NEWS & EVENTS

24 March 2017

Apps and other new technology for psychological therapy with children and adolescents

 

 

DATE: Friday 24th March 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 10% discount - a copy of your current student card needs to be sent with your registration form.

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 24th February 2017

FULL TIME STUDENTS: 20% discount - a copy of your current student card needs to be sent with your registration form

 

Speaker: Angelique Foran, Clinical Psychologist

Angelique has been registered as a psychologist for over 18 years.  Her presentations have covered children's anxiety and, more recently, incorporating resources into evidence-based therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including roles such as school psychologist for Education Queensland, member of an adult community mental health team and an adolescent outpatient mental health program.  She has also worked in private practice for over 10 years along with providing clinical supervision to Masters Psychology students. 

Currently, Angelique combines her private practice work in Adelaide with her on-line business Therapy Tools. Angelique’s special interest is in helping anxious children and teens and she has now helped hundreds of children and teens manage their fears and worries. As a clinical psychologist she assists children, adolescents and their families with a wide range of issues including sleep, depression, personal problems, grief and loss, behavioural challenges, coping with a parent with a mental illness and divorce and separation

Workshop description: 

If you have never incorporated technology into therapy or have only used a few apps this is the workshop for you.  Angelique will be presenting a practical workshop that will have you walking away feeling confident and inspired. 

You will leave with

Ø  a list of apps to download,

Ø  YouTube videos to show, and

Ø  Websites to visit with young people.

We will cover preschool, primary and adolescent age groups.

Engaging children and young people with technology makes sense in the digital age.  Using apps, websites and YouTube can provide you with greater access to evidence based therapy and help with homework compliance.  Come along and learn about the benefits and potential pitfalls.  You will be using the apps and checking out websites that you can start using in your own work.

Be ready for a presentation where you will find ideas to add to your therapy repertoire that children will love (and ask to do again!).   

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

07 April 2017

Somatic Symptoms in Children & Adolescents:

How the body signals stress, distress, or disruptions in physiological regulation

 

 

DATE: Friday 7th April 2017

TIME: 9.30 am TO 4 pm. Registration and Coffee from 9 am

VENUE: Robertson Gardens, 281 Kessels Road, Nathan, Southside Brisbane

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 7th February 2017

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 7th March 2017

 

Speaker: Dr Kasia Kozlowska, Child Psychiatrist

Dr Kasia Kozlowska is a Child Psychiatrist who heads a consultation-liaison team at the Children's Hospital Westmead.  She is also on the faculty of Sydney University Medical School and a member of the Brain Dynamics Centre Westmead. Her clinical interests include the treatment of children with somatic symptoms (eg conversion disorders, somatoform pain and factitious illnesses), the development of multimodal family based interventions and the integration of attachment assessments into clinical practice.  Her research interests fall along these same lines.

Workshop description: 

This workshop aims to provide clinicians with an updated theoretical framework for understanding the body systems that mediate stress-induced somatic symptoms.  An overview of the key body systems involved in homeostasis and human resoponses to stress will be provided.  Commonly occurring somatic symptoms and typical presentations will be discussed via brief vignettes. Treatment options wil be discussed.  It is hoped the workshop will also elicit a discussion of cultural dimensions of somatic presentations in clinical practice.

Key points and learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the broad range of somatic symptoms experienced in the context of stress
  • Knowledge of underlying neurobiology underpinning different somatic symptoms
  • Knowledge of the stress systems and their role in somatic symptoms
  • What to look for during the assessment
  • Helpful interventions

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

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.

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