CPD Seminars

19 July 2019

Emigration and its Impact on Family Life and Functioning

Time: 09H00 – 12H00
Presented by: Prof. Maria Marchetti- Mercer
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs (educational, counselling, clinical, industrial & research psychologists; registered counsellors; and psychometrists)
SACSSP: 2 points
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 booking@vistaacademy.co.za
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.
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16 August 2019

When Grief Becomes Complicated

Time: 09H00 – 12H00
Presented by: Dr Nelia Drenth
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs (educational, counselling, clinical, industrial & research psychologists; registered counsellors; and psychometrists)
SACSSP: 2 points
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 booking@vistaacademy.co.za

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.

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06 September 2019

Two sessions: 08H00 - 11H00 and 12h00 – 15h00 (repeat)

Presented by: Fikile M. Mnisi
HPCSA: 3 ethics CEUs (educational, counselling, clinical, industrial & research psychologists; registered counsellors; and psychometrists)
SACSSP: 1.5 points
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 booking@vistaacademy.co.za

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.

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18 October 2019

Solution Focused Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma

Time: 09H00 – 12H00
Presented by: Dr Jacqui von Cziffra-Bergs
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs (educational, counselling, clinical, industrial & research psychologists; and registered counsellors)
SACSSP: 2 points
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 booking@vistaacademy.co.za

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.

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22 November 2019

Common Sleep Disorders: Breathing Disorders, Movement Disorders and Insomnia

Time: 09H00 – 12H30
Presented by: Dr Kevin Rosman
HPCSA: 3 general CEUs (educational, counselling, clinical, industrial & research psychologists; registered counsellors; and psychometrists)
SACSSP: 2 points
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 booking@vistaacademy.co.za

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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