The Focused Psychological Strategies workshop offers a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the broad and eclectic strategies contained in the Medicare protocol. Beginning with a brief historical overview of mental health interventions, we then investigate the theoretical underpinnings, diagnostic categories and treatment strategies of the four main therapeutic modalities: psychological (cognitive behavioural therapy and neuroscience), psychotherapeutic (the unconscious mind and ‘therapeutic relationship’), systemic (family and narrative) and holistic (mindfulness and mind/body). This two day workshop includes a colourful slide presentation, individual experiential exercises, pair-work and group discussions; and the
opportunity to develop and consolidate your therapeutic skills and knowledge.
Who should attend?
This workshop is for social workers who would like to enhance their practice, and who may want to apply for accredited mental health social worker status. Participants need to have had a minimum of 2 years post-qualification work experience (unless they have previous work experience, e.g. counselling).
- An historical perspective of mental health treatments, the signs & symptoms of mental ill health, and referral and therapeutic assessment processes.
- The basic tenets of psychoanalytic theory and modern neuroscience in relation to the therapeutic process and psychological issues (such as habit, attachment and brain plasticity).
- The usefulness of specific interventions with particular client groups, e.g. psycho-education in ‘crisis intervention’ situations, and with hard-to-reach clients.
- The nature of the ‘therapeutic relationship’, in relation to interpersonal therapy (IP) and motivational interviewing in particular, and casework and skills training in general.
- The ‘active mental stance’ of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) processes, the influence of negative ‘automatic thoughts’, and the diagnostic categories of cognitive distortions.
- CBT treatment strategies (rational response): positive self-talk, recording experience and guided imagery; ranking, scheduling and problem-solving; Behaviour Therapy strategies (‘exposure’ and ‘distress tolerance’); and relapse prevention.
- Emotion regulation skills: anger, anxiety & stress management; diagnosis of dysfunctional dynamics (Conflict Triangle), and interpersonal social and communication skills.
- Mind/body integration ideas and skills: somatic/kinaesthetic awareness and relaxation; mindfulness and meditation.
Meet the Presenter
Ruth Crowley Brown, BA (Hons), Dip Psychotherapy (Integrative), CQSW, AMHSW, is a social worker, psychotherapist and writer.
She has worked in London, England, and Brisbane, Australia, in the fields of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Children with Disabilities, Foster Care, Domestic & Family Violence, and with minority groups including Refugees and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians. Her post-qualification professional trainings include: (in London) Family Therapy, Group Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; and (in Australia) Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment and Diploma in Community Services Management. Ruth has 30 years’ professional experience, and is also a longtime practitioner of the Alexander technique and Vipassana meditation.
Date: Thurs 18 & Fri 19 March 2021 – 9.00am – 4.15pm
Registration from 8.45am
Fruit will be provided for morning and afternoon tea.
CPD: 12 Hours
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