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Event Details - Three day boot camp for dealing with challenging cases

Title: Three day boot camp for dealing with challenging cases
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

This three-day training program will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills to better manage challenging cases. These three intensive one-day workshops cover a range of clinical topics such as client engagement, managing dysregulared anger, and forensic CBT (for addressing antisocial and criminal patterns).

All workshops in this series are highly interactive, incorporating structural learning activities that include audi-recorded work samples, video demonstrations, small group exercises, role-plays and "real" plays.

The goal is for participants to be able to transfer and incorporate newly learned knowledge and skills into their real-world intereactions.

Course / Workshop Outline:

Each workshop runs from 9 am - 5 pm daily with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea breaks.

The three days can be taken as a series or can stand alone.

Day 1:  Engaging challenging cases:  The essentials of motivational interviewing.

Day 2:  Critical issues in the conceptualisation and treatment of anger.

Day 3:  A forensic CBT primer:  Interventions for antisocial and criminal behaviour.

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

Workshop 1: In this workshop you will be progressively guided to improve your skills for engaging challenging cases from basic to more advanced levels.  You will become familiar with the basic theory of motivational interviewing, practice ways of responding effectively to challenging client statements, and develop skills for fostering an effective therapeutic alliance at the very first meeting.  Emphasis will be placed on fine-tuning your ability to recognize, evoke, and respond to client "change language", and essential skill for fostering awareness and motivation throughout the treatment process.

Workshop 2:  Angry clients can pose a range of challenges that are different from those suffering from anxiety and depression. You will practice assessing the key features of client anger reactions by using a six-stage sequential Anger Episode Model (triggers, thoughts, experiences, action urges, expressive patterns, and outcomes) to understand how anger is experienced and expressed in clients' real-life interactions.

Workshop 3: Adaptations necessary to make CBT effective for reducing antisocial and criminal conduct.  Step-by-step procedures for assessment and case formulation of key intervention targets will be provided.

Start/End Date: 13/06/2019 to 15/06/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 17:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D.
Contact Name: Heather Beasley
Contact Phone: 03 9705 2216
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University, USA

Dr Tafrate is on the advisory board of the forensic special interest group for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, a diplomate of the National Anger Management Association, the editorial board for Criminal Justice and Behavior, a Fellow and Supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Dr. Tafrate frequently consults with criminal justice agencies and programs, community mental health centers, and private practices and has trained thousands of professionals to work more effectively with adolescents and adults with difficult-to-change problems such as anger dysregulation and criminal behavior.

He has presented his research throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His most recent books are: Anger management for everyone (2nd ed.): Ten proven strategies to help you control anger and live a happier life (2019; New Harbinger), CBT with justice-involved clients: Interventions for antisocial and self-destructive behaviors (2018; Guilford Press), and Forensic CBT: A handbook for clinical practice (2014; Wiley).

Address: Brisbane International Virginia
Address 2: Cnr Sandgate & Zillmere Roads
Suburb: Boondall
State: QLD
Postcode: 4034
Website: http://Presenter:
Parking: Free
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL: Presenter:
Cost ($): $900.00 for all 3 OR $330 for one workshop.
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

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