA Training Services
More information:
Traumatic Bereavement - 1 Day Workshop
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objectives: Trauma is often described as a literal wounding of the emotions, spirit, physical body & sense of security. Traumatic bereavement brings with it two different but powerful forms of human distress: the separation distress that comes when some- one you care about and love dies and the trauma distress that comes from how they died. Often people experience both types of distress simultaneously. Traumatic bereavement can be experienced after many and varied events and situations including disasters, after a suicide or murder, MVA, sudden unexpected death and also the trauma involved in the manner & circumstance of a person’s death after a long illness.
This one day workshop will give participants a greater understanding of the impact of trauma and traumatic loss & grief on individuals and communities. Julie will present a summary of the literature and theory on traumatic bereavement and complex/ prolonged grief disorder, Psychological First Aid and resilience in the face of adversity. She will explore how theory can be translated to counselling and support work practice. Through case studies and interactive small group discussions, participants will be given an opportunity to explore some of the techniques and strategies involved in working with people who have experienced traumatic bereavement.
Outline: Seminar Program 9.00 am Registration 9.30 am Introduction Overview of Loss, Grief and Trauma Theory and Practice. Traumatic Bereavement in context Complex needs of those bereaved through violent and traumatic deaths 11.00 am Morning Tea 11.30 am Impact of Traumatic Bereavement Foundations of Safe Counselling Practice with those who have experienced a Traumatic Bereavement.
Psychological First Aid Theory: Neurobiology and psychophysiology of stress and trauma. What does this mean for counselling practice? Demonstration / Video 1.00 pm Lunch 2.00 pm Techniques / strategies for managing strong emotions. Small Group/pair work Exercises/Demonstration 4.00pm 5 minute break 4.05pm Issues of self-care when working with emotional suffering Discussion and Summary 4.30 pm close.
Duration: 6 hours
OPD Points: 12 Points
Start Date: 24/07/2012
End Date: 24/07/2012
Presenter / Provider: NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo - Julie Dunsmore
Location: NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief, 100 Welchman Street, Dubbo, NSW 2830
More information:
Supporting Adults Through Loss & Grief
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective: Many people in our community experience loss and grief through illness, disability, re-location or the death of a significant other. This one day workshop will cover the many aspects of loss (physical, social, psychological and community). It will also look at support of bereaved people and their needs in the early days of their grief. Participants will be able to identify those who are at risk and learn about appropriate referral sources. Participants will also be encouraged to look at their own issues around loss and the need for self-nurturing and supervision when working with the bereaved. The workshop will provide participants with a general understanding of the issues involved in supporting people through loss, grief and bereavement and the basic skills required for providing such support.
Outline: PROGRAM 9.00 am REGISTRATION 9.30 am Welcome, introductions and overview of the day 10.00 am What are the most challenging issues when working with grief and loss? Understanding the range of normal grief responses 11.00 am MORNING TEA 11.15 am Valuing my own grief story and reflecting on lessons learned. Frameworks that help us understand the grieving process Communicating with a bereaved client – how to listen and what to say. What do grieving adults need? 1.00 pm LUNCH 2.00 pm Losses that affect the whole community and ways of responding 3.15 pm AFTERNOON TEA 3. 30 pm Self-care in grief and loss work Creating a toolbox for working with bereaved adults 4.45 pm Evaluation, certificates and close
Duration: 6 hours
OPD Points: 12 Points
Start Date: 03/05/2012
End Date: 03/05/2012
Presenter / Provider: Beate Steller
Member Association Meetings & Group Supervision
Federation of Psychotherapists & Counsellors of Queensland Inc
2012 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.
April 14th 2012
May 12th 2012
June 9th 2012
July 14th 2012
August 11th 2012
September 8th 2012
October 13th 2012
November 10th 2012
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:
The FPCQ Board meetings are held following the Chapter meetings, same venue, 12.30pm-2.00pm.
Sunshine Coast
New FPCQ Sunshine Coast Chairman is David Kliese.
Apr 27th
May 25th
Jun 22nd
Jul 27th
Aug 24th
Sep 28th
Oct 26th
Nov 23rd
Day: Fourth Friday of the Month
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Trinity Healing Centre, 18 Columbia Street, Sippy Downs 4556
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: David Kliese 07 5476 8122
Federation of Victorian Counsellors Inc
If you live in Victoria... This is an invitation for you to join the state Association of ACA.
The Federation of Victorian Counsellors Inc - FVC
Benefits of your FVC Membership include:
  • Professional Development Programs
  • Supervision by ACA registered supervisors
  • Networking with peers
  • Monthly e-bulletin
  • Professional recognition
  • A voice and strength in advocacy
  • Counsellor Directory Listing
  • Advertising at reduced rates
  • Monthly meetings
  • Membership certificate
We encourage you to join FVC or you are welcome to regularly attend our low cost meeting. 
Monthly meetings are held at four locations:
Melbourne central, Ferntree Gully, Albury, Maffra (Gippsland)
For further information check FVC webpage on  
Download an application form or ring Lyn on 040 2251 835
Counselling Tasmania Inc
Day: Monthly Meeting every third Friday of each month
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Venue: 281 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, TAS
Cost: Nil
Contact: Darren Radley on 03 6228 5535 or 0400 135 353.
Professional Counsellors Association of Western Australia Inc
Professional Counsellors Association of WA Inc (PCAWA) - Perth
Meetings will consist of Professional Development and/or Group Supervision.
Day: Saturdays
May 5
June 2
July 7
August 4
September 1
October 6
November 3
December 1
The meetings are held 9:00 for a 9:30 start until 11:00
Venue: Outcare Incorporated, Conference Room, Ground floor, 27 Moore Street, East Perth, WA. Entry will be at rear of building.
Cost: $5.00 Members $10.00 Non Members
Carolyn Midwood, President
Contact: 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 meeting are held at 616 South Road Glandore SA 5037
Time: Starting at 5:45pm until approximately 7:00pm
SAPCA’s next committee meetings will be on 2nd & 23rd May 2012
Our next OPD will be held at the same address: 5.45pm/8pm - Martin Robinson (Practising Lawyer) will present Men and Separation in Simple terms, covering topics such as:
  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Financial matters
  • Property
  • Superannuation
  • Children & custody
  • Wills
The cost of attending each OPD is $15.00 for financial SAPCA members and $25.00 for non-financial members.
Chapter Meetings & Group Supervision
Professional Counselling Association of the ACT and NSW
If you are a counsellor practising in the ACT or NSW or visiting from interstate we invite you to our meetings. The PCA (ACT/NSW) have five Branches and conduct 30 meetings each year providing professional development and supervision in accordance with ACA professional standards. Visit our website at
Benefits of your PCA (ACT/NSW) membership include:
  • Supervision by ACA registered supervisors
  • Networking with peers
  • Professional recognition
  • Free Counsellor Directory Listing
  • Over 30 meetings a year throughout the ACT and NSW
  • Special guest speakers to aid your counselling practice
  • Membership certificate 
2012 Meeting Dates and Professional Development Calendar:|
Day: Last Tuesday of each month
April 24 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
May 29 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
June 26 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
July 31 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
August 28 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sept 25 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Oct 39 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Nov 27 Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 3/151 Cowper Street Dickson.
Everyone is welcome to attend and stay after the meeting to network with other counsellors.
Cost: $10.00 including refreshments unless other specified.
Contact: Brenda Searle on
PCA (ACT/NSW) Sydney Branch
2012 Meeting Dates and Professional Development Calendar:
Day: Saturday
April 4th Time: 11:30AM – 3:00PM
June 9th Time: 11:30AM – 3:00PM
August 11th Time: 11:30AM – 3:00PM
October 13th Time: 11:30AM – 3:00PM
December 8th Time: 11:30AM – 3:00PM
Special Presentation on Eating Disorders: The Sydney Branch of the PCA of the ACT/NSW, invites you to attend an extraordinary branch meeting on the 14th April, 2012.
Doug Millen and Noelle Graham will address the topic of Eating Disorders. Doug and Noelle presented at the Youth Health 2011: It’s Totally Important Conference at Darling Harbour last November. They are two very interesting speakers, who will share with us some very personal insights, dispel some myths and provide some important information about this increasingly prevalent condition. You won’t want to miss this!
Venue: Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114
Cost: RSVP received before the 6th of April 2012 - MEMBERS: $20.00, NON MEMBERS: $25.00
RSVP: No later than Friday the 6th April 2012 to Makiko Nakazawa at  
11.30 – 11.45am    Registration
11.40 – 12.00pm    Welcome/General Business
12.00 – 1.30pm      Presentation
1.30 – 2.00pm        Refreshments
2.00 – 3.00pm        Supervision/Ethical Dilemma/Case Study
3.00pm                   Join members downstairs in the lounge area for informal networking
PCA (ACT/NSW) Penrith Branch
2012 Meeting Dates and Professional Development Calendar:
Day: Saturday
May 26th Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
July 28th Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sept 15th Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Nov 24th Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Penrith Bowling Club, Cnr Woodriff and Derby Street, Penrith NSW 2750.
Everyone is welcome to attend and also stay after the meeting to network with other counsellors.
Cost: $10 including refreshments unless other specified. Students free.
Contact: Morgan Hayward
Ph: 02 4567 7719
Mob: 0414 684 268
PCA (ACT/NSW) Gosford Branch
2012 Meeting Dates and Professional Development Calendar
March 24th – Pat Hamilton, Another perspective on working with Dreams
May 26th – Doug Sotheren
July 28th – Andrew Campbell: Domestic and Family Violence – a male perspective.
September 22nd – Chris Davidson
November 24th – Brian Edwards 
Venue: Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, Unit 1 / 20 Kincumber, St Kincumber NSW 2251 (Behind the Kincumber Shopping Village)
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 2012. 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 Branch 
Day: Monday  
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 will be given only if staying for whole meeting)
April 16th - Patricia Hamilton with “Music Therapy”
June 18th - Michael Hassett with ‘How We Grieve”
August 20th - Chris Davidson with “Problem Gambling”
October 15th – Pending presentation
December 10th - Christmas end of year. No presentation but 2 hours of supervision.
Venue: Carrington Community Centre Cnr. Young and Hargraves Streets Carrington, Newcastle
Cost: $10.00 for PCA members to cover cost of venue and beverages and presenters.
$15 for non PCA members after the first 2 bi-monthly meetings attended.
$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 and or Grahame Smith (Convenor)
Training & Development
Gain Specialty Counselling Expertise with a Vocational Graduate Qualification
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.
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  • 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 enrol, 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 625 359
NT/Tasmania: 1800 353 643
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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 PD costs; proximity and availability limitations; 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.
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(69795) Vocational Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Nationally Accredited Training
Delivered in partnership with TLC Training Solutions P/L (RTO #31970)
2012 Mid-year intake Registration is now open.
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.
The program is designed to have flexible delivery and assessment: 
  • Workplace,
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For further inquiries, please contact Veronika:
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