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Working with Families - step by step skills and processes

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Jacqueline McDiarmid for The Professional Development People
Description Family work can be daunting and requires a different set of therapy skills to working with individuals. It is a move away from intra-psychic to working interpersonally. This course is designed to give both beginner and experienced therapists the opportunity to learn systemic concepts when working with family groups and to build confidence. Participants will be introduced to systemic ideas - drawing from Milan, Narrative and Solution-Focused approaches among others. There will be an introduction to hypothesizing and circular questioning. Students will also learn how to engage more than one person, how to keep the session balanced and manage various personalities and the issues that come with this.
Students will be introduced to systemic ideas through role plays, group work and case study discussion. This course is designed to be practical and there will be a clinical focus. There is also an opportunity for self-reflection for the participant.
1. Students will understand when family therapy is appropriate.
2. Students will understand systemic ideas and the difference between interpersonal work and intra-psychic work.
3. Students will be able to hypothesize, positively connote and have a basic understanding of circular questioning.
4. Students will be able to construct and work with a genogram.
5. Students will understand how to engage a family and keep the session balanced.
6. Students will understand how to manage their own anxiety and potential trigger responses to family situations.
7. Students will feel more confident approaching family work.
Jacqueline will share her extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day.
An introduction to systemic theory focussing on Post Milan.
An introduction to genogram work, hypothesizing, circular questions, roles and rules.
Case presentations and discussion.
Step by step approaches to first and second session.
Role plays and group work.
Conclusion to theory and practice.
Participants will have an opportunity to ask the presenter questions about common family problems.
About the presenter(s) Jacqueline McDiarmid is a Family Therapist and supervisor who works with individuals, couples adolescents and families. She holds a Masters of Couple and Family Therapy (UNSW), Bachelor in Counselling and Human Change and a Diploma of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Jacqueline has been in private practice for nearly 15 years and lectures in the field of Family and Couple therapy at various universities and runs training programs. Jacqueline is known for her work with couples and families and is regularly referred clients who are considered challenging by other therapists. Jacqueline is a clinical member of AARC and the NSW Family Therapy Association.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue Aerial UTS Function Centre
Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 3 Feb 2013
Time 9am - 5pm
Cost Early bird $198 including lunch, morning and afternoon tea
Notes Students and New Graduates may apply to attend for half price at
Contact Name Carmen Nicotra
Telephone 1300 887 622