In This Issue

From the President
Comments on the SGM, PACFA Council Meeting

February PD Review
Expressive Therapies - Dr Mark Pearson

May PD
LGBT - 4 presenters on this subject at our next PD

CASA Position Vacant
Can you help with catering at CASA PD events?

November Premier Event - Update
More details about our 2 day event on November 21-22

Welcome to new Members
More members join our ranks


 From the President

You will be interested to know that at the recent Special General Meeting (SGM) there were motions passed for changes to the category of Associate Membership in the Constitution. The changes will require that all our members have completed, or are enrolled in adequate academic training in counselling or psychotherapy. The motions were passed unanimously and appear to reflect that our members want to uphold a professional standard for all of our practicing members. Nothing will change for our current Professional and Clinical members but it will encourage our Associate Members to have a clear professional pathway of academic training in our profession.

There was some candid discussion after the formal proceedings at the SGM about CASA's position on the PACFA restructure. I was encouraged to hear several of our members speak boldly about their passion and devotion to our profession and give strong support of CASA's position. They expressed intelligent reservations about the PACFA restructure, verbalised absolute support of CASA and our decision to stay out of the restructure at this time, as well as a desire to see our profession grow and gain credibility with the Australian government.

One thing became very clear and stood out for me in that meeting. Our members have expressed many times over their appreciation of all things CASA and the fine work carried out by the Executive team.  We spoke however, about the challenge it will be to keep resourcing the Executive team with just the right people who are willing to work, to learn and to lead on the Executive.

I announced at the SGM that my own time as President comes to the end of five years in August this year (which is the maximum time on the Executive Committee a person can serve in the same role) and obviously there are always changes for those serving on the Executive, some coming and some going. There is a succession plan in place for my role, and now is a good time for members to consider their own suitability for CASA involvement. Times have changed of course, and the time commitment on the Executive Committee and sub-committees is now more manageable for most of us, though the call for outstanding Executive leadership and professionalism remains the same.

Pat Bradley and I are going to Sydney for two days on the 18th April to attend the PACFA council meeting. We are happy to hear any member before leaving, who wants to speak about your concerns or hopes for PACFA and the profession.


Robert Bullock


 In Review - Expressive Therapies (February PD)

Dr Mark Pearson's presentation was titled, ‘What makes sense to my client?’ and at the end I not only knew the full meaning of working with the client’s perspective but I also renewed my awareness of what made sense to me as the counsellor.  This was an excellent presentation which did indeed walk the participants through the clear role of the client and the counsellor in the counselling engagement.  It reminded us to sit comfortably in silence and trust that the client will come to their own knowledge of and conclusion of how to work through their concerns. Simply, what is right and meaningful for them.

There was an audible buzz in the room when participants engaged in the Multiple Intelligence (MI) questionnaire.  A range of surprised responses echoed throughout the room as participants discovered either a new piece of information or confirmed what they believed about the way in which they engage in the world from an MI perspective.

New information is good, confirming information is good but all of this can be limited if the presentation falls short by the presenter’s inability to sell the detail. Mark Pearson presented the work with conviction, credibility and clarity.


bullet Welcome to New Members

We give a very warm welcome to our new Members Roisin, Krystle and Leanne.

We look forward to your involvement in CASA with us.


bullet MAY PD : LGBT – Creating a safe place in the counselling space

Date: Saturday 16th May 2015

Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Anecdotal feedback from the lesbian, gay, bi and transgender community in general, and specifically, from those who have been clients alerted CASA to the need to provide a PD which would explore the various issues faced by both clients and counsellors when working with LGBT clients.

The workshop explores the politics of terminologies, family and religious issues and protocols, legal issues, adolescent experiences in the school environment, gender diversity and the multicultural mix experienced in the LGBT community.

Importantly, this PD will alert the counsellor to the diversity of difference and how better to assist the LGBT client with a more fulsome knowledge of how to best ‘create a safe place in the counselling space’.


Leanne Nearmy has taken on the mantle of lead presenter and has skilfully constructed the day taking it from a seed of an idea born out of a conversation to an informative day filled with presenters working and living in the LGBT community.

Leanne will open the day with an overview of issues in general.

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Masters of Counselling and has worked in education from primary school to tertiary level as an educator and counsellor.  She has also worked in the community services sector and within mental health services. She currently works as a Principal Lecturer in the Family Youth & Community Services Team at TAFESA and has a private counselling practise. Leanne is an advocate for LGBTIQ rights, she was previously a volunteer with the Gay Lesbian Community Service, was a foundation member of the Let's Get Equal Campaign and she and her partner made both written and verbal submissions to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Same-Sex Inquiry and also to the South Australian Government inquiry into Same Sex parenting. 

Presenter: Dr. Sophie Pointer -Legal Issues
Dr Sophie Pointer is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Injury Studies located in the School of Medicine at Flinders University. Sophie has been an advocate for same-sex family legal rights for many years. She is an active member of The Ally Network at Flinders University, an initiative designed to enhance University culture by creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for members of the Flinders community who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and queer (GLBTTIQQ), Pink Parents SA and is a regular contributor to a number of other organisations and events in the wider gay community. Sophie and her partner of 13 years have a nine and a half year old daughter.

Presenter: Natalya Giffney – Young people and schools
Natalya Giffney from Shine SA delivers the Safe Schools Coalition SA program across South Australia. Launched in 2014, the national program supports schools to be safe and inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students. Natalya works with all school sectors and provides free professional development, resources, consultancy and support to influence change at a whole school level. Natalya also provides support around specific students, especially in regards to students affirming gender at school.

Presenter: Zac Cannell – Working with Transgender people
Zac Cannell is a Trans* identified man who has been working in the field of human services for nearly a decade. Zac has an interest in working with young people and has done so for the last 7 having worked with headspace Youth Mental Health and more recently, Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide with the Youth Programs team as a Case Manager. Having a personal  interest in GLBTIQ rights, Zac has spent much of his personal time advocating for and supporting young people in this community. He has also incorporated this into his professional life having been a co-facilitator for the Rainbow Mates group (formerly Rainbow Girlz), founding member of the South Australian Identity and Support Organization (SAISO) and providing one on one support, particularly in supporting young Trans* and gender diverse people.
Zac holds a Bachelor of Social Work (hons) as well as being a recognised trainer and program developer. Additionally, he is also a trainer of the accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Course.

Panel Moderator: Sue McNamara
Sue McNamara has worked for over 20 years in the youth and community sector.  In Adelaide,  Sue been manager of youth health services, foundational member of the Northern Alliance against Homophobia in Schools, which developed the “Safe and Free to Be Me” project. Sue has also worked in a support role for Northern Rainbow Girlz, a support group for SSA young women in Northern Suburbs for Adelaide, and developed and delivered homophobia awareness training for primary health services staff in the northern region.

All presenters will form a panel which will be moderated by Sue McNamara (previous facilitator of Rainbow Girlz, Shopfront Youth Health Service)

Participants will be invited to write questions down as presenters speak which can then be utilized during the panel session. Naturally, the opportunity to ask directly from the floor will exist during the panel session.


 CASA Position Vacant

During the year, CASA commits to providing three Professional Development Sessions for its members. At each of these sessions catering is required for afternoon tea.

The position of Catering Coordinator is available for the 2015/16 financial year.

Remuneration for Catering will be $100 per Professional Development Session. This equates to approximately 5 hours of work for each session.

The Catering Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Checking participant numbers with the Administration Officer in the week before the Professional Development Session

  • Ordering platters from a store approved by the Executive Committee ie. Coles/Woolworths/Foodland

  • Purchasing biscuits and cakes on the day of the Professional Development session

  • Keeping containers holding tea/coffee/trays for food, tea towels etc and urns and transporting them on the day of Professional Development

  • Transport of food in a safe and hygienic way and demonstration of food handling skills

  • Set up of afternoon tea on the nominated day of Professional Development including provision of tea/coffee and cleaning up afterwards

  • Organise reimbursement of food/drink purchases through the Treasurer

If you have excellent organisational skills, and have the time to commit to attending all three Professional Development Sessions during July 2015, February 2016 and May 2016, please contact the CASA President, Rob Bullock at to register your interest.

You will be supported by the CASA Executive who will help you to understand the necessary processes involved in catering and available on the day for any questions or further support you need.


 Update on our November Premier Event

The Power of EFT

21-22 November 2015

Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh

This two day event has attracted international input and is a not to be missed on your PD calendar.

Day 1 - Working experientially with emotions in psychotherapy
Aimed at clinicians working with individuals, couples, or families, this workshop draws on current thinking reflecting the power of emotional processing as an agent of change (Emotionally Focused Therapy). An attachment theory framework sets the stage for inviting emotions into the therapy room. Further, therapist attunement and interventions for deepening core emotions help clients work through their emotional blocks, mobilizing them to make lasting changes. 
Learning objectives for the workshop are to strengthen:

  • Your ability to help clients identify their typical emotional regulation strategies and their impact on close relationships
  • Your skills in working differently with primary, secondary, and instrumental emotion
  • Your capacity to empathically attune to your clients in a way that invites deeper emotional engagement
  • Your understanding of how clients can overcome obstacles by tuning into themselves emotionally, discovering their attachment needs, and actively shifting their stance in their close relationships.

This applied, hands-on workshop aims to deepen your work with emotions.  Video demonstrations, experiential exercises, and role-plays will bring the concepts to life and offer practical skills to help you take your work with clients to the next level.

Day 2 - Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is uniquely suited to helping survivors of trauma with their close relationships.   With its focus on emotional processing and creating secure attachment, the EFT therapist helps partners heal old wounds and mend broken bonds in their current relationship.  Participants can expect didactic presentation, case examples, excerpts of sessions, and experiential exercises involving active participation from attendees.  Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify special issues in working with trauma couples
  • Help couples de-escalate their negative, often chaotic relationship patterns
  • Begin to work with key emotions to strengthen their relationship bond
  • Understand how to explore the trauma survivor’s view of self and other in order to craft corrective emotional experiences that foster security and closeness.


Veronica Kallos-Lilly and Jenny Fitzgerald are co-authors of An emotionally focused workbook for couples: The two of us, published by Routledge in 2014.

Veronica Kallos-Lilly Ph.D is a Clinical Psychologist and founding Director of the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute (See  She has been a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) since its inception.  As a Certified EFT Trainer, Veronica has been training and consulting to therapists in Canada, Australia and the United States since 1995.  Known for her warm interpersonal style, workshop participants appreciate Veronica’s clinical expertise and ability to create a supportive learning environment.


Jenny Fitzgerald Ph.D is Clinical Psychologist who works in private practice in Brisbane, mainly with distressed couples.  She also teaches at the University of Queensland, coordinating courses in communication skills for medical students and sex and couples therapy for post grad psychology students. Jenny’s PhD research, supervised by Judith Feeney, a leading adult attachment researcher, investigated hurt feelings and their repair in couples’ relationships.  She is the first Australian to be certified by ICEEFT as an EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer.   


CASA has moved from presenting a conference each year and has now replaced this with the Premier Event.
Importantly, this event will be held in the next financial year and cannot therefore be used for PD points this membership year ending in June.


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