In This Issue

From the President
Changes afoot

February PD in Review
A brief recap on our recent PD event about youth and self harm

Conference 2014
Early Bird Registration Extended

Membership Update
Welcome to 9 new members

August PD
Hypnosis in Counselling

Bereavement Forum
Exploring the issues of grief and loss in its wider contexts

New Ethics Training Courses

"Open Dialogue"
Bringing about change to how the mental health system is conducted here in SA

e-mental health Training
A free PD package for youth workers, social workers and counsellors


 From the President

Hello and welcome to the April edition of the CASA enews, designed to give you fast information to keep you in touch with the latest in our great association. Whilst there is much to be done for counselling and psychotherapy in Australia, I truly believe that we are privileged here in SA to be working with such great people in this profession.

CASA is gearing up for our annual conference event called "Trauma - repairing the pain" with three brilliant speakers and a smart program to give us plenty of time to be together to enjoy the day. I am so proud of our events committee and the attention to detail that makes the whole day run so smoothly.

It is my sincere pleasure to introduce to you a new member on the CASA Executive team, Patricia Bradley. Patricia has taken up the office of Association Secretary and is bringing with her extensive experience and training as a counsellor and is committed to the promotion of counselling and psychotherapy in South Australia. When you see Patricia, please welcome her and support her in this important position.

In early April, Toni Catford and I represented CASA at the PACFA two day council meeting in Sydney and appreciated the contact from CASA members about this meeting, and welcome any further feedback regarding PACFA. The recent PACFA online survey on their proposed national structure is completed now and I notice that CASA submitted a high number of responses to the questionnaire. You might be interested to hear that the need for professional development and collegiality rated very highly by most PACFA member associations in the survey.

The results of the survey will be made available to all members, however in summary, the three main perceived advantages of the restructure were:

  1. No need for practitioners to complete separate membership and renewal documentation for their MA and PACFA
  2. Increased resources available to PACFA to work with the government and community and promoting the profession
  3. The formation of a single, national professional association for counselling and psychotherapy

The three main perceived concerns of the restructure, reported in the survey were:

  1. That the achievements of the MA may be lost
  2. The loss of local focus in activities provided by the MA
  3. The loss of a separate identity for the MA

During the council meeting Toni and I participated in the "World Café" approach for open discussion of topical items by delegates. One of the questions put forward was, ‘What are all the possible options for maintaining diversity of professional trainings while representing ourselves as a credible profession?’.

An excellent discussion ensued and all responses were collected for subsequent collation and feedback to the associations. There was a general consensus that '2nd trainings’ or those that are not the primary training courses for counsellors and psychotherapists, could be accredited by PACFA to reduce fee from government accreditation. This may be possible for smaller, diverse courses such as Gestalt, or Transactional Analysis. 
PACFA’s CEO, Maria Brett, will have discussion with Beyond Blue with regard to their future inclusion of counsellors on their referral lists, including changes to their  description or presentation of counsellors and counselling. In addition she noted that many members are frustrated by the lack of inclusion of counsellors when advertising positions in various organisations. The advertisement may utilise the title of Counsellor  position and then it fails to invite counsellors to apply. 
Further, Maria noted that the gaining of a Medicare number does not just rest with inclusion in the Better Access referral system but it will open up opportunities for counsellors to gain practice with Veterans Affairs and other agencies. To this end she will be meeting with both the Federal Health Minister, Mr Dutton, and the Federal Minister for Social Services, Mr Kevin Andrews to highlight the potential of the counselling profession in their areas of concern.

Hoping to meet with you at the conference in May.

Robert Bullock


bullet February PD In Brief   

The two workshop presentations on the theme of ‘Self Harm’ highlighted the complexity of self harm itself, coupled with the difficulty of developing appropriate approaches to a group in such a diverse and dynamic phase of life known as adolescence as well as trying to find a compassionate understanding amongst the professional and community care givers.  In short, complex is the word that demonstrates how difficult it has been over the years to design an approach to fully meet all the requirements of care to this growing group utilising self harm as a coping mechanism.

Vox Pop

“Workshop reinforced referral for a team approach”

“Family eating styles need to come back just like the 1950’s”

“Would like to find out more about the impact on the siblings”

“Interested to hear the Maudsley Hospital approach in England uses CBT-E”

“Made me think about all the special eaters we now cater for and how that may affect them in adolescence”

“Really like the face to face time given to the young people out in the suburbs – it’sgood to meet them in their own space, more comfortable”



 Conference 2014 - Early Bird Registration Extended

"Trauma – Repairing the Pain"

Date: Sat. May 31st 2014, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: EDC, Milner St, Hindmarsh
Registration -

A "must attend" event for all counselling practitioners and students

Because of the possible distraction caused by Easter, school holidays and the Anzac long weekend, we have extended the deadline for Early Bird Registration. You can still receive a $50.00 reduction if you register by May 9th, but that isn't far away, so do it now.

The CASA annual conference has grown into the signature event of the professional development calendar.  The conference has established a tradition of thought provoking themes with presenters sourced from an expert pool, both locally and nationally, of recognised professionals in their chosen field. This mix creates a melting pot of ideas, knowledge, challenge and enrichment to our individual practices’ and more widely to our counselling profession.

This conference will assist in building a base knowledge of the struggle of those with PTSD, the on-going trauma from abuse and how you, as a therapist, can play a role and find a place in such client's healing process.

The Conference sub-committee has worked extremely hard to provide this high quality event at a very affordable price, so please support your Association by attending and enjoying the experience. Your support will help us to keep annual membership fees low and member benefits high.


Dr Cathy Kezelman Rudy Gonzalez Dr Reg Nixon

Full details -
Professional Development credit - 8 hours


bullet Welcome to New Members

We give a very warm welcome to our new Associate Members Gisue, Josie, Ali, Roy, Nicole, Jesse, Melanie, Luita and Karen.We look forward to your involvement in CASA with us.

We also have a number of applications for upgrade to Professional Membership that we are processing and thank those members for the discipline involved in preparing their applications.



bullet August PD - Hypnosis in Counselling

Date:   August 23, 2014
Venue: Education Centre, Milner Street Hindmarsh
Time: 2.00pm-5.00pm

The Hypnosis in Counselling session will be presented by psychologists, Marta Lohyn and Merrilly Watson who have been in practice in South Australia for many years with specialisation in utilising hypnosis in their private practice as well as teaching the art of hypnosis.   

During this three hour workshop you will have the opportunity to explore what hypnosis is and how it can be used as a powerful clinical tool. Research indicates that it is an effective intervention for anxiety, depression, pain and trauma, as well as a range of other problems. Marta and Merrilly will demystify hypnosis and open you up to adding this skill to your client work.

Registration will open in early June.



bullet Bereavement Forum

Grief and Loss is so often discussed in the community confined to a neat package of death and dying. However Grieflink and the Palliative Care Council SA recently held a forum and, with invited stakeholders from the health care industry explored the issues of grief and loss in its wider contexts.

Although there are 12,000 deaths per year, only 3000 come under the umbrella of palliative care and so often the focus then, is on the process of death and dying and how the loss of the physical person can be managed in the family and friends network.    

Not only were there a large number of people missing out on the palliative care ‘death and dying’ process, there were identified gaps in the opportunities for people to explore the other areas of grief and loss such as, the loss of hopes and dreams, the loss of the person to mental illness or dementia even though the physical person still remained.  Even the issue of cultural grief was highlighted and included as a major issue to be included in this development of finding ways to fill the gaps.

As CASA was an invited guest we will be able to keep you informed as the follow up information filters through.

If you are any thoughts on the gaps please feel very welcome to feed back to the committee so we can pass on your thoughts to the organising group.



bullet PACFA News

New PACFA Ethics courses

Bookings are now being taken for PACFA's new course, Practical Ethics for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, developed in partnership with the Cairnmillar Institute.

The face-to-face workshop is taking place in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney on 17th May. The course counts for 12 points (6 hours) of continuing professional development.

If you wish to book in, please ensure your booking form and payment are emailed to at least one week hours prior to the start date of the course. If you are posting your form and payment, please allow 2-3 business days for the office to receive your application.



bullet 'Open Dialogue' Mental Health Professionals Network uline

This network is an exciting opportunity for health professionals to be involved in bringing about change to how the mental health system is conducted here in SA and to learn about a therapy approach that may be used through the medical system in the future.   

Spearheading the network is Philip Galley (mental health nurse in a management role with SAFKIML), Dr Conrad Newman (psychiatrist, Flinders Medical Centre) and Professor Nicholas Procter (Nursing and Midwifery UniSA). They collectively support person-centred principles and dialogical approach which was noted by CASA’s guest speaker David Webb when presenting the complex issue of suicide last November. The Open Dialogue Therapy has been utilised for many years in Finland to treat people presenting with acute psychosis with an 82% success rate before drugs are considered.  Mental health care systems are taking note around the world.

If you are interested in learning more:


bullet Free e-mental health services training uline

e-mental health services help young people recognise and respond to emerging mental health problems, and connect to peer and professional support at the times they need it most.

As a product of the Professionals service, funded by the Department of Health, Inspire Foundation has worked with youth and social work professional bodies to create a new professional development package that will help youth workers and social workers understand and utilise key aspects of Australian e-mental health services, building on its experience delivering Australia and it's associated tools, and on research from the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

Key dates

Package launch: Tuesday 29 April 2014

Webinar: Monday 19 May 2014; 11am - 11:30am AEST
Benefits and challenges of using e-mental health services in work with young people.

Target audiences
Professionals working with young people in a support role, including (but not limited to):

• youth workers

• social workers

• counsellors.

Note: It is not a prerequisite that the target audiences of the package are trained in mental health treatment. (link active from Tuesday April 29th)



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