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DECEMBER

A Conversation with … DR FILOMENA BUA 

B.B.Sc., Grad Dip. Counselling. M.Ed., Dr Clinical Science (Counselling and Psychotherapy), MAPS

What specialist crisis response dog units teach us about psychological recovery

Date: Thursday December 8, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Location: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Cost: CIMA Member – $16.50 or Non Member – $32.50
Light supper provided  |  Bookings are essential  |  1 hour CPD

Book and pay online or download event flyer to distribute or display

Dr Bua has been working as a registered psychologist for 26 years. She has extensive experience providing psychological recovery services, training and consultancy for individuals and organisations across the public, private and corporate sectors. Over the last 13 years her primary work focus has been in the public health sector supporting, treating and teaching hospital staff in psychological trauma recovery and self-care.

In 2012 Dr Bua went to the USA (Oregon, Montana and California) to conduct doctoral research on Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR) Teams. AACR teams consist of a human handler and dog who form specialised units deployed to provide support services to casualties and emergency responders at disaster sites or traumatic events.

Dr Bua is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, CIMA (Crisis Intervention Management Australasia) and ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). She is an approved instructor with CIMA and ICISF in individual and group crisis work. She is currently in private practice and is the staff consultant psychologist for Western Private Hospital

Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR) teams are specialist trained units consisting of a human handler and dog. The teams are trained in animal therapy, animal assisted crisis response and human crisis intervention. They are used widely throughout the USA in collaboration with other crisis response services to support people, including emergency responders, through large or small scale traumatic events. AACR teams were first used in the response efforts to the mass shooting at Thurston High School, Oregon (1998). Thereafter the AACR field developed as a distinct discipline due to the deployment of dog teams as a support service for people at ground zero following the Twin Tower terrorist attacks in New York (2001). Dr Bua travelled to the USA to research AACR work and spend time with these teams during routine visits to inmates of the Washington County Sheriff’s prison and Oregon Operation Purple Camp for children of military personnel. The presentation will discuss how these dog teams operate, how they assist people during times of crisis and what they teach us about psychological recovery work.

 

FEBRUARY

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) 4-day Workshop – SYDNEY

Dr John Durkin

Date: Monday 20 – Thursday 23 February
Location: Sydney
Cost: CIMA Member – $2200 or Non Member – $2400
Course materials, manuals, morning/afternoon tea, lunch provided  |  Bookings are essential  |  18 hours CPD

Further details and to book

TIR Expanded Applications 4-day Workshop 

Dr John Durkin

Date: Monday 27 February – Thursday 2 March
Location: Melbourne
Cost: CIMA Member – $2200 or Non Member – $2400
Course materials, manuals, morning/afternoon tea, lunch provided  |  Bookings are essential  |  18 hours CPD

Further details and to book

 

MARCH

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) 4-day Workshop – MELBOURNE

Dr John Durkin

Date: Monday 6 – Thursday 9 March
Location: Melbourne
Cost: CIMA Member – $2200 or Non Member – $2400
Course materials, manuals, morning/afternoon tea, lunch provided  |  Bookings are essential  |  18 hours CPD

Further details and to book

 

OCTOBER

TIR Life Stress Reduction 4-day Workshop – MELBOURNE

Dr John Durkin

Date: To be arranged (pre-CIMA 2017 Conference)
Location: Melbourne
Cost: CIMA Member – $2200 or Non Member – $2400
Course materials, manuals, morning/afternoon tea, lunch provided  |  Bookings are essential  |  18 hours CPD

Booking details to follow

 

CIMA 2017 Conference

Date: Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 October, 2017
Location: Melbourne Town Hall

Details to follow!

 

Future Events – dates to be announced

1-Day Workshop with David Cherry
Difficult Conversations: How to talk to children and young people about almost anything

Date: To be advised
Location: To be advised
Cost: CIMA Member – $295 or Non Member – $335

Workshop includes: Lunch, morning/afternoon team, teaching materials and certificate of attendance
Bookings are essential  |  6.5 hours CPD

Please register your expression of interest in participating in this workshop here.

About the workshop:
This one day workshop is for anyone who may have potentially difficult conversations with children and young people. This could include: carers and workers in foster care; residential care staff; case managers or team leaders working with children, young people and families.

The difficult conversations could be about: answering the child or young person’s questions as to why they are not living with their family; helping the child or young person managing their own difficult feelings; discussing the child or young person’s behaviour or; delivering difficult news among many other possible topics.

The workshop will cover: assessing the child or young person’s development level and developmental needs prior to a potentially difficult conversation; a simple structure that is applicable to many difficult conversations with children and young people; the importance of having a positive purpose or purposes in mind prior to and during the difficult conversation; how to use language in a way that is respectful and honest and; the how, when and where of delivering difficult news to children and young people.

The workshop will be very interactive and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. Each participant will leave with a suggested structure and guidelines for a difficult conversation they may be planning in the future.

The key subjects that will be covered are: assessing the child or young person’s development level and developmental needs prior to a potentially difficult conversation; a simple structure that is applicable to many difficult conversations with children and young people; the importance of having a positive purpose or purposes in mind prior to and during the difficult conversation; how to use language in a way that is respectful and honest; the how, when and where of delivering difficult news to children and young people.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course the participants will:

–  Be aware of the need to assess the child or young person’s developmental level and development needs prior to the conversation and have developed their skills in performing these two tasks.

–  Have a simple, clear structure for many difficult conversations with children and adolescents.

–  Understand the need to have a positive purpose for any conversation with a child or young person and  know how to establish a positive purpose.

–  Have developed their skills in using language in a way that is respectful and helpful as possible while being honest and direct.

–  Have developed their skills in delivering difficult news to children and young people.

About the facilitator:

David Cherry is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has been working for 34 years.  He has worked as a Family Court Counsellor where part of his responsibilities was to assist children in adjusting to new living situations.  David also worked as a psychologist in residential care with children, adolescents and families for 14 years where there were concerns about the welfare of the child.  In that role he was involved in supporting residential staff in helping children and young people adjust to being separated from their parents as well as supporting children and young people whose parents may be very unwell because of physical or mental illness or substance abuse.  He regularly provides training for agencies who work with families and children on managing disclosures of sexual abuse and delivering difficult news.  David had a private practice for 25 years where he worked with children, adolescents and adults and was a member of Victoria’s State Government Standing Committee on Child Protection for two years.  In addition,  David was a volunteer with the Victorian State Emergency Service for 4 years where he was involved in responding to storm and flood damage, road crash rescue, body recovery and searches.

 

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