NEWS & EVENTS

25 May 2018

Managing Adult ADHD

How to beat it with or without medication

 

DATE: Friday 25th May 2018  

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: $352 (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 25th March 2018

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 25th April 2018

 

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: 

This workshop will provide an overview of the research on adult ADHD.  A theoretical and practical understanding of adult ADHD symptoms will be provided.

Clinically, adults present with procrastination, problems managing stimulation, organisation difficulties, attention problems and impulsivity as the primary complaints.

This workshop will discuss the key strategies for helping adults manage these challenging symptom

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will have a good understanding of the executive functioning difficulties in adult ADHD.
  • Participants will discuss assessment of adult ADHD and learn the pros and cons of different assessment tools.
  • Participants will learn a range of cognitive remediation strategies to help manage the symptoms of adult ADHD.

 

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

27 July 2018

The Treatment of Sexualised Behaviours.

 

DATE: Friday 27th July 2018  

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: $352 (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 27th May 2018

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 27th June 2018

 

Speaker: Linda Valenta

Linda Valenta is a Social Worker (Master of Social Work in Couple and Family Therapy) who has, for much of her 27 year career, worked in the area of sexual abuse prevention.  Linda is the founder and Principal Therapist of SAIFF – Support, Assessment & Intervention For Families – a community based, private treatment service that provides assessment and intervention to help children and their families to:

1. stop problematic and abusive sexual behaviour and create relationships and homes that are supportive, safe and abuse free, and

2. minimise the harm to children and families that results from abuse.

As a recognized expert in the field, Linda has provided contracted therapy and consultative services to a range of Government and non-Government Agencies including NSW Family & Community Services and the ACT Child Youth Protection Services and she has facilitated training across Australia and New Zealand to professionals and agencies from the Child Protection, Education, Sexual Assault, Out of Home Care and Mental Health Sectors. 

Workshop description: 

This workshop will explore an approach to working with young people who engage in problematic or harmful sexual behaviour which focuses on the goals of helping children to be safe (risk management) and be well (risk reduction).

Using case studies and client examples we will focus on intervention techniques with an emphasis on strategies around:

  •       Engaging children in a process of change
  •       Developing insight and understanding of the dynamics of problem sexual behaviour
  •       Promoting healthy sexual development
  •       Addressing sexual abuse within a family context
  •      Risk management and safety planning

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

21 September 2018

Family Law:

What every therapist needs to know

 

DATE: Friday 21st September 2018  

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: $352 (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 21st July 2018

EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 21st August 2018

 

Speaker: Dr Janina Szyndler, Clinical Psychologist

Janina has a 25 year history of working within child and family mental health and developmental disability. She has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the National Health Service (UK) and also worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Child and Family Mental Health and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Since 2003 she has built up her own private practice and is now Prinicipal clinical Psychologist at Apex Psychology. She has been an Authorised Clinician for the Children’s Court Clinic since its inception in 2001 and a Regulation 7 Family Consultant and a Single Expert for the Federal Circuit Court.  She was an authorised Report Writer for Victims of Crime between 2001 and 2013.  She is endorsed by AHPRA to practice in the area of Clinical Psychology and Educational and Developmental Psychology and the Australian branch of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  She specialises in complex child and family assessment, and assessment and intervention with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. 

 

Workshop description: 

This workshop is intended for Psychologists, School Counsellors and other mental health professionals working in any setting with parents who are separating, and with families and children.  The workshop may be particularly helpful to those working in settings such as GP practices and schools where they have limited access to support or case discussion with other colleagues with a mental health background.  The workshop is suitable both as an overview for new practitioners as well as providing updates on practise for more experienced clinicians, who may already be regularly dealing with separating parents and their children.

The workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Have an up to date knowledge of family law and how it applies to the separating families.
  • Understand the key terms used including “best interests of the child”
  • Understand the importance of an assessment of family violence
  • Be aware of common dilemmas faced by clinicians working with separating parents who are in conflict.
  • Be able to implement appropriate ways of assessing and responding to these dilemmas.
  • Have an understanding of the way that the court uses information provided by psychologists including: letters for parents, Family and Expert reports and subpoenas.

The workshop will cover:

  • Overview of the family law as it applies to parenting orders
  • Explanation of key terms and underlying principles – ‘best interests of the child’ and the ‘children’s right to have a meaningful relationship with each of his or her parents’. The language used in Orders: ‘living with’ and ‘spending time with’ as well as ‘parental responsibility’.
  • The way that family violence is conceptualised in family law
  • The process by which information is gathered in family law matters. What to do when asked for written information and subpoenas
  • Clinical vignettes covering common presentations which lead to ethical dilemmas or pitfalls eg child being brought to therapy by one parent with accusations about the other parent’s maltreatment of that child.
  • Strategies for implementing best practice when working with parents in conflict and their children.

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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