Agenda

8.00am - 9.00am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE Conference reception area, Level 5

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

9:00 am – 11.30 am Masterclass 1: Trent Savill
Complex Trauma and Attachment in Children – Guiding Children's Behaviour
Ballroom A, Level 5

Masterclass - Trent Savill

Complex Trauma and Attachment in Children – Guiding Children's Behaviour

This workshop is designed for professionals seeking a better understanding of how to support children with a history of complex relational trauma or attachment disruption. This training aims to simplify contemporary research, and through integration with practice wisdom, provide real hands-on family intervention strategies for building trust and supporting children’s recovery and development. 

Complex Care is a Brisbane based counselling and consultancy service that specialises in the provision of therapeutic placement support to children in care with complex support needs.

Overview of Training
  • Human Response to Threat
  • Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Impact of Complex Relational Trauma
  • Understanding Attachment
  • Disorganised Attachment
  • Foundations of Empathy and Self-Regulation
  • Competence vs Compliance
  • Building Emotional Regulation through a neuro-sequential approach
  • Facilitating Attachment and Trust in Maltreated Children
Trent Savill

Trent Savill

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9:00 am – 11.30 am Masterclass 2: Dr Philip Armstrong
Marketing a Successful Private Practice
Ballroom C, Level 5

Masterclass - Dr Philip Armstrong

Marketing a Successful Private Practice

Dr Philip Armstrong will share the knowledge of the tools you need to market a successful private practice. By attending the masterclass, Philip can help you gain a complete understanding of what it takes to effectively establish and manage your own private practice. Effective marketing can help your business to stand out from the crowd. Ultimately leading to financial independence and the freedom that brings with it.
Dr Philip Armstrong

Dr Philip Armstrong

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9:00 am – 11.30 am Masterclass 3: Chris Hall
A bereavement counsellor toolkit - From evidence to practice
TBC, Level 5

Masterclass - Chris Hall

A bereavement counsellor toolkit - From evidence to practice

It has been calculated that it takes an average of 17 years for research evidence to reach clinical practice. Over the past few decades the field of grief and bereavement has undergone transformational change in terms of how the human experience of loss is understood and how the goals and outcomes of grief therapy are conceptualised. We now know a great deal about what is effective and what is ineffective in the provision of bereavement care. Techniques which once focussed on breaking the bond with the deceased have been replaced by strategies and techniques which emphasis the continuing bond between the deceased and the bereaved. Recognising that bereaved people often need different things at different times, what factors influence the selection of techniques? Drawing distinctions between acute and prolonged grief this masterclass will focus on translating latest developments in the field of grief and bereavement to clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the masterclass, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the grief experience for individuals using contemporary grief and bereavement theories/models.
  • Identify strategies and resources that can assist people who are grieving.
Chris Hall

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9:00 am – 10:30 am Masterclass 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3: Jane Enter & Dr Tra-ill Dowie & Tara Lekakis & Nigel Denning
Trauma Practice
Ballroom A, Level 5

Masterclass - Jane Enter & Dr Tra-ill Dowie & Tara Lekakis & Nigel Denning

Trauma Practice

4.1 Traumatised Early and Often: Conceptualising the Borderline in Trauma Practice

The notion of characterological disorders, or personality disorders as they’ve come to be known, have a rich and established history within psychotherapy. Importantly this history points to the intersection of personality disorders and trauma. As such in recent years the concept of the borderline has begun to be associated with early developmental experiences of frequent trauma, whether by omission or commission. This paper seeks to explore and trace the contemporary conceptual understandings between the borderline diagnosis, traumatic experience, and human development.

4.2 Dulling the Pain: Understanding Addiction through a Trauma Focused Lens

It is a widely recognised belief in clinical practice that drug and alcohol abuse are frequently associated with trauma. It is currently estimated that around 80 per cent of those who abuse licit and/or illicit substances are likely to have experienced trauma. This paper seeks to explore and develop clinical approaches that focus on drug and alcohol treatment through a trauma focused lens.

4.3 Trauma Treatment when working with Institutional Abuse: Cults and other interpersonal catastrophes

Trauma focused practice has at times been viewed as an approach for a singular population. However, in recent years it has become apparent that there are substantive differences between various sub-populations within the broader category. Thus, people suffering trauma-based symptoms as a result of sexual assault are different to those who are suffering from exposure to warfare. As such it is imperative that trauma focused professionals are able to clearly delineate various trauma sub-populations and apply appropriate treatment methods which have specific utility for these particular groups. One such group which is often overlooked and underestimated are those trauma sufferers dealing with experiences of institutional abuse and cultic behaviour. Institutional abuse has risen to awareness in recent years with a number of royal commissions and movements such as me-too. Added to this the particular dynamic of cults has begun to be better understood particularly as a result of research conducted in the United States and Europe. The various forms of institutional abuse populations are in fact some of the most clinically challenging presentations that trauma focused practitioners may encounter due to the overlay of subtle forms of power and control that such individuals have been exposed to along with thought reform strategies which all then go hand-in-hand with other more acute traumas of commission. This workshop is designed to orientate counsellors and psychotherapists to the issues and concepts which are central to treatment of populations dealing with institutional abuse and trauma.

Jane Enter

Jane Enter

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Dr Tra-ill Dowie

Dr Tra-ill Dowie

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Tara Lekakis

Tara Lekakis

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Nigel Denning

Nigel Denning

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9:00 am – 12:00 pm Masterclass 5: David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb
Breakthrough technology distilling all disturbing human behaviours down to four mechanisms and how to intervene effectively using Healing Inner Conflict (HIC) principles
Ballroom B, Level 5

Masterclass - David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

Breakthrough technology distilling all disturbing human behaviours down to four mechanisms and how to intervene effectively using Healing Inner Conflict (HIC) principles

HIC is a very simple method for understanding the four mechanisms that underpin the majority of disturbances we experience as human beings. The Mechanisms (Child-inner criticism, Adolescent-acting out, Adult-passive aggression and Self-distraction-addiciton) will be explained, and participants will get to experience how to use them.

Each of the four mechanisms plays a predictable part in the way internal and external conflicts play themselves out. Knowing how to identify them and help clients to navigate them effectively and sensitively offers a simple template for tangible results in a short time frame. Plus an introduction to the simplicity of Signal Work'. The ability to help clients notice matches & mismatches, presences and absences, sensitivity & insensitivity. These three simple observational tools facilitate the most direct route to the 'healing trying to happen' underneath the presenting issues.

David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH Conference reception area, Level 5

LUNCH

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Masterclass 6: Brad Hodges & Trent Savill
Neuropsychotherapy in treating trauma: The practical application of psychoeducation with trauma survivors
Ballroom A, Level 5

Masterclass - Brad Hodges & Trent Savill

Neuropsychotherapy in treating trauma: The practical application of psychoeducation with trauma survivors

This masterclass will explore the practical application of Neuropsychotherapy in counselling with clients who have experienced either long-term complex relational trauma or one-off acute traumatic events. Using a neurosequential framework (bottom-up approach), clients can be supported to understand and calm their defensive survival-driven brainstem, before processing the emotional content of their overwhelmed limbic system, and in doing so gain greater access to higher cortical functioning and increased control over their internal state. When clients are provided with a framework for making sense of their trauma symptoms/reactions and strategies to regulate them, we will also see a reduction in shame/pathologizing and fear around a loss of control, which can significantly mitigate the compounding impact of these post-traumatic experiences.
Brad Hodges

Brad Hodges

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Trent Savill

Trent Savill

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1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Masterclass 7: Dr Jeffrey Po
Awakening – Realisation to the nature of self and reality through traditional eastern meditative approaches
Ballroom B, Level 5

Masterclass - Dr Jeffrey Po

Awakening – Realisation to the nature of self and reality through traditional eastern meditative approaches

This half day workshop aims to offer participants some fundamental knowledge and insights concerning the nature of reality and to offer directions whereby they can fully understand and appreciate their position within the universal scheme of existence. Armed with the knowledge and experience, participants will take home with them some spiritual tools to help them flow with the universal life energy. Those tools can be used to alleviate the emotional and mental sufferings of others also.
Dr Jeffrey Po

Dr Jeffrey Po

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1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Masterclass 8: Karin El-Monir
TBC
Ballroom C, Level 5

Masterclass - Karin El-Monir

TBC

  • Explore the impact of complex trauma on people’s lives and their methods of adapting
  • Understand how BKF’s trauma-informed principles apply to counselling techniques
  • Explore the three phases of trauma treatment, emphasising the critical importance of Phase 1
  • Help clients build (more) resilience
Karin El-Monir

Karin El-Monir

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Masterclass 9.1 and 9.2: Dr Tra-ill Dowie & Nigel Denning
Trauma Practice
Ballroom C, Level 5

Masterclass - Dr Tra-ill Dowie & Nigel Denning

Trauma Practice

9.1 Supporting Post Traumatic Growth with Positive Psychology: The Brain and Recovery in Traumatic Experience

Research during the last decade on the impacts of trauma on the human brain clearly demonstrate that normal developmental pathways can be severely compromised, as this paper will outline. Clear case conceptualisation involves the accurate formulation of the type of trauma that is presented and its impacts on the development of the individual. For instance, complex trauma often involves relational disturbance, a loss of meaning, engagement with "flow" states and the ability to experience positive emotions. Other forms of trauma can be situational and incidental and do not necessarily have such global impacts on functioning. It’s important that clinicians identify both similarities and differences in these presentations. Principles drawn from Positive Psychology approaches such as the PERMA model provide the clinician with clear pathways to develop therapeutic interventions to overcome significant developmental wounds, particularly with interpersonal trauma. More specifically Positive Psychology assists with the restoration of self and relationship with other, not just the alleviation of trauma symptoms. Trauma treatment within a Positive Psychology framework can lead to what has been termed post-traumatic growth. This workshop will demonstrate case conceptualisation and treatment planning for trauma utilising a Positive Psychology framework. Conceptualisation and treatment planning tools will be provided.

9.2 Towards and Integrative Model and Practice for Trauma Treatment

Trauma treatment and practice has undergone great change over the last 30 years particularly with the so-called decade of the brain which enabled the scientific foundations that Freud had hoped for to finally be in reach. Yet just like psychotherapy more generally, trauma practice has become dominated by specialised approaches generated by a number of key figures (Van Der Kolk, Ogden, Levin, Perry etc). All of these approaches whilst valuable in their own right can’t help but create discrete schools of practice, ideology and thinking. This fact ultimately reduces the integration of the trauma practice field as a whole. Thus, just as psychotherapy has under gone a shift towards integrated practice led by the likes of Norcross, and Porchaska, so too trauma focused practice requires the development of an integrating framework which brings together the key theoretical and technical aspects of the best practice approaches to trauma treatment. This workshop is designed to orientate counsellors and psychotherapists to the practice and use of an integrated model for trauma treatment.

Dr Tra-ill Dowie

Dr Tra-ill Dowie

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Nigel Denning

Nigel Denning

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2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Masterclass 9.2: Dr Tra-ill Dowie & Nigel Denning
Trauma Practice
Ballroom C, Level 5

Masterclass - Dr Tra-ill Dowie & Nigel Denning

Trauma Practice

II. Towards and Integrative Model and Practice for Trauma Treatment

Trauma treatment and practice has undergone great change over the last 30 years particularly with the so-called decade of the brain which enabled the scientific foundations that Freud had hoped for to finally be in reach. Yet just like psychotherapy more generally, trauma practice has become dominated by specialised approaches generated by a number of key figures (Van Der Kolk, Ogden, Levin, Perry etc). All of these approaches whilst valuable in their own right can’t help but create discrete schools of practice, ideology and thinking. This fact ultimately reduces the integration of the trauma practice field as a whole. Thus just as psychotherapy has under gone a shift towards integrated practice led by the likes of Norcross, and Porchaska, so too trauma focused practice requires the development of an integrating framework which brings together the key theoretical and technical aspects of the best practice approaches to trauma treatment. This workshop is designed to orientate counsellors and psychotherapists to the practice and use of an integrated model for trauma treatment.

Dr Tra-ill Dowie

Dr Tra-ill Dowie

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Nigel Denning

Nigel Denning

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1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Masterclass 10: David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb
Precise interventions for Couples Counselling using Healing Inner Conflict (HIC) principles
Ballroom B, Level 5

Masterclass - David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

Precise interventions for Couples Counselling using Healing Inner Conflict (HIC) principles

Couple counselling can be a minefield. Knowing where to start and how to get tangible results can be tricky without clear guidelines to navigate with. Practitioners will build on the basics of HIC from the morning to enable them to use precise HIC principles to explain the basics of internal and external conflicts. They will develop experience using the 'Negotiation Guide' to help couples identify aspects of their conflict that either aid or inhibit conflict resolution as well as theory and practice using the eight Floor Card Template in a couples counselling context which helps clarify the components involved in the Four Mechanisms of inner and outer conflict. These mechanisms underpin the most common relationship conflicts and when understood, allow the practitioner to guide couples through their conflicts effectively and sensitively.

David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

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4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Australian Counselling Association Annual General Meeting
ACA Members Only
Ballroom A, Level 5

Australian Counselling Association Annual General Meeting
ACA Members Only

Annual General Meeting.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Welcome and Networking Event
Poolside Area, Level 8

Welcome and Networking Event

Meet and greet
7:00 am – 8:30 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE Conference reception area, Level 5

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

8:30 am-8:40 am Dr Philip Armstrong
Introduction
Ballroom A, B and C, Level 5

Dr Philip Armstrong

Introduction

Dr Philip Armstrong

Dr Philip Armstrong

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8:40 am -9:20 am Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers
Welcome to Country
Ballroom A, B and C, Level 5

Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers

Welcome to Country

Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers

Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers

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9:20 am- 10:00 am Keynote 1: Professor Catherine Tang
Behaviour Addictions Across the Life Span in Asian Countries: Implications for Counselling Practice
Ballroom A, B and C, Level 5

Conference - Professor Catherine Tang

Behaviour Addictions Across the Life Span in Asian Countries: Implications for Counselling Practice

At present, research on these new behavioural addictions in Asian countries have just begun to accumulate. Similar to Western countries, studies on Asian countries indicate that behavioural addictions are widespread, with adolescents and young adults being the most likely to engage in these behaviours. This presentation aims to disseminate research findings that facilitate the understanding of these behavioural addictions across the life span in urbanized cities/countries in Asia. It will include research findings on the prevalence rates of individual addictions and their co-morbidity with other behavioural addictions, the associations between these addictions and various psychosocial and family risk and protective factors as well as various mental and physical outcomes. Available prevention and intervention programs that aim to reduce these addictions will also be discussed.
Professor Catherine Tang

Professor Catherine Tang

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10:00 am-10:40 am Keynote 2: Heather Trepal, Ph.D.
TBC
Ballroom A, B and C, Level 5

Conference - Heather Trepal, Ph.D.

TBC

TBC
Heather Trepal, Ph.D.

Heather Trepal, Ph.D.

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10:00 am-10:40 am MORNING TEA Conference reception area, Level 5

MORNING TEA

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Forum: Dr Philip Armstrong
F1.1 Surfing the World of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Questions and Answers
Ballroom A, Level 5

Forum - Dr Philip Armstrong

F1.1 Surfing the World of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Questions and Answers

Join this powerful engaging forum to learn more about the emerging trends across the globe in counselling and psychotherapy from an International perspective. Representatives from the Counselling Boards of America, England, Canada, Australia and the Philippines will discuss those developments, unique opportunities and capabilities to deliver exponential growth in this space.
Dr Philip Armstrong

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11:30 am – 12:00 pm Paper Presentation: Dr Bronwyn Robson
P1.1 Pet Therapy at UQ

Paper Presentation - Dr Bronwyn Robson

P1.1 Pet Therapy at UQ

“Feeling a little ruff?” This presentation describes a pilot program conducted at the University of Queensland to determine whether pet therapy could be a therapeutically beneficial intervention to support students experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and other wellness issues. A Solution Focused Brief Therapy framework was utilised. Preliminary results suggest that this is a potentially valuable approach, and plans are in place to expand the intervention to make it more widely available to students.
Dr Bronwyn Robson

Dr Bronwyn Robson

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12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Paper Presentation: Lizzy Bilogrevic
P1.2 Is the Aged Care Sector the New Frontier for Counselling?

Paper Presentation - Lizzy Bilogrevic

P1.2 Is the Aged Care Sector the New Frontier for Counselling?

Emerging stressors on personal care staff in the aged care sector are relentlessly mounting. There is now a disparity between carer training, the rise of consumer complex needs, the new aged care quality and risk standards and the constant media spotlight alongside the Royal Commission into Aged Care. How will workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds work under the shadow of Elder Abuse scrutiny? With personal carers making up 80% of the aged care workforces, is there more scope in the future for workplace counselling?
Lizzy Bilogrevic

Lizzy Bilogrevic

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Paper Presentation: Arthur Wouters
P1.3 Towards client experience-near integration in counselling and psychotherapy: using the four pillars of meaning in therapeutic decision making

Paper Presentation - Arthur Wouters

P1.3 Towards client experience-near integration in counselling and psychotherapy: using the four pillars of meaning in therapeutic decision making

Therapeutic decision making is a complex and often individualized process of improvisation that involves navigating different theories, techniques, processes, epistemological tensions and stories. Many studies support the significance of common factors in counselling as superseding the long-held paradigm of depending on specific theories and interventions to produce specific effects. A renewed emphasis on client factors reorients counselling toward the provision of experience-near support and structure for naturally occurring client self-healing processes. The intent of this paper is to introduce common elements of meaning making as a pathway to creating closer ties between client factors and counselling theories and techniques. To this end Smith's (2017) four pillars of meaning: i) Belonging; ii) Purpose; iii) Storytelling; and iv) Transcendence are explored and applied.
Arthur Wouters

Arthur Wouters

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Rachael Lee Harris
W1.1 Contemplative Therapy for Clients on the Autism Spectrum

Workshop - Rachael Lee Harris

W1.1 Contemplative Therapy for Clients on the Autism Spectrum

This 90-minute workshop will introduce Reflective Integration Therapy (RIT), a revolutionary new 12-session psychotherapeutic model, designed by a therapist on the autism spectrum for counsellors and psychotherapists to treat clients on the autism spectrum.

Participants will learn the theory and practice of how to conduct a RIT session with practical ‘hands on' experience giving therapists all the tools they need to engage and work with the autistic client with confidence – a therapy that heals.
Rachael Lee Harris

Rachael Lee Harris

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Dr Jane Leigh
W1.2 The lived experiences of women who have survived childhood sexual abuse (CSA): How they understand its impact on their adult lives

Workshop - Dr Jane Leigh

W1.2 The lived experiences of women who have survived childhood sexual abuse (CSA): How they understand its impact on their adult lives

This qualitative study explored how fifteen women survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) understand the impact of this abuse on their adult lives. The study illuminates the broader, socio-economical factors the women survivors face in their society, such as violence, discrimination and gender inequality, amongst other challenges. Several social and emotional support recommendations will be made, including the provision of appropriate mental health help, implementation of policies to combat social injustice and empower women to be able to achieve financial stability, and application of appropriate justice for perpetrators.
Dr Jane Leigh

Dr Jane Leigh

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Tanya Curtis
W1.3 Control vs Self Mastery – a key to lasting change for a person with a mental illness

Workshop - Tanya Curtis

W1.3 Control vs Self Mastery – a key to lasting change for a person with a mental illness

In the clinical setting, Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis support clients to understand the difference between ‘controlling behaviours' (i.e. negative message received) and ‘self-mastery' (i.e. positive message received). Controlling behaviours are when we attempt to have other people change our own experience of life. Self-Mastery is when we learn to change our own behaviours to change our own experience of life.

This interactive presentation will offer participants to learn to support lasting behaviour change for themselves and/or for any other person via the means of self-mastery.
Tanya Curtis

Tanya Curtis

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Dr Susan Miller PhD
W1.4 Meaning Centred Therapy with Survivors of Trauma

Workshop - Dr Susan Miller PhD

W1.4 Meaning Centred Therapy with Survivors of Trauma

Exposure to trauma challenges meaning in relation to safety, self, world and other. This workshop focuses on contemporary meaning-based approaches to work with trauma populations. Under this umbrella, we will discuss creative practices and techniques drawn from approaches such as solution-focused narrative and existential. A meaning-based approach centralises client values and pathways to hope, vision and post-trauma resilience. Client strengths and coping are mobilised. Informed by these ideas, we will draw on actual case vignettes across a range of survivor populations including family members affected by homicide, survivors of individual and mass violence and historical trauma. This is an interactive workshop and the aim is to engage you in a supportive and experiential manner. You will view video footage of clinical work and engage in interactive group discussion and exercises. Learning outcomes include to: gain appreciation of the interface between meaning and trauma; develop new ways of understanding trauma response and recovery; develop techniques that engage the client history of struggle and survival within a strength and meaning-based model of therapy; be able to integrate the event story of the trauma into the larger life narrative of the client; expand your ‘counselling toolbox' to work with client language, meaning, metaphor and the implicit ‘survivor narrative'; consider counsellor self-care and the potential for vicarious trauma when working with trauma material.
Dr Susan Miller PhD

Dr Susan Miller PhD

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Brad Hodges
W1.5 Outside of session healing: Holistic Neuroscience based treatment planning (and self-care planning for practitioners)

Workshop - Brad Hodges

W1.5 Outside of session healing: Holistic Neuroscience based treatment planning (and self-care planning for practitioners)

Neuroscience developments have provided our profession with greater understanding into the neuropsychological benefits of adaptive functioning that can assist to promote healing and well-being physically and psychologically for both clients and practitioners. Through understanding the neurochemical responses to everyday actions such as Exercise, Nutrition, Connection, Sleep, Mindfulness and Focused Attention, we can optimise our engagement in these actions to improve the quality of healing and restore they provide.
Brad Hodges

Brad Hodges

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Bianca Lavorgna
W1.6 The complexity of working with companion animal loss

Workshop - Bianca Lavorgna

W1.6 The complexity of working with companion animal loss

The grief associated with loss of a companion animal is often misunderstood and disenfranchised within society and among counsellors. Due to the lack of validation and understanding of the impact of the death of a companion animal these individuals are at risk of receiving insufficient social and clinical support, consequently leaving them at an increased risk of experiencing high levels of grief severity. When examining companion animal loss as a discrete phenomenon, there is considerable research suggesting that grief severity is comparative to ‘human' levels of loss. My current research investigated and compered grief severity amongst those who had experienced the death of a human (n35) or the death of a companion animal (n15). Findings suggested that there were no significant differences between the levels of grief severity, however, the research highlighted the complexities associated with attempting to compare these grief experiences. The complexities of working with this population group will be explored providing strategies to help equip counsellors with the tools and knowledge to work with those who have experienced the death of a companion animal.
Bianca Lavorgna

Bianca Lavorgna

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Dr Di Stow
W1.7 Practical Strategies for Your Work with Grieving Families Using Philosophy and Literature

Workshop - Dr Di Stow

W1.7 Practical Strategies for Your Work with Grieving Families Using Philosophy and Literature

The phenomenon of heeding consciousness is pivotal to working with clients in grief and loss. As is exploring our human capacity to create understandings of historical being. Philosophy and literature can be used to explore ways to discover what is imminent in the life of a counsellor who can be present with those who suffer grief and loss. The question of how to conduct and renew oneself as a grief and loss counsellor is indeed a forceful one. Questioning the intimate relationships that develop between heeding consciousness and historicity lead to questioning technique and theory in counselling. Grief and loss are ultimate situations in life. Another ultimate situation is being a counsellor in genuine conversation with clients; holding them in cupped hands. This presentation will discuss practical strategies for working with grieving families exploring these ideas.
Dr Di Stow

Dr Di Stow

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop: Dr Kay Distel
W1.8 The Elusive Other- meeting diverse learners' needs through listening

Workshop - Dr Kay Distel

W1.8 The Elusive Other- meeting diverse learners' needs through listening

This is an experiential participative workshop. A short presentation will introduce holistic listening concepts and use sound as mindfulness. I combine knowledge of auditory processing to link to self-regulation with aspects of the client counsellor relationship; develop a dialogue through the body-brain to create new safe conversations about emotional self-regulation.

Following action and reflection cycles, a creative writing practice is introduced to reveal the underlying hidden message or nuance of feelings behind cognitive discourses.

I hope to broaden your beliefs on emotional self-regulation; leave you with new strategies for improving receptive listening in practice.
Dr Kay Distel

Dr Kay Distel

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12:30 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH
Conference reception area, Level 5

LUNCH

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Forum: Dr Philip Armstrong
F1.2 Forum 2 – Looking forward – the future of counselling
Ballroom A, Level 5

Forum - Dr Philip Armstrong

F1.2 Forum 2 – Looking forward – the future of counselling

Based on the discussion generated in Forum 1 and delegate participation, this forum will look to the future of counselling, answer delegates questions about mental health service delivery and much more. Subjects may include youth mental health, aged care, disability services, alcohol and drugs, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.
Dr Philip Armstrong

Dr Philip Armstrong

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Paper Presentation: Karen Bedford
P1.4 Body Signals—Wisdom from Within. Butterflies in your tummy? Tight jaw, beating heart or goose bumps?

Paper Presentation - Karen Bedford

P1.4 Body Signals—Wisdom from Within. Butterflies in your tummy? Tight jaw, beating heart or goose bumps?

Learning to recognise, interpret and manage our body signals is crucial. Our body communicates its wisdom to us long before our conscious mind can get a word in.  That’s why body signals are sometimes called our ‘early warning signs’, and they are an important key to staying safe, navigating feelings, and recovering from trauma. They are also a key to building social and emotional wellbeing and communication.   

This presentation draws on emerging practice wisdom about the therapeutic value of tuning into messages sent to us from arguably our most reliable communicator of all—our body. It will put forward the idea that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Body Intelligence (BQ) together form the ‘language’ of Emotional Literacy—a set of skills with foundations best laid in childhood, and then developed and refined throughout our whole lives.

The presentation will touch on:
  • Definition of ‘body signals’. How is it different from ‘body language’ and its components like posture, gesture, stance, and facial expression?
  • Some thoughts about the role of body signals in protective behaviour and trauma-informed practice
  • ‘Interoception’. What is it, why is it important and can it be learned?
  • Fun with formula: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) + Body intelligence (BQ) = Emotional Literacy
  • Link between body signals and emotions
  • Body signals associated with fight/flight/freeze/flop/be-friend
  • Developing lush language and metaphors for describing body signals, and using the marvellous mischief of meerkat characters
  • The tricky territory of interpreting and acting on body signals
  • Soothing ‘unhelpful’ body signals, especially those triggered by anxiety.
  • Creating conversations about body signals with children, young people and adults.
Karen Bedford

Karen Bedford

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Paper Presentation: Tanya Curtis
P1.5 Anxiety and how it affects our behaviours and mental health

Paper Presentation - Tanya Curtis

P1.5 Anxiety and how it affects our behaviours and mental health

Most if not all people have spent time committing to changing their own unwanted behaviour patterns, many times with short term results, but not lasting change.  The question must be asked as to ‘why not lasting change’. The answer is simple… rarely have we addressed the root cause of the behaviour.

Based on the principles of Functional Behaviour Assessment, Behaviour Specialist Tanya knows that:
  1. All unwanted behaviour is preceded by anxiety; and
  2. All unwanted behaviour is happening for a reason.

Unless this reason is addressed in full then lasting change will not occur. Tanya offers her approach to addressing unwanted behaviour and any mental health condition from the foundational principle that ‘all unwanted behaviour is preceded by anxiety’, thus understanding anxiety is paramount to lasting behaviour change.

Anxiety is typically associated with those experiencing heightened symptoms of anxiety … however Is it possible that anxiety is actually experienced by all on a regular basis; presenting in an array of different behaviours and symptoms.

Whether a person be experiencing depressive related behaviours, relationship challenges, anger, addictive patters, withdrawal, over/under eating, social challenges etc., these classifications are simply a description of a collection of behaviours that occur when a person is feeling anxious.

This talk will explore how lasting behaviour change will occur when we address the root cause of anxiety for each individual.

Tanya Curtis

Tanya Curtis

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Paper Presentation: Shana Laughton
P1.6 Towards the development of an adolescent scenario-based measure of self-compassion and compassion for others

Paper Presentation - Shana Laughton

P1.6 Towards the development of an adolescent scenario-based measure of self-compassion and compassion for others

Compassion (for self and others) is a rapidly emerging area of interest. Self-compassion is gaining support as a protective factor for adolescents, while compassion for others has been found to increase happiness. Currently there are limited compassion measures available. This study investigates a scenario-based measure of compassion for self and others proposed for use in adolescents with responses collected thematically analysed.

This study aimed to investigate whether certain forms of self-talk correlated with existing measures of compassion, thereby providing a meaningful indicator of the individual's compassion levels. Overall, this study explores a promising scenario-based adolescent self­ and other- compassion measure.
Shana Laughton

Shana Laughton

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Dr Justin Maki
W1.9 A Quantitative Study of Within-Group Discrimination of Gay Men: An International Study

Workshop - Dr Justin Maki

W1.9 A Quantitative Study of Within-Group Discrimination of Gay Men: An International Study

In order to best serve the gay male community, research needs to explore and understand the discriminatory behaviors gay men experience within their community. Research intended to explore the modern within-group discrimination experiences of gay men can offer the counseling profession additional credibility and competence for understanding the lived experiences of their gay clients. It is imperative that counselors not only practice ethically with their gay clients, but also advocate for them and follow the standards outlined by the ALGBTIC competencies (Harper et al. 2012). This quantitative study of within-group discrimination of gay men included 2159 participants from 62 countries. The purpose of this study was to examine how the constructs of ageism, classism, culturalism, racism, sexism, and sizeism contribute to within-group discrimination experienced by gay men. Additionally, this study aimed to understand whether gay men perceive rejection from another gay man within the community as discrimination or as a result of another gay man's preferences for romantic and sexual interest.
Dr Justin Maki

Dr Justin Maki

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Jacky Gerald
W1.10 Increasing the Uptake of Psychological Services by Men in the Workplace

Workshop - Jacky Gerald

W1.10 Increasing the Uptake of Psychological Services by Men in the Workplace

The incidence of suicide amongst men continues to rise and the stigma around reaching out for psychological or emotional support is still prevalent.

Studies have suggested that the inclusion of training in suicide prevention may help to reduce these figures, although systematic evaluation of the packages needs to take place.

Since the formation of Acacia Connection EAP, statistics reveal that women have reached out for counselling support in significantly higher numbers than men (36% to 64% over past two years).
As an industrial collaboration Acacia Connection (Jacky Gerald) and the University of Sydney (Professor Lynda Matthews) intend to investigate why men do and do not take up the service and to take account of our findings in the development of a tailor-made training curriculum encouraging men who are troubled to utilise our services.
Jacky Gerald

Jacky Gerald

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Dr Eric Orr
W1.11 Indigenous approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy

Workshop - Dr Eric Orr

W1.11 Indigenous approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy

The set of Emotional Expression cards presented utilized Chinese characters (Traditional and Simplified) which described various psychological states as used by Kwok. Subjects were asked to choose from a collection of cards containing Chinese characters which may have correlated with their emotional experience during the previous two weeks of time. Subjects in the control group were asked to speak of their experiences without the use of emotional response cards.

Fifty BYU Hawaii students of Chinese origin were the subjects for this study. Subjects came from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia. This experimental and control conditions contained a total of 25 in each group.

Subjects' responses were recorded and evaluated for openness and robustness of response through qualitative analysis. Additionally, at the end of the experience subjects were asked to complete a quantitative measure of openness to emotional self-report. Both quantitative and qualitative analysis of subjects' responses will be shared
Dr Eric Orr

Dr Eric Orr

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Dr. Heather Warfield
W1.12 Clinical Supervision Training

Workshop - Dr. Heather Warfield

W1.12 Clinical Supervision Training

This presentation will explore the development of a clinical supervision training track at an Australian university.

The development of the clinical supervision courses, current implementation of courses and supervision, and lessons learned will be discussed. In addition, a robust discussion will follow regarding best practices in supervision training and cross-cultural considerations pertaining to supervisors and supervisees. Finally, recommendations will be offered for the development of clinical supervision training programs in the Asia Pacific region.
Dr. Heather Warfield

Dr. Heather Warfield

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Dr Peter Richard-Herbert
W1.13 Ego State Analysis -'Back to the Future' - Identifying personality parts or ‘ego states' that run us.

Workshop - Dr Peter Richard-Herbert

W1.13 Ego State Analysis -'Back to the Future' - Identifying personality parts or ‘ego states' that run us.

Dr Richard-Herbert's workshop aims to present a useful tool to assist a patient's coping capabilities and give therapists an understanding of how they can make significant change in that patient's life.
The therapeutic approach of Ego State Analysis (ESA) utilises the original concepts of Freud, Jung, Berne and Federn's work, who first conceived Ego States as unconscious mechanisms that can be analysed, interpreted and redirected. Hence, we go back in time to bring a new future to the original theories of today's Ego State Therapy.

ESA identifies and analyses the adaptive and maladaptive ego states within personality, aiding the therapist in determining the predominate self-states that run us. It can be successfully used in any individual or group counselling situation. ESA allows the therapist to really connect with a client's underlying issues and emotions.
Dr Peter Richard-Herbert

Dr Peter Richard-Herbert

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Heather Trepal, Ph.D.
W1.14 Sexual Trauma, Mental Health, and Post-Traumatic Growth

Workshop - Heather Trepal, Ph.D.

W1.14 Sexual Trauma, Mental Health, and Post-Traumatic Growth

This workshop will discuss the connections between sexual trauma and mental health, focusing on how to assist clients with moving past surviving to thriving. This session will also explore potential impacts on those who work with survivors of sexual trauma. Key terms such as post-traumatic growth (PTG), vicarious resilience (VR), vicarious transformation (VT), and compassion satisfaction will be presented. The presenter will propose strategies to assist counsellors in meaning-making processes that may facilitate more positive outcomes for themselves and their clients.
Heather Trepal, Ph.D.

Heather Trepal, Ph.D.

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Jane D'Arcy & Adrian Holmes
W1.15 From Individual to Community

Workshop - Jane D'Arcy & Adrian Holmes

W1.15 From Individual to Community

We believe that using processes that bring the whole family together as a community to assist them to understand why the child might be responding in ways that draw attention to their behaviour enables these same family members to reflect on their own expertise and knowledge. We have found that when positioning the family as the ones who have the expertise and knowledge rather than the counsellor, they become their own agents of change.
Jane D'Arcy

Jane D'Arcy

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Adrian Holmes

Adrian Holmes

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop: Dr Jennifer Isabelle Ong
W1.16 Trauma-Informed Mindfulness: Principles and Strategies for Incorporating Mindfulness in Trauma Work with Children

Workshop - Dr Jennifer Isabelle Ong

W1.16 Trauma-Informed Mindfulness: Principles and Strategies for Incorporating Mindfulness in Trauma Work with Children

Globally, there is a high prevalence of children who are exposed to trauma. However, interventions for children are typically adaptations of cognitive-oriented trauma interventions developed for adults, which have limited effectiveness for children. More recently, neuroscience research has indicated the need for traumatized individuals to increase physiological awareness of their body. Mindfulness is one tool children can use to gain physiological awareness. In this workshop, participants will learn about the neurobiology of trauma and understand how mindfulness principles and strategies are aligned with a trauma-informed approach. Participants will get to explore and practice using culturally-responsive trauma-informed mindfulness strategies with children.
Dr Jennifer Isabelle Ong

Dr Jennifer Isabelle Ong

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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA Conference reception area, Level 5

AFTERNOON TEA

3:30 pm-4:00 pm Paper Presentation: Dr Ann Moir-Bussy
P1.7 Inspirational counsellors of today – what we can learn from their journeys

Paper Presentation - Dr Ann Moir-Bussy

P1.7 Inspirational counsellors of today – what we can learn from their journeys

Most of the counsellor theorists we learn about in counselling training are dead! Freud, Adler, Maslow, Beck and many more who shaped how counselling is today. But what about our older influential and experienced counsellors who practice and teach today – how did they get to be professional and influential? I interviewed several of them from around the world and there are common themes that link their journeys to where they are now. This paper will highlight their journey from ordinary to extraordinary, and yet still ordinary, simple, humble people who have shared so much, inspired so much, and still have so much to share. Come and learn from them and their message for all counsellors. Not just those beginning the journey, but all of us – messages from Scotland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and more.
Dr Ann Moir-Bussy

Dr Ann Moir-Bussy

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4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Paper Presentation: Dr Dawn Macintyre
P1.8 When Everything Changes – Walk with Me

Paper Presentation - Dr Dawn Macintyre

P1.8 When Everything Changes – Walk with Me

In Australia, 1 in 5 people experience chronic pain. I am one of those people and would like to share my lived experience of the challenging pathways and road blocks on my journey. Thankfully, opioid misuse is now in the public arena, but there is still a crater sized gap in the psychosocial support needed for those suffering chronic pain. Counsellors have a significant role to play in offering support to those of us that feel lost, desperate and without hope of living anything that closely resembles our ‘old life'.
Dr Dawn Macintyre

Dr Dawn Macintyre

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4:30 pm-5:00 pm Paper Presentation: Dr. FU Wai
P1.9 Conceptualization, assessment and treatment of statistics anxiety among undergraduate students

Paper Presentation - Dr. FU Wai

P1.9 Conceptualization, assessment and treatment of statistics anxiety among undergraduate students

Statistics anxiety is becoming a common problem among undergraduate students. Previous conceptualization and assessment of statistics anxiety simply regard the issue as a pedagogical problem, and most of current assessment ignore the specificity of statistics and its linkage to the presented symptoms, such as burning stomach, heart palpitation, confusion at examination, and even hair pulling after presented with statistical materials. This presentation is part of project funded projected by Hong Kong Research Grants Council on constructing new assessment tool for statistics anxiety, and potential for new direction of counselling of statistics anxiety will be discussed.
Dr. FU Wai

Dr. FU Wai

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Dr Marsha I. Wiggins
W1.17 Navigating Grief After A Child's Overdose Death

Workshop - Dr Marsha I. Wiggins

W1.17 Navigating Grief After A Child's Overdose Death

In this session, learn unique aspects of grief in the aftermath of an overdose death. Discover research-based grief processes and learn how to assist grievers in making sense of their losses and begin living well in the “new normal”.
Dr Marsha I. Wiggins

Dr Marsha I. Wiggins

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Dr Paige Williams
W1.18 Understanding and Treating Self-Injury in Clients with Co-occurring Disorders

Workshop - Dr Paige Williams

W1.18 Understanding and Treating Self-Injury in Clients with Co-occurring Disorders

Treating clients with co-occurring disorders who self-injure can be challenging. Assessment of self-injury with this population is very important in order to effectively treat it. Clinicians who are new to the field may not understand the function of self-injury and how it is affected by treatment of a co-occurring disorder. This session is an entry level session that will focus on defining what self-injury is and what it is not, assessment of self-injury, managing self-injury during the process of treating the co-occurring disorder and models of treatment.
Dr Paige Williams

Dr Paige Williams

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb
W1.19 Post-Traumatic Stress is not a Disorder…it is ‘Healing Trying to Happen' - Understanding the three dimensions required to treat the effect of trauma using Healing Inner Conflict (HIC) principles

Workshop - David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

W1.19 Post-Traumatic Stress is not a Disorder…it is ‘Healing Trying to Happen' - Understanding the three dimensions required to treat the effect of trauma using Healing Inner Conflict (HIC) principles

'Effective Internal Intervention' will be offered as one of the most effective means by which a client can learn to self-modulate. The step by step process of helping a client to navigate their own present moment disturbances will be described. How to guide clients to understand the purpose of their signals of dissociation, allowing them to bring healing to the traumatic shock waves that have followed them into the present from the past. This is the psyche's way of forcing attention on that which needs healing. The three dimensions:

1) Trauma 2) Dissociative mechanisms 3) Present affect.
David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

David 'Bhakti' Gotlieb

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Dr Abdulrazaq Olayinka
W1.20 Mental Health Challenges of Tertiary Institution Students: A Nigerian Counsellor' s perspective

Workshop - Dr Abdulrazaq Olayinka

W1.20 Mental Health Challenges of Tertiary Institution Students: A Nigerian Counsellor' s perspective

The workshop is meant to discuss and practically examine mental health challenges of tertiary institution students across selected tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The experiences of A Nigerian Counsellor with respect to causes, forms and coping strategies of tertiary institution students on mental health challenges via power point, charts and group discussion are the focus of the workshop.
Dr Abdulrazaq Olayinka

Dr Abdulrazaq Olayinka

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Chris Hall
W1.21 Recent developments in bereavement care

Workshop - Chris Hall

W1.21 Recent developments in bereavement care

The field of grief and bereavement has undergone profound change in terms of how the human experience of loss is understood and how the goals and outcomes of grief therapy are conceptualised. This presentation will explore issues at the cutting edge of bereavement theory including the increasing focus upon the nature, assessment and prediction of ‘prolonged' grief. It will consider when is grief therapy is beneficial and what research has found to be effective when intervening with clients with complex needs?
Chris Hall

Chris Hall

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Dr. Aleksandar Drobnjakovic
W1.22 Instructors' Use of Technology in Counsellor Education in the United States

Workshop - Dr. Aleksandar Drobnjakovic

W1.22 Instructors' Use of Technology in Counsellor Education in the United States

Contemporary society continues to live in an ever-advancing era of technology. Consequently, the use of computers and various technologies is expanding in counsellor education programs too. However, there is evidence to suggest that some graduate instructors have been reluctant to integrate technology and that the instructors' age and years of teaching experience may play a role. The proposed research study sought to determine whether age and total years of experience in teaching in higher education predicted instructors' level of use of technology in graduate counselling courses.
Dr. Aleksandar Drobnjakovic

Dr. Aleksandar Drobnjakovic

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Dr Jeffrey Po
W1.23 Can shamanistic and animistic practices be useful in counselling and psychotherapy approaches?

Workshop - Dr Jeffrey Po

W1.23 Can shamanistic and animistic practices be useful in counselling and psychotherapy approaches?

The central concept of health and wellbeing in shamanic medicine is based on Energetical Balance and the belief that any illness (physical, mental or emotional) is brought about by either a loss of energy or an intrusion of too much energy. That a person is fundamentally composed of and functions within this energy field is something that modern science is now discovering.

Ecopsychology is western concepts describing a holistic way of healing individuals which take into account these ancient principles and visions of the world, now acknowledged in the Academic fields as James Hillman says ‘ Psychology, so dedicated to awakening human consciousness, needs to wake itself up to the one of the most ancient human truths: we cannot be studied or cured apart from the planet’. Ecopsychology studies the relationship between people and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles. It aims to develop and understand ways to expand the emotional connections between individuals as well as to the natural world, namely nature. It has now established the idea that most of our mental and emotional illness stem from us being alienated from ourselves, from others, from nature and finally from spirituality. This workshop is therefore aimed towards the bridging of the modern fast paced lifestyle that is inherent in our everyday, commercialised and materialistic secular society to that of our innate instinct to connect emotionally with nature and the natural environment. The understanding and appreciation of some of the principles can help support individuals, groups and communities to find their balance through rediscovering their homeostatic relationship with Nature and themselves.
Dr Jeffrey Po

Dr Jeffrey Po

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Margaret Lambert
W1.24 Tapping for wellbeing: Current research with children

Workshop - Margaret Lambert

W1.24 Tapping for wellbeing: Current research with children

This session is an experiential workshop where participants will learn tapping or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) that can be applied across a broad range of conditions. They will also learn about my current PhD research of evaluating the effects of tapping when applied by children in schools. It is vital that children are equipped with techniques that can assist with the prevention and management of difficult emotional and mental health states in order to curb rising levels of child and teenage anxiety. Tapping is a tool that may be embraced by children and is readily available to them.
Margaret Lambert

Margaret Lambert

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3:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Dr. Tilija Drobnjakovic
W1.25 Counsellors’ Perception of Competence in Therapy with Intercultural Couples

Workshop - Dr. Tilija Drobnjakovic

W1.25 Counsellors’ Perception of Competence in Therapy with Intercultural Couples

Since 1975, the interdependence among the countries of the world and the influence of its many diverse groups upon each other has grown exponentially. This process, known as globalization, created a global village and began to unite the multitude of diverse cultures into a single multicultural society. One by-product of globalization was an increasing number of unions of intercultural couples whose cultural differences influenced and sometimes complicated their relationships. Therefore, providing culturally competent counselling services for intercultural couples became a demanding and challenging task for counsellors.
Dr. Tilija Drobnjakovic

Dr. Tilija Drobnjakovic

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Muh Nur Wangid & Isti Yuni Purwanti
W1.26 Student’s Academic Anxiety Considering the Gender

Workshop - Muh Nur Wangid & Isti Yuni Purwanti

W1.26 Student’s Academic Anxiety Considering the Gender

This article will profile student's academic anxiety based on gender in Yogyakarta State of University
Muh Nur Wangid

Muh Nur Wangid

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Isti Yuni Purwanti

Isti Yuni Purwanti

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Dr Suzanne Jenkins
W1.27 An invitation to discuss the concept of de-colonisation: Reflections and implications for counsellors.

Workshop - Dr Suzanne Jenkins

W1.27 An invitation to discuss the concept of de-colonisation: Reflections and implications for counsellors.

Counselling, historically, has been complicit in devaluing Indigenous knowledges and cultures through western scientific colonisation and assimilation. To redress how this has resulted in Indigenous peoples bearing the burden of social, cultural, educational, health and employment inequality, will require a process of de-colonisation. De-colonisation is not a simple process. Managing its complexity requires personal, professional and social introspection, and commitment to change. This paper outlines the rationale and design of a qualitative research project seeking to establish current thinking around the concept of de-colonisation among a sample of Indigenous and non-Indigenous counsellors in Australia, Canada and the United States.
Dr Suzanne Jenkins

Dr Suzanne Jenkins

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Gabrielle Asprey
W1.28 How Telephone Support Groups enable expressions of grief and loss for people affected by cancer

Workshop - Gabrielle Asprey

W1.28 How Telephone Support Groups enable expressions of grief and loss for people affected by cancer

When a cancer diagnosis is defined as metastatic or incurable, the emotional impacts affects not just one person, but many. It changes bot the present and the future. It comes with expected and unexpected grief and loss, and a sense of marginalisation.

This workshop describes how effectively and compassionately a Telephone Support Group program can bring participants together to a place of support and connection.

Counsellors facilitate the groups, providing a safe and trusting place for participants to speak about managing their disease and facing end of life. Counsellors observe what is said and unsaid, including taboo subjects such as the “death sentence” from a metastatic cancer diagnosis, and reflect these themes back to participants enabling a deeper exploration of meaning and existential concerns.
Gabrielle Asprey

Gabrielle Asprey

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Lyn Baird
W1.29 Fostering healthy relationships: The dance of Intimacy

Workshop - Lyn Baird

W1.29 Fostering healthy relationships: The dance of Intimacy

Recent research confirms the link between successful navigation through relationship stages and emotional, physical and financial well-being. Unhappy marriages increases the change of illness by 35%, and can shorten a lifespan, while it takes 5 years to recover financially from divorce. As Counsellors how do we meet the need in our ever-changing society? What are some key principles that can be embedded in therapeutic practice and how do we engage clients to invest into their relationships? How did the bridal waltz turn into the HAKA? How can couples learn the dance of intimacy through compassionate understanding, love languages, communication, investing into their relationship to preserve lasting love.
Lyn Baird

Lyn Baird

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Adrian Hellwig
W1.30 Positive Psychology in a School Counselling Environment

Workshop - Adrian Hellwig

W1.30 Positive Psychology in a School Counselling Environment

Looking at how to introduce and implement PosPsych into a school environment and introduce it into your practice.
Adrian Hellwig

Adrian Hellwig

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Mr Stan Korosi & Ms Jo Fothergill
W1.31 My Client has been Rejected by Their Children: What do I do?

Workshop - Mr Stan Korosi & Ms Jo Fothergill

W1.31 My Client has been Rejected by Their Children: What do I do?

Parental alienation is the process, by which one parent psychologically manipulates a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards the other (targeted) parent and/or other family members. It is defined in terms of family violence against the child and child psychological abuse/maltreatment with relevant categories now available in DSM-5 and ICD-11. Counsellors may be challenged when a parent targeted for rejection presents and may inadvertently conflate a traumatised, alienated parent with complicity in their own rejection. In such situations, counsellors can exploit an opportunity for early identification and intervention.

This workshop will use practical exercises to explore the dimensions of parental alienation with a view to enabling counsellors to develop an alienation-informed practice approach that supports a dual hypothesis of parental alienation and family violence.
Mr Stan Korosi

Mr Stan Korosi

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Ms Jo Fothergill

Ms Jo Fothergill

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Dr. Nedeljko Golubovic
W1.32 Influence of Substance Use on Blame Attribution in Rape Crimes

Workshop - Dr. Nedeljko Golubovic

W1.32 Influence of Substance Use on Blame Attribution in Rape Crimes

In this presentation, the influence of willing substance on perceptions of rape will be explored. The presenter will discuss the cultural norms around substance use, the intersection between drug consumption and sexuality, and the influence these factors have on societal attitudes on rape crimes. Furthermore, the presenter will explore how perception may differ based on the type of substance consumed. Finally, the presenter will facilitate discussion regarding implications for the counselling field.
Dr. Nedeljko Golubovic

Dr. Nedeljko Golubovic

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5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Workshop: Jon Unal
W1.33 Mindfulness & Resilience

Workshop - Jon Unal

W1.33 Mindfulness & Resilience

An increasing body of evidence suggests mindfulness practice offer significant benefits to our working and personal lives. It allows us to deepen into the power of presence and assists us to be centred and grounded, even in demanding roles.

Emotional resilience is a necessary skill to perform well in the workplace and respond effectively to challenges. Combining mindfulness and resilience techniques have a powerful impact on managing stress and overcoming adversity in our lives.

In this workshop, you will engage with the theory and practice of mindfulness and resilience to develop attentiveness, presence and responsiveness. You will learn practical tools to boost mental fitness, reduce stress and improve wellness. You will discover the latest research in the field of mindfulness and understand how it supports high performance, wellbeing and resilience.
Jon Unal

Jon Unal

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7:30 pm – 11:30 pm GALA DINNER
Come and join your fellow conference peers, presenters and sponsors for an entertaining evening of fun and networking.
Ballroom A, B & C, Level 5

GALA DINNER
Come and join your fellow conference peers, presenters and sponsors for an entertaining evening of fun and networking.

7:30 am - 8:30 am Meditation and Focus with Jeffrey Po

Meditation and Focus with Jeffrey Po

7:30 am - 8:30 am Yoga with Goodlife Health Club

Yoga with Goodlife Health Club

8.00am - 8.30am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE Conference reception area, Level 5

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

8:30 am – 9:00 am Paper Presentation: Dr Bagudu Alhaji Adamu
P2.1 Counselling strategies for management of Drug abuse among Nigerian Youths

Paper Presentation - Dr Bagudu Alhaji Adamu

P2.1 Counselling strategies for management of Drug abuse among Nigerian Youths

The paper examines the nature, causes and consequences of drug abuse among Nigerian Youths and the counselling strategies to minimise drug abuse among Nigerian Youths
Dr Bagudu Alhaji Adamu

Dr Bagudu Alhaji Adamu

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9:00 am – 9:30 am Paper Presentation: Danielle Williamson
P2.2 Counsellor Training: The importance of practice, feedback and mindfulness for developing counselling self-efficacy in trainees

Paper Presentation - Danielle Williamson

P2.2 Counsellor Training: The importance of practice, feedback and mindfulness for developing counselling self-efficacy in trainees

The findings from two research studies will be presented in our discussion of building counsellor self-efficacy and counselling skills in trainees. We will explore the importance of experiential work in training programs and the potential role of mindfulness training in education settings.
Danielle Williamson

Danielle Williamson

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9:30 am – 10:00 am Paper Presentation: Karen Ferry
P2.3 Putting Theory into Practice: Practical neuropsychotherapy approaches to support clients, enriching connections and promoting wellness

Paper Presentation - Karen Ferry

P2.3 Putting Theory into Practice: Practical neuropsychotherapy approaches to support clients, enriching connections and promoting wellness

This presentation provides practical, simple, non-invasive examples that can be used when working with clients, particularly young people and children. The ideas compliment contemporary neuroscience and neuropsychotherapy research and have been developed to help clients tell their story, communicate their feelings, encourage positive connections, and assist them to manage a life of wellbeing. The ideas stimulate right-brain to right brain connections and offer participants opportunities to engage in, enjoy and practice many of the suggested approaches.
Karen Ferry

Karen Ferry

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Fiona Werle
W2.1 Sandtray Therapy as the Central Model of counselling

Workshop - Fiona Werle

W2.1 Sandtray Therapy as the Central Model of counselling

At the heart of Counselling is the task of entering the client’s whole mind using the gentle method of Sandtray Therapy. As therapists we are not just tapping into our clients own felt sense and intuition, we are a Witness, an integral part of the therapeutic sand worlds created by our clients. We are also linking conscious knowledge of theories of personality and development to understand the whole mind, behaviour and the environment in which our client has evolved. In this 90-minute workshop we will explore felt senses using mindfulness techniques, create stories, and metaphors using the Sandplay miniature figurines.
Fiona Werle

Fiona Werle

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Dr Nadine Pelling & Adrian Hellwig
W2.2 ETHICS – Ethics that Help Inform Counselling Services

Workshop - Dr Nadine Pelling & Adrian Hellwig

W2.2 ETHICS – Ethics that Help Inform Counselling Services

When did you last read your professional code of conduct or a book on ethics? If you are like most counsellors, it has probably been a while and maybe as far back as your initial counselling training.

We all know that ethical principles are the foundation upon which our profession of counselling stands but most of us take these ethical principles for granted. Like the frame of a house, we rarely give thought to the steadfast and ongoing existence of our ethical principles until something threatens their existence. Such threats can and do occur; either from within, like termites or personal issues, or from the outside, such as a ‘perfect storm’ or client complaint.

In this workshop Adrian Hellwig, counsellor, ACA board member and ACA Chair of Ethics and Complaints, and Dr Nadine Pelling, ACA board member and ethics educator at the University of South Australia, systematically explore ethics within the Australian counselling context.
Dr Nadine Pelling

Dr Nadine Pelling

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Adrian Hellwig

Adrian Hellwig

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Dr Tom Edwards & Dr Cosimo Chiera
W2.3 Social glue: Examining the role of honour in creating effective communities.

Workshop - Dr Tom Edwards & Dr Cosimo Chiera

W2.3 Social glue: Examining the role of honour in creating effective communities.

William Lad Sessions remarked that honour is “pervasive in human society”. It endows each person with dignity and provides a means to achieve respect. For communities’ honour is invaluable for it represents a self-organising principle which makes a group ‘fit for purpose’. Nevertheless, honour is often a jarring concept in post-modern Western cultures for it is perceived incorrectly to be either an historical artefact or aligned to gender-based violence. In fact, honour is key to community resilience. Interim findings from a community intervention using honour will be discussed.
Dr Tom Edwards

Dr Tom Edwards

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Dr Cosimo Chiera

Dr Cosimo Chiera

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Dr Michelle Webster
W2.4 The Eye of the Storm: Working in the trauma

Workshop - Dr Michelle Webster

W2.4 The Eye of the Storm: Working in the trauma

Practitioners working with childhood trauma need to work at the site of the trauma. In Emotion-Focused psychotherapy practitioners facilitate regression and re-experiencing so clients can process traumatic experiences in ways that can set them free. How do we do this? What do we need to be mindful of? Based on clinical experience, I want to discuss the theory and practice of regression and re-experiencing and illustrate the process and difficulties with clinical examples. I also want to discuss how crucial the therapeutic relationship is in the healing process.
Dr Michelle Webster

Dr Michelle Webster

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Tess Reilly-Browne
W2.5 eft2 - Tapping into Relationship

Workshop - Tess Reilly-Browne

W2.5 eft2 - Tapping into Relationship

Relationship counselling is often seen as challenging therapeutic work for both clients and counsellors alike. It can require emotional tenacity and a significant commitment of time and financial resources, often beyond the reach of those suffering social adversity and/or trauma.
By partnering the physiological regulating strategy of Emotional Freedom Technique (eft) with Emotional Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), an accessible, time/cost effective relationship therapy protocol has been created - eft2. This presentation will provide insights into this integrated practice approach. Client responses and clinical observations reveal remarkable changes within a couple’s relational dynamic in just 2-6 sessions of eft2.
Tess Reilly-Browne

Tess Reilly-Browne

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Barbara MacCallum & Jenny Rowett, PhD & Blythe Shepard, PhD
W2.6 Meeting the needs of the counselling profession in Canada: An examination of the landscape of regulation and actions of the Canadian Counselling and Psychology Association.

Workshop - Barbara MacCallum & Jenny Rowett, PhD & Blythe Shepard, PhD

W2.6 Meeting the needs of the counselling profession in Canada: An examination of the landscape of regulation and actions of the Canadian Counselling and Psychology Association.

Since 1965, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) has provided national leadership and advocacy for the counselling profession. The learning objectives of this session are as follows: (1) Examination of the historical, present day, and anticipated future landscape of regulation of the counselling profession in Canada; (2) To develop an understanding of the need and benefits of regulation for both the practitioner and the client; (3) To develop an understanding of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement which seeks to facilitate interprovincial labour mobility; and (4) To share practices for supporting both members and provincial associations.
Barbara MacCallum

Barbara MacCallum

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Jenny Rowett, PhD

Jenny Rowett, PhD

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Blythe Shepard, PhD

Blythe Shepard, PhD

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Dr Asabi A. Dean, Ph.D. Quincy University, School of Education & Dr Tiffany Stoner-Harris, PhD, LCPC, LMHC, NCC & Dr Yi-Chun Lin, PhD, Licensed Counseling Psychologist (Taiwan)
W2.7 Don’t wait until she dies: A global perspective of the long-term effects of trauma after sexual assault

Workshop - Dr Asabi A. Dean, Ph.D. Quincy University, School of Education & Dr Tiffany Stoner-Harris, PhD, LCPC, LMHC, NCC & Dr Yi-Chun Lin, PhD, Licensed Counseling Psychologist (Taiwan)

W2.7 Don’t wait until she dies: A global perspective of the long-term effects of trauma after sexual assault

This presentation will focus on the deleterious effects of PTSD and complex trauma that can drive one to suicide with a special focus on trauma that involves sexual violation. Additionally, this presentation will identify culturally competent responses and actions as identified in the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014). Emphasized will be: long-term effects of trauma on sexual assault survivors, the need to increase sensitivity to cultural and parental influences when discussing sexual assault issues and increasing the capacity for counseling professionals to identify and address trauma related issues from a global social justice lens.
Dr Asabi A. Dean, Ph.D. Quincy University, School of Education

Dr Asabi A. Dean, Ph.D. Quincy University, School of Education

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Dr Tiffany Stoner-Harris, PhD, LCPC, LMHC, NCC

Dr Tiffany Stoner-Harris, PhD, LCPC, LMHC, NCC

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Dr Yi-Chun Lin, PhD, Licensed Counseling Psychologist (Taiwan)

Dr Yi-Chun Lin, PhD, Licensed Counseling Psychologist (Taiwan)

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Dr Prem Kumar Shanmugam
W2.8 Addictions and the Family: A Dual Diagnosis

Workshop - Dr Prem Kumar Shanmugam

W2.8 Addictions and the Family: A Dual Diagnosis

Addiction is a family illness. The members tend to take on new unhealthy roles when inflicted with this disease in order to continue evolving as a unit and condition the unhealthy homeostasis. We may be treating the identified patient (IP), but at times, we have sent them back to an untreated environment as the family is the IP and not the individual alone. Co-dependency describes this dysfunctional relationship or behaviour of supporting or enabling another individual’s addiction, unhealthy behaviour and poor mental health.
Dr Prem Kumar Shanmugam

Dr Prem Kumar Shanmugam

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8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop: TBC
W2.9 Understanding and Responding to Prolonged Grief Disorder

Workshop - TBC

W2.9 Understanding and Responding to Prolonged Grief Disorder

TBC
10:00 am-10:30 am MORNING TEA Conference reception area, Level 5

MORNING TEA

10:30 am – 11:00 am Paper Presentation: Dr Justine Campbell
P2.4 Vicarious Trauma: Building Resilience & Improving Self-Care in Higher Education Curriculums

Paper Presentation - Dr Justine Campbell

P2.4 Vicarious Trauma: Building Resilience & Improving Self-Care in Higher Education Curriculums

Human services staff working with trauma survivors can experience Vicarious Trauma due to repeated exposure and empathic engagement to traumatic client/victim material. Whereas knowledge of signs and symptoms is important to counselling students learning to treat others, the personal impact of its pervasive, cumulative, and insidious nature can extend to their own families, colleagues/agencies and clients. There is great importance in providing students with a well-developed understanding of Vicarious Trauma prior to their field practicums, and subsequent demands of the workforce, and the introduction of a Self-care elective into Counselling pedagogy would aim to address these gaps in the curriculum.
Dr Justine Campbell

Dr Justine Campbell

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11:00 am – 11:30 am Paper Presentation: Dr Kitty Vivekananda
P2.5 Therapies, Techniques and Tools for Working with Geriatric Populations

Paper Presentation - Dr Kitty Vivekananda

P2.5 Therapies, Techniques and Tools for Working with Geriatric Populations

This paper will provide a narrative review on evidence for therapies aimed at creating identify, meaning, generativity, and connection with geriatric clients particularly in aged care residential facilities. The paper will also define and differentiate amongst a number of tools and techniques commonly identified with geriatric populations and the application of these strategies in counselling practice will be discussed.
Dr Kitty Vivekananda

Dr Kitty Vivekananda

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11:00 am – 12:00 pm Paper Presentation: Samantha Greenwood
P2.6 Studying with Good Spirits? The Issue of Mental Health amongst Graduate Students

Paper Presentation - Samantha Greenwood

P2.6 Studying with Good Spirits? The Issue of Mental Health amongst Graduate Students

Pursuing a graduate degree is an undeniably challenging endeavour. While there is currently little research examining the psychological wellness of graduate-level students specifically, the literature that does exist suggests a decline in psychological wellbeing within this population. This presentation will examine mental health trends amongst Master and Doctorate-level candidates, with particular focus on perceived work-life balance of graduate students as a function of perceived mental wellness. The presenter’s own research findings - as well as implications for counsellors working with this population - will also be discussed.
Samantha Greenwood

Samantha Greenwood

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Dr. Andrea L. Barbian-Shimberg
W2.10 The Complexity of Treating Eating Disorders

Workshop - Dr. Andrea L. Barbian-Shimberg

W2.10 The Complexity of Treating Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. It is estimated that 1-3% of women will struggle with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder in their lifetime (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 2017). While counsellor education programs address eating disorders, further training is needed for counsellors who intend to work with the specialised population. This presentation will begin with examining different types of eating disorders and their diagnostic criteria. Furthermore, participants will increase their understanding of the etiology of eating disorders. Attention will be given to treatment, including, different levels of care various evidence-based practices for treating eating disorders and their comorbidities, as well as understanding the importance of the therapeutic alliance in therapy.
Dr. Andrea L. Barbian-Shimberg

Dr. Andrea L. Barbian-Shimberg

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Luis Angelo Gomez, Ph.D., CRC
W2.11 Transnational Counselling: A new approach to counselling immigrants, refuges, and asylees

Workshop - Luis Angelo Gomez, Ph.D., CRC

W2.11 Transnational Counselling: A new approach to counselling immigrants, refuges, and asylees

While immigrants needed in many parts of the world, they are often faced with rejection, limiting and restricting immigration quotas, penalized with induced or forced family separation, and subjugated to policies that delay the process of immigration, employment, and legalization. There is also lack of social and educational programs to promote integration. Consequently, the result of immigration is often trauma, due to homesickness, the confusion of living in the in-between worlds, xenophobia, a sense of loss despite any seemingly economic and social gains, and the lack of status as fully recognized members in their new home countries. Thus, counsellors must address social inequalities and inequities beyond the comfort of the one on one paradigm and the use of traditional counselling approaches.

This workshop offers a new and a fresh approach to counselling in the XXI century and is called Transnational Counselling. This approach offers a perspective to do counselling from a new social paradigm, where the immigration experience is at the core to help understand people’s lived experience, and to identify their multilayered needs of immigrants. This approach is offered as a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach beyond the traditional aspects of multicultural counselling to work with immigrants, their families, and government and non-government organizations, and those who chose or are forced to stay behind in a fast social, technological, and racial changing world.
Luis Angelo Gomez, Ph.D., CRC

Luis Angelo Gomez, Ph.D., CRC

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Helen Hall
W2.12 The Pathway to Loneliness in Parents of Children: A Model of Risks and Protective Factors

Workshop - Helen Hall

W2.12 The Pathway to Loneliness in Parents of Children: A Model of Risks and Protective Factors

Recent rapid rates of loneliness reported within developed nations is leading to concerns around a loneliness epidemic and resulting public health concerns. The detrimental effects that loneliness is linked to are well researched and the antecedents for loneliness in identified at-risk populations, such as older adults and adolescents, are also well researched. An under researched population are middle-aged adults with children, despite evidence that this population identify experiencing loneliness. This study examines antecedents for loneliness, previously identified in other populations, in a cross-sectional study of parents with children under the age of 18?
Helen Hall

Helen Hall

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Dr Patricia Sherwood
W2.13 CLAY THERAPY: Psychotherapy processes for working with Indigenous Australian Aboriginals, Black Africans in Zululand and Rwandan Genocide survivors that embrace cultural differences and language diversity

Workshop - Dr Patricia Sherwood

W2.13 CLAY THERAPY: Psychotherapy processes for working with Indigenous Australian Aboriginals, Black Africans in Zululand and Rwandan Genocide survivors that embrace cultural differences and language diversity

Effective and appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals and groups of Australian Aboriginals, black Africans in Zululand and Rwandan Genocide survivors to process grief and loss, anger and terror, fear and abandonment using clay as a sensory medium of expression. Clay therapy processes have been developed by Dr Sherwood to enable the client and counsellor to track the trauma in the body and to elucidate, integrate and transform the trauma creating deep healing for clients. These clay therapy sequences are easily mastered by clients and require few resources to effect making them particularly appropriate for use with impoverished populations with limited access to mental health resources. Clay as a therapeutic medium is particularly compatible with somatically focused psychotherapy because of its profound capacity to draw emotional experiences directly out of the body and to process and transform trauma into wellbeing.
Dr Patricia Sherwood

Dr Patricia Sherwood

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Shannon Hood & Professor Nathaniel Wade
W2.14 The use of Spiritual and Religious Interventions by Professional Counsellors to support the Mental health needs of the Christian Community

Workshop - Shannon Hood & Professor Nathaniel Wade

W2.14 The use of Spiritual and Religious Interventions by Professional Counsellors to support the Mental health needs of the Christian Community

With over 50% of Australians and 75% of Americans holding to a Christian worldview and the ethical requirement that counsellors be sensitive to the worldview of their clients, one might expect the use of Christian Spiritual and Religious (S/R) Interventions to be common-place. Instead, research suggests lack of training, fear of prosecution and ethical uncertainty are limiting the use of S/R Interventions even where counsellors believe them to be suitable and helpful.

Research suggests their use is far more prevalent in America than in Australia. In this informal workshop, authors from each country discuss this discrepancy, review the literature and highlight what interventions seem to be useful for which mental conditions.
Shannon Hood

Shannon Hood

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Professor Nathaniel Wade

Professor Nathaniel Wade

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Professor Shannon Hodges
W2.15 Trauma Informed Care: Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Post-Traumatic Growth

Workshop - Professor Shannon Hodges

W2.15 Trauma Informed Care: Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Post-Traumatic Growth

The sessions will focus on trauma treatment from a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy approach. The workshop’s underlying philosophy focuses on assisting counsellors in assisting clients to transition from PTSD to post-traumatic growth. This workshop will require active participation from the audience. Specific interventions that target trauma recovery include assessing trauma, managing flashbacks and night terrors, grounding exercises, holistic care (e.g., yoga, meditation and breath work, movement strategies, etc.), journaling, and monitoring self-talk will be addressed in practical ways. The presenter will welcome questions during the presentation.
Professor Shannon Hodges

Professor Shannon Hodges

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Roz Casey, Special Education teacher & therapist & Stephanie Cunningham, Clinical Mental Health Practitioner from the USA & Mariana Gersely Ferraz dos Santos, forensic/clinical psychologist from Brazil & Dr. Christine Gazago
W2.16 The Individual practitioners guide to delivering Trauma Informed Practise

Workshop - Roz Casey, Special Education teacher & therapist & Stephanie Cunningham, Clinical Mental Health Practitioner from the USA & Mariana Gersely Ferraz dos Santos, forensic/clinical psychologist from Brazil & Dr. Christine Gazago

W2.16 The Individual practitioners guide to delivering Trauma Informed Practise

Trauma Informed Practise has become popular in the therapeutic community. This presentation will empower practitioners to develop clinical skillsets to deliver a high level of services for their clients. A graphic organiser is a powerful individual learning tool, so it will be used to incorporate these clinical skillsets, in order for practitioners to self-reflect. It will also assist with enhancing self-directed learning towards developing their practices and skills. The content also covers: trauma symptoms and how trauma changes the brain; managing symptoms of PTSD and CPTSD; how cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic therapies can assist clients who have experienced trauma.
Roz Casey, Special Education teacher & therapist

Roz Casey, Special Education teacher & therapist

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Stephanie Cunningham, Clinical Mental Health Practitioner from the USA

Stephanie Cunningham, Clinical Mental Health Practitioner from the USA

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Mariana Gersely Ferraz dos Santos, forensic/clinical psychologist from Brazil

Mariana Gersely Ferraz dos Santos, forensic/clinical psychologist from Brazil

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Dr. Christine Gazago

Dr. Christine Gazago

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Dr Cirecie A. West-Olatunji
W2.17 Use of Emancipatory Research Methods to Better Serve Culturally and Socially Marginalized Individuals, Families, and Communities

Workshop - Dr Cirecie A. West-Olatunji

W2.17 Use of Emancipatory Research Methods to Better Serve Culturally and Socially Marginalized Individuals, Families, and Communities

Current clinical researchers have stated that ethnocentrism in clinical research and program evaluation have led to poor conceptualizations and inaccurate representations of diverse clients, particularly those from culturally and socially marginalized families and communities (West-Olatunji, Jena-Paul, Shure, Goodman, & Lewis, 2014; West-Olatunji, Yang, Wolfgang, Henesy, & Yoon, 2017). This has resulted in a scarcity of useful interventions. Thus, clinicians may inadvertently be negatively impacting the mental health and wellbeing of certain segments of society. Culture-centred research and program evaluation methodologies have emerged as alternatives to the cultural hegemony in mainstream research and program evaluation with a focus on empowerment and liberatory practices. This presentation will offer a model of emancipatory research in counseling and provide case illustrations from clinical practice. Participants can expect to increase knowledge about: (a) emancipatory research methods, (b) conceptualizing cases involving diverse clients, and (c) social action skills to identify concrete ways to advocate for marginalized clients. Additionally, participants should be able to augment awareness of their biases when gathering information about diverse clients.
Dr Cirecie A. West-Olatunji

Dr Cirecie A. West-Olatunji

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop: Dr. Heather Zeng & Byron Waller, Ph.D., LCPC & Carol Vecchio
W2.18 A 25-Year Retrospective of a Stand-Alone, Non-profit Career Development Center

Workshop - Dr. Heather Zeng & Byron Waller, Ph.D., LCPC & Carol Vecchio

W2.18 A 25-Year Retrospective of a Stand-Alone, Non-profit Career Development Center

Founded in 1992, Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal of Seattle, Washington offered lifelong tools to navigate uncertainty, build meaningful careers, and design courageous lives. With remarkably successful and cutting-edge services, the centre’s early implementation of constructivist and narrative approaches have stood the test of time and assisted over 25,000 individuals in their transitions. The business model also included services for organizations and training for other career development professionals, a model that allowed for diverse income streams while keeping the organization firmly community-based and affordable. After 25 years, the organization is now in a dormant phase, reflecting on lessons learned and what the future may hold.

This presentation seeks to add value to leaders in career development as well as career counselors who wish to expand their horizons by examining the Institute’s work:
  • The early days of the organization
  • Challenges and successes throughout the years
  • Lessons for those forging a non-profit
  • The future of career development services

Participants will gain insight on a unique organization and the only stand-alone non-profit to provide career counseling in the U.S. By sharing the journey of Centerpoint we hope others may be inspired in like ways to initiate life-changing organizations in their communities.

Dr. Heather Zeng

Dr. Heather Zeng

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Byron Waller, Ph.D., LCPC

Byron Waller, Ph.D., LCPC

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Carol Vecchio

Carol Vecchio

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH Conference reception area, Level 5

LUNCH

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Paper Presentation: Antonia Saunokonoko
P2.7 New research into bulimia nervosa: grasping the implications of the father-daughter relationship and identifying better approaches to treatment.

Paper Presentation - Antonia Saunokonoko

P2.7 New research into bulimia nervosa: grasping the implications of the father-daughter relationship and identifying better approaches to treatment.

Incidents of bulimia nervosa are on the increase, yet treatment remains largely unsuccessful for the majority of sufferers. This new research helps to unpack the previously underexplored father-daughter relationship and its impact on the development of this eating disorder. It brings to light new reflections on bulimia and directions for treatment approaches that may be of use for any psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor working with clients facing this challenging and debilitating condition.
Antonia Saunokonoko

Antonia Saunokonoko

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Paper Presentation: Ian Kerr
P2.8 Be Careful Before You Diagnose

Paper Presentation - Ian Kerr

P2.8 Be Careful Before You Diagnose

Sometimes, it might be necessary for someone to receive a “diagnosis”, if they require psychotherapy. For example, in preparing a Mental Health Treatment Plan, Medicare guidelines state that a P’s assessment of a patient must include “making a diagnosis and/or formulation”. Sometimes, however, having a diagnosis can work against a client. If for example, they have any of a number of forms of insurance, hen having certain particular common diagnoses such as Anxiety or Depression may invalidate claims on their insurance, due to what are known as insurance policy “Exclusions”.
Ian Kerr

Ian Kerr

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2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Paper Presentation: Karolina Alichniewicz
P2.9 Too Stressful to Think of: Does Ability to Tolerate Distress have an Influence on Treatment Outcomes in Veterans?

Paper Presentation - Karolina Alichniewicz

P2.9 Too Stressful to Think of: Does Ability to Tolerate Distress have an Influence on Treatment Outcomes in Veterans?

Distress Tolerance (DT) has been conceptualised as “one’s perceived or actual ability to tolerate negative experiential emotions, sensations and states (Boffa et al., p. 267). Low DT is related to greater PTSD symptom severity in clinical samples of veterans with PTSD (Banducci et al., 2017). Further, limited DT capacity is a transdiagnostic risk factor for poor treatment outcome (Banducci et al., 2016; Buckner et al., 2007). Determining the role DT plays in treatment response is an important clinical question as it can influence sequencing of veterans’ treatments. The overall aim of our study was to investigate whether high levels of DT among veterans are associated with better treatment outcomes in day centre programs offered to patients of a mental health outpatient treatment facility.
Karolina Alichniewicz

Karolina Alichniewicz

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Mr Stan Korosi & Ms/Mx. Yvonne Moriarty
W2.19 My Client has been Rejected by Their Children: What do I do?

Workshop - Mr Stan Korosi & Ms/Mx. Yvonne Moriarty

W2.19 My Client has been Rejected by Their Children: What do I do?

Parental alienation is the process, by which one parent psychologically manipulates a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards the other (targeted) parent and/or other family members. It is defined in terms of family violence against the child and child psychological abuse/maltreatment with relevant categories now available in DSM-5 and ICD-11. Counsellors may be challenged when a parent targeted for rejection presents and may inadvertently conflate a traumatised, alienated parent with complicity in their own rejection. In such situations, counsellors can exploit an opportunity for early identification and intervention.

This workshop will use practical exercises to explore the dimensions of parental alienation with a view to enabling counsellors to develop an alienation-informed practice approach that supports a dual hypothesis of parental alienation and family violence.
Mr Stan Korosi

Mr Stan Korosi

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Ms/Mx. Yvonne Moriarty

Ms/Mx. Yvonne Moriarty

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Amanda Musicka-Williams
W2.20 A Right to Show and Tell: Dramatherapy’s multimodal expression for young people with special needs

Workshop - Amanda Musicka-Williams

W2.20 A Right to Show and Tell: Dramatherapy’s multimodal expression for young people with special needs

Participants will be given a brief introduction to Dramatherapy, its unique embodied counselling practices and therapeutic aims. Focus will be given to exploring the strengths of Dramatherapy in enabling young people with intellectual disability/special needs to meet relational and therapeutic goals through group-work, which offers opportunity for them to experience themselves as agents of change. An experiential workshop will introduce participants to the Dramatherapy activities and practices which adolescents from a special education setting who participated in a Dramatherapy research project, identified as most beneficial for the development of personal insight and positive relational connections.
Amanda Musicka-Williams

Amanda Musicka-Williams

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Georgia Phillips & Kym Haynes
W2.21 Breaking the addiction code - Supporting Allied Health Professionals in Private Practice to Work with Addiction Families whilst staying in their own Business

Workshop - Georgia Phillips & Kym Haynes

W2.21 Breaking the addiction code - Supporting Allied Health Professionals in Private Practice to Work with Addiction Families whilst staying in their own Business

The old paradigm of tough love, anti-depressants, 10 mental health plan appointments and the 12-step program is not creating the internal changes that are needed in the approach to solving the addiction epidemic. Being human is a “Me too” business. Georgia Phillips and Kym Haynes believe addiction is the catalyst that will help us heal our families and to reconnect with ourselves.

The three unspoken rules of addiction families no speak, no feel, no trust continues our dysfunctional generational patterns by burying the trauma, guilt and shame.
Georgia Phillips

Georgia Phillips

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Kym Haynes

Kym Haynes

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Dr Judith R. Boyland
W2.22 Someone I love has Alzheimer’s

Workshop - Dr Judith R. Boyland

W2.22 Someone I love has Alzheimer’s

This workshop presents a holistic snapshot of the impact of caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease. Through the language of metaphor and simile it explores the collective reality, from onset to end of life and beyond, as seen through the eyes of caregivers and those touched by the vicarious impact of caregiving. It shares the wisdom that has been won and it looks to infinity, where the caregiver is free to dream of a life beyond that which is defined by the burden of care.

Participants in this workshop will be invited to reflect on their own life’s journey and recall the lived reality of a life-changing experience. They will be invited to reframe this experience in the language of metaphor, to own the wisdom won of the pain of living through this experience and take a moment to sit quietly in a safe space where it is OK to dream.
Dr Judith R. Boyland

Dr Judith R. Boyland

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Claudia Fletcher
W2.23 More to the Story: Synthesizing Narrative Therapy with the Adaptive information

Workshop - Claudia Fletcher

W2.23 More to the Story: Synthesizing Narrative Therapy with the Adaptive information

I propose a theoretical expansion to narrative therapy to include a trauma viewpoint for counsellors practicing from a narrative approach. Specifically, I synthesize narrative with the Adaptive Information Processing model to formulate a narrative perspective that interweaves the cognitive, emotional, and somatic sub-narratives.
Claudia Fletcher

Claudia Fletcher

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: David Nugent
W2.24 Removing the eggshells our families walk on: Anger management for men

Workshop - David Nugent

W2.24 Removing the eggshells our families walk on: Anger management for men

In this presentation David will demonstrate his successful blueprint of engaging men: inspiring men to look at themselves and take responsibility for what they can change rather than blaming, making excuses, or justifying their abusive behaviour. It is not about condemning men, it’s about empowering them to become better men, better husbands/partners, better fathers and role models in our community. The processes David presents are for any man who is after a better way of life for his partner, family, and himself: any man who wants to stop hurting his loved one(s), who wants to stop lashing out, and who wants to stop controlling or manipulating and is prepared to learn new ways and new skills to express himself. The same process can be used with women or teenagers, helping them to recognise why they feel they are walking on “eggshells” around their partner or around their parents. David will illustrate how he empowers men to acknowledge that their current behaviour is not just destructive to themselves but also their partner, and most importantly, children involved in the relationship.
David Nugent

David Nugent

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Melinda Nutting
W2.25 Modern Family does Divorce

Workshop - Melinda Nutting

W2.25 Modern Family does Divorce

Family law and court systems are out of step with best practise family separation frameworks and processes.

The international groundswell of ‘alternative’ approaches legitimise and empower the role and the contribution of therapeutic practitioners, providing healthier outcomes than legal processes for families, as well as better addressing the needs of CALD, LGBTQI families and Mental Health and D&A presentations. ‘Modern Family’ separation hones in on the developmental wellbeing of the children and co-parenting coaching.

This will be an inclusive and interactive presentation, sharing insights and aiming to promote discussion and motivate practitioners seeking to ‘push the envelope’.
Melinda Nutting

Melinda Nutting

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Dr Trudi Flynn
W2.26 Creative Arts Approaches for Reflective Practice and Self-Care in Counselling

Workshop - Dr Trudi Flynn

W2.26 Creative Arts Approaches for Reflective Practice and Self-Care in Counselling

Creative Arts Therapies are expanding rapidly within the field of integrative counselling. The opportunity to draw, paint, sculpt, or landscape can provide clients with complementary alternatives for the exploration of arising issues. Engagement and expression of the non-verbal intelligences of the body can facilitate emergence of new insights, realized through the sensorimotor and then cognitive systems. Creative Arts approaches similarly have much to offer counsellors themselves. Two specific applications include arts-informed reflective practice, and arts-based self-care. This experiential workshop invites participants to engage with art materials in a creative exploration of each of these areas, with room for small group discussions around participant experiences.
Dr Trudi Flynn

Dr Trudi Flynn

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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Sally Lewry
W2.27 Flowers from Fire

Workshop - Sally Lewry

W2.27 Flowers from Fire

Highlighting the importance of training and supervision when working with vulnerable clients in complex circumstances.
Sally Lewry

Sally Lewry

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2:30 pm – 3:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA Conference reception area, Level 5

AFTERNOON TEA

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Paper Presentation: Dr Melati Sumari
P2.10 Culturally Appropriate Family Assessment: Development of a Malaysian Family Functioning Scale

Paper Presentation - Dr Melati Sumari

P2.10 Culturally Appropriate Family Assessment: Development of a Malaysian Family Functioning Scale

The presentation will discuss the result of a study on culturally appropriate family assessment. The study aims to develop a Malaysian family functioning scale that is more culturally sensitive to Malaysian people.
Dr Melati Sumari

Dr Melati Sumari

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3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Paper Presentation: Dr Tristan Leslie Snell
P2.11 Impact of Urban Living

Paper Presentation - Dr Tristan Leslie Snell

P2.11 Impact of Urban Living

For the first time in human history, the largest proportion of our population now lives in urban environments. Although globally this shift is expected to result in greater access to jobs to services, repeated studies highlight the stressors associated with urban living, such as increased physical threats, social stress, pollution, traffic, noise, urban design, and lower access to nature. This presentation will discuss the findings of a global study investigating the impact of urban living in each developmental stage on adult mental health and personality. The study included a large sample of participants across several English-speaking countries around the world. Participants were asked to complete a range of demographic questions and measures including contact with specific natural environments at each developmental stage, psychological distress, personality (BFI-2), self-esteem, as well as qualitative questions about activities in different environments. Results include the specific stressors of rural/suburban/urban environments, as well as how exposure to specific environments in childhood predict personality traits in adulthood. The presentation will discuss how counsellors might support individuals adapt to the stressors of contemporary living environments, using psychoeducation, technological tools, and specific emotion regulation and coping strategies.
Dr Tristan Leslie Snell

Dr Tristan Leslie Snell

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4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Paper Presentation: Dr Peter Richard-Herbert
P2.12 A method of moving through blocked stages in counselling producing an outcome of Stress Reduction

Paper Presentation - Dr Peter Richard-Herbert

P2.12 A method of moving through blocked stages in counselling producing an outcome of Stress Reduction

Dr Richard-Herbert’s theory advances counselling towards identifying and directly addressing the personality parts (or self states) that hold currency within individuals attending counselling sessions for Stress Reduction. This method of addressing “stuck emotional thinking” is done without direct blame or accusation being tendered to those individual parties.

Within today’s high-pressure society, client’s needs have changed. Patients (families) now require fast, practical outcomes to their issues and speedy ways to overcome them. Most clients attending counsellors, psychologists, therapists or mental health workers are presenting with high range symptoms of prolonged stress. By the application of Analytical Counselling; the unconscious blocking function of the client can be identified, interpreted and moved through significantly and efficiently.
Dr Peter Richard-Herbert

Dr Peter Richard-Herbert

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Jim Schirmer
W2.28 Transformative Learning Experiences of Counsellor Trainees: Studying student

Workshop - Jim Schirmer

W2.28 Transformative Learning Experiences of Counsellor Trainees: Studying student

This presentation will orientate participants to the methods and findings of the project. Participants will be introduced to several pedagogical frameworks which correlate to the themes of transformative experiences, including the ‘Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework’ (Fisher & Frey, 2013), the Emergence Model (Guiffrida, 2005), and the impact of moral vision and ethos including the positive potential of ‘hidden curriculum’ (McLaughlin, 2005).
Jim Schirmer

Jim Schirmer

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Dr Mark Pearson
W2.29 Integrating Expressive Therapies into culturally sensitive, pluralistic, evidence-based practice

Workshop - Dr Mark Pearson

W2.29 Integrating Expressive Therapies into culturally sensitive, pluralistic, evidence-based practice

This presentation will outline how a range of creative arts-based therapy activities can be safely applied within counselling.
Dr Mark Pearson

Dr Mark Pearson

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Cindy Cranswick
W2.30 Self-compassion therapy for the prevention and treatment of perinatal mental health issues

Workshop - Cindy Cranswick

W2.30 Self-compassion therapy for the prevention and treatment of perinatal mental health issues

Understand and define the challenges faced by today’s mothers in the perinatal period. Discover how the use of self-compassion therapy in perinatal mental health prevention and treatment programs offers an opportunity for mothers to adapt and cope with the transition to motherhood with less emotional and psychological distress. The mental health of mothers has a direct impact on the mental health of the next generation and we need to find new therapeutic ways of preventing and treating perinatal mental health issues.
Cindy Cranswick

Cindy Cranswick

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Cornelia Elbrecht & Chris Storm
W2.31 Drawing it out - Guided Drawing, a Sensorimotor Art Therapy technique to support clients healing from trauma

Workshop - Cornelia Elbrecht & Chris Storm

W2.31 Drawing it out - Guided Drawing, a Sensorimotor Art Therapy technique to support clients healing from trauma

Traumatised individuals frequently suffer from a range of disturbing body sensations over which they have no conscious control. Guided Drawing has evolved as a trauma informed, body focused, Sensorimotor Art Therapy technique that empowers the client through body mapping and rhythmic repetition of particular shapes to restore wholeness and wellbeing. Engaging with art materials the workshop will facilitate the process of a “self-massage”. Such exploration of the felt sense uses a bottom up approach, teaching individuals how to move from tension to release through bilateral, rhythmically drawn movements. Emerging research in the field of neuroscience supports utilising a bottom-up approach, particularly for those clients for whom a more cognitive intervention may not be appropriate.
Cornelia Elbrecht

Cornelia Elbrecht

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Chris Storm

Chris Storm

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Dr Philip Armstrong & Dr Matthew Bambling & Dr Nadine Pelling & Nichola Cooper
W2.32 Australian Empirical Findings in Relation to Supervision - An International Perspective on Supervision

Workshop - Dr Philip Armstrong & Dr Matthew Bambling & Dr Nadine Pelling & Nichola Cooper

W2.32 Australian Empirical Findings in Relation to Supervision - An International Perspective on Supervision

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Dr Philip Armstrong

Dr Philip Armstrong

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Dr Matthew Bambling

Dr Matthew Bambling

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Dr Nadine Pelling

Dr Nadine Pelling

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Nichola Cooper

Nichola Cooper

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Lyndall Briggs & Graham Hannah & Jason Chan
W2.33 Designing, Building and Testing a Mindfulness VR Experience – Next Steps for Therapy -*Our Journey***

Workshop - Lyndall Briggs & Graham Hannah & Jason Chan

W2.33 Designing, Building and Testing a Mindfulness VR Experience – Next Steps for Therapy -*Our Journey***

Virtual Reality offers some exciting opportunities for therapy and this presentation works through our intent, approach, findings and lessons learnt so far in applying the technology to our digital Mental Massages.

The potential to have evocative multi-media experiences that bring together the spheres of art, technology and mental health is where we began. Our design, prototypes and testing show we can create rich environments that are fun to explore while also tackling aspects of mental and emotional health.

One VR place might evoke a feeling of calm wonder as you meander down a magical river while helping with your mindfulness and relaxation.  Another might have you soaring ever higher through the clouds as you discard layers of mental baggage.

How might our development journey so far inform future experiences - whether for corporate wellbeing, clinical support or individual self-improvement?
Lyndall Briggs

Lyndall Briggs

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Graham Hannah

Graham Hannah

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Jason Chan

Jason Chan

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Dr. Louise Munro & Jane D'Arcy & Simon Hinch
W2.34 A Therapeutic Community Approach to Counselling

Workshop - Dr. Louise Munro & Jane D'Arcy & Simon Hinch

W2.34 A Therapeutic Community Approach to Counselling

In our work at the QUT Psychology and Counselling clinic our aim has been to offer an alternative to treatment models of practice where we position the client, whether they be an individual, couple or family as the experts in their own lives. Our post structuralist approach to counselling uses models such as Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy within a reflecting team approach. This unique approach introduced by Tom Anderson (1987) utilises a team of therapists who sit behind a two-way screen and listen for initiatives, hopes, skills or anything that might elicit possibilities, change, new perspectives and strategies for coping that may not be captured within the conversation with the one counsellor in the room.

Unlike a traditional observational approach where the professionals are positioned as experts who are looking for behaviours or traits that determine a diagnosis that can elicit a treatment, the counsellors behind the screen are positioned as curious peers. This enables them to ponder on resonances from an unknowing position while the counsellor and client/s watch them through the two-way screen when they swap halfway through the session.

This paper will demonstrate the process of reflecting teams using examples of conversations that have been undertaken in our clinic and while doing so, offer ways of working that we believe have impacted positively on the lives of hundreds of individuals, couples and families. We believe that this approach enables sustainable change by positioning the client/s as the expert in their own lives by eliciting their own hopes, skills and knowledge rather than imposing our own.
Dr. Louise Munro

Dr. Louise Munro

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Jane D'Arcy

Jane D'Arcy

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Simon Hinch

Simon Hinch

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Danielle Williamson & Mr David Eckel
W2.35 The Challenging Parts of Complex Trauma: What can Internal Family Systems Therapy offer?

Workshop - Danielle Williamson & Mr David Eckel

W2.35 The Challenging Parts of Complex Trauma: What can Internal Family Systems Therapy offer?

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy model, with a particular focus on how this approach can be used with clients who have experienced complex trauma. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, developed by family therapist Richard Schwartz in the 1980s, is an evidence-based approach to working with individuals, couples and families, that invites counsellors to help clients explore the roles of different "parts" of themselves, and to transform relationships with these parts in order to provide greater flexibility and wellbeing. IFS therapy supports counsellors working with a diverse range of clients and issues because it is able to be adapted to each individual. A further benefit of IFS therapy is that it supports the counsellor in understanding their own parts, and the role these play in therapy. The workshop will contain didactic teaching, discussion, experiential exercises, personal reflection and a demonstration of the approach.
Danielle Williamson

Danielle Williamson

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Mr David Eckel

Mr David Eckel

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Thomas DeGeorge, PhD
W2.36 Eight core themes from parents who have raised a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the effect on the marital relationship: Critical Implications for counsellors and counsellor educators

Workshop - Thomas DeGeorge, PhD

W2.36 Eight core themes from parents who have raised a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the effect on the marital relationship: Critical Implications for counsellors and counsellor educators

When a child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder the effects reach into the family and marital relationship. With the significant increase in the diagnosis of ASD in children the primary focus is typically on the child. Parents are often left on the side in addressing their emotional issues separately and in their marital relationship. After extensive interviews with parents who have raised a child with ASD, eight core themes emerged in relation to their marital relationship, family and peer relationships, and their separate emotional journeys as they strived to redefine their individual reactions and the marital relationship.
Thomas DeGeorge, PhD

Thomas DeGeorge, PhD

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4:30 pm – 5:20 pm Keynote 3: Professor Catherine Sun
KEYNOTE 3
Ballroom A, B & C, Level 5

Conference - Professor Catherine Sun

KEYNOTE 3

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Professor Catherine Sun

Professor Catherine Sun

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4:30 pm – 5:20 pm Dr Philip Armstrong
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Ballroom A, B & C, Level 5

Dr Philip Armstrong

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Dr Philip Armstrong

Dr Philip Armstrong

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