Workshops & Events

2017 Training Events

Previous workshops below:

Working with female survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Using integrative and experiential methods in clinical practice Professional Workshop. 40th Annual APS Conference (2005).

Road to Resolution: Working with adult clients with a history of childhood sexual abuse.

APS endorsed professional development event with 7 specialist (cclin, ccoun) PD points.
This popular event has been run numerous times: Melbourne (2005, 2006), New Zealand (2006), Sydney (2006, 2008), Hobart (2008), Adelaide (2008), Perth (2008), Brisbane (2008, 2011), Toowoomba (2011). (Read more about this workshop)

The clinical framework presented in the workshop uses a multimodal or integrative therapeutic approach. Interventions presented are informed by modern psychodynamic (e.g., ego-state therapy) approaches, attachment theory, cognitive theory and experiential interventions including guided imagery and re-scripting (eg., Smucker & Dancu 1999). Because CSA is associated with such diverse and pervasive difficulties (and no clear “abuse syndrome” exists), it may be quite unrealistic to expect that a single treatment or therapy will be effective in regard to most clients with such a history. There is now growing debate and increasing evidence (e.g., Arntz & Weertman, 1999; Baker, 2002; Briere, 2002) suggesting that psychological interventions aimed at assisting clients with CSA histories need to incorporate more than one therapeutic framework – due mainly to the complexity of issues and breath of sequelae experienced by such individuals. Rather than applying a narrow or inflexible psychotherapeutic approach (which may be distinctly inadequate for this population), interventions need to accommodate the greater diversity of issues and aim to provide therapeutically integrative methods when working with individuals whose current symptoms and distress have their origins in abusive childhoods.

SPECIFIC LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

– Provide an overview of relevant background theory and research relating to CSA
– State the relevance of CSA for patients presenting to therapy
– Outline the core psychological vulnerabilities common to CSA survivors
– Begin incorporating an integrative framework for working with adults with a history of CSA
– Explain the rationale for, and outline the use of selected experiential methods in clinical practice.

What Lies Beneath: Tackling the Major Personality Risk Factors for Depression – identification & treatment issues.

APS endorsed professional development event with 7 specialist (cclin, ccoun) PD points. Conducted: Brisbane, Toowoomba, USQ (2011).

Schema Therapy: An Introduction

APS invited workshop: Bundaberg-Hervey Bay Region Branch (QLD) – 1.5 days March 2012.