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Psychology and Cultures Workshop

Event number: 18782
12 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Jasmine Sliger and Monique Toohey

Held over three days, beginning in Melbourne. The Psychology and Culture Interest Group is pleased to announce our first annual mega-workshop.


WORKSHOP 1:  Friday 15th September

Cultural Intelligence for Psychologists: Harnessing and challenging cultural scripts for change

Monique Toohey

Almost every interaction we have with others is intercultural in nature. Both the therapist and the client are cultural beings who enter into a trusting intercultural therapeutic exchange, which we assume is made easier when the therapist demonstrates cultural competency. However major disparities exist in the access, utility and quality of mental health care for clients from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  

Culture plays a crucial role in the therapist-client relationship and on the effectiveness of therapy. Cultural competency is not an elective skill, it is a practice standard expected by APHRA for Psychologists, Supervisors and training providers of psychology programs. This training explores not only what a culturally competent psychologist looks like, but explores in detail the well-researched framework offered through the construct Cultural Intelligence (CQ) to inform our understanding, strategies, training and practice of psychology and counselling competencies.

Opportunity to learn more about:

1.            The requirement and benefit in being culturally competent for our multicultural clientele.

2.            How to strengthen the intercultural client-therapist relationship with 2 evidence-based processes.

3.            Identify your own culturally influenced strengths and those in your clients

4.            Cultural Values. We all have them, but how do they show up in the counselling room?

5.            Harnessing and challenging cultural scripts for change

6.            Sociolinguistics in the counselling room

7.            Self assess your cultural intelligence (CQ)

8.            A brief introduction to The Cultural Intelligence (CQ) model as a professional development framework for building Intern, team, organisational CQ.


WORKSHOP 2: Saturday 16th September

The Cultural Language of Love: Making the Tango Last

Jasmine Sliger

There are many complexities that multicultural issues bring to our practice as psychologists whether we work in the areas of research, clinical work, counselling work or organisational work etc. Although much work is done with refugees and asylum seekers, we deal with all issues along the life cycle including such issues such as intercultural communication, working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) clients, assessment issues, supervision issues, multicultural teams, coaching across cultures etc. This workshop will focus on working with Intercultural Couples in Couples Therapy.

The recent census data indicates that 28% of Australia’s population was born overseas, most commonly from UK, New Zealand, China, India and Italy, and 43% of residents have at least one overseas parent. The number of citizens speaking Arabic and Mandarin Chinese has increased significantly. These demographic trends present a challenge to Australian psychologists, whose traditional western education usually includes little training in cross-cultural communication and different cultural constructs of mental health, the result of which can be a mismatch of psychological interventions with cross-cultural beliefs and the extreme conditions of some clients’ environmental backgrounds. This is further complicated by the remoteness of some practising psychologists.

In this workshop, Jasmine will briefly look (during the time available) at the assessment and intervention process in couple’s work where one or both partners are from different cultures. At the end of the workshop you will:

1.       Understand why people from different cultures are drawn to each other

2.       Know what the trouble spots are for intercultural couples

3.       Know the key components for a good assessment of intercultural couples.

4.       Discover the best approaches that are helpful with these couples to promote growth

5.       Case Presentations that will be helpful for participants.

6.       Participants are welcome to bring problematic cases of their own  

This workshop will be experiential and will interactional.  

Who should attend:

Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychology Program Coordinators, Mental Health practitioners, Psychology Students.

About the presenter(s)

Jasmine Sliger is an intercultural specialist, counselling and organisational psychologist, executive coach and accredited mediator with over thirty-five years’ experience. She was clinically trained in the US and over her career, she has had experience with over 80 cultures face to face. She has worked in prisons, hospitals, schools and private practice, lectured and taught intercultural communication in universities at undergraduate and graduate level and mentored health professionals and provided counselling services to children, adolescents, couples and families. She has had extensive clinical training (post masters) throughout her professional career including with Jay Haley in family therapy and Johns Hopkins University in psychosexual disorders. She is a level 2 Gottman therapist.

Monique Toohey has for the past 22 years kept herself quite busy as a Psychologist, CALD Community advocate & project manager and more recently Cultural Intelligence Advisor. She leads the cross-cultural counselling unit for the M. Clin. Counselling course at the Australian Catholic University.   Monique has a diverse array of speaking accomplishments, which have included speaking on Muslim Feminism at the 2016 Melbourne Writer’s Festival, 3AW, ABC Radio, a Childhood Trauma Symposium (Turkey) and Cross-cultural approaches to effective provision of mental health and domestic violence services (Australia & Malaysia) and she will deliver the 2017 Tasmanian Peace Trust Annual Lecture.


Psychology and Cultures Interest Group Mission Statement
United by our differences, the psychology and cultures interest group (PCIG) will provide outstanding resources, training and development to its members; through its events, newsletters, emails and general communication it informs, educates and influences the cultural competence of psychologists in Australia.

Online registration


Rydges on Swanston
701 Swanston St
Carlton , VIC 3053
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 15/9/2017
End date: 16/9/2017
Time: 8.30am - 5.00pm


PCIG subscriber $240
PCIG student subscriber $168
APS member $360
APS student member $216
Non APS member $480


APS - Psychology and Cultures Interest Group - National Committee
Contact Judy Tang
03 9478 1810