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PACFA NSW Branch
invites you to attend a
Professional Development Event
'Self Care for Counsellors/Psychotherapists with Music and Creative Arts'
Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
Date: Tuesday, 18th October 2016
Time: 6:30pm for 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Crows Nest Centre - Johnson Hall
Level 2 - 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest NSW 2065
(Registered attendees receive 2 hours PD certificate on the evening)
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided free of charge.
Bookings are taken on first come first served basis and preference is given to PACFA Members.
Bookings close 6pm Sunday, 16th October 2016
Non CAPA Members $35.00/per person.
PACFA Members - Free.
Self care is essential for bringing effective skills to our counselling/psychotherapy practices. Music and the creative arts are ideal ways of accessing the creative mind and bringing new insights and personal understandings for our work as counsellors and psychotherapists. These creative approaches transcend words and verbal dialogue. Singing songs promotes more effective listening and communicative skills through the melodic shapes of songs and the impact of lyrics. Drumming circles can lower stress levels, restore rhythmic balance to the body, encourage rhythmic entrainment to others and enhance communicative skills.
Imagery, visualization and mindfulness involve states of reflective awareness in the present moment, experiencing curiosity, openness, acceptance and love (Siegel, 2007)
Imagery is a thought process that invokes and uses the senses, communicating between perception, emotion and bodily change (Achterberg et al, 1994)
Visualization is directed form of mental imagery and concentration to achieve particular goals for individual well-being (Achterberg et al, 1994)
Mandala drawing: In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
About the presenter
Kirstin is a registered psychotherapist/counsellor, researcher, registered music therapist and registered nurse. Kirstin's enhances her psychotherapy / counselling practice with music and creative arts. She currently works part-time at Parkinson's NSW as specialist counsellor and educator and gives presentations and workshops on the use of music and creative arts for counselling and psychotherapy. Her research interests are focused on mid to later life depression and anxiety using choir therapy, vocal improvisation and creative arts.
She has extensive clinical knowledge on how to communicate with people with dementia, Parkinson's disease and other chronic life threatening health conditions. Kirstin holds a Performance Certificate in Singing (AMEB) and promotes singing for health and wellbeing.
Phone: (02) 9235 1500
When & Where
PACFA NSW Branch
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia