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CPD SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Click here to download the 2017 CPD Seminar programme 

Click here to download the 2017 CPD Seminar Registration Form in pdf format


27 January 2017
Impact Therapy

Summary:

Impact Therapy is a unique approach to counselling, integrating concepts from existing theories. Much is drawn from
the theories of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt, and Reality Therapy.
The impact therapist combines REBT with creative props, drawings, analogies, and Gestalt therapy in a different manner
than the way this theory is traditionally taught. The impact therapist uses the ego states from TA with chairs,
drawings, movement, and in combination with REBT in clear, concrete, and effective ways. Impact Therapy serves as a
solid bridge between theory and technique and provides a clear way to understand the process and progress of a
therapy session.

This presentation introduces therapists and counsellors to intervention strategies by making them more concrete and
more effective providing therapists with the necessary tools to help them cope with a wide variety of problems. The use
of symbolic power of simple objects to transform abstract ideas and complex difficulties into clear, concrete, easily
intelligible metaphors will be presented. Attendees will understand how to use a multi-sensory approach (verbal, visual
and kinaesthetic exchange) to facilitate change.


Presenter:  Dr. Lorna Geer
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat)
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




 

17 February 2017

Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

 

Summary:
What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Summary of current Outcome Research across clinical groups.

What is the underlying problem we want to address?

At what point do we target our interventions to be most effective?

Presenting "A Model of the Mind" to help both clients and practitioners.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural treatment that was originally developed to treat
chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the
gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating
a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
and eating disorders.

Presenter:  Dr. Ella Brendt
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat)
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 
10 March 2017
Narrative Therapy


Summary:
•  The Theory and philosophy that underpins Narrative Therapy

Short introduction to Post Modern, Post Structural and Social Construction world views.

•  The Therapeutic Relationship in this approach

Michael White's idea of the de-centred and influential position of the therapist.

•  The Story Metaphor and therapy

Use a graphic illustration to illustrate the multi-storied lives of people that consult us.

Explain the difference between the landscape of action and landscape of identity in the narrative metaphor.

•  Externalising conversations

Explain the theory of externalising language.

Participants do a short exercise.

Discuss the advantages of externalizing conversations and the unpacking of the problem-saturated story or
problem-plot with the Statement of Position Map.

•  Thickening the hopeful or preferred counter-plot

Illustrate Unique Outcomes and the Re-authoring conversations map

Explain and illustrate remembering conversations.

Presenter:  Elize Morkel
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online bookings closed

 

07 April 2017

Current Treatments for Trauma

 

Summary:

In this seminar Dr. Elaine Bing will discuss the following:

•  Diagnostic criteria for PTSD and how they have changed over the years.

•  Principles in treatment of trauma and how they need to be applied.

•  Current evidence-based approaches, what research they support and the form treatment takes.

•  The expected outcomes in the treatment of PTSD.

Presenter:  Dr. Elaine Bing
Two sessions available:

08H00 - 11H00 - Bookings now closed
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat) - Bookings now closed
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 

05 May 2017

Expectations on Expert Witness

 

 

Summary:
The attendee will be equipped with an understanding of the intersection between mental health and the legal system.
Focus will be on the preparation of the psycho-legal report which includes the various phases of assessment as well as
the particular ethical challenges that accompanies each phase. Understanding of fundamental legal principles,
particularly with regard to expert witness testimony and expectations will also be addressed when asked to testify.
An important aspect of providing expert evidence is the ability to reformulate expert findings into the legal language of
the courtroom and providing information to legal personnel in a way that can be understood. During this
discussion understanding of the philosophy, rules, and standards of the judicial system will be discussed. Furthermore,
the psycho-legal context implies vigilant awareness of professional ethical rules. It is important to remember that the
expert witness is equally likely to be testifying for the prosecution as for the defence attorney. Therefore, the
ethical standards for an expert witness differ from those of a clinical practitioner because the evaluator is not an advocate
for the client and nothing the client says is guaranteed to be kept confidential. Obviously this has vast ethical implications
as the client has no control over how information is used. Furthermore, the interview techniques differ from clinical
contexts. It is well documented that malpractice suits are common in the psycho-legal context, such as
wrongful commitment, inadequate informed consent, duty and breach of duty, and standards of care issues. Some
situations are more clear cut for the forensic psychologist. In this regard these ethical challenges are but a few which will
be addressed in the presentation.

 

Presenter:  Dr. Henk Swanepoel
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00 - Online bookings closed
12H00 - 15H00 (Repeat) - Online bookings closed
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:  6 (Ethics) points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

09 June 2017

Couples Therapy


Summary:

One of the primary problems in marital/couple discord is either the lack of communication between the couple or
misdirected communication which is dysfunctional. This communication can be verbal and/or non-verbal or can be a
double bind (when one message is given on one level and another on a meta-level). Even sexual dysfunctions have
an element of dysfunctional communication.

For any marital/couple's therapist it is thus important to have knowledge of the following:
The different verbal- and no-verbal styles of communication (the correct ones and dysfunctional ones).
How to correct dysfunctional communication styles.

The value of the seminar lies in teaching health professionals to correct dysfunctional verbal- and non-verbal
communication styles between couples.

Presenter:  Dr. Louise Olivier
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat)
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:    Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Online bookings closed now

 

28 July 2017

The Children’s Act and Practitioners’ Issues

Summary:

In this Seminar Prof. Ann Skelton will focus on the following:

•  An introduction to Children's Rights in SA with a focus on Health Care.

•  Consent to health services and medical treatment under the Children's Act and what does consent mean.

•  Child abuse and sexual abuse – mandatory reporting and discretionary reporting.

•  Children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties/behavioural disorders/mental health challenges.

This Seminar will give practitioners more confidence in their work and more able to find appropriate solutions to
complex problems. It also means they are more aware of children's rights and also more able to ensure that they do
not unwittingly break laws – e.g. by not reporting something which the law requires one to report.

Presenter:  Prof. Ann Skelton 
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat)
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    6 points (Ethics) awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online bookings closed now

 

25 August 2017

Evil & Empathy – Exploring the Psychopathic Personality from Criminal Profiling to Psychotherapy


Summary:
The terms "psychopath" and "anti-social personality disorder" have famously evoked in us images of blood-soaked
serial killers and horrifying crimes which continue to keep us vigilant against the advances of the metaphorical 'boogie
man'. However, it is precisely the spine-chilling connotations of this diagnosis that may lead us to overlook the
subtle intricacies and traumatic origins of the psychopathic personality structure as it is expressed in everyday life
and mental health practice. As Dutton (2007) suggests, sub-clinical psychopaths may represent the vast majority of
patients within the broader antisocial population and may go undetected and inappropriately managed outside of a
forensic setting.

In an intriguing presentation, Anthony Townsend attempts to delineate the differences between the DSM 5's
antisocial personality disorder and theoretical formulations of psychopathic personalities in the hope of discovering the
"devil in the details". Drawing upon in-depth case material, therapeutic techniques typically used in the treatment
of psychopathic populations are discussed to reveal how a unique blend of psychoanalytic concepts and cognitive-
behavioral techniques can aid in managing antisocial behavior. Specific attention is focused on assessment using
clinical interview techniques and psychometric assessments for diagnostic and forensic purposes while detailing
the aetiological pathways of psychopathy from brain development and injury to complex childhood trauma. Finally, a
rare glimpse into the role of an investigating psychologist developing a psychological profile is offered to demonstrate one
of the many ways in which empathy may overcome 'evil'.


Presenter:  Anthony Townsend 
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (Repeat)
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bookings closed

 

29 September 2017

Influences of Social Media on the Brain, Mind and Relationships

Summary:

This seminar will consider, focus on, highlight and reflect on developments and research findings on how Social
Media possibly may influence the brain, mind and relationships – as seen through the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology.

The session will include:

•  Positioning the brain, mind and relationships as the triad within Interpersonal Neurobiology;

•  Positioning Social Media within the digital technology domain;

•  Conceptualising why the changes in adolescents' brains make them especially attracted to Social Media;

•  Understanding the brains' arousal, addiction and reward systems;

•  Reflection on the possible "Good, Bad and Ugly" effects of Social Media on the brain, mind and relationship;

•  Considering the 'Healthy mind platter' in therapy.

Presenter:  Carl du Preez
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat)
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online bookings closed now

 

27 October 2017

Ethical Decision-making in Clinical Contexts


Summary:

The aim of this interactive seminar is to guide and empower the participants in the first part of the seminar to deeply
think about ethical dilemmas and ethical decision-making principles in mental health clinical contexts. Specific ethics
decision-making models and principles will be explored, including fact deliberation, value deliberation, duty deliberation
and consistency evaluation.

In the second part of the seminar the course participants will participate in individual and group work to apply
ethical decision-making skills to specific ethical dilemmas in mental health clinical contexts.

Presenter:  Dr. Braam Hoffmann
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat)
Cost:  R500
HPCSA:    6 points awarded for (ethics)
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online bookings closed now

 

24 November 2017

Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder)

Summary:
Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder, or HPD) is characterized by repetitive hair-pulling from different bodily
sites resulting in hair loss. Hair-pulling is a fairly common phenomenon, with a reported prevalence of between 2
and 2.5%. While the existence of this phenomenon has been recognized for more than a century, it is only
comparatively recently that it has been the focus of scientific investigation. The argument that HPD should be
considered a psychiatric disorder has received support from data demonstrating an association with psychological
and social dysfunction, and possible serious medical sequelae. Much about HPD remains unclear however, including
its diagnostic status, its underlying neurobiology, and its optimal management.

The first half of this presentation will focus on existing knowledge on the phenomenology,
psychobiology, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy of this disabling condition.

The second half will entail presentation of preliminary data from a treatment trial that is currently being conducted
at SU.


Presenter:  Prof. Christine Lochner
Two sessions available
08H00 - 11H00
12H00 - 15H00 (repeat)
Cost:  R500 (discount available for students and interns)
HPCSA:    3 points awarded
SACSSP:  3 points applied for
Venue:  Old Trafford, Centurion Lake Hotel (1001 Lenchen Avenue,)
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Online bookings closed

MAP & DIRECTIONS TO CPD SEMINAR VENUE

From Address:


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.

 

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