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August 2017

Family Therapy & The Bower Place Method

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Family Therapist – REPAIR program

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  • 12 month therapeutic interventions demonstration project
  • Full time SCHADS level 7 position
  • Flexible, creative and forward-thinking role
  • Based in Fitzroy and working across Melbourne’s North and North West
  • 10am – 6pm core hours and occasional after-hours work, with some flexibility

Crossroads Youth & Family Services Network exists to ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, individuals and families in our community receive the care and support that they require.

Crossroads have partnered with The Salvation Army Westcare to deliver an innovative 12 month therapeutic interventions for family violence victims survivors demonstration project.

The REPAIR project will provide children and young people in our Out of Home Care and Family Violence services who have experienced the trauma of family violence with a range of therapeutic interventions tailored to their individual recovery needs.

We seek a qualified and experienced person to provide counselling within a systems framework to children, young people and families utilising strengths based, solution focussed, system and relationally centred therapy.

For a position description, please contact Melbourne Counselling Service reception on 03 9653 3250. For further information about the position, please contact Jayne Stuart, Program Manager, on 03 9653 3250.

Please apply as soon as possible, briefly addressing the job and specialist competencies outlined in the position description, by emailing your application to mcsreception@aus.salvationarmy.org

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July 2017

Integrating Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy

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Part One
A special reduced-fee professional training

While various methods of mindfulness bring an experiential awareness of the moment-to-moment transitory nature of experiences, a relational and dialogical narrative approach highlights the significance of personal history and the sociocultural in our lives. This workshop will offer many opportunities for trainees to try out various skills in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere as we bring together some of the key ideas and practices of mindfulness and Narrative Therapy.

Course Curriculum

Participants will be offered a series of guided mind training and mindfulness practices to enhance attentional and emotional balance. From these experiences, and the workshop discussions and exercises, we will collaboratively construct therapeutic approaches that blend mindfulness with storied ways of making sense of life and relationships. Exercises highlighting the importance of embodied mindful awareness in therapy will build knowledges and skills for working with feelings, thoughts, actions, and felt-senses.

Training segments will include:

  • Minding the body: what’s most obvious?
  • No hard feelings: attraction, dislike, and distraction
  • Mindfulness isn’t what you think…or is it: mindfulness and remembering
  • Mindfulness, introspection, and critical reflection: how are they related?

Enhanced skills acquisition will include

  • Attending to somatic movements as expressions of distress, as statements of position, and as entry points to preferred storylines
  • Practices of therapeutic mindfulness, brief mindfulness meditation, mindfulness in daily life
  • How to create purposeful narrative-informed questions to enhance therapeutic outcomes
  • How to be attentive to somatic and verbal unique outcomes or exceptions to the problem/s storyline
  • Storying constructive initiatives through time and context: somatic, affective resonance and mental perception
  • Narrative and mindfulness as pathways to new and valued experiences of life and relationships
  • Sustaining initiatives through somatic and storied lives

Trainer


Dr Ian Percy MSW PhD is a senior therapist, supervisor, consultant, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. He is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and an Accredited Psychotherapy Supervisor with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Since 1997 Ian has taught Narrative Therapy to to over 1200 professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses, teachers, chaplains, and occupational therapists. He has trained with prominent leaders in the field including Michael White, David Epston, Alan Jenkins, Jill Freedman and Karl Tomm. Ian has also trained in systemic and solution-focused therapies. He has given workshops and papers at state, national and international conferences, and received two university awards for academic excellence. In 2016 he was a Plenary Speaker on spiritualities at the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health held in Singapore. As well, Ian has studied and practiced various forms of meditation, including mindfulness approaches, for 40 years. His recently completed PhD thesis researched the similarities and differences between therapeutic mindfulness in Australia and Bhutan.

Further information Ian Percy 0422 498 607 narrativetherapy@hotmail.com

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2017 Postgraduate Training in Narrative Therapy
Collaborating on Narrative Responses to Trauma: Addressing the Consequences of Abuse and Adversity

Venue: Conference Room, Saint Catherine’s House, 113 Tyler Street, Tuart Hill WA

The stories people tell themselves and others about traumatic events do affect how they live their present and future lives. While the actual events and their effects can be helpfully explored, a narrative approach also seeks to bring forth and richly describe people’s responses to traumas. Often these responses have been, and still may be, of value to the person. Typically, these ‘response stories’ are undeveloped or completely invisible.

Keeping this in mind, participants in this workshop will consider how we might collaborate on storylines that understand and acknowledge people’s responses to trauma. We will consider how to:

  • Assist people to tell the unsaid stories: noticing details and asking helpful questions about them
  • Identify and name resistance to traumatic events: thoughts, feelings or actions taken that reduced the negative effects at the time and/or later
  • Relate to traumatic incidents from a safe place outside the trauma story
  • Bring forth a valued sense of self in spite of the effects of trauma

We will also think about:

  • How we might bring these constructive responses to trauma, the actual incident/s, and the effects of trauma, into a fuller storied life
  • The politics of trauma: social and cultural power and powerlessness
  • Evolving therapeutic relationships over time

This practical and interactive workshop will explore the importance of asking different kinds of questions while creating a felt-sense of compassion. Participants will be introduced to a variety of ways of working with people including some mindfulness and somatic awareness skills as complementary to narrative question-asking. All of these may contribute to the acknowledgement and understanding of responses to trauma. Brief and extended stories from therapy will illustrate narrative approaches.

Trainer


Dr Ian Percy MSW PhD is a senior therapist, supervisor, consultant, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. He is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and an Accredited Psychotherapy Supervisor with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Since 1997 Ian has taught Narrative Therapy to over 1200 professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses, teachers, chaplains, and occupational therapists. He has trained with prominent leaders in the field including Michael White, David Epston, Alan Jenkins, Jill Freedman and Karl Tomm. Ian has also trained in systemic and solution-focused therapies. He has given workshops and papers at state, national and international conferences, and received two university awards for academic excellence. In 2016 he was a Plenary Speaker on spiritualities at the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health held in Singapore. As well, Ian has studied and practiced various forms of meditation, including mindfulness approaches, for 40 years. His recently completed PhD thesis researched the similarities and differences between therapeutic mindfulness in Australia and Bhutan.

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June 2017

The International Conference on Contextual Therapy (ICCT 2018)

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For the future!

Join us in April 2018 for the International Conference on Contextual Therapy (ICCT 2018) with its global focus on the theory, practice, roles, processes, applications and issues of concern to contextual therapy scholars and practitioners. 

ICCT 2018 welcomes all contextual therapy practitioners, researchers and students as well as professionals in the field of family therapy, (pastoral) counseling, social work, psychology, psychiatry and education, to this 3-day conference in The Netherlands organized by the Institute of Contextual Approach (ICA). We aim to not only serve as an academic platform but also as a valuable professional development and continuing education opportunity for practitioners.

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Ben Furman workshop, QLD 23 August 2017

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“A Masterclass in Brief Solution-Focused Practice”
A unique learning experience for seasoned therapists and counsellors.

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