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October 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - October 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm AEDT

$499 – $600

Systemic Approaches to Working with Individuals, Couples and Families

Do you want to work more confidently and effectively with families? Do you know how to troubleshoot when treatment gets “stuck”?

Book a seat today to develop your family therapy skills to a deeper level.

This two-day workshop is aimed at practitioners who work with children, young people, adults, couples, families, and/or organisations supporting clients with mental health issues. This workshop aims to introduce participants to core Family Therapy concepts and broaden practitioners understanding of how to view “the client’s problem”, as well as provide practical skills and interventions for use with the client groups with which they work, built on theoretical constructs from systemic, structural, solution focused and narrative family therapy models to teach core thinking and interviewing skills in family therapy. It makes complex theory easy to grasp and the related techniques easy to implement.

The workshop is interactive, dynamic, experiential, and self-reflective in nature. The presenters use a variety of teaching tools and modalities to enhance the learning experience, make complex theory easy to grasp and the related techniques easy to implement. The presenters offer wise and compassionate guidance on everything from intake and assessment to treatment planning, the nuts and bolts of specific interventions, the nuances of establishing therapeutic relationships, and how to troubleshoot when treatment gets “stuck”. Pre-readings and post-workshop resources are available for ongoing learning and interest. You will learn:

Theoretical underpinnings of each of the major family therapy models

How to understand and effectively use key tools such as hypothesizing, reframing, circular questioning, and genograms

How to engage all family members in therapy

How to understand the presenting problem in a family context vs the identified patient

Understanding the family life cycle, influences of family origin and multigenerational patterns

Guidelines for conducting assessment, initial interviews, therapy plans and termination of treatment

Unpacking relationship issues and understanding the influence of triangulation and alliances
Demonstrations by experienced family therapists

This is essential training for any practitioner working with children and families ranging from Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Counsellors, Child Protection and Disability Workers, Guidance Officers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Residential Care Workers and Foster Support Workers. By the completion of this workshop participants will have a family-focused lens in therapy and feel confident in conducting family therapy sessions or incorporating family therapy techniques into their current client interactions.

Linking theory to practice features strongly throughout each component of the workshop, as does developing practical skills to take away from the workshop. This two-day workshop has been delivered to government and non-government agencies across Queensland with consistently positive outcomes.

Presented by: Dr Leonie White from the Queensland Institute of Family Therapy. Leonie is a Psychologist and Family Therapist with 20 years experience – including work with children, adults, families, foster families, residential care providers, teachers and other therapists, in Australian and Canadian Education Systems, as well as working in Health and Australian and Canadian Child Protection Systems. Currently Leonie specialises in Mental Health by supporting young people and their families/carers with emotional, behavioural, social and family difficulties. Leonie also specializes in providing Clinical Supervision to other helping professionals. Leonie works in private practice, provides supervision and training, and works part-time at Qld Health. Leonie White is the Family Therapy field of study coordinator at the University of Queensland for the Masters of Mental Health (Family Therapy), and Member of Staff at the Queensland University of Technology in the Masters of Counselling. Leonie has presented at 4 of the Australian Association of Family Therapy National Conferences, and also at the Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners.



October 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am
October 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
$499 – $600
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0455 544 577


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156 Bathurst St
Hobart, TAS 7000 Australia
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0455 544 577

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