In This Issue

From the President
Welcome to a new year of activity

February PD
Register now for this highly informative session about youth and self harm

Conference 2014
More about our speakers - Early Bird Registration Now Open

Membership Update
Welcome to 3 new members

Upgrading Membership
A simpler application form for Professional membership

Liaising with Training Providers
CASA keeps you informed of current education offerings

News and information about PACFA registration, training and upcoming events



 From the President

A warm welcome to all and sincere best wishes for the start of this new year, though it seems to be well on the way for many of us.  The start of the year ushers in a feeling of anticipation and hope about our profession, with growth and positive change ahead.

My hope for our profession and, for each of us, is that we are able to have the courage to take whatever steps are needed to shine.

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin

Over the break work continued, including preparations for the February PD, the May annual conference, and events later in the year. Please take a moment to note some of our planned activities and notices, and I hope to see you very soon.


Robert Bullock


bullet PD Event - Feb 22nd, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm   

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Don't miss this great opportunity to gain expert knowledge in managing clients who suffer from eating disorder or body image concerns and who may resort to self harm.

Self-harm is one of the main concerns for counsellors and human services professionals, due to its prevalence among youth today. After this session you will be able to recognise and respond appropriately to self-harming behaviours and early warning signs. You will be more aware of what to do and what not to do when working with young people at risk, as well as the distinguishing the difference between suicide and self-harm. Common misconceptions will be discussed as well as where to go for further help and support.

This event is free to CASA members. Non member admission price is $75.00.


Jasmine Smith - Masters Clinical Psychology

Jasmine is based at Flinders University and has a special interest in working with eating disorders, working with adolescents and their families, as well as adults experiencing disordered eating and body image concerns.
Jasmine's presentation will refer to the development and subsequent treatment of eating disorders in adolescents, including common 'myths' of eating disorders in teens. Jasmine will also provide information on the "how to's" in developing the medical safety management of such clients and especially, the arena of self harm.

Lana Styles (ASCEND – Support Training and Intervention Services)

Lana's experience is anchored in working with disadvantaged youth, youth suicide intervention program and consultations with youth and their carers.
Lana clearly states that self harm is the main concern of professionals working with young people. And, she even more clearly states that this concern is ignited by the "prevalence" of self harm in this group. This presentation will arm you with the skills of recognition accompanied with appropriate responses to early warning signs and actual self harming behaviours. Importantly, Lana seeks to help you to define more appropriately the fine line between suicide and self harm.

Register online at

PLEASE NOTE: When you register correctly online you will receive a confirmation email. If you have not received one, you probably aren't registered and may be asked to pay the full fee on arrival.



 Conference 2014

"Trauma – Repairing the Pain"

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

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.

Presenters in Focus

Under the banner of trauma and repair each presenter will develop a wider understanding of the complex web of pain that trauma may create in an individual’s psychosocial world today and tomorrow.

Dr Cathy Kezelman  - Cathy’s Point of Difference

Cathy will bring her personal story and her vast experience on the topic of complex trauma and adult survivors of child abuse to the conference in 2014.

Curriculum Vitae - Dr Cathy Kezelman MBBS (Hons) President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse in New South Wales (appt. 2012)

Cathy has worked as a GP for 20 years and held leadership roles in ASCA for 12 years, including two terms as Chair. Cathy has a strong place in representation across media, advocacy, service strategy and government relations.

Director of  Mental Health Co-ordinating Council (MHCC) NSW, member of Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW), foundation member of national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory Working Group, reference group member of ACSSA (Australian Centre for Study of Sexual Assault).

Advisory panel member of Batyr.

Short-listed for CLW’s Leadership Achievement Award for Women in 2009

Appointed an ambassador for National Families Week 2009/10/11/12/13.

Author of her own memoir chronicling her journey of recovery from childhood trauma: Innocence Revisited- a tale in parts.

Cathy is co-author of ASCA's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery”

Rudy Gonzalez - Rudy’s Point of Difference

Rudy has a practice across the counselling and forensic psychology field to children, young people and families including violent offenders.  His framework will include attachment needs in traumatised children and adolescents.

Curriculum Vitae - Rudy Gonzalez

Founding Executive Director, Lighthouse Institute, an attachment and trauma informed knowledge centre that provides clinical supervision, training and consultancy to practitioners and organisations working with survivors of trauma. Member Australian Psychology Society.

Research into trauma informed therapeutic systems.

As Director of Care Services at Lighthouse Foundation he managed the therapeutic care program for homeless young people.

Work in Family Services as a family counsellor

Forensic work with violent male offenders

Working with children, young people and families in private practice setting

Lecturer with the School of Psychology and Social Sciences at Victoria University.

Co-author of Therapeutic Residential for Children and Young People: An Attachment and Trauma Informed Model for Practice.

Dr Reg Nixon – Reg's Point of Difference

What and how do we play a role in the healing of those who experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? With his knowledgeable research background, he will guide us through the struggle encountered by people suffering PTSD.

Curriculum Vitae - Reginald (Reg) D. V. Nixon B.A.(Hons), MPsychol, PhD Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Flinders University.

Experience in treatment and research of trauma for the past 10 years.

Work in the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit, Westmead Hospital/University of NSW

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Trauma Recovery, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA.

In 2005, received the Tracy Goodall Early Career Award by the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

In 2007 the Australian Institute of Policy Science conferred a Young Tall Poppy Award.

He is presently the Chief Investigator of four treatment studies investigating the treatment of acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adults.

In receipt of a grant from Australian Rotary Health to investigate the efficacy of treating acute stress disorder in a community health setting.

Early Bird Registration Now Open -
Professional Development credit - 8 hours


bullet Welcome to New Members

We give a very warm welcome to our new Associate Members Anne, Patricia and Alison, and a new Professional member, Ben. We look forward to your involvement in CASA with us.

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



bullet Upgrading to Professional Membership

For our Associate members who are interested in upgrading to Professional Membership we are pleased to advise that the Application for Professional Membership has been simplified.

Please ensure therefore that you download and use the latest version (Version 13) which is available from our website:

We have also simplified the RPL Application form (Version 5) should that be the pathway that suits your circumstances.

Please feel free to contact us if you want some guidance.



bullet Liaising with Training Providers

With the new year underway, students are beginning or returning to their studies.

It is so encouraging that there are now increasing options for training in counselling and psychotherapy in South Australia that meet PACFA Training Standards.


  • Adelaide Uni provides postgraduate training

  • Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) provides both degree and post graduate courses

  • Australian Institute of Family Counselling has a three year Graduate Certificate program

  • Gawler TAFE in conjunction with the University of Southern Queensland are introducing a degree course this year

Representatives from CASA regularly receive invitations to speak with the student bodies



bullet PACFA News uline

Change - PACFA Registration Process
New procedures have recently been undertaken by PACFA in relation to processing of your applications for listing on the PACFA Register. The main thrust of the change focuses on the failure to provide sufficient information or documentation.

If there is a failure to provide the above requirements the following will occur:

  1. Failure by either the Member Association or the Applicant to meet the above requirements and therefore ensure finalization of the application within 90 days the Applicant will be notified that their application has been unsuccessful.  
  2. A reminder to the Association and the Applicant after 60 days will be sent that all documentation needs to be received within 90 days of the application being made.  If not received PACFA will send the application back to the Applicant and advise them that their application has been unsuccessful. 
  3.  The Applicant will need to re-apply, pay the application fee again if they wish to continue seeking PACFA registration. 

Presently, PACFA is holding on to some unsuccessful registration applications received since 2010. They will action these outstanding applications and the Applicants will be advised that their applications have been unsuccessful. The relevant Member Associations will be informed of all actions being taken.
If you require any further information or are concerned with the standing of your application please contact the Register Administrator Nilu De Alwis on 

Stop Press - PACFA newsletter - Opportunity to stretch your boundaries of knowledge
There is now an opportunity to develop your skills in the arena of intellectual  disability and mental health with free training on-line through the University of New South Wales in intellectual disability and mental health, in partnership with Ageing Disability and Home Care, NSW Health and the Health Education and Training Institute.

The first eight modules of the training are now available to be completed online. You can work through the training at your own pace using the user-friendly online learning system. The training is aimed at helping participants gain knowledge, skills and confidence to improve the mental health care of people with an intellectual disability. People with an intellectual disability have a higher rate of mental disorders than the general population, but have less access to mental health care.

For more information, you can download the training flyer at the PACFA website:

PACFA Conference
The theme of this year's PACFA Conference is "Complexity & Connectednes in Life and Love". It will be held on 13-15 June 2014 at the Aerial Function Centre, UTS Ultimo.

Three pre-conference workshops will be held on Friday 13 June and a there will be a celebratory conference dinner held on Saturday 14 June with entertainment provided by Story Teller Extraordinaire, Monica Tessellaar, from the Association of Soul Centred Psychotherapy.

More details at

PACFA Council Meetings
PACFA holds two Council Meetings each year in which delegates from all the Member Associations confer. The first of these meetings will be held on 5th and 6th April in Sydney with CASA delegates in attendance.

You can view the latest PACFA eNews at:





New six month
Certificate Course
Adelaide 2014



The Art and Science of Supervision

This six-month Certificate Course is offered to qualified and established professionals who work in counselling, psychotherapy, psychology and other people-focused professions, and undertake or plan to undertake the provision of supervision.

This inter-professional training brings together the science of supervision that informs the ‘know-how’ of practice, together with the art of supervision including the dynamics of what is uniquely in the moment of the supervision encounter.

Distinctive features of this 40 hour course – that involves teaching, interactive workshopping and assessment – will be access to on-line resources and the integration of creative arts-based supervision activities.

With supervision now being understood as a distinct discipline with its own skill set and knowledge base, PACFA has established specific requirements for accreditation of its supervisors. This course is designed to facilitate the required competencies and meet the PACFA Accredited Supervisor training requirements. An adjusted program is available for those wishing to meet PACFA’s Transition Pathway requirements.

The course is conducted over five Friday evenings (6 - 9pm) and Saturday mornings (8am - 1pm). All training materials, access to research papers, and refreshments provided.

  Dates:  2 & 3 May; 16 & 17 May; 27 & 28 June; 5 & 6 Sept; 14 & 15 Nov
  Cost: $1,495   Deposit with booking $200
  Earlybird discount $200 if paid 1 month before start date
  Venue: Safe Place Training  147 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
  Trainers: Dr Pamela Brear, Mark Pearson

For further details contact:
Dr Pamela Brear  Ph: 8277 2357
Mark Pearson  Ph: 0419 492 713











Certificate in Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work
- with children, adolescents and adults

12 days 4 x 3-day workshops Starts 21 March, 2014

Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents
- somatic focused, creative counselling for emotional integration

15 days 5 x 3-day workshops Starts 6 November, 2014

Specialised training in multiple intelligences based, creative arts therapies
At the Quiet Place Studio, Carey Gully, Adelaide Hills

Mark Pearson: 0419 492 713
For details please visit:



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