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Event Details - Making Contact with Psychosis: a humane approach

Title: Making Contact with Psychosis: a humane approach
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Guest Event

As psychotherapists or counsellors, we may believe that psychosis is not something we need concern ourselves with. But, while psychosis means a loss of contact with reality, it is a symptom rather than a medical condition in its own right and psychotic moments can exist in all of us at times of great stress and/or trauma. This 2-day workshop is designed to help you understand and enter into the lived experience of what has been labelled the ‘psychotic’. 

Course / Workshop Outline:
  • What do we think of as ‘psychosis’? Moving towards an understanding what we have in our minds when we think of this term
  • Benefits of an alternative approach to the accepted medical models of treatment
  • Colluding or connecting? What it means to embrace the other’s realities
  • Discussion on dissociation and psychosis and introduction of the new term Dissociachotic
  • Working with psychosis: how do we ‘get in the way’ and how can we move ourselves out of the way?
  • Cultural and spiritual meaning and metaphor as an understanding of psychosis
  • Discussion on non-psychosis, being non-goal-orientated and co-existing in the same experience as an opportunity for psychosis to ‘evaporate’ 
  • Exploration of engaging with voices and other ‘psychotic’ states
  • Examination of some current intentional approaches to working with psychosis, including community, network, individual and trauma therapy approaches
OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

Matt will walk you through his personal journey, aligning it with theories of ontological insecurity and his new ideas on the ‘Dissociachotic’, showing how disappearing into the world of voices (or disassociation) is an escape into a place of safe terrain.

The 2-day workshop will address the following areas:

  • What do we think of as ‘psychosis’? Moving towards an understanding what we have in our minds when we think of this term
  • Benefits of an alternative approach to the accepted medical models of treatment
  • Colluding or connecting? What it means to embrace the other’s realities
  • Discussion on dissociation and psychosis and introduction of the new term Dissociachotic
  • Working with psychosis: how do we ‘get in the way’ and how can we move ourselves out of the way?
  • Cultural and spiritual meaning and metaphor as an understanding of psychosis
  • Discussion on non-psychosis, being non-goal-orientated and co-existing in the same experience as an opportunity for psychosis to ‘evaporate’ 
  • Exploration of engaging with voices and other ‘psychotic’ states
  • Examination of some current intentional approaches to working with psychosis, including community, network, individual and trauma therapy approaches

 

 

 

Start/End Date: 19/07/2019 to 20/07/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Matthew Ball
Contact Name: Alison Strasser
Contact Phone: 0431 401 659
Contact Email: admin@cep.net.au
Qualifications: Masters of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner, Adv Dip HE Nursing Mental health, Adv Dip Counselling) Full Member of Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Experience:

Matthew Ball is a mental health practitioner and trainer now working in Adelaide. In addition to his nursing credentials, Matt trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist, working with and being supervised by people who had worked with Ronnie Laing. In 2017 he was awarded Australian Mental Health Nurse of the year for his work in rolling out an alternative approach to the medicalisation of psychosis in the public mental health system in South Australia.  Matt currently works in private practice, the public health system and as a trainer for Blue Knot Foundation, teaching trauma-informed practice and the three-phased approach to complex trauma.

Address: Centre for Existential Practice
Address 2: 4/144 Cathedral Street
Suburb: Woolloomooloo
State: NSW
Postcode: 2011
Website: http://www.cep.net.au
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: www.cep.net.au
Cost ($): $560
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

$480 Early Bird by 28 June 2019

more details and registration: 
https://cep.net.au/professional-development/international-guest-events/matt-ball-2019

 

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