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2 Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Key Skills in Family Therapy

In collaboration : Compass Seminars Aus Logo
Dates:18 and 19 Sep 2023 (Mon and Tue)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075

Systemic Approaches to Working with Individuals, Couples and Families

Do you want to work more confidently and effectively with families? Do you know how to troubleshoot when treatment gets 'stuck'? 

This two-day workshop is aimed at practitioners who work with children, young people, adults, couples, families, and/or organisations supporting clients with mental health issues. This 'flagship' workshop introduces participants to core Family Therapy concepts and broadens practitioners understanding of how to view 'the client’s problem', as well as providing practical skills and interventions for use with the client groups. Built on theoretical constructs from systemic, structural, solution focused and narrative family therapy models to teach core thinking and interviewing skills in family therapy, it makes complex theory easy to grasp and the related techniques easy to implement.

The workshop is interactive, dynamic, experiential, and self-reflective in nature, as the presenters use a variety of teaching tools and modalities to enhance the learning experience. Offering wise and compassionate guidance on everything from intake and assessment to treatment planning, the nuts and bolts of specific interventions, the nuances of establishing therapeutic relationships, and how to troubleshoot when treatment gets “stuck". Pre-readings and post-workshop resources are available for ongoing learning and interest. You will learn:

  • Theoretical underpinnings of the major family therapy models
  • How to understand and effectively use key tools such as hypothesizing, reframing, circular questioning, and genograms
  • How to engage all family members in therapy
  • How to understand the presenting problem in a family context vs the identified patient
  • Understanding the family life cycle, influences of family origin and multigenerational patterns
  • Guidelines for conducting assessment, initial interviews, therapy plans and termination of treatment
  • Unpacking relationship issues and understanding the influence of triangulation and alliances
  • Demonstrations by experienced family therapists

Australia's No.1 Family Therapy workshop has been delivered to sold out audience across Australia with consistently high reviews from private practitioners, along with government and non-government agencies. Linking theory to practice features strongly throughout each component of this workshop, as does developing practical skills to take away from the workshop. On completion of this workshop you will have a family-focused lens in therapy and feel more confident in conducting family therapy sessions or incorporating family therapy techniques into your current practice.

Who Can Benefit?

This is essential training for any practitioner working with children and families ranging from Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Counsellors, Child Protection and Disability Workers, Guidance Officers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Residential Care Workers and Foster Support Workers.

Speaker: Dr Kate Owen & Dr Leonie White (AUS)
Dr. Kate Owen is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist with nearly 20 years experience working in mental health. She is the co-founder of the The Queensland Institute of Family Therapy (QIFT). Kate first started working in Child and Youth Mental Health on the Gold Coast which led to her interest in working with families. This interest has since turned into her passion, and she loves having the opportunity to work with anyone who values "relationships". Whether it's individuals, couples or families, her therapy approach focuses on the stress or strength in a relationship. She is often helping people work through past relationship issues that continue to affect them in the present. Her other area of passion is supporting professionals to deliver high quality and evidence based practice. This is often through supervision and mentoring, with individuals and mental health teams, and through delivering professional development workshops around Australia.
Dr Leonie White is a Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist with 20 years experience including work with children, adults, families, foster families, residential care providers, teachers and other therapists, in Health, Education, and Child Protection Services as well as in the Non-Government sector and Private Practice. Currently Leonie provides psychotherapy and counselling with a special interest in Mental Health, supporting young people and their families/carers with emotional, behavioural, social and family difficulties. Leonie also provides psychotherapy and counselling services for adults, couples and families. Leonie specialises in providing Clinical Supervision to other helping professionals. Leonie is the Co-Director of the Queensland Institute of Family Therapy, works in Private Practice (Supervision, Group Supervision, Training) and is a member of Staff at the Queensland University of Technology.
Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
30 Jun 2023 850
Normal Till Full 900