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    FULLY BOOKED Workshop Description: Grief is an inescapable experience inherent in the human condition. The majority of clients presenting for mental health concerns or interpersonal problem are also carrying some degree of unprocessed loss, whether in the form of specific bereavements or as integral components of other difficult life experiences (eg, early abandonments / trauma). […]

    • Schema Therapy for Depression: Including Chronic, Recurrent & ‘Treatment-Resistant’ – July 2020 CANCELLED

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      Schema Therapy for Depression: Including Chronic, Recurrent & ‘Treatment-Resistant’ – July 2020 CANCELLED

      July 3 @ 9:00 am - July 4 @ 4:30 pm

      $530 – $580
      schema therapy for depression

      Workshop Description:

      Would you like to feel significantly more confident and optimistic working with some of your depressed clients?

      Schema therapy can be extremely helpful in assisting clients with persistent mood disorders and can provide a new and empowering understanding to both therapist and client. A schema framework and schema mode conceptualization of your client’s chronic depression can offer the beginnings of new hope and multiple ‘light bulb’ moments. It can set the scene for deeper insight and lasting positive change!schema therapy for depression

      This 2-day workshop provides an in depth look at the use of schema and schema mode therapy to help clients presenting with chronic, recurrent, ‘difficult to treat’ or so called “treatment-resistant” depression.

      It is not uncommon to encounter clients whose help seeking for depression has been extensive and demoralising. Clients with recurrent or persistent depression can often find themselves in a hopeless situation where previous treatments (both medical and psychological) have proven to be only slightly effective, with any real benefits often short-lived. Sadly, such individuals are often given the message that their depression is somehow “resistant” to treatment and that they are perhaps beyond help.

      A comprehensive therapeutic approach must involve a careful and thorough examination of the underlying psychological vulnerabilities at play (ie, schemas). There have always been key personality risk factors for depression and schema therapy expands on this vital aetiological framework. It is important to assess how such vulnerabilities plays out in the interpersonal domain and how schemas and modes continue to maintain the depression (eg, in schema driven relationships; a strong punitive parent mode) over time.

      Some working knowledge and skills practice in schema therapy would prove helpful as a prerequisite for this workshop (but not essential).

      Even though this workshop will focus on depression, it will provide a good overview of schema therapy and schema mode models for treatment. It will provide general instruction on schema case conceptualisation and will highlight the importance of personality risk factors for depression.

      This workshop will therefore be a suitable training event for psychologists who wish to better understand schema/personality risk factors (cluster B and cluster C presentations) and learn new ways to work with entrenched long-term schema-based patterns which play out in recurrent depression.

      Topics include:

      • An overview of schemas and schema modes and an in depth treatment of which ones typically serve as robust depressogenic agents / key risk factors for depression.
      • A brief look at depression as a clinical disorder and a re-think of dominate classification systems.
      • A brief overview of relevant research into schema therapy for chronic depression
      • A look at ‘limited-reparenting’ and heightened emotional attunement for depressed clients (i.e., the value of a highly attuned empathic care-giver mode).
      • Details on how to conceptualise clients within a schema therapy framework and complete an informative mode map for use with clients.
      • Illustrative real case studies from the presenter’s clinical practice.
      • Experiential interventions targeted at addressing toxic ‘parent modes’ (e.g., chair-work) and developmental origins of relevant schemas (e.g., imagery re-scripting).
      • Novel imagery interventions to consolidate mood improvement once a client is no longer depressed (very powerful!).
      • Empathic confrontation techniques to assist clients distance themselves from unhelpful coping modes typically seen in clients with recurrent depression (eg, ‘angry protector’; ‘compliant surrenderer’, ‘perfectionistic over-controller’).
      • Role plays and skills practise within pairs or small groups.
      • Small group discussions.

      Participants are invited to bring details of a client case for discussion. There will be an opportunity to conceptualise your client from a schema perspective – identifying the main schemas or modes involved in the maintenance or relapse of their depression and identifying a treatment plan.

      STUDENTS:

      A reduced rate (15% reduction) is available to current post-graduate students. Please enquiry by calling the office number below to book your place over the phone (02) 9388-0534.

      Workshop Details

      • Registration and arrival tea/coffee from 8.30 am on Friday 3 July.
      • The Workshop will run between 9am and 4.30pm on both Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July.
      • This event is fully catered both days, including morning tea, Buffet Lunch and afternoon tea.

      Early Bird Registration

      Our regular price for this event is $580 (+GST). If you register before 28 May 2020, you will get the Early Bird registration of $530 (+GST)

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      Details

      Start:
      July 3 @ 9:00 am
      End:
      July 4 @ 4:30 pm
      Cost:
      $530 – $580

      Venue

      Holiday Inn, Potts Point, Sydney
      203 Victoria Street
      Potts Point, NSW 2011 Australia
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      Phone:
      +61 (2) 9368 4000

      Organizer

      Dr Gemma Gladstone

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      Workshop Description: Would you like to feel significantly more confident and optimistic working with some of your depressed clients? Schema therapy can be extremely helpful in assisting clients with persistent mood disorders and can provide a new and empowering understanding to both therapist and client. A schema framework and schema mode conceptualization of your client’s […]

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    • Experiential Interventions in Grief Therapy : August 2019

      FULLY BOOKED Workshop Description: Grief is an inescapable experience inherent in the human condition. The majority of clients presenting for mental health concerns or interpersonal problem are also carrying some degree of unprocessed loss, whether in the form of specific bereavements or as integral components of other difficult life experiences (eg, early abandonments / trauma). […]

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