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Event Details - The Annandale Approach

Title: The Annandale Approach
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

In this workshop we will introduce you to the Annandale approach to Emotion-Focused work. The Annandale approach is a humanistically and psychodynamically informed approach to counselling and psychotherapy. The aim of Emotion-Focused  work is to help clients process their emotional experience from the present and the past. Initially the work can focus on current relational and other difficulties. These emotional experiences are processed using a variety of verbal and creative interventions. Healing occurs with the working through of past childhood difficulties in the presence of a respectful, warm and loving therapist who is an enlightened witness and provides corrective emotional responses within a safe and deeply sustaining therapeutic relationship. 

Course / Workshop Outline:

This workshop is for 2 days: Thursday & Friday. Each day is scheduled from 9:30-4:30pm. There is a 1 hour break for lunch.
Morning tea and afternoon tea are provided. 

Day 1

9.30     Introduction, group contracting

10.00   Input on Emotion-Focused theory and practice

11.00   Morning tea

11.15   Practice of Emotion-Focused work

11.45   Clinical demonstration

12.30   Lunch

1.30     Trainer guided skills practice

3.15     Afternoon tea

3.30     Assessment and Case formulation


Day 2

9.30     Re-engagement and reflection

10.00   Input on verbal and creative interventions

10.30   Experiential exercise

11.00   Morning tea

11.15   Protocol for intervening

11.45   Clinical demonstration

12.30   Lunch

1.30     Trainer guided skills practice

3.15     Afternoon tea

3.30     Ongoing session planning


OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

In this workshop we will set out the theory and practice principles. We will differentiate the interventions for talking about and looking on to emotional experience from those interventions that help clients experience and express their emotional experience. We will show you how practitioners work and give you opportunities to practice some of the skills with the support of the trainers.

Start/End Date: 30/01/2020 to 31/01/2020
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Michelle Webster, Lisa Champion & Rochelle Dawson
Contact Name: Dr Michelle Webster
Contact Phone: (02) 9552 2977
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Clinical & Counselling Psychologist (Michelle); Counsellor & Therapist (Lisa & Rochelle)

Dr Michelle Webster is the Director and principal trainer at the Annandale Institute in Sydney, Australia. Michelle is a very experienced trainer and practitioner with over 30 years of experience in training at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy as well as Relationships Australia. 

Lisa Champion is a counsellor and therapist, she has a particular interest in the construct of emotional signature. In 2015, she conducted a master's research study that explored how emotion-focused therapists use knowledge and understanding of their own emotional signature in their clinical practice. 

Rochelle Dawson is a counsellor and therapist with over 16 year of experience in the education and the mental health sector.  Currently she works full-time in a school setting and part-time in private practice in North Parramatta.  She has a particular interest in creating the safe spaces that respect client’s desire to grow and change. 

Address: 83 Johnston St
Address 2:
Suburb: Annandale
State: NSW
Postcode: 2038
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $250 (+ GST)
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Applications can be made on our website: 

Workshops are using the textbook - Emotion-Focused Counselling: A Practitioners Guide. 

The textbook is available at the Annandale Institute or The cost is $88. 

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