Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers

Date:  to
Event type:  Workshop
Region:  Brisbane
Organiser:  AASW Qld Branch
Pricing:  As per event listing


Address:  C&K Kedron, Training Rooms, 257 Gympie Road
Suburb:  Kedron
State:  Queensland
Postcode:  4031


Name:  Administration Officer
Phone Number:  07 3090 3718
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The Focused Psychological Strategies workshop will include theoretical ideas and practical applications covering the following areas:

Day one:

(1) Context and overview of Mental Health interventions, including the Medicare Benefits scheme list; Psychometric testing (K10 & DASS);

(2) Symptoms; Stress response; Psychoeducation; Grief & loss; Problem-solving skills;

(3) How the mind-brain works – Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience; including Attachment and Defensive behaviours; and Emotion regulation skills;

(4) Interpersonal therapy; Motivational interviewing, including Collage work, Art therapy and Emotional journaling.

Day two:

(1) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, including diagnosis (automatic thoughts and cognitive distortions) and treatment options (rational response, positive self-talk, scheduling, exposure);

(2) Mindfulness – roots and practices; MCBT and types of Meditation practice;

(3) Social and Communication skills – Parenting strategies, Conflict resolution skills (assertiveness and empathy) and Narrative therapy strategies;

(4) Mind/Body therapy techniques – Relaxation strategies, Guided imagery and Active imagination.

All sections will be framed by appropriate discussions and exercises.

Who should attend?

Social workers and professionals who are interested in mental health and expanding their case work skills.

Learning Outcomes?

  • Understanding how psycho-education, and motivational speaking, are useful with particular client groups, and be able to articulate how the mind works, and the nature of change and modern neuroscience.
  • Knowledge and assessment of the trajectory of the grief process, signs & symptoms of mental ill health, and the legacy of child developmental issues.
  • Understanding mind/body integration ideas and skills: somatic/kinaesthetic awareness and relaxation skills; mindfulness; meditation; breath-awareness & control; progressive muscle relaxation; active imagination & guided imagery.
  • Understanding the ‘active mental stance’ of cognitive behavioural therapy processes: cognitive distortions vs rational response; the influence of automatic thoughts; ‘exposure’ strategies and distress tolerance; ‘psychological time’; ‘negative skew’ & relapse prevention.
  • Knowledge and skills-acquisition of anxiety, anger & stress management skills: self-observation strategies; identifying triggers; ‘ranking’ emotional distress (‘subjective units of distress scale’); ‘scheduling’ and problem-solving; positive self-talk; ‘take in the good’
  • Understanding the nature of the therapeutic relationship; and its importance in terms of interpersonal psychotherapy (IP), and casework in general.
  • Ability to diagnose dysfunctional dynamics, and teach the interpersonal skills of a win/win mind-set; assertive communication (I-statements), and empathy (active listening), including parenting skills (the importance of child development, ‘one-liners’, etc.).

Meet the Presenter

Ruth Crowley Brown BA (Hons), Dip Psychotherapy, CQSW, AMHSW, is a social worker, psychotherapist and writer, with over 25 years’ experience.

Ruth’s post-qualification professional trainings include Family Therapy, Group Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London; and in Australia include: Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment and Diploma in Community Services Management (TAFE), Strengths-based Practice (Kyabra) and Parents-Under-Pressure (Griffith Uni). She has extensive experience of providing case work and counselling services: spending seven years as Senior Social Worker in a North London Child & Family Mental Health Service, including working in the Adolescent Suicide Clinic and with Refugees and Minorities. In Brisbane, her work has included Foster Care (Lifeline Community Care and Key Assets Qld), Employee Assist Counselling (ADFQ), and Referral for Active Intervention (Mission Australia) and Domestic & Family Violence (BDVS) services in Inala working with Indigenous and non-indigenous families. Ruth also has considerable experience of working with children with disabilities and their families. She is longtime practitioner of Vipassana meditation.


C&K Kedron, Training Rooms – 257 Gympie Rd, Kedron Qld 4031
** Please be advised there is no on-site parking, but plenty of street parking in Emerald, Sadlier and Leckie St’s

Thursday 17 & Friday 18 October 2019 – 9.00am – 4.15pm

Registration from 8.45am

Fruit will be provided for morning and afternoon tea, with a fully catered lunch.

CPD: 12 Hours

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