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Spicers Balfour Hotel

37 Balfour Street

New Farm, QLD 4005


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In this 2-day event, we will be focusing on how to cultivate connection and optimism by healing early maladaptive schemas.

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with Dr. Tracey Hunter & Dr. Rachel Wheeler

Spicers Balfour Hotel,

New Farm, Brisbane

Friday 30 - Saturday 31 October 2020

10:00am - 5:00pm

Places are limited

This 2-day event will explore the underlying early maladaptive schemas that block people from activating greater levels of connection and optimism in their lives. The 2-day workshop is based on the Schema Therapy model and involves the delivery of cognitive and emotion-focused techniques relevant to working with clients also seeking assistance with overcoming barriers to greater self-worth, healthy relationships and a positive outlook in life. This workshop has a strong focus on self-reflection and personal growth and is highly suited for health professionals and therapists who embrace the qualities of courage, vulnerability and the power of shared stories.

The schemas that we will be exploring that block connection and optimism are:


- Defectiveness/Shame

- Emotional Deprivation

- Emotional Inhibition

- Social Isolation/Alienation


- Abandonment/Instability

- Mistrust/Abuse

- Negativity/Pessimism

- Vulnerability to Harm/Illness

The workshop will outline a 5-step process based on cognitive, behavioural and emotion-focused strategies that support clients and practitioners alike to activate Connection and Optimism, as follows:

1. Identify the components of Connection and Optimism

2. Set a specific intention to activate Connection and Optimism

3. Identify the limiting beliefs blocking Connection and Optimism, and write a new narrative for Connection and Optimism

4. Engage the imagination and positive emotions

5. Embody Connection and Optimism in daily life


When we embody Connection in our day-to-day life, we can expect some or all of these outcomes:

- We feel worthy of love and connection

- We feel like we deserve to have our needs heard and taken on board in our relationships with others

- We are free of ideas of perfectionism and achievement being markers of self-worth, and free ourselves from shame

- We validate our own emotional experience and feel certain about how we feel, even if it’s painful or it is not fully understood by others

- We are better able to manage the intensity of our emotions because we are willing and able to self-soothe when others may dismiss or minimise our feelings

- We feel connected within our community, and appreciate good friendships and social connections with like-minded people


When we embody Optimism in our day-to-day life, we can expect some or all of these outcomes:

- We feel positive about our lives on the whole, and we look forward to our future

- We trust in our capacity to develop secure relationships with others and communicate our needs and boundaries in a way that will eventually be respected and understood

- We are committed to creating stability in our lives, by being clear with others about what causes our own feelings of insecurity and instability

- We know how to communicate our boundaries to others, so we are less fearful of betrayal and less reactive to temporary disconnection in our close relationships

- We allow ourselves to feel excited in anticipation of future events and share our joy, even in the face of possible disappointment

- We have a deep sense of trust in our body’s ability to heal itself and strive towards optimal health, and the regenerative aspect of life cycles and the natural world

The benefits of attending the 2-day training include:

- Enhancing your own emotional health and wellbeing

- Developing deep insight into your own blocks to greater wellbeing

- A clear process based on an evidence-based model - Schema Therapy - to assist your clients who are also wanting to work towards greater wellbeing and emotional health and heal from past wounds and emotional blocks

If you are seeking a PD event that delivers novel, intuitive, creative and inspiring approaches to wellbeing and emotional health, plus has the added benefit of enhancing your own personal wellbeing, then this training is for you!

All attendees will receive complementary access to The Wellbeing Codes 90-day Self Guided Program following the workshop, to continue integrating the information following the event (value $250).

Accommodation is available at Spicers Balfour Hotel in New Farm for interstate travellers. This is a lovely boutique hotel 10 minutes from Brisbane CBD with stunning rooftop views towards Brisbane City. Please go to https://spicersretreats.com/retreats/spicers-balfour-hotel/ to enquire.


Early Bird: $749 (from 7 June to 6 September)

Standard: $799 (from 7 September)

Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


Dr. Tracey Hunter

Tracey is a clinical psychologist based on the Gold Coast, who has trained in New York as a Schema Therapist (advanced accreditation) with Dr. Jeffrey Young and Wendy Behary, and has run professional development workshops across Australia over the past 15 years in Schema Therapy as well as emotional wellbeing in corporate settings and teams. Tracey's focus is on integrating the past with the present, personality integration, and achieving wholeness and individuation through balancing our internal drives for connection and autonomy. She supervises many psychologists across Australia in the application of Schema Therapy for complex cases. She is passionate about teaching therapists about Schema Therapy, healing and vulnerability.

Dr. Rachel Wheeler

Rachel is a clinical psychologist on the Gold Coast, Australia, with over two decades experience specialising in behavioural change and the improvement of corporate performance. Her expertise lies in positively influencing human and organisational thinking. In 2016, Rachel co-founded Hearts Vs Minds – a psychometric technology start-up in the UK that builds bespoke training solutions for businesses. Working with industry leaders in retail and finance, she utilises psychometric data to assist transformation coaches and optimise performance improvements. With many years of experience as an executive coach in London and Australia, working with leading public and private enterprises, Rachel's work pivots around enabling others to understand and overcome challenges in their work and private lives. Rachel is passionate about both embodying wellbeing in her own life over the past 20 years as well as teaching The Wellbeing Codes to her clients.

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