02 August 2019
African Cultural Influences in Therapy and Counselling
Cost: R1 400 (Discount available for students & interns)
HPCSA: 5 general CEUs
(educational, counselling, clinical, research and industrial psychologists; and registered counsellors)
SACSSP: 3.5 points approved
The main aim of this workshop is to teach psychology professionals about the ancestral world that many of their patients may have as a presenting problem when they are seen for consultations.
Many black African patients often seek help from both psychiatric clinics/hospitals and indigenous healers.
Most professionals who are unfamiliar with the African tradition are faced with difficulties in understanding the different problems that African patients present with during a therapy consultation. Issues that may be presented are ancestry, prayer, callings, rituals, protection and cursing, dreams, and witchcraft. The purpose of the presentation is to give a better understanding of ancestral calling and traditional healing to healthcare providers, especially in the mental health care systems, and to assist psychology professionals in better differentiating between a psychiatric illness and an ancestral calling.
Upon completion of this workshop, delegates should:
- Have a better understanding of ancestral calling and traditional healing.
- Be able to identify common features of Ancestral calling.
- Have a basic understanding of African traditional spiritual beliefs, i.e. the role of ancestors in healing.
- Have an overview of what is entailed in a training process of a healer.
- Have an understanding of psychological impact of ancestral callings.
- Be able to offer psychological counselling and therapy to a patient who is presenting with ancestral calling.
- Have a better understanding of which therapeutic interventions, modalities and treatment choices are most suited to such patients.
10 - 11 September 2019
Gestalt Dino Therapy
Cost: R1 975 (Discount available for students & interns)
The Gestalt Dino therapy 2-day workshop empowers facilitators of various helping professions to conduct a short therapeutic programme with their clients through the use of a Dinosaur projection and palaeontology metaphor. The programme consists of a process where the client’s paleontological discovery and phenomenological description of the Dinosaur fossil (projection) is used to enhance the client’s awareness, self-knowledge, integration, self-support, mobility, responsibility and choice making.
Dino therapy deals with problems that affect self-identity and self-esteem. The client discovers his / her inner mask and becomes aware of how this mask, used so far to protect the self, blocks growth and happiness. The client’s awareness and self-knowledge are increased dramatically during Gestalt Dino therapy. He / she develops readiness and energy to get rid of the mask and act more self-supporting and mature. During Dino therapy, the client is released from the “sediment” of historical pain (such as loss, trauma and introjections) so that his / her true self can emerge.
The mask discovered during Dino therapy involves facets such as toxic emotions, immature behavior, thinking errors and physical symptoms, which the client unconsciously developed to break contact with reality. The client discovers and understands his / her mask and the mask begins to “shave” the client exactly on those places in his / her personality and soul where healing and growth are essential. The client finds practical solutions how to get rid of his / her unhealthy mask systematically.
The programme is suitable for children from 8 years of age, teenagers and adults. It is a therapeutic emergency plan to improve the client’s wellbeing and emotional equilibrium, in a practical and concrete fashion.
Gestalt Dino therapy’s methods of enhancing the person’s awareness and self-knowledge and not focusing on the problem but on the person, makes it suitable for a wide range of problems, because every person can benefit from dealing with his/her problems and challenges with more awareness, responsibility and choice.
The Gestalt Dino therapy approach is not only a verbal therapy or abstract philosophy, but is a pragmatic involvement with people, to enable them to understand their own needs and in the here and now of their reality.
The Gestalt Dino therapy workshop equips the facilitator with the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to utilize the Dinosaur projection to facilitate the client to progress systematically through the experience cycle, discovering his/her true needs and solutions that fit his/her unique personal style and circumstances.
29 - 30 October 2019
Ethics - What Would You Have Decided?
Cost: R3 700 (Discount available for students & interns)
HPCSA: 10 ethics CEUs (educational, counselling, clinical, research and industrial psychologists; psychometrists and registered counsellors)
SACSSP: 8.5 points approved
In this in-depth 2-day workshop, a number of real life cases will be considered in the light of various perception and cognitive errors that probably led to the ethical mistakes people made in these cases. Many of the ethical problems that arise develop for very natural, human reasons. The combination of real-life examples with errors of thinking we all make will assist in introspection and discussions of difficult ethical problems.
The local and international cases and how the respective guidelines are applied will be discussed in depth, and apparent conflicts will be dissected.
Concepts to be discussed will include:
- Scope of practice
- Social media ethics
- Objective vs Subjective reasonableness
- Doctor-patient confidentiality
- Doctor-patient intimacy
- Cognitive reasoning errors
- Confirmation bias
- Fundamental attribution error
- Anomaly hunting
Participants will be encouraged to discuss these events with peers against the background of various theories and practices that contribute to the mistakes that are made.
Due to the non-threatening environment which encourages introspection and sharing, it should be possible to openly discuss and learn from real-life examples.
12 - 13 November 2019
Gestalt Astro Therapy
Cost: R1 975 (Discount available for students & interns)
Gestalt Astro Therapy is the third stage after the implementation of Gestalt Colour and Dino Therapy programs, in cases where more intensive facilitation is needed to overcome persistent problems and resistance to growth. Gestalt Astro Therapy facilitates the client to discover new perspectives and hope where change, loss and trauma disrupt his / her life.
The client is empowered with new contact mechanisms and responsibility to complete unfinished experiences, creating barriers to new learning and growth in the present. The client is guided to integrate fragments of his / her fragmented personality, which are scattered across different experiences and periods of his / her life, so that he / she can now, as a whole person, focus on the future with a positive outlook . Trauma is transformed into a triumph.
The Astro therapy program is suitable for children from 10 years of age, teenagers and adults.
Note: There is no connection between astro-therapy and astrology.
27 - 29 November 2019
Masterclass: Understanding Suicide and Suicide Prevention
28 November: 09H00 – 16H00
29 November: 09H00 – 12H30
HPCSA: 14 general CEUs and 1 ethics CEU (educational, counselling, clinical, research & industrial psychologists; psychometrists and registered counsellors)
SACSSP: 11 points
With about 23 completed suicides and almost 460 attempted suicides every day in South Africa, suicide is an epidemic. All individuals, especially those who are in the helping professions and those who work closely with people, should become equipped to be able to identify when a person may be suicidal, how to assist that person to access resources and help as well as to feel equipped to work with this person in an effective therapeutic process. No one therapist can say, “I don’t work with suicide!” If we do say this then we are probably in denial or naïve, as everyone walking into our practice with a problem, is a potential suicide. Very few University or training programmes offer extensive training in working with suicidality. Attend this three day workshop in understanding suicide and suicide intervention to be equipped to effectively work with individuals who are suicidal as well as their families. Synopsis of training programme:
•Understanding our beliefs and values in respect of suicide.
•SafeTALK – becoming suicide alert: Identifying the warning signs of depression and suicidality as well as becoming aware of how to keep the person with thoughts of suicide safe.
•Why do people miss, dismiss and avoid suicide?
•Suicide Risk Management: becoming a suicide expert.
•Suicide Intervention model
•Effective counselling skills
•Legalities in respect of suicide
•Ethical issues in respect of suicide
•After the suicide – helping those left behind.
Presenters and attendees of all CPD activities must please note that the attainment of continuing education units (CEUs) does not licence any professional to practice outside their official scope of practice. CEUs are intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals but do not constitute professional training.
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