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Making Waves: Introductory Training Workshop
Tue. 30 May 2017, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm AEST
This introductory workshop explores the Making Waves model of practice, developed at Turning Point to address the needs of alcohol and other drug (AOD) clients presenting with additional challenges such as self-harm, intense emotionality and/or difficult interpersonal relationships.
The approach is based on the Wise Choices program utilised by Spectrum - The Personality Disorder Service for Victoria - and is an adaptation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to meet the needs of clients with borderline personality disorder. This approach has now been trialled in a range of settings (mental health, AOD, community health and forensic) and with a range of ages (adolescents and adults).
Making Waves is an approach that is relatively easy to learn and is useful across a wide range of mental health issues as well as within AOD treatment. We would especially encourage workers in supervisory roles to attend, and will follow this training with an advanced workshop in June '17.
Attendees will learn:
- How to identify heart-felt life directions which can energise treatment
- Simple mindfulness and acceptance techniques for dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings
- Exercises to help clients notice choice points and make wiser choices
- How understanding the function and context of alcohol and drug use, self-harm and other self-damaging choices can guide treatment
Trainer: Jane Morton is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years’ experience in treating clients with severe interpersonal and emotional difficulties in public sector settings. She was lead author of the consultants’ report which led to the establishment of Spectrum – the personality disorder service for Victoria, and lead author of a report which formed the basis of Take Two, a therapeutic service for children and young people in out of home care. She was training manager at Spectrum for over ten years and has provided consultation and training to Turning Point and Eastern Drug and Alcohol Service staff during the trial of the Wise Choices treatment approach for the Making Waves Project.
Who should attend? The training is suitable for clinicians with five or more years of experience who would like to explore how to use acceptance, mindfulness and values-based action approaches with a wide range of clients, including those with severe emotional and interpersonal difficulties. It is suitable for clinicians who are new to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as those with previous training or experience with ACT. This workshop will be followed by a second day of advanced training in June.
Training location: 54-62 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy - Turning Point Boardroom
Parking: All day parking is available close by at the Melbourne Museum car park on Nicholson Street. Enter before 9.30am and leave after 2.30pm for early bird rate of $17.
Catering: Morning tea and light lunch provided.