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CPD SEMINAR PROGRAMME

 

Click here to download the 2019 CPD Seminar programme


18 January 2019
Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media and Provision of Online Mental Health Services

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Date: 18 January 2019
Two sessions: 08H00 - 11H00 and 12h00 – 15h00 (repeat)
Presented by: Dr Henk Swanepoel
HPCSA: 3 ethics CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary:
Dr Henk Swanepoel will address the concepts and ethics of mental health care professionals working online.
Dr Henk Swanepoel will therefore also discuss how practitioners need to have a sufficient understanding of their ethical codes pertaining to social media and know how to relate this to professional conduct online.
Topics covered will include:
• Privacy,
• Securing technology,
• Protocols and procedures to E-therapy,
• Legal-ethical principles,
• Education of clients on privacy,
• Autonomy and consent,
• Competencies required, and
• Maintaining boundaries




 

15 February 2019

Stress Intolerance, Burnout and Adrenal Fatigue: The Impact on Clients and Therapists

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Date: 15 February 2019

Time: 09H00 - 12H00
Presented by: Dr Lauren Moss
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary:
During this relevant seminar, Dr Lauren Moss will present an introduction into the understanding of stress. She will discuss how the body and brain respond to stress and how acute stress can develop into chronic stress, burnout and adrenal fatigue. The presentation will consider the psychological impact of stress and particularly the impact of stress on the mental health care worker. Finally, there will be a brief introduction to the practical ways in which to recover from and prevent burnout, for both the professional and their clients. After attending this seminar, one should:
•Have a fundamental understanding of the physiological and neurological stress
response,
•Be able to identify chronic stress, burnout and adrenal fatigue,
•Understand the process of developing chronic stress, burnout and adrenal fatigue,
•Have an understanding of the psychological impact of stress,
•Be able to recognise professional burnout symptoms, and
•Have an introductory understanding of the methods to treat chronic stress, burnout and
adrenal fatigue within the therapeutic space.


 

 

 

08 March 2019

Schema Therapy: An Introduction

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Date: 08 March 2019
Time: 09H00 - 12H00
Presented by: Monica Austen
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Summary:

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12 April 2019

'In the Cut' of Adolescence: Harm Myself to Heal Myself

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Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 09H00 - 12H00
Presented by: Craig M. Traub
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary:

This seminar delves into the hidden, and often shameful, world of self-harm in adolescents. This precarious topic will cover definitions and controversies; a history of self-harming in mammals; as well as the means, methods, and injury sites of novices and veterans who self-harm.

Furthermore, this talk will note internal and external factors increasing the susceptibility for, and thus likelihood, of self-harm in individuals; and provide complicating, commonly co-occurring psychological and psychiatric conditions to self-harming.

Moreover, this talk will highlight internal and external signs and symptoms of self-harm; and illustrate the self-harm cycle, emotional utility therein, and potential addictiveness of this behaviour. Concerns and the aftermath of self-harm will be mentioned, in addition to practitioner reactions, self-harm meaning-making, and treatment recommendations.

Finally, suggestions will be made in reference to in- and out-of-office resources and aids.




 

10 May 2019

The South African Legislative Framework and Ethical Practice

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Date: 10 May 2019
Two sessions: 08H00 - 11H00 and 12h00 – 15h00 (repeat)
Presented by: Prof. Gertie Pretorius
HPCSA: 3 ethics CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Summary:

The South African legislative framework can prove confusing for health practitioners. During this presentation by Professor Gertie Pretorius, balancing the relevant legislation and ethical practice will be elucidated.
This will include a review of all the relevant legislation and place it in order of importance, e.g. The Constitution, The Social Work Amendment Act, The Bill of Rights, the various acts such as the Health Professions Act, The Mental Health Act, The Children's Act, The Divorce Act, The POPI Act and, finally, the ethical policies and mental health care professionals' scopes of practice, and how they all dovetail.
Delegates will develop:
•Understanding of the hierarchy of South African legislation,
•Knowledge of which acts should inform their decision making, as it pertains to specific clients and cases,
•Skills to apply the relevant legislation and acts to every-day practice,
•An awareness of ethical models, to ensure ethical service delivery to their clients, and
•Understanding of the complexity of the South African context.

 

 

 

 

07 June 2019

Couples in Crisis

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Date: 07 June 2019
Time: 09H00 - 12H00
Presented by: Prof. Ricky Snyders
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary:
Therapists, social workers and counsellors need to enter work with couples with some theory in mind, some working images of the therapeutic process, and strategies and tactics for choreographing different phases of the overall process. Nothing is as practical as good theory when dealing with intimate relationships, and this presentation by Prof. Ricky Snyders will take the delegates from theory to aspects of practice and ethics.
Topics to be covered include:
•Couples therapist as choreographer of context,
•A process image of the couple in context,
•Problems of referral agents,
•Multi-generational contexts of intimate spaces - the genogram and ecogram,
•Reciprocal double binds,
•Contractual understandings and timing/contexts,
•Therapist's relationship to couple's relationship,
•Couples therapy as inquiry,
•From couple symptoms to System C,
•Rotating membership in the therapy space,
•Rituals and tasks,
•Differentiation and belonging,
•Facilitating resilience,
•Entropy and relationships, and
•Constructs and biases in the therapist's head and actions




 

19 July 2019

Emigration and its Impact on Family Life and Functioning

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Date: 19 July 2019
Time: 09H00 - 12H00
Presented by: Prof. Maria Marchetti- Mercer
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Summary:
Emigration from one's country of birth is a life-changing event which requires an uprooting from all that is familiar, as well as the loss of significant relationships, and sets one on a totally unknown journey.
This transition is most likely going to be a great source of stress as one moves from the predictable contexts of one's daily life, such as family, work and social contexts, into a new and unfamiliar world. All the activities and interactions one took for granted will now require adjustments and new skills.
One important aspect of emigration, and one which will be highlighted in the course of this seminar, is that emigration is never an individual event. Even if there is only one person emigrating from a specific family, the ramifications of this decision are far reaching and move beyond the individual and even the family that emigrates. It will affect other people in the family, as well as friends and work colleagues, left behind in the country of the origin.
Much of the literature on migration has focused on the experiences of the migrant person and/or family, whist by comparison little acknowledgement has been given to the pain and loss of those left behind. The experiences of this group are also important to consider when taking a systemic perspective on emigration.
In this seminar, Prof. Marchetti-Mercer will look at the process of migration as a systemic event, trying to highlight some important psychological considerations when working with migrant families. This will be based on existing literature, as well as her own research in the past 10 years specific to South African emigration. In the past decade, she has looked at families emigrating from South Africa, as well as those people left behind, in order to better understand the family and social impact of migration. Some of her participants' stories will also be shared.



 

16 August 2019

When Grief Becomes Complicated

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Date: 16 August 2019
Time: 09H00 - 12H00
Presented by: Dr Nelia Drenth
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Summary:

Although grief in response to loss through death is a normal, inevitable part of life, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, oncologists, nurses, family members and friends of bereaved individuals have recognised that grief may be acutely distressing and functionally impairing.

'The assertion that, because grief will be experienced by most of us sooner or later, it cannot be said to be an illness is not valid... If a bruise or a broken arm, the consequence of physical injury, is within the realm of pathology, why not grief, the consequence of a psychological trauma?' (Parkes, 1996, p5)

This presentation will focus on the challenges and dilemmas of the individual who experiences complicated grief. It will furthermore discuss complicated grief interventions, by providing examples from practice.



 

 

06 September 2019

Healing through Humanity: Mental Illness and Ethics of Ubuntu

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Date: 06 September 2019
Two sessions: 08H00 - 11H00 and 12h00 – 15h00 (repeat)
Presented by: Fikile M. Mnisi
HPCSA: 3 ethics CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Summary:

"In African cultures it is acceptable that families are embedded safely within a community. In accordance with the principle of Ubuntu, people with mental illness should be well supported and cared for by their families and the wider community," Engelbrencht and Kasiram, 2012.

As a result, mental illness belongs not only to the individual, but also to their family and community. The saying "my pain is your pain and your pain is my pain" from the principle of Ubuntu strongly indicates the above. Thus, when an individual is sick within the community, it is the whole community that becomes sick, and the community also takes on the responsibility and burden of that individual's sickness.

Being able to use the values of Ubuntu can assist in developing healthy relationships between patients with mental illness and their families, as well as their healthcare practitioners. Ethics of Ubuntu can further inform healthcare practitioners on how best to treat families with mental illnesses by being moral and ethically sensitive to their needs. Ethics of Ubuntu not only recognises patients, but also their families' and communities' needs, and its values will assist in the understanding of how these principles can better inform healthcare practitioners on how to treat their patients in a morally and socio-cultural acceptable manner, thus promoting humanity.

This seminar will cover aspects including the background and history of African ethics, the history and values of Ubuntu, and how these values can be applied when working with mental illness. The presentation will provide insight into how illness is viewed in African society (patient, family and community) and examples with case studies will be used.


 

 

 

18 October 2019

Solution Focused Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma

 

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Date: 18 October 2019
Time: 09H00 - 12H00
Presented by: Dr Jacqui von Cziffra-Bergs
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary:

Traditional trauma debriefing emphasises what happened and looks at the debilitating feelings experienced during the trauma. Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) acknowledges the trauma, however it amplifies the strengths and resilience of the client. SFT turns the therapist into a "resilientologist" instead of a "victimologist".

In this introductory seminar to SFT, Dr von Cziffra-Bergs will cover the following aspects, in addition to the presentation of a case study:
• The theory of SFT;
• The neuroscience of how trauma affects the brain;
• Principles and assumptions of SFT;
• Trauma debriefing vs strength re-briefing; and
• SFT techniques.

 



 

22 November 2019

Common Sleep Disorders: Breathing Disorders, Movement Disorders and Insomnia

 

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Date: 22 November 2019
Time: 09H00 - 12H30
Presented by: Dr Kevin Rosman
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP: 3 points applied for
Cost: R550 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion
Register online: www.vistaclinic.co.za
Enquiries: Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary:

In this fascinating seminar by esteemed neurologist and ex-chairman of the Sleep Society of South Africa, Dr Kevin Rosman, the most common sleep disorders and their impact on function will be explored. The presentation will cover the diagnosis and management of common breathing disorders, movement disorders and insomnia.

These are very common disorders, affecting more than 20% of the population, yet they are frequently overlooked or inappropriately treated. These all have major impacts on psychological disorders, and themselves can cause such disorders. In the absence of appropriate treatment, attempts to deal with the psychological management will be, at best, only partially effective.

This seminar will enable mental healthcare professionals to:
•Identify and manage common sleep disorders;
•Recognise and appropriately refer when faced with sleep disorders which need to be
managed by other professionals; and
•Improve general outcomes of treatment.


 

 

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PLEASE NOTE:

Allocation of CPD points require:

Arrival on time to sign attendance register ( registrations close at 08:15 and 12:15)

Attending the full duration of the seminar/workshop

Signing out of the attendance register at the end of the seminar/workshop


Disclaimer:

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.

 

 

The presentation is on the challenges of use of novel psychoactive substances, with a primary focus on nyaope. The composition, social and physical health impact on the users as well as its impact on community and population mental health is presented and discussed.

The risks and protective factors of nyaope and how its use is a major social determinant of individual and community health is presented and discussed. The key role of prevention is emphasised.

The increase in substance abuse, which includes nyaope, is a major contributory factor to individual and population mental and social disorders, and service providers are bound to encounter clients who present with the direct or indirect impact of substance abuse. Holistic management of nyaope use includes screening in a variety of settings, as well as developing interventions for the individual and his/her social environment, with the intention of intercepting the nyaope addiction process. Guidelines to nyaope prevention are provided for discussion.

Date:  18 January 2019                  
Two sessions:  08H00 - 11H00 and 12h00 – 15h00 (repeat)
Presented by:   Dr Henk Swanepoel
HPCSA:      3 ethics CEUs applied for (target audience: TBC)
SACSSP:    3 points applied for
Cost:               
R550 (Discount available for students & interns)

Venue:                Old Trafford, The Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen   Avenue, Centurion

Register online:  www.vistaclinic.co.za

Enquiries:  Gerlu 012 664 0222 ext 348 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary:

Dr Henk Swanepoel will address the concepts and ethics of mental health care professionals working online.

Dr Henk Swanepoel will therefore also discuss how practitioners need to have a sufficient understanding of their ethical codes pertaining to social media and know how to relate this to professional conduct online.

Topics covered will include:

  Privacy,

  Securing technology,

  Protocols and procedures to E-therapy,

  Legal-ethical principles,

  Education of clients on privacy,

  Autonomy and consent,

  Competencies required, and

  Maintaining boundaries

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