NEWS & EVENTS

16 June 2017

Most AD/HD parent training programs fail!

Learn the art of working with families with AD/HD to maximise successful outcomes.

 

DATE: Friday 16th June 2017

TIME: 9.30 am TO 4.30pm. Registration and Coffee from 9 am

VENUE: PARRAMATTA RSL CLUB, Cnr Macquarie and O’Connell Sts, Parramatta

COST: $319 (GST incl) Full time students receive a 20% discount - a copy of your current student card needs to be sent with your registration form.

SUPER EARLY BIRD: 20% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 16th April 2017

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 16th May 2017

 

Speaker:Dr Caroline Stevenson, Clinical Psychologist

Caroline Stevenson graduated from the University of Sydney in 1999 with a Masters degree and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. For her PhD she developed and evaluated the first behavioural treatment program for adult AD/HD. This research has been recognised by the NHMRC, and by international scientists and clinicians, as a milestone in the management of this condition.

Caroline has had an on-going commitment to teaching and research. She has worked at Macquarie University and at The NSW Institute of Psychiatry, most recently supervising the first clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of the 1-2-3-Magic child behaviour program. She has taught in academic settings on AD/HD, learning difficulties, and child and adolescent behaviour problems, and presented at medical and scientific conferences on these topics. She has also supervised other clinical psychologists in practice, as well as Masters and PhD students. She has been extensively involved with peak community organisations supporting people with AD/HD, currently serving on the board of AD/HD Australia.

Working in a range of clinical settings since graduation, Caroline has amassed an extensive range of experience relating to the management of AD/HD and its associated problems in children, adolescents and adults. This has included working as a clinical psychologist for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Learning Difficulties Clinic, The Prince of Wales Adolescent Service and The Northern Beaches Adolescent Service. 

Workshop description: 

In this workshop, parenting programs for children with AD/HD will be evaluated. It will be argued that clinicians working in this field need to understand the executive functioning difficulties of AD/HD and modify parenting resources. This workshop will have a practical focus and will explain the key parenting strategies that improve functioning in the homes of children with AD/HD.

Learning outcomes:

·        To gain a thorough understanding of Brown’s AD/HD Model

·        To obtain a knowledge of the research on AD/HD and parenting

·        To gain a good understanding of the limitations of current parenting programs

·        To understand strategies that work for children with AD/HD and why.

For more information download the registration form or flyer.  To register please email the completed form to us at workshops@apdtraining.com.au.

28 July 2017

Connecting with kids with ASD

How to enter the child with autism's world and invite them into your world.

 

DATE: Friday 28th July 2017

TIME: 9.30 am TO 4.30pm. Registration and Coffee from 9 am

VENUE: PARRAMATTA RSL CLUB, Cnr Macquarie and O’Connell Sts, Parramatta

COST: $319 (GST incl) Full time students receive a 20% discount - a copy of your current student card needs to be sent with your registration form.

SUPER EARLY BIRD: 20% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 28th May 2017

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 28th June 2017

 

Speaker: David Jereb, Occupational Therapist

David Jereb is an occupational therapist and co-owner of MoveAbout Therapy Services and Sense Ability, paediatric occupational therapy clinics in the Hills District of Sydney and on the Central Coast. He has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Occupational Therapy) and a Masters of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney. David has worked in multidisciplinary teams in Sydney and Chicago. David is known for having expertise in working with children with challenging behaviours, sensory processing challenges, regulatory difficulties and difficulties in engaging and relating, including autism spectrum disorders. David is the co-author of the MoveAbout Activity Cards, a resource that provides children and families with physical activities to support attention and regulation. 

Workshop description: 

The primary difficulty associated with autism spectrum disorders is the ability to connect socially with others. Such difficulties arise from, and are impacted by, challenges in processing sensory information, praxis, language abilities and social-emotional abilities.

This workshop will provide participants with knowledge and strategies related to engaging children with autism spectrum disorders through the therapeutic use of self and meaningful relationships. Through presented material and practical activities, participants will develop skills in reading and conveying social cues and adapting their approach to meet the individual needs of the child.

A core principle of the workshop will be to capture the child’s attention and engagement through tapping into internal drives rather than through external prompts, allowing for a richer and more meaningful connection. 

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to identify how engagement can be impacted through adjusting the following:

  • The therapist’s sensory presence
  • The therapist’s physical presence
  • Nonverbal and verbal communication
  • Environment
  • Task
  • Following the child’s lead
  • Sensory diet activities

For more information download the registration form or flyer.  To register please email the completed form to us at workshops@apdtraining.com.au.

29 September 2017

Psycho-neuro-immunology for pain

 

DATE: Friday 29th September 2017

TIME: 9.30 am TO 4.30pm. Registration and Coffee from 9 am

VENUE: PARRAMATTA RSL CLUB, Cnr Macquarie and O’Connell Sts, Parramatta

COST: $319 (GST incl) Full time students receive a 20% discount - a copy of your current student card needs to be sent with your registration form.

SUPER EARLY BIRD: 20% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 29th July 2017

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 29th August 2017

 

Speaker: Randolph Sparks, Clinical Psychologist

Randolph Sparks is a clinical psychologist in private practice, lecturer in the clinical psychology program at the ANU and board approved supervisor. Randolph has been working in the area of chronic pain for much of his career, both in the public and private sector, teaching pain mechanisms and management to clinical students, and regularly presenting to a range of professional and consumer groups in the community. Randolph delivers lively and informative talks with a focus on simplifying more complex concepts into easily understandable models. His talks are designed to be fun and helpful. 

Workshop description: 

Randolph will present a brief model of chronic pain that provides a simple and accessible understanding of the mechanisms at play with many chronic pain conditions, as well as associated treatment strategies. The presentation is designed to help explain the interactions of persistent pain with the nervous system, brain function, behaviour, the immune system, the survival system, and interpersonally. Chronic pain can easily result in entrenched behaviour patterns, reducing perceived choice and self-efficacy and negatively impacting on quality of life. Randolph will cover understandings and techniques aimed at reversing long standing pain response patterns, including reducing or training out pain flare-ups and increasing movement and valued activities. Randolph will focus on a sequential model of treatment with the aim of providing attendees with an approach that can be immediately utilised with clients and adapted to suit individual needs and presentations. This presentation is designed to be entertaining and practical, and to demystify what is often a challenging area for psychologists, and to the estimated one in five people who experience persistent pain in their lives.

For more information download the registration form or flyer.  To register please email the completed form to us at workshops@apdtraining.com.au.

20 October 2017

Treating Targets of School Bullying

DATE: Friday 20th October 2017

TIME: 9.30 am TO 4.30pm. Registration and Coffee from 9 am

VENUE: CANBERRA - venue to be announced

COST: $319 (GST incl) Full time students receive a 20% discount - a copy of your current student card needs to be sent with your registration form.

SUPER EARLY BIRD: 20% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 20th August 2017

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 20th September 2017

 

Speaker: Evelyn Field OAM, FAPS, Psychologist

Evelyn Field is a practicing psychologist and professional speaker, recognised for her expertise in working with young people and adults who have been bullied or victimised. Evelyn has developed a sijmple six-step model to help them deal with the consequences of bullying and acquire techniques to protect themselves for the future. She is the author of two best-selling books, Bully Busting and Bully Blocking, now in five languages.  She has also written Bully Blocking at Work and Strategies for Surviving Bullying at Work. Evelyn specialises in understanding school and workplace bullying and helping those affected by it as well as encouraging organisations to respect their students/employees and the latter to develop resilience in dealing with difficult people. The core of her work is her social survival skills model.

 

Workshop description: 

Some students experience bullying behaviours at school and manage to block them, get support or move away. Others may be seriously injured, physically, psychologically, socially or cognitively.

Evelyn’s training program for psychologists, school counsellors and social workers include theory and practical strategies.  Her treatment has been clinically proven (Carroll, 2007) and is simple and brief, averaging 4-6 sessions.

In the first part of this workshop, Evelyn will provide participants with a basis for understanding bullying, its causes, short and long-term injuries, damage to students, school and community and how schools and parents can manage it.

Evelyn believes that developing social and emotional resilience is essential for survival, and empowers students to connect, relate and block school bullying, using her six step social survival skills model.

The remainder of the workshop will focus on the treatment process, from the initial interview through to subsequent interactions with the child and parent and treatment goals.  Evelyn will also introduce some methods to help the child identify and change inadequate communication skills and develop effective bully blocking techniques.

Topics covered in the workshop:

  • Bully blocking at school
  • The role of the school
  • ‘Secrets of relating’: social survival skills for targets, bullies, peers and adults
  • The role of the therapist.

Learning outcomes:

At the conclusion of this event, participants will have gained understanding of:

  • Exactly why bullying is harmful
  • What the school can do to reduce and manage bullying
  • The six essential social survival skills to develop social resilience
  • The role of the therapist to treat a bullied child effectively

For more information download the registration form or flyer.  To register please email the completed form to us at workshops@apdtraining.com.au.

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