DATES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR 2015 DATE TIME PRESENTER TOPIC nd Monday 2 March 7:00 - 9:30pm Andrew Olsen Symptoms as Strategies in Stories th Monday 13 April 7:00 - 9:30pm Owen Robinson Child Trauma th Monday 6 July 7:00 - 9:30pm Wilma Brokaar th Monday 24 August 7:00 - 9:30pm Wilma Brokaar Exploring children’s experiences and feelings through creative and expressive activities Sand play th Monday 5 October 7:00 - 9:30pm Lyn Varty Abuse, Neglect and Abortion th Monday 16 November 6:30 - 9:30pm Amy Chai Early Adulthood (Age 20 to 35) Love & Work End of year Christmas dinner Andrew Olsen Profile Andrew Olsen is a private-practice psychologist, leadership trainer, and ministry resource creator living in Perth, Australia. He studied at University of Melbourne, UWA and Colorado Christian University. His family has recently returned from 7+ years of missionary work counselling and training missionaries in the USA. Andrew is an enthusiast about Theology, Scripture, Philosophy, Pedagogy, Anthropology and Group Process, all poorly disguised as psychotherapy. Topic nd Symptoms as Strategies in Stories (2 March 2015) How symptoms are constructed, performed, easily traded, are never the problem, and are never defeated until their function is made obsolete." Owen Robinson Profile: Owen has been married for 29 years and has an adult daughter and son. He worked in secondary schools for 20 years, 5 years of which he was a school counsellor. He went on to work as a counsellor and later as a branch manager for Relationships Australia. Owen worked part-time in private practice from 1999, before going full-time in private practice. Owen has had 5 years experience working in adult mental health for the Health Department. Owen co-authored a crisis intervention policy for an Australian private school system and served on the Family and Domestic Violence regional committees in Fremantle and Midland. He co-authored the Family and Domestic Violence staff development mandatory competency module for Armadale Health Service. Owen holds several qualifications: BED (Science), BSW, MA (Counselling), Grad Dip Management; and is a Medicare accredited mental health specialist social worker/counsellor in private practice. Topic th Trauma (13 April 2015) Owen attended a Child Trauma conference in Melbourne last August; he will share some current ideas from world thought-leaders on Child Trauma. Child Trauma takes many forms: ● physical abuse or absence of protection from it ● verbal/emotional abuse or absence of protection from it ● sexual abuse or absence of a protective response upon disclosure, or neglect The emphasis during this presentation/case discussion will be on the impacts that neglect can have upon adults. Often adult survivors of emotional neglect are mystified as to why they should have such marked anxiety and anger issues to address. We will demystify much of that puzzle together. Some time will be given to addressing ways that neglect can play out in intimate adult relationships. Wilma Brokaar Profile: Wilma Brokaar is a social worker, trainer and supervisor with over 20 years of experience. Wilma has worked in the Health Sector, Community Services and Children and Youth Services both in Australia and overseas. Wilma has trained extensively with a focus on play therapy, developmental trauma and attachment. Wilma trained in play therapy, the effects of trauma and neglect on children’s development and ways to overcome those experiences. Wilma is working with children, young people and their families to help them recover from traumatic experiences. Wilma feels passionate about advocating for the needs of children and young people and assisting parents to create and maintain a supportive family environment. Topic Part 1: Exploring children’s experiences and feelings through creative and expressive activities ( 6th July 2015) This 2 hour interactive, experiential workshop offers a framework and simple techniques to explore children’s experiences and feelings. It focuses on one of the many ways in which you could work with children and activities can be added to your toolbox. You can practice with therapeutic cards and drawings and learn how to: • Facilitate the activities • Listen with your ears, eyes and heart • Focus on the process rather than the outcome • Use the activity to strengthen the therapeutic relationship • Apply basic non directive play therapy techniques, such as tracking and mirroring Wilma Brokaar th Topic Part 2: Sand play (24 August) Basic techniques to facilitate sand tray work. Lyn Varty Profile: Lyn's counselling experience comes from a background of over 20 years experience in pastoral ministry, formal qualifications and training overseas; specialising in neglect, abuse and all forms of pregnancy loss including abortion grief. Lyn has a private practice, Mangers Connections Counselling and is committed to providing professional, ethical counselling. She provides professional supervision and mentors students at both a degree and graduate level in higher education. Students are placed with Lyn as part of the Counselling Practicum component of their courses.Lyn is the co-ordinator for Hope Alive Australia and is a director for IHACA (International Hope Alive Counsellors Association) and facilitates group therapy for men and women impacted by childhood neglect, abuse and/or pregnancy losses. Topic th Abuse, Neglect and Abortion (5 October 2015) “The overwhelming need may not be readily apparent, yet careful clinical observation and research indicate there are millions of people in every country deeply wounded by confusing conflicts, intense emotions, personality handicaps and progressive dehumanization resulting from unresolved pregnancy losses and abuses. Many people are able to keep up a façade of health, but they quickly decompensate with physical complaints or psychiatric disturbances in time of relatively minor crisis.” ● Post abortion symptoms ● ● ● ● The link between abortion, abuse and neglect. (PAS and CAN) Treating the different aspects of abortion grief How to deal with guilt Case study and testimony Amy Chai Profile: Amy is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and has her own counselling practice. She has a Master of Social Science, and has been working as a counsellor and trainer for over 10 years. Previously, she worked as a Counsellor in the Mums & Dads Forever program at Anglicare and ran the Employee Assistance Program at Baptistcare. Her forte is to reach out to young adults and provide a safe place for them to share their feelings, explore family-of-origin and developmental issues, and integrate their life goals with their identity. Topic th Early Adulthood (Age 20 to 35) – Love & Work (16 November) • Critical transitions & life-events • Neurocognitive growth & physical skills • Developmental process, focused on relationships • Lifespan developmental theories • Career planning & development • Family-of-origin & developmental issues • Skills training • Case study To register please go to our website: www.connectionscounselling.com.au Can you please indicate in the Banking and Deposit Receipt field how much you are paying whether it is $25.00 or $120.00 for the six professional development workshops?
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