Date(s) - 04/10/2018 - 05/10/2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Relationships Australia

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Many of us enjoy cooking and some of us are considered ‘good’ cooks. But when the soufflé flops or the custard curdles, the gravy lumps or the eggs don’t whip many of us don’t know how to retrieve the situation. By contract the expert chef can return to their underpinning knowledge and find a solution to the crisis.

Many of us work with families and are often successful but when the situation appears incomprehensible or our best efforts produce no change we then find ourselves at a loss. Understanding the fundamentals that underpin a family therapy approach can allow us, like the chef, to analyse the situation and make an informed choice about how best to proceed. Given the evidence base for family therapy with families, couples, adolescents and children this knowledge is invaluable.

This two day workshop is suitable for any practitioner who wants to understand the essentials that inform a family therapy approach in order to effectively assess and intervene with child, adolescent and adult presenting difficulties or to better understand those who practice from this frame. It will aim to provide an integrated coherent model which references itself to key theory and explore how this translates to practice. This includes working with whole families in the room or using the model to work with individuals or sub-groups from a systemic perspective.

Participants will be encouraged to actively engage with the material through practical exercises, DVD footage and case examples. Opportunity will be provided to engage with ideas both theoretical and practical as they apply to participants own areas of interest or work place.

Catherine Sanders is a clinical psychologist, registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and member of the Australian Psychological Society, The Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, and a clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists.

Catherine has extensive public and private sector practice experience as teacher and clinician. She has explored many areas of clinical practice and has particular expertise as a family therapist. She has an enduring interest in work with children and their relationships with family, friends and their world.

Catherine has a relationship with all three South Australian universities as a clinical supervisor and lecturer and has sat on course advisory and accreditation committees for the University of South Australia.

Catherine was president of the Family Therapy Association of South Australia from 1988-1992. She was president of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy from 2004 to 2005. She was associate editor of this journal from 1984-8.

Catherine is the coordinator and Director of the Bower Place Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and prepared the course for accreditation with AAFT. She is a regular presenter in the Bower Place professional development workshops series and lectures and also delivers workshops, seminars and lectures throughout Australia to psychologists, social workers, family therapists, lawyers, nurses, marriage guidance counsellors and educators across a wide range of theoretical issues and client problems relating to therapeutic practice.

Catherine has presented to family therapy and psychology meetings within Australia and overseas and has published in excess of a dozen papers both locally and overseas in peer reviewed journals and books. Her most recent publication is a chapter on working with children in a book A Practical Guide to Family Therapy edited by Paul Rhodes and Andrew Wallis published in 2011.

Venue – Relationships Australia – Training Room 2
Cost $400 AAFT members $480 non-AAFT members