Date(s) - 01/10/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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An overview of recent literature with a focus on the COVID-19  pandemic followed by application of these concepts described both online or face to face.

Date – Thursday 1st October
Time: 2pm – 4pm (Adelaide time) or 2.30pm – 4.30pm (AEST)
Cost: ~ AAFT Members Free ~ Bower Place Staff/Students Free ~ Non-members $15
Location: Online and recorded


CATHERINE SANDERS, Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist

Catherine 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 and supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapy.
Catherine has extensive public and private sector practice experience as teacher and clinician with 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 was president of the Family Therapy Association of South Australia from 1988-1992, president of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy from 2004 to 2005 and associate editor from 1984-8. She currently sits on the board of The Australian Association of Family Therapy and is Convenor of state, territory and regional branches.

Catherine is Director of Training of the Bower Place Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and secured accreditation of the course with AAFT and also delivers workshops, seminars and lectures throughout Australia.

Catherine has published in excess of a dozen papers both locally and overseas in peer reviewed journals and books including a chapter on working with children in the Australian publication, A Practical Guide to Family Therapy edited by Paul Rhodes and Andrew Wallis.


MELISSA MINNEY, Clinical Psychologist

Melissa is a Clinical Psychologist, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS Clinical College, and the Australian Association of Family Therapists (AAFT).

Melissa has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of mental health and personal issues such as relationship problems, traumatic life experiences, difficult life transitions, mood and anxiety issues, domestic violence, substance misuse, sleep problems, developmental disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder), and learning and attention problems (e.g., Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). She primarily works from a family therapy and systemic perspective, integrating evidence-based treatments and working with the client’s wider system to optimise outcomes (e.g., family members, schools, health professionals, child protection). She has additional training and experience in cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and motivational interviewing.