Date(s) - 03/03/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter: Dr. Sophie Holmes

Date and time: 3rd March 7.00-8.30pm (AEST)
Venue: Online
Cost: AAFT Members FREE/Non-AAFT Members $20

This PD will be conducted in an interactive-conversational format exploring of the commonly used metaphor “opening a can of worms” and linking it with the participants actual experiences and/or anticipated experience of “what if IT happens on zoom rather than in the in-person therapy room.
Some of the question we will consider are:

  • What are the implicit narratives behind this very vivid metaphor and what exactly is the problem with “opening a can of worms”? Isn’t this the task of FT?
  • What are the skills and/or ways of framing “the can of worms” that can make this a generative and emotionally corrective experience for the family?
  • What are some creative and innovative ways of using the strengths of the Zoom-Therapy-Room to support the family to experience a corrective moment?
Dr. Sophie Holmes BA.(hons), Dip Ed, MEd.Psych, Ph.D., MAPS, Clinical Family Therapist Member of AAFT Inc has over 30 years’ experience as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist and Family Therapist. Since 1996 she has provided intellectual and clinical leadership as the Director of Williamsroad Family Therapy Centre, and she became sole director since 2008.
She has a particular focus on improving the mental health of all families, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse families, and families recovering from trauma.
Dr Holmes leads the training and clinical supervision programs of Williamsroad, and regularly publishes research in clinical psychology, family therapy and psychotherapy at conferences both within Australia and overseas.
Dr Holmes is currently Chair of the Board of Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC). She was a founding member of the Board of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) initially in the role of Secretary and then the Chair of the Ethics Committee. She is a delegate to the PACFA Council and a former president of AAFT.