CPD News

Complex and Resistant Depression: The Best Evidence-Based Techniques for Assessment and Enhancing Treatment Outcomes Dr Freeman Clevenger presents in Nowra

Workshops scheduled for the 27 September, 2016 and giving 7 CPD points. Depression is severe when appearing alone, however, there may be a synergistic or cumulative effect when depression is co-morbid with medical problems, anxiety, personality disorders, family or relationship conflict, or with generalised life stress.

The  TATRA DVD and group discussion will focus on the assessment and treatment of depression as it frequently appears, co-occurring with various other disorders.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the DVD and group discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between various types of depression.
  • Understand the DSM5 changes and their implications for treatment.
  • Define treatment resistant depression and chronic depression
  • Learn how to apply CBT, DBT and ACT strategies and techniques for treating chronic and resistant depression. 
  • Use the Freeman/Clevenger Diagnostic Profiling System (FDPS) to select targets for treatment.
  • Identify the vegetative, cognitive, motivational, nutritional and situational aspects of depression. 
  • Describe the various problems encountered in treating depression that appear refractory to treatment.  
  • Describe the rationale for combined psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.
  • Evaluate the progress and outcome of treatment.
  • Learn about current relapse prevention approaches for chronic and resistant depression.
  • Identify techniques that are effective in motivating chronically depressed clients who tend to not comply with treatment.

Contact nicole.baillie@yahoo.com.au at the APS – Shoalhaven Branch for details.

Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention in regional Australia Presented by Dr Sarah Weaver and Dr Kathy O'Grady

Workshops include:

HSBC Foundation - Bathurst NSW (17 September 2016)
CBH Group - Northam WA (17 September 2016)
CBH Group - Albany WA (22 October 2016)

Our new Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention workshop aims to increase health professionals' skill and confidence in taking a detailed suicide history and developing a collaborative management plan to increase the safety of people planning suicide.

The workshop provides practical tools for health professionals managing the full spectrum of suicide risk presentations including the acute suicidal crisis, care after a suicide attempt and assisting families experiencing suicide bereavement.

Topics Covered

Topic 1 – Suicide and Stigma

Topic 2 – The Suicidal Crisis

Topic 3 – Acute Management

Topic 4 – After the attempt

Topic 5 – Bereaved by Suicide

 Learning Objectives

  • Undertake a suicide risk assessment effectively
  • Develop a collaborative safety plan
  • Implement a team approach to treatment planning
  • Provide effective management following a suicide attempt
  • Respond to the needs of people bereaved by suicide

This workshop is multidisciplinary and open to psychologists, GPs and other mental health clinicians.

More information at http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/healthprofessionals/index.cfm

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE workshop in Darwin By Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

Traumatic experiences are common, and the effects can be profound. Trauma-Informed Care helps to build a client's sense of safety, control and empowerment through strengths-based interventions that can be delivered by a range of professionals.

In this workshop, you will learn about and practise key aspects of Trauma-Informed Care, including how to safely talk about trauma, simple strategies to teach your clients to help them deal with their distress, how to foster independence and recovery, and encouraging connection with others. You will also learn how to apply these skills in your own work setting.

A comprehensive guide with tools, handouts and other resources is provided with course content of:

  • The impact of psychological trauma
  • The principles of Trauma-Informed Care
  • Applying Trauma-Informed Care principles in your work and organisation
  • How to assess and talk about trauma safely and sensitively
  • Using brief recovery-focussed interventions
  • Looking after yourself

Held at Mantra Pandanus, Darwin on the 12th of September, 2016. More information at: http://phoenixaustralia.org/for-practitioners/training-programs/trauma-informed-care/

Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia Jandacot, WA hosts Black Dog Institute. A one day workshop by Dr Jan Orman and Dr Gavin Marsh

 

Identifying and managing depression in a rural context presents a unique set of challenges for health professionals providing mental health care in their communities.

Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia is a highly interactive, multi-disciplinary program developed specifically to address the needs of clinicians delivering health care for people presenting with depression in a rural setting.

Using a case-based problem solving format, the program outlines a practical framework for assessment and management planning readily applicable to primary care. 6 CPD points on  the 10th of September, 2016 at Eagle Drive, Jandacot.

New Directions in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Workshops in Wagga and other regional areas.

ACT workshops by Kelly G Wilson are to be held in a number of regional areas including Wagga Wagga, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba. Starting on the 31st of July 2014, the workshops will cover ACT principles and will guide participants in new interventions, worksheets, and interviews that can be used in any human services environment, including mental health clinics, but also, workplaces, schools, and community centers.The workshops will be predominantly experiential in focus and will provide a set of tools and skills that participants will be prepared to use immediately following the workshops. More information ahttp://www.onelifellc.com/Australian_workshops_2014.html

A schema therapy informed approach to couples work A workshop in the Northern Territory

Conducted at the Novotel Atrium in Darwin on July 12th 2014, this one day workshop addresses the challenge of working with couples when a history of trauma or traits of personality disorder are present. There are some predictable explosive attachments such as the borderline and narcissistic couple, but all the Axis 2 disorders profoundly affect the quality of romantic relationships. There is no specifically evidence based treatment for couples with personality vulnerability but ST has proven effectiveness in treating borderline and narcissistic patients. There will be a focus on using ST especially modes in treating couple issues. This includes learning the Mode Cycle Flash Card and applying Limited Re-parenting (to build empathy) and chair work to dis-empower dysfunctional parental modes such as Demanding Parent and Punitive Parent. Also strategies of case conceptualization with the goal of the couple mutually developing Healthy Adult to relate in healthy ways. More information and booking at http://www.psychology.org.au/events/EventView.aspx?EventID=12935&Highlight=1

Working with Personality Disorder in Couple Relationships: A Schema Therapy informed approach. In Bendigo.

To be conducted on the 10th of August at the All Seasons Hotel, Bendigo, this is a 6.5 hour workshop. The biggest challenge for working with couples is when a history of trauma or traits of personality disorder are present. There are some predictable explosive attachments such as the borderline and narcissistic couple, but all the Axis 2 disorders profoundly affect the quality of romantic relationships. There is no specifically evidence based treatment for couples with personality vulnerability but ST has proven effectiveness in treating borderline and narcissistic patients. There will be a focus on using ST especially modes in treating couple issues. This includes learning the Mode Cycle Flash Card and applying Limited Re-parenting (to build empathy) and chair work to dis-empower dysfunctional parental modes such as Demanding Parent and Punitive Parent. There will also be strategies of case conceptualisation with the goal of the couple mutually developing Healthy Adult ways to relate.

Depression Dilemmas. A new workshop from the Black Dog Institute.

Conducted for the first time on the 3rd of August in Randwick, NSW, this 6-hour workshop focusses on depressive presentations complicated by additional co-morbidities and psychosocial factors. It explores the clinical challenges of caring for patients with depression that is difficult to treat. In particular the program deals with depression in the context of alcohol use disorders, late life depression and its overlap with early dementia, and depression that is failing to respond to regular treatment. The program emphasises clinical relevance, focusing on the practical knowledge and skills primary care practitioners require to care for this patient group with confidence.

Mental Health and Law. A workshop on the Gold Coast.

The profession of psychology is playing an increasingly greater role in our justice system and state Mental Health Review Tribunals. This role is not confined to the area of forensic psychology, it involves all areas of speciality and generalist psychology. Indeed, any psychologist who is involved in the assessment and or treatment of individuals will inevitably find that they are called upon to be the interface between a client and the Judicial or Mental Health system. The workshop is intended to provide participants with necessary skills and knowledge to meet the (inevitable) challenges. 6.5 hours of CPD conducted on 19 Jul 2013 at the Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast. Contact events@psychology.org.au for more details.

Treating PTSD A two-day program in Wollongong.

Leah Giarratono is hosting a number of two-day workshops around the country including Wollongong 15-16 November, Canberra 22-23 November and Sydney 29-30 November. They are practical and interactive workshops that cover a depth of topics including invivo and imaginal exposure, and complex case issues. For more information, go to www.talominbooks.com

CBT Training in Byron Bay University of Sydney launch the Certificate in Skill for CBT

The University Centre for Rural Health, part of the University of Sydney, have released a Certificate in Essential Skills for CBT, a four-day course on assessment, formulation, core CBT skills and the positive therapeutic relationship. Their first course is November 5-8. For more information visit www.cbttraining.com.au

For Better or Worse? Relationship Therapy with Difficult Couples Workshops by Dr Bruce A Stevens in regional Queeensland

Workshops are being held in Mackay Habour on the 18th of August, and Cairns on the 20th of August. The biggest challenge for working with couples is when a history of trauma or traits of personality disorder are present. There are some predictable explosive attachments such as the borderline and narcissistic couple, but all the Axis 2 disorders profoundly affect the quality of romantic relationships. There will be a focus on the skills of assessment with couples, therapeutic approaches to managing intense conflict, understanding the effect of trauma on intimate relationships, maintaining safety when possible, and clearly articulating a ‘bottom line’ for intractable difficulties. Dr Stevens is interested in exploring the applicability of Schema Therapy in such work and would be interested in drawing on the experiences of participants

e- Psychology Workshop and Conference A three-day conference at QUT Brisbane starting on the 10th of Augus

The last few years have seen exciting developments of e-health tools using the Internet, clinic-based computers, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. Many of these tools now have empirical support as stand-alone interventions or as adjuncts to other treatments. E-health tools offer innovative ways to expand access to psychological support and transform the ways we deliver services. Increasingly, both agencies and individual practitioners are considering how they can best capitalise on the potential of these developments. This workshop and conference will help delegates to do that.

Addressing Non-Melancholic Depression in the Anxious Worrier and the Perfectionist A six-hour workshop presented by The Black Dog Institute at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle, NSW on the 19th of July, 2012.

This module is designed to assist psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals who are managing clients with ‘anxious worrying’ personality styles. The module focuses on how to assess this specific personality characteristic in the context of a mood disorder and provides participants with a clearer understanding of the typical symptom pattern and illness course.

Psychologists will be able to recognise how perfectionism, as a personality characteristic, shapes the symptom pattern for non-melancholic depression, and develop specific psychological interventions to address depression in perfectionistic clients. 6 CPD Hours (APS: CCLIN, CCOM, CCOUN)

CPD Psychology Release Their 150th Activity More Active CPD available online, and more to come.

In June 2012, The Centre for Professional Development released their 150th Active CPD Activity focussing on the Russell Harris article ‘Embracing Your Demons’. With 19 more in production and more to follow, CPD Psychology are keen to reach the 200 mark before the end of the CPD cycle. Attempts therefore continue to provide interesting informative activities that have direct relevance to psychological practice. Visit the Activities Page to try a FREE Active CPD Activity. Or make a recommendation to administration@cpdpsych.com

Motivational Interviewing Advanced A one-day workshop presented by Dr Stan Steindl at The Sebel, Cairns on 26th of June, 2012.

This 1-day advanced workshop is designed for individuals who have completed introductory training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), and have experience using MI in an applied setting. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to move from basic competence to more advanced clinical skilfulness in their own areas of work. Of particular focus will be developing skills for evoking change talk, eliciting and strengthening commitment to change, and recognizing and managing client resistance. Learning activities will include: demonstrations, video-tape examples, "real-plays", case studies, small group exercises, and significant participant practice with in-the-moment feedback. This workshop is appropriate for psychologists who are in the role of counselling clients to make and sustain healthy behaviour changes. 7 hours[APS Endorsed CPD] Location QLD Regional, Australia Venue The Sebel Cairns. Email events@psychology.org.au  Telephone 03 8662 3300.

Regional ASIST programs The Living Works are running two- day ASIST programs in Emerald (13 - 14 June, 2012)and Tewantin - Northern Territory (14 - 15 June, 2012), as well as Ballina (19 - 20 June 2012).

ASIST is a 2-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and respondin ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help.ASIST aims to enhance a caregiver's abilities to help a person at risk avoid suicide.It is intended that ASIST participants will be better prepared to:

• reflect on how their attitudes and beliefs about suicide affect their intervention role;

• discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner;

• build a collaborative approach to intervention focused on safe outcomes;

• review immediate suicide risk and develop appropriate safeplans;

• demonstrate skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide;

• identify resources available to a person at risk of suicide;

• make a commitment to improving community resources; and

• recognise that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first aid and includes

life-promotion and self-care for caregivers.

For more information visit The Living Works website

CBT treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) A 7-hour workshop in Port Macquarie presented by Dr Sarah Edelman

In the last decade there has been a significant transformation in mainstream treatments for generalised anxiety disorder. As our understanding of the disorder and the processes that maintain it have grown, many conventional therapies (including relaxation, disputing, problem solving and time management) have given way to new, more innovative treatments. Many of these focus on cognitive processes rather than content of thoughts.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to describe contemporary CBT models of Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and will be able to administer treatments that target the key features of the disorder. These will include case formulation, worry awareness training, meta-cognitive therapy, mindfulness techniques, imagery exposure and behavioural experiments.

The workshop will focus on practical skills development. Treatments will be demonstrated using case studies and participants will have the opportunity to raise examples from their own clinical experience. In addition to workshop slides, participants will receive a number of prepared handouts for use with clients who have generalised anxiety disorder. CPD Hours

Specifics: [APS College Endorsed CPD. CCOM, CCOUN] Location NSW Regional, Australia Venue Rydges Port Macquarie,1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444 Start/End Date 13 Jun 2012 Time 9am-5pm (registration at 8:30am) Cost APS Members - $295, APS Student Member $210, Non Member $445

Notes: Sarah Edelman PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specialising in the treatment of somatisation disorders and generalised anxiety disorder. She worked at the University of Technology Sydney for 13 years, originally as a researcher in health psychology and subsequently as a lecturer in the Master of Applied Psychotherapy program. In addition to her clinical work Sarah facilitates training programs for psychologists and general practitioners at the Black Dog Institute Sydney. She also runs training programs in various workplaces and conducts public workshops on the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Sydney University Centre for Continuing Education. Sarah has published several articles on the use of CBT in professional journals as well as the mainstream media. She is a frequent guest on 702 ABC radio, and her book ‘Change your Thinking" (ABC Books) is a best seller in the self-help genre.

Black Dog in May Including perfectionism, anxious worriers, childhood anxiety, bipolar disorder, resilience building and the role of medication.

The Black Dog Institute are conducting a number of workshops during May in Randwick, Coffs Harbour, Blue Mountains, Townsville, the Central Coast and Brisbane:

Addressing Non-Melancholic Depression in the Anxious Worrier and the Perfectionist     Randwick, NSW: Saturday 5 May. 9:00am - 4:30pm • $360 • 6 hours APS endorsement (CCLIN, CCOM, CCOUNS). Black Dog Institute, Hospital Road, Randwick, NSW.     Click here to register

Treating Bipolar Disorder from a Psychological Perspective    Coffs Harbour, NSW: Thursday 10 May. 9:00am - 4:30pm • $360 • 6 hours APS endorsement (CCLIN, CCOM, CCOUNS). Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort, Cnr Pacific Highway & Bay Drive.     Click here to register

Addressing Non-Melancholic Depression in the Anxious Worrier and the Perfectionist     Blue Mountains, NSW: Friday 11 May. 9:00am - 4:30pm • $360 • 6 hours APS endorsement (CCLIN, CCOM, CCOUNS). The Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780.     Click here to register

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents     Randwick, NSW: Tuesday 15 May. 9:00am - 12:15pm • $135 • 3 hours APS endorsement. Black Dog Institute, Hospital Road, Randwick, NSW. Click here to register

Building Resilience to Mood Disorders     Townsville, QLD: Thursday 17 May. 9:00am - 4:30pm • $360 • 6 hours APS endorsement (CCLIN, CCOM, CCOUNS). Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville,  QLD  4810. Click here to register.

New Perspectives in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood Disorders     Central Coast, NSW: Thursday 24 May. 9:00am - 4:30pm • $360 • 6 hours APS endorsement (CCLIN, CCOM, CCOUNS). Country Comfort Terrigal, 154 Terrigal Drive, NSW.     Click here to register

The Role of Medication in the Management of Mood Disorders     Brisbane, QLD: Thursday 31 May. 9:00am - 4:30pm • $360 • 6 hours APS endorsement (CCLIN, CCOM, CCOUNS). Hotel Ibis Brisbane, 27-35 Turbot Street, Brisbane QLD. Click here to register

CBT Masterclass: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Dr Clare Rees

Dr Rees will be presenting an intensive day of training at an advanced level for clinicians who already have some experience in treating OCD but wish to take a closer look at some of the finer points of using CBT with this problem and also to explore issues and challenges when treating more severe, complex and atypical presentations. The presenter will provide many case examples from her own practice throughout the day. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own cases during the designated supervision parts of the day. The Masterclass will be a positive, supportive and confidential environment designed to put participants at ease and encourage creative thinking. Participants of this Masterclass can expect the following outcomes:
- Opportunity to discuss your own challenging cases with other experienced clinicians
- Opportunity to learn about some of the latest developments in evidence-based treatments for OCD
- Opportunity to update your knowledge regarding the latest research around OCD
- Opportunity to refine some of the most important technical aspects of Drtreating OCD such as the critical timing of exposure, unique aspects of the therapeutic relationship etc.
- Opportunity to practice specific techniques and receive on the spot expert supervision
- Opportunity to find out about new resources (books, audio) relevant to understanding and treating OCD CPD Hours
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  04 May 2012,  9.00am to 5.00pm (Registration at 8.30am) WA Metro, Australia, Venue Citigate Perth. Email events@psychology.org.au