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The National Professional Peak Association May 1 2013

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From CEO's Desk
 
Dear Member,
 
April has been an interesting month from many perspectives but most interestingly the constantly moving political landscape. With Treasurer Wayne Swan releasing policy that limits claimable work-related education expenses to $2,000, he has reduced incentives for professional development, and in effect increased the cost of ongoing learning. This policy will likely affect the type of OPD counsellors (and other professionals) undertake. I would suggest this will result in a drop in workshop based activities due to their higher costs and a move more towards more cost effective and leveraged learning, such as online based training.
 
On the topic of politics, I met with two parliamentarians this month, Senator Fierravanti-Wells the shadow Minister for mental health and Michael McCormack the member for the Riverina in NSW. Senator Fierravanti-Wells seemed very interested in the plight of counsellors and was open to the idea of using counsellors more effectively within the health system. She agreed as a potential workforce we are under-utilised and this should be addressed.
 
The Senator stated that she would entertain a submission by the counselling industry to be given access to Medicare should her government win office. This is the most positive statement I have heard to date and although this cannot be construed as a commitment it is something on which we can build. I have a further meeting with the Senator in early May and will be accompanied by the CEO of PACFA for that meeting where we will formally present our new model for the first time. Although it would seem more appropriate for us to have delivered the model first to Senator Butler, the serving Minister for Mental Health, he is yet to follow up on his promise for a meeting. Once we have rolled out our model we will make it available to all members to use in their individual lobbying efforts.
 
The meeting with Michael was also very positive as a regional member he is painfully aware of the lack of services and waiting lists in regional Australia. He was quick to agree that counsellors in regional Australia are also under-utilised and he was willing to make representation on our behalf to government for greater recognition. I must thank our member Kevin Webb for making contact initially with Michael to open the door for my visit.
 
I am off to Canada on Monday 13th of May for eight days, I have been invited to present on behalf of ACA at their annual conference in Halifax. So I will be unavailable during that time. I have several appointments with key politicians during June and will continue to meet local members as opportunities present.
 
The ACA 2013 conference program is now out. So please review the program and register to have some fun with us on the Gold Coast in September. For further information on the ACA conference you can download the registration booklet here.
 
Till next month.
 
Philip Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer
Announcements
 
Mental Health Academy – First to Knowledge in Mental Health
 
Attain your mandatory annual OPD for just $1.50 per OPD point.
 
With the government releasing policy that limits claimable work-related education expenses to $2,000, it’s more crucial than ever that you get the best possible return for your OPD dollar.
 
With MHA you get UNLIMITED access to over 50 Hours ($3,160.00 value) of personal & professional development video workshops, and over 80 specialist courses, for just $39/month or $349/year. 
 
We want you to experience unlimited, unrestricted access to the largest repository of personal and professional development programs available anywhere in the country.
 
When you join our new Premium Level membership, you’ll get all-inclusive access to over 40 video workshops (presented by some of the world’s leading mental health experts) valued at $3,160.00.
 
You’ll also get access to over 80 professionally-developed courses exploring a huge range of topics, including counselling interventions, communications skills, conflict, child development, mental health disorders, stress and trauma, relationships, ethics, reflective practice, plus much more. 
 
All courses and videos have been specially developed by psychologist and counsellor educators and are conveniently accessible online, 24/7. They’re filled with content that’ll help you understand your own life, and how to improve on your current condition.
 
Benefits of becoming a premium member:
  • Unlimited access to over 80 specialist courses
  • Unlimited access to over 40 videos ($3,160.00 value)
  • Videos presented by international experts
  • New programs released every month
  • Extremely relevant topics
  • Online, 24/7 access
  • Counsellors: Over 150 hours of ACA-approved OPD
  • Psychologists: Over 150 'active' CPD Hours
Recently released and upcoming programs:
  • Fostering Resilience in Clients
  • Principles of Psychosynthesis
  • Working with Subpersonalities
  • Understanding Will (just released)
  • Working with Will in the Therapy Room (just released)
  • Brief Counselling: The Basic Skills (just released)
  • Play Therapy: Basics for Beginning Students (just released)
  • Overview of Principal Personality Tests (coming soon)
  • Understanding the MBTI (coming soon)
  • The MBTI in Coaching and Counselling (coming soon)
  • Using the Chakra System in Counselling (coming soon)
  • A Constructive-developmental Approach in Therapy (coming soon)
  • Sitting with Shadow (coming soon)
  • Client, Meet Your Shadow (coming soon)
  • Understanding Obsessives: OCD and OCPD in the Therapy Room (coming soon)
  • Transference and Projection (coming soon)
  • Basic Stress Management (coming soon)
  • Coaching and Microcounselling (coming soon)
  • Counselling Children: Brief Strategies (coming soon)
  • Group Microskills: Encountering Diversity (coming soon)
  • Neuroscience: The Cutting Edge of Counselling's Future (coming soon)
NOTE TO ACA MEMBERS: ACA has partnered with MHA to make attaining your mandatory annual OPD as simple and cost effective as possible, and continue to expand services to you.
 
When you join MHA via the page below, ACA receives $10 per month (or $75 per annum) for the entire duration of your membership. This rebate greatly assists ACA to keep your member fees down and invest in critical projects such as creating employment for counsellors, lobbying for Medicare and health fund rebates, and promoting formal recognition of counselling as an Allied Health profession.
 
Learn more and join today: www.mentalhealthacademy.com.au/aca
 
 
Mid-Year Intake OPEN NOW: Bachelor of Counselling 2013
 
AIPC is Australia’s largest and longest established educator of Counsellors. Over the past 22-years we’ve helped over 55,000 people from 27 countries pursue their dream of becoming a professional Counsellor.
 
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 conducive to learning as possible.
 
You can gain up to a full year’s academic credit (and save up to $8,700.00 with RPL) with a Diploma qualification. And with Fee-Help you don’t have to pay your subject fees upfront – you can learn now and pay later.
 
Here are some facts about the course:
  • Save up to $26,400.00 on your qualification.
  • Start with NO MONEY DOWN using FEE-HELP.
  • Save up to $8,700.00 with RPL.
  • You will be supported by a large team of highly-qualified counselling professionals.
  • Study externally with individualised personal support.
  • Attend Residential Schools in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to hone your practical skills and network with other students.
You can learn more here: www.aipc.net.au/degree
 
Watch our 2013 TV ad: www.aipc.net.au/tv2013
 
 
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: www.counselingmalaysia.com.  
Contact conference organiser’s email: secretariat@counselingmalaysia.com.
 
 
Advance Notice
 
The Goulding Institute Conference 2013
 
Melbourne - May 4th & 5th 2013
 
 
“ADDICTIONS, COMPULSIONS & OBSESSIONS: Pathways to Recovery”
 
If you have been to last three you will already know about the high quality of speakers and content this conference delivers every year, with information and workshops you can use in YOUR practice immediately. This conference is supported by most Professional Associations including The Australian National Hypnotherapy Register, AHA, ASCH, AACHP, PCHA, PHWA, HCA, Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Federation of Victorian Counsellors (FVC) and a number of education bodies. If you are going to do any training and CPE this year, this is it!
 
This year, because of the critical nature of the conference themes, Additions, Obsessions and Compulsions, we are opening the doors to all mental health practitioners, including psychologists, medical practitioners, counsellors and clinical hypnotherapists.
  • New larger venue
  • New speakers
  • Great value (includes morning and afternoon teas and lunch on each day)
  • Approved CPE for most associations
 
PRESENTERS:
  • Dr. Sanja Cosic: General Manager, Gamblers Help Southern: Pathways to Recovery for Gamblers
  • Jeff Berger: Member, Australian Psychological Society: Client Engagement & Responsibility
  • Karen Owen: Member, Australian Psychological Society: Sex Offender Programs
  • Dr. Rick Kausman: GP & Author: If Not Dieting Then What?
  • Ann Beck: Counsellor & Program Leader, Mens’ Line: Men Doing it Tough
  • Bill Patterson: Psychotherapist: Drug & Alcohol Recovery
  • Brett McCann: Specialist Counsellor & CEO Impotence Australia: Relationships and Sexual Functioning
  • Lyndall Briggs: Board Member, Australian Counselling Association
  • Margaret Kelly: President, Hypnotherapy Council of Australia
  • Barbara Matheson: President, Federation of Victorian Counsellors
  • Gary Johnston: Director, The Goulding Institute: Obsessions and Addictive Anxiety - The Role of Self Awareness
  • Belinda Hulstrom: Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, President AACHP: Creating Coherence: The role of Bio–Feedback in Psychotherapy
 
 
Wellness Business Owners World Summit Starting in May 2013
 
The Wellness Business Owners World Summit has one simple mission: to dramatically improve the success of wellness business owners and practitioners the world over. How?
 
By bringing you the world's most successful wellness industry thought leaders and business owners, who can show you how to help more people and make more profits -- because they've done it. We anticipate more than 12,000 business owners and practitioners from around the world to be joining us online, making this THE industry event of the year.
 
Don't miss out.
 
Join us for a powerful series of FREE "taster" sessions from our world-class thought leaders at our Pre-Summit Series starting on May 1. The Pre-Summit Series will provide you with high-value advice, information, and strategies -- whether or not you attend the full Summit.
 
And, of course, as with all our Summit events, there is a strict NO SALES PITCHES policy in effect. This really is about helping you build the wellness business of your dreams.
 
Simply click on this link to check out this Amazing Summit:
 
 
 
International Conference for the Recovery from Childhood Trauma and Mental Illness
 
Wyong, NSW – 14/10/2013 – 15/10/2013
 
 
This conference will bring together health professionals, including professionals who themselves are survivors of childhood trauma, to discuss and share their knowledge in how best to treat and support clients who are survivors of childhood trauma so they can begin to recover from their mental illness.
 
Much of worldwide mental health strategies and funding is based on the premise that mental illness is a life-long sentence. In contrast, this conference will examine what is happening throughout the world to encourage long-term recovery and healing. The link between childhood trauma and mental illness has been well established.
 
This conference will discuss more effective ways of helping people with a mental illness move towards recovery by utilising this information. Trauma Informed Care is now recognised as being an important treatment model being used as a part of recovery oriented practice. The conference will invite practitioners in Trauma Informed Care to share their knowledge. We recognise there are many effective ways of working with survivors of childhood trauma and the conference will provide time devoted to professionals sharing their knowledge with each other.
 
If you have clients who have experienced childhood trauma or abuse, this conference will assist you work more effectively with them and empower them to take pro-active steps towards their own recovery. This is a positive, recovery-focused conference that will empower you to support your clients to make changes and assist them in healing from the trauma, which may have resulted in the development of mental illness. This will include integrating the principles of neurodevelopment, as it relates to childhood trauma, into clinical practice.
 
Keynote speakers include:
 
Professor Alexander (Sandy) McFarlane AO – Professor of Psychiatry and the Head of the University of Adelaide Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies.
 
Dr Robin Grille – a father, a psychologist in private practice with twenty years' experience, and a parenting educator. His articles and books on parenting and child development have been widely published in Australia and overseas.
 
Dr Michelle Mulvihill – a Consultant Psychologist who has been practising for nearly twenty years and has been involved in assisting survivors and church organisations heal sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy.
 
Dr Michael Kennedy, a detective in the New South Wales Police Force/Service for 20 years specialising in child protection investigation. He is now a well-respected academic and his expertise are in areas including social policy, families and family policy, human rights, welfare and the law, law and human rights
 
Mia Fontaine – a survivor an author, writer, and motivational speaker whose past appearances include Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Montel Williams Show. She has spoken nationally about drug addiction and the long-term cost of child sexual abuse.
 
Liz Mullinar AM., B.Th., M. Couns. – founder and CEO of Heal for Life Foundation, which runs healing programs for survivors of child abuse and trauma. Liz has been integral in the development of the program, which has helped empower over 5000 people to heal over the last 13 years.
 
The conference will explore the links between childhood trauma and mental illness with specific focus on:
  • Latest research on trauma and what therapies work best for recovery from trauma
  • Trauma Informed Care including: what therapies and modalities work best with survivors - the latest research, discussion and demonstrations of practical therapies that assist survivors (Art therapy, Drama therapy, Schema Focused Cognitive Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, etc)
  • New ways of healing childhood trauma
  • The place of spirituality in recovery, especially for those who are survivors of clergy abuse
  • Recovery from trauma for our Indigenous people and culturally appropriate care
  • Self-care for health professionals working with survivors of childhood trauma
  • Sharing – health professionals sharing knowledge in small groups about a range of topics, including Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, bullying, working with male survivors, recovery from trauma in children and adolescence and substance abuse and trauma
  • The consumers voice – how can recovered survivors and health professionals be heard and not treated differently, the increasing separation between consumers and health professionals
Early Bird Registration $699.00
Speaker Registration $600.00
Standard Registration $850.00
Day Only Registration Early Bird $400.00
Day Only Registration Standard $500.00
Additional Exhibitor Pass $350.00
Welcome Function $70.00
 
 
National Eating Disorders Collaboration
 
You’re invited to join the NEDC clinician’s e-network...
 
The NEDC Clinicians e-network is a new collaborative network designed for professionals in clinical practice with an interest in eating disorders.
 
The e-network will provide an opportunity to:
  • Extend your professional network
  • Establish links to support your clinical practice
  • Share knowledge and resources
  • Discussion on cases and clinical problem solving
  • Ideas on finding supervisors and expert advice
Eating disorders are challenging illnesses to manage. They can be difficult to detect, life threatening and it can be hard to find good treatment options.
 
Through the NEDC clinician’s e-network you will have a unique opportunity to join in discussion, problem solve, share evidence and network with frontline clinicians and some of Australia’s leading experts in eating disorders.
 
Visit www.nedc.com.au/e-network to get involved.
 
Connect. Share. Discuss.
 
 
A professional supervision opportunity: Individual or in a group
 
Carolyn Midwood @ Metro Counselling and Consultancy Service Duncraig WA
 
We offer individual professional supervision for ACA members and non-members Face to Face via our office in Duncraig WA, or by Telephone and Skype Video Conferencing.
 
Costs: Non-members: $135.00 (1 hour), ACA Members: $110.00 (1 hour)
 
We have group supervision available and currently these are run once a month, our next one is scheduled for next week: Tuesday 9th April 2013.
 
Ongoing dates to June 2013: Tuesday 14th May 2013, Tuesday 11th June 2013
 
Costs: Non-members: $55.00 (1.5h small group, 2h larger group), ACA Members: $44.00
 
For more information, join a group or make an appointment, please contact Ray on 08 9448 3210 or 0419 950 102.
ACA Approved OPD Events
 
*NATIONAL EVENTS*
 
Learn Crucial Social Support Skills
 
ACA-APPROVED: 28 OPD Points
 
RIGHT NOW someone you care about – a family member, friend, or colleague – may be suffering in silence, and you don’t know.
 
Our suicide rate is now TWICE our road toll. Many suicides could possibly be averted, if only the people close to the victim were able to identify the early signs and appropriately intervene.
 
With the right training, you can help that family member, friend or colleague.
 
Save $100 when you book your seat in an upcoming MHSS Workshop:
 
 
(Workshops available in QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, SA & WA)
 
Your registration includes the 2-day facilitated workshop; a hardcopy of the MHSS Student Workbook; and access to an online dashboard where you can obtain your certificate, watch role-play videos, and much more.
 
MHSS Specialties
 
Once you complete the MHSS Core program you can undertake the MHSS Specialty Programs:
  1. Aiding Addicts;
  2. Supporting those with Depression or Anxiety;
  3. Supporting the Suicidal and Suicide Bereaved and;
  4. Supporting Challenged Families.
Book your seat at the next MHSS Workshop now and save $100.
 
If you have any queries, please contact Pedro Gondim on pedro@mhss.net.au.
 
PS Members of the ACA accrue 28 OPD points by attending the MHSS Workshop.
 
 
Anxiety Education for Health Professionals (AEHP): An Accredited Online Course Funded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMCR)
 
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
 
Objective: Anxiety disorders are amongst the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the community. They cause significant impairment and disability, and the direct and indirect costs associated with untreated anxiety disorders are high. Effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological evidence-based treatments are available for these disorders. The theoretical basis and the application of these treatments are required knowledge for a broad range of health professionals. There is a clear need for a high quality educational program on Anxiety Disorders to be provided to health professionals as they may not have had sufficient exposure to them during training.
 
One of the goals of the NHMRC funded Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Anxiety and Neuroscience has been to design and develop an accessible and easy-to-learn educational program called Anxiety Education for Health Professionals (AEHP) to assist in the effective translation of the latest research outcomes in the field of Anxiety Disorders into clinical practice. The Anxiety Education for Health Professionals (AEHP) is an accredited online self-paced evidence-based continuing professional development (CPD) course collaboratively designed by 21 academics, clinicians and educators from 12 universities and hospitals across Australia and New Zealand to give a detailed introduction to anxiety disorders.
 
In this course, there are 13 study units providing high-quality information about the epidemiology, phenomenology and diagnostic criteria, psychological theories, the neurobiology of anxiety disorders, evidence-based treatments and the theoretical underpinnings of these treatments. Each unit is a complete and separate learning cycle guiding you through the introduction, the lectures, the assignment and the summary. The aim of this course is to provide the necessary knowledge about the anxiety disorders that will enable participants to effectively communicate with and provide helpful information to people with anxiety disorders. The course also helps participants gain an in-depth theoretical foundation for developing skills in the treatment of anxiety disorders with clinical supervision after completing this course.
 
Duration: 24 hours
 
Start Date: 01/10/2012
End Date: 30/09/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Prof. Philip Boyce, Prof. Richard Bryant, Prof. Gavin Andrews, Prof. Helen Christensen, Prof. Richie Poulton, A/Prof. Anthony Harris, A/Prof. Vladan Starcevic and other 14 academics, clinicians and educators from 12 universities and hospitals across Australia
 
OPD Points: 25 Points (maximum)
 
 
Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT)
“Working with imagery and metaphor to unlock inner resourcefulness”
 
IDT FOUNDATION COURSE TRAINING 2013
 
Brisbane: 5-6 July (Unit 1), 8-9 July (Unit 2)
Canberra: 22-23 July (Unit 1), 25-26 July (Unit 2)
Perth: 6-7 September (Unit 1), 9-10 September (Unit 2)
Melbourne: 13-14 September (Unit 1),16-17 September (Unit 2)
Darwin: 18-19 October (Unit 1), 21-22 October (Unit 2)
 
 
(Agency in-house training on request)
 
INSIGHT – IN DEPTH – INSPIRE
 
“An excellent workshop; very worth it! Thank you!”
“I am amazed at the results we have witnessed during this course”
“Great workshop!!! Very informative, life changing”
“The gentle yet powerful process of IDT is invaluable to the working out of deeply buried painful material”
 
 
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and Seminars
 
Objective: Our training programs aim to teach and consolidate principles of cognitive behaviour therapy with an emphasis on skills development in small groups with supervision. Supervision is a strong component of these programs enabling participants to receive feedback to develop practice skills. The four-day Certificate courses are suitable for the beginner and for those wishing to refresh their skills. Cost for four-day workshops is $1254 (GST incl) – Early payment and student discounts are available.
 
Outline: All who have completed the Certificate in CBT workshop are eligible to attend the Certificate in CBT ADVANCED course, and either the Certificate in CBT or Certificate in CBT with Children & Adolescents may attend the ADVANCED Children & Adolescents workshop.
 
Duration: 4 days
 
End Date: 17/05/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Dr Monica O’Kelly & Dr Dom DiMattia, COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY AUSTRALIA
 
Locations:
 
Sydney: 2 – 5 May, Sancta Sophia College, 8 Missenden Rd, Camperdown 2050
Singapore: 14 – 17 May, Fort Canning Lodge, Singapore
 
OPD Points: 25 points (maximum)
 
More information: Refer to our website www.cbtaustralia.com.au for full program outlines, discounts available and registration details, or phone 03 9796 9004.
 
 
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Advanced
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and Seminars
 
Objective: Our training programs aim to teach and consolidate principles of cognitive behaviour therapy with an emphasis on skills development in small groups with supervision. Supervision is a strong component of these programs enabling participants to receive feedback to develop practice skills. The four-day Certificate courses are suitable for the beginner and for those wishing to refresh their skills. Cost for four-day workshops is $1254 (GST incl) – Early payment and student discounts are available.
 
Outline: All who have completed the Certificate in CBT workshop are eligible to attend the Certificate in CBT ADVANCED course, and either the Certificate in CBT or Certificate in CBT with Children & Adolescents may attend the ADVANCED Children & Adolescents workshop.
 
Duration: 4 days
 
Start Date: 8/04/2013
End Date: 25/04/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Dr Monica O’Kelly & Dr Dom DiMattia, COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY AUSTRALIA
 
Locations:
 
Perth: 8 – 11 April, The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat 6014
Brisbane: 22 – 25 May, Riverglenn Conf Centre, 70 Kate Street, Indooroopilly 4068
 
OPD Points: 25 points (maximum)
 
More information: Refer to our website www.cbtaustralia.com.au for full program outlines, discounts available and registration details, or phone 03 9796 9004.
 
 
*QLD EVENTS*
 
1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching | BRISBANE | Manage difficult behaviour in children
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and Seminars
 
Objective: 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching is a one-day professional development course for professionals to learn skills 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
 
Start Date: 30/5/2013
End Date: 30/5/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Michael Hawton, or various presenters.
 
Location: The Colmslie Hotel, Corner Wynnum & Junction Roads, Morningside, Brisbane, 4170
 
OPD Points: 14 points
 
 
 
Engaging Adolescents | BRISBANE | Resolve teenage behaviour problems
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and 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 slideshow parent presentation to aid your presentation; and ▪ Session-by-session guidelines for parent meetings.
 
Duration: 7 hours
 
Start Date: 31/5/2013
End Date: 31/5/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Michael Hawton, or various presenters.
 
Location: Dunmore Lang College, 130-134 Herring Road, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW, 2113
 
OPD Points: 14 points
 
 
 
Learn the Art and Practice of Systemic Family Constellations
 
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
 
Objective: The purpose of this course is to give you the skills and knowledge to recognize and work with the underlying systemic dynamics of relationships and family systems in support of healthy relationships. You will gain knowledge, skills and experience in dealing with Family of origin and present family or relationships issues, in both workshop or seminars and also private sessions. This consists of highly experiential learning, course notes and reading. This is a solution focused, experiential modality that involves brief intervention that may stand alone, or be incorporated in longer traditional therapy.
 
Outline: The course comprises three modules of three days each plus four public workshop days giving a total of 13 days. Module one: Family of Origin. Module two: Present family. Module three: Private Sessions. Four public workshops days Module one involves learning about and exploring the dynamics of Family of origin and its impact on individuals and family patterns with the aim of finding the best solution for the client.
 
Module two involves learning about and exploring the systemic dynamics of present day relationships with the aim of finding the best solution for the client. Module three involves bringing the knowledge from modules one and two into private sessions. Private sessions theory, demonstration and practice. Each of the teaching modules 1, 2 and 3 start at 9.30-4.30pm and the public workshop days 9-5pm. There is morning and afternoon break tea break and a lunch period of 45 minutes. The teaching involves teaching, discussion and experiential work involving looking at the dynamics of volunteers in the group. Module 1 12-14 April 2013 Module 2 10-12 May 2013 Module 3 14-16 June 2013
 
Duration: 76 hours
 
Start Date: 12/04/2013
End Date: 16/06/2013
Presenter / Provider: Yildiz Sethi
Location: 12 Whyenabah St, Hamilton, QLD 4007
 
OPD Points: 25 Points (maximum)
 
 
*NSW EVENTS*
 
Foundation Course in Ego State Therapy
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and Seminars
 
Objective: The Foundation workshop is a practical and experiential course that will provide a theoretical understanding of ego states, will present ways to access ego states, will present and demonstrate ego state techniques, and will provide an opportunity to practice accessing and communicating with ego states. Ego State theory and therapy is strongly supported by research. It is very fast and clients appreciate the self-understanding it provides. Ego State therapy can be used with hypnosis and may also be used in a non-hypnotic setting. The therapist does not need to be a trained Hypnotherapist to learn Ego State Therapy. The Foundation course is a mandatory prerequisite before embarking on the Clinical Course.
 
Outline:
 
DAY ONE 9:00 - 10:30
First Session: Introductions, Introduction of Workshop, Brief History of Ego State Therapy, Ego States and Alters 10.30 Morning Tea 11:00 - 12:30 Second Session: Nature of Ego-States, Formation, Goals of Ego-State Therapy, Permanence, The Executive State, Surface and Underlying States, Normal, Vaded, Retro, and Conflicted States. Ways to access Ego-States Lunch 1:30-3:00 Third Session: Introduction of Ego-State Therapy to the Client, Aspects of an Ego-State Session, The Affect Bridge, Demonstration 3.00 Afternoon Tea 3:30-5:00 Forth Session: Working with Ego States; Gaining confidence and facilitating state to state communication. How to address Ego-States, and how to move from one to another; What questions to ask and what notes to keep? Practice and Debriefing.
 
DAY TWO 9:00 - 10:30
First Session: Overcoming hurdles: When the client has difficulty naming an ego state, when the client has difficulty finding an ego state that can help another state, accessing the desired state, when the client is reluctant to speak to an empty chair, when the client does not speak directly to the introject in the empty chair, spontaneous hypnosis. 10.30 Morning Tea 11:00 - 12:30 Second Session: Handling Resistance in Ego-State Therapy, Dealing with difficult or destructive ego states, Working with abreactions. Lunch 1:30-3:00 Third Session: The expression, removal and relief method to resolve trauma. Demonstration. 3.00 Afternoon Tea 3:30-5:00 Forth Session: Ego-State applications for things such as addictions, depression, panic disorder, and couples counselling. Practice and Debriefing
 
Duration: 12 hours
 
Start Date: 18/05/2013
End Date: 19/05/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Professor Gordon Emmerson PhD
 
Location:
The Castlereagh Hotel, Masonic Club, Level one meeting room.
169 Castlereagh St, Sydney. NSW 2000.
 
OPD Points: 24 points (maximum) 
 
More information: To register and pay by Eftpos please phone 1300 652 300 or mobile:0400 622 680. OR download registration form at www.confidenceaustralia.com.au/registration.
 
Confidence Australia proudly offers Ego State Therapy Foundation and Clinical courses in Sydney presented by Dr Emmerson since 2010.
 
 
Parenting Without Going to Code Red - Coffs Harbour
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and Seminars
 
Objective: One of the most significant roles a person chooses is to become a parent yet very few babies come with a manual. Before too long, a parent’s anxiety levels can be sky rocketed and parents find themselves saying and doing things they said they would never do. The reality is, parenting can be a difficult job and with life demands increasing many parents are experiencing their own meltdowns.
 
Children are reacting to their parent’s own anxiety levels and how their parent is experiencing the world. When a parent does not feel equipped to deal with whatever is presented (a child misbehaving, accumulating demands, financial stressors etcetera) their anxiety levels will increase and the feeling of overwhelm fast encroaches. This course will equip parents with strategies supporting them to be able to parent in a style that is supportive for themselves, their children and the complete family thus reducing code red meltdowns for all.
 
Outline: You will learn to: Be in control without being controlled by your child or you controlling them;  Enjoy being with you while also enjoying being with your children; Live closer to code blue.
 
Duration: 6 hours
 
Start Date: 20/5/2013
End Date: 20/5/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Tan Curtis
 
Location: CEX Coffs Harbour, Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 4250
 
OPD Points: 12 points
 
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Introduction to Art Therapy
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and Seminars
 
Objective: The objective of the workshop is to offer participants an opportunity to learn more about the history and uses of art therapy and how it can be used in varied client groups
 
Outline: The workshop is offered as an 8-week program and a weekend workshop:
  • Session 1. Where did Art Therapy come from? What is Art Therapy?
  • Session 2: Guided Imagery
  • Session 3: Art Therapy with Children
  • Session 4: Working with the Aged and Disability
  • Session 5: Using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy working in groups specializing in clients with personality disorders, Bi Polar and Addiction
  • Session 6: Using Positive Psychology working with groups to assist sufferers of depression and anxiety
  • Session 7: The Revealing Image and Family Dynamics with Art Therapy
  • Session 8: Looking after yourself in the art therapy work
Duration: 14 hours
 
Start Date: 18/5/2013
End Date: 19/5/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Megan Shiell
 
Location: Unit 7, 133 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, NSW, 2485
 
OPD Points: 25 points (maximum)
 
Phone: 0417 084 846
 
 
Trauma and the Body
 
Type of Activity: Workshops and Seminars
 
Objective: This workshop will teach participants how to use creative processes to help clients recover from trauma (including trauma caused by repeated abuse or neglect).
 
Over the last decade, neurobiological research has shown that positive brain changes can be created in traumatised clients through the activation of moderate states of arousal, in the context of a close and trusting therapeutic relationship. This procedure entails stimulation of both affect (mood) and cognition (thinking), thus assisting the client to construct a narrative that makes sense to them (D. Siegal 1999, 2005, 2009). Techniques that utilise movement and the body are known to assist in this process.
 
Outline: Participants will learn:
  • Safe and respectful ways of dealing with trauma, using the body, action and art in therapy
  • Ways to help clients gain awareness of the body
  • Interventions that help create sound psychological and somatic boundaries
  • Techniques that help the client develop an experiential sense (through feeling, thinking and acting) of when to trust vs when to defend/protect themselves
  • Exercises that help clients connect mood and thinking so that they can create a meaningful story for themselves
  • An effective trauma strategy that combines mental imagery and action.
Duration: 1 day
 
Start Date: 01/04/2013
End Date: 31/05/2013
 
Presenter / Provider: Christine Bolstad
 
Location: Sydney, NSW
 
Other OPD Events
 
Happiness & Its Causes 2013
19 & 20 June 2013, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
 
Now in its 8th amazing year and for the first time in Melbourne, Happiness & Its Causes is the world's leading forum examining the varied causes of a happy and meaningful life. Join special guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 35+ amazing speakers in a fascinating exploration of human happiness and wellbeing.
 
KEYNOTES INCLUDE:
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Professor Ed Diener, USA, pioneering psychologist and world’s foremost expert on the science of happiness and life satisfaction
  • Dr Helen Fisher, USA, renowned anthropologist and leading expert on romantic love
  • Professor Carol Dweck, USA, acclaimed psychologist and researcher in the field of motivation
  • Linda Lantieri, USA, pioneering educator and expert in social and emotional learning
  • Carl Honoré, UK, leading proponent of the Slow Movement and award winning journalist
  • Nic Marks, UK, innovative wellbeing researcher and co-creator of the Happy Planet Index
  • Dr Adam Fraser, leading educator and researcher on human performance
  • Michael Leunig, much loved cartoonist, philosopher, poet, artist and Australian National Living Treasure
For more information visit: www.happinessanditscauses.com.au
 
 
 Young Minds 2013
17 & 18 June 2013, Sydney Town Hall
 
Featuring special guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Young Minds 2013 is an exciting forum exploring the vital issues facing our youth today. Be engaged and motivated by a summit of 40+ leading thinkers.
 
CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS!
  • Spend a full morning session with one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Explore how to grow a good person with leading educators and childhood advocates including Reggio Children visionary Carla Rinaldi.
  • Hear an insightful exploration of the impact of mindsets on learning and achievement with motivation expert Carol Dweck, and discover how to encourage our children’s natural curiosity with pioneering researcher Todd Kashdan.
  • Acclaimed parenting expert Wendy Mogel explains why a skinned knee is a blessing in disguise, and leading Slow Movement proponent Carl Honoré asks whether we’re micromanaging our children.
  • Explore the challenges facing teachers, parents and young people in achieving “digital wisdom” with tech savvy educator Marc Prensky, and Australia’s most popular blogger Mia Freedman.
  • Be inspired by Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng who built a global organisation supporting technical education for girls and Young Queenslander of the Year Yassmin Abdel-Magied who founded Youth Without Borders.
  • Be moved and uplifted by the courage and determination shown by champion Paralympic swimmer Matthew Cowdrey and by mental health advocate Bronte O’Brien.
  • Be entertained by humourist and well-known media personality Gretel Killeen as she explores how to be your true, imperfect self and by spoken word poet Bravo Child.
For more information visit: www.youngminds.org.au
Member Association Meetings & Group Supervision
 
‘ACA’ QLD Chapter
 
Meeting dates for 2013
Dates: 
 
May 11th
June 8th
July 13th
August 10th
September 14th
October 12th
Nov 9th
Dec 7th
 
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
 
Venue: Edinburgh Castle Hotel Kedron
 
Contact: 07 3356 4255
 
Investment: Gold coin donation
 
 
‘ACA’ Sunshine Coast Chapter
 
Meeting dates for 2013
Dates: 
 
May 24th
June 28th
July 26th
August 23rd
Sept 27th
October 25th
November 22nd
 
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
 
Venue: Trinity Healing Centre, 18 Columbia Street, Sippy Downs 4556
 
Phone: 07 5476 8122
 
Investment: $2.00 donation
 
 
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 www.fvc.asn.au 
Download an application form or ring Lyn on 040 2251 835
 
 
Counselling Tasmania Inc
 
Day: Monthly Meeting every fourth 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 (PCAWA)
 
Chapter Meetings for Western Australian 2013:
 
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
December 3rd
 
Time: TBC
 
Venue: Suite 1, 110-116 East Parade, East Perth WA 6004.
 
 
Contact: Amanda Lambros, President : info@pcawa.com.au  
Postal: PCAWA: PO Box 751 Mt Lawley, WA 6929
 
 
South Australian Professional Counselling Association Inc (SAPCA)
 
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 AIPC offices 616 South Road Glandore SA 5037
 
Time: Starting at 5:45pm until approximately 7:00pm
 
SAPCA’s next meeting will be held 07.05.2013. OPD topic: SA Wellbeing Strategy - Building a flourishing State, based on Dr M Seligman’s Psychology (Adelaide’s Thinker in Residence). An overview to be presented by Helen Fuller.
 
04.06.2013 OPD Strategies for Managing Anxiety- Interactive Session Presenters Helen Fuller, Julieanne Locker and Rozalia Wator.
 
Board Meeting: SAPCA will be holding a board meeting on the 14.05.2013
 
Annual Conference: to be held on Saturday 7.9.2013 at Rydges South Park, Corner of South & West Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000- further information will be provided at a later date
 
Branches & Group Supervision
 
PCA (NSW/ACT) Branches and Meetings - 2013
 
PCA currently has five Branches operating throughout NSW and the ACT. Attendance at these meetings is a cost effective way for members of the Association to receive group supervision and ongoing professional development points recognised by the Australian Counselling Association Inc.
 
Each branch meeting is run bi-monthly (except ACT branch) which is monthly, by professional counsellors who are members of the PCA and ACA.
 
Your annual membership fee of $120 as from 1st July 2012 you will receive tea and coffee, a guest presenter for professional development and at least one hour of group supervision by an ACA accredited Clinical Supervisor.
 
PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING ASSOCIATION ACT & NSW (PCA ACT/NSW)
 
What do I get for my $120?
 
Free access to all branch meetings throughout NSW and ACT
Free presentations to earn ACA approved OPD points
Free supervision sessions at branch meetings
Free listing on the PCA website*
Networking with Counsellors from your area
 
With most OPD courses costing over $200 a day and supervision costing $100 hr or more, you stand to save over $300 for each branch meeting you attend, and remember you can attend as many different branches as you wish. Branches meet bi-monthly with the ACT meeting monthly.
 
Visit www.pcaonline.com.au for more information or email info@thepcainc.com.
 
*Counsellors must supply a copy of current professional indemnity and public liability insurance to be listed on the website
 
Grahame Smith,
President of the PCA (ACT-NSW)
 
 
Professional Counselling Association (ACT/NSW) - Guest Policy
 
The PCA ACT/NSW represents members of five regional areas.
 
PCA (ACT & NSW) invites guests to attend.
 
Non ACA members can attend for $15 per presentation but cannot have any paperwork signed by the supervisor. No OPD will be credited. No card signed. A certificate for presentation may be given.
 
ACA members can attend one meeting as a GUEST to observe what the PCA (ACT/NSW) offers to members. Then ACA members must join the PCA to continue attending future meetings of the PCA.
 
Students may attend free of charge (evidence of student status must be shown to the convener).
 
NOTE: AS A GUEST YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO HAVE YOUR ACA OR OTHER ASSOCIATION CARD SIGNED AS YOUR INVITATION IS TO OBSERVE ONLY, NOT FOR PARTICIPATION.
 
BRANCH MEETING INFORMATION FOR 2013:
 
BRANCH – ACT & REGION
 
Day: Last Tuesday of each month for 2013
 
Dates:
 
May 28
June 25
July 30
August 27
Sept 24
October 29
November 26
No meeting December
 
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.
Includes refreshments unless other specified.
 
Contact: Brenda Searle on brenda.searle@internode.on.net
 
BRANCH – SYDNEY NSW
 
Day: Saturday – 2013 dates
 
Dates:
 
June 8th:
Maggie Bolton – Reality Therapy. Senior Instructor & Faculty Member of the William Glasser Institute.
 
August 10th: Keith Avedissian – Homeopath & Counsellor
October 12th: Michael Hassett - Grief
December 14th: Presentation to be advised 
 
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
 
Venue: Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114
 
Contact: Lorraine A. Dailey on (02) 4566 8368 or 0416 081 882
 
PLEASE NOTE: EXTRA COSTS MAY BE INCURRED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS ARE INCLUDED. LUNCH IS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST.
 
BRANCH – WESTERN SYDNEY
 
Day: Saturday- dates for 2013
 
Dates:        
 
June 1st
August 3rd
September 28th (including the PCA AGM)
November 2nd
 
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
 
Venue: Penrith Bowling Club - Cnr Woodriff and Derby Street, Penrith NSW 2750.
 
Contact: Jean Still jeanhstill@yahoo.com.au
 
PLEASE NOTE: EXTRA COSTS MAY BE INCURRED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS ARE INCLUDED. LUNCH IS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST.
 
BRANCH - GOSFORD/CENTRAL COAST
 
Day: Saturday – dates for 2013
 
Dates:
 
May 18:
Chronic Mental Illness and its effects of family and carers. Presenter: Dymphna Rees Petersen. Looks at the ‘ripple effect’ of chronic mental illness, using example of schizophrenia in the family.
           
July 20: Presenter: Brian Edwards on "Trauma with Clients in Therapy".
September 21: Presenter: Doug Sotheren on "Couples Counselling".
November 23rd: No guest presenter – Christmas Lunch.
 
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
 
Venue: Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, Unit 1 / 20 Kincumber, St Kincumber NSW 2251 (behind the Kincumber Shopping Village). Morning Tea provided.
 
Contacts: Linda Elsey (0407 257 882), 0704linda@gmail.com
 
PLEASE NOTE: EXTRA COSTS MAY BE INCURRED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS ARE INCLUDED. LUNCH IS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST.
 
BRANCH – NEWCASTLE (Hunter Region)
 
Day: Monday - dates for 2013
 
Dates:
 
June 17th:
Brian Lamb "Self Care and the Role of Supervision in Prevention of Compassion Fatigue".
 
August 19th: Julie Ayres, Couples Counselling, "Attachment & Differentiation Theory".
October 21st: Karen Adler, "Spiritual Emergence/Spiritual Emergency coming from the Transpersonal Art Therapy perspective".
December 9th: No presentation but 2 hours of supervision and Xmas Dinner.
 
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
 
Contact: Grahame Smith smith.g@internode.on.net OR  Vicky Kapatos vckkpts@gmail.com
 
Venue: Carrington Community Centre Corner of Young and Hargraves St Carrington Newcastle – Hunter region.
 
PLEASE NOTE: EXTRA COSTS MAY BE INCURRED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS ARE INCLUDED. LUNCH IS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST.
 
For further information regarding membership please click on the membership link to download a form and for membership requirements on our website: www.pcaonline.com.au.  
 
The PCA remains committed to delivering the most affordable and professional services to members throughout the ACT and NSW.
Training & Development
 
Bachelor of Counselling 2013
 
AIPC is Australia’s largest and longest established educator of Counsellors. Over the past 22-years we’ve helped over 55,000 people from 27 countries pursue their dream of becoming a professional Counsellor.
 
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 conducive to learning as possible.
 
You can gain up to a full year’s academic credit (and save up to $8,700.00 with RPL) with a Diploma qualification. And with Fee-Help you don’t have to pay your subject fees upfront.
 
Here are some facts about the course:
  • Save up to $26,400.00 on your qualification.
  • Get started with NO MONEY DOWN using FEE-HELP.
  • Save up to $8,700.00 with RPL.
  • You will be supported by a large team of highly-qualified counselling professionals.
  • Study externally with individualised personal support.
  • Attend Residential Schools in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to hone your practical skills and network with other students.
You can learn more here: www.aipc.net.au/degree
 
Watch our 2013 TV ad: www.aipc.net.au/tv2013
 
 
Gain Access to an ACA Specialist College
 
More and more Counsellors are gaining advanced specialist skills with a Graduate qualification. A 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:
  • Gain access to an ACA Specialist College – AOD, Family Therapy and Grief & Loss.
  • 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 Graduate courses and how to enrol, visit www.aipc.net.au/vgd. 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
 
 
(69795) Vocational Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Nationally Accredited Training
 
Delivered in partnership with TLC Training Solutions P/L (RTO #31970)
 
Become a qualified Supervisor
The course provides the graduate with advanced specialised technical and theoretical knowledge and skills in a complex and specialised field of counselling supervision at AQF level 8, and further learning, in only 36-weeks (flexible learning is also available).
 
The course provides the graduate with advanced specialised technical and theoretical knowledge and skills in a complex and specialised field of counselling supervision at AQF level 8, and further learning, in only 36-weeks (flexible learning is also available).
 
The program is designed to have flexible delivery and assessment: 
  • Workplace
  • Classes
  • Distance
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Combination of all of the above
For further inquiries, please contact Veronika:
 
Tel: 03 9773 3487
Or Email: info@becsonline.com.au  
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