In This Issue

From the President
Conference, PD, AGM

Conference in Review
A wonderful mix of speaker talent, audience engagement and collegial networking

Membership Renewal Time
It's now so easy to renew!

Welcome to New Members
Two new Associates plus upgrades for 6 members

August PD
Exploring the benefits of hypnosis in the counselling session

Bereavement Forum
Results of the forum now available

New web site and Portal now online

Mental Health - Australia
Take part in the ANU survey


 From the President

I would like to congratulate the Toni Catford and the Events team on the highly successful CASA Conference, ‘Trauma- Repairing the Pain”.

This was a truly enjoyable day of catching up with colleagues and meeting new people in the profession. Many commented on how warm and inclusive the day was with a wonderful atmosphere that left attendees feeling refreshed and inspired. I was impressed with the combination of speakers and the professional way they worked together to present a cohesive and fascinating perspective on this complex topic. There was plenty of material for discussion and each speaker brought something quite different, prompting learning and further exploration. It was great to meet our recent new members and several student guests, as well as catching up with old friends.

Representatives from our sponsor ACAP were very busy with enquiries and conversations around further education and our supporter, Innovative Resources from St Luke’s provided members with access to quality resources during the break. The catering was efficient and good quality food was enjoyed for the day.

We have now turned our attention to the next PD Event in August on Hypnosis and I especially want to draw your attention to the August AGM. The CASA AGM is actually a good time to exercise your voting rights and show your support of the outgoing and new Executive Committee. There is no expectation or pressure on those attending to join the Executive Committee; in fact those positions are normally filled by the night of the AGM. Reports are given, finances are reviewed and acknowledgements are shared, not to mention the informal supper and refreshments to round out the evening.

Robert Bullock


bullet Conference in Review   

The opportunity to gather once again under the umbrella of CASA at the annual conference in May was well taken up by both members and other professionals working in the field. The conference has proven over time that it is valued for more than simply providing an avenue for learning, it is also a place to share interests, ideas new and old and even take time out to share a meal together and simply, catch up.

The energy of conversations and catch ups during the breaks spilled into the conference room itself serving to enhance the conference experience. 

This year the focus on Trauma brought together three speakers who delivered three different aspects to working with trauma.

Dr Reg Nixon presented his team’s on-going research into working with PTSD clients as well as those with co-morbidity, dominantly depression.  His research highlighted the outcomes from the utilization of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which is a targeted approach to PTSD but is born out of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). The developing package of therapy demonstrated positive markers of change during the follow up phase.   

Rudy Gonzalez opened with an experiential exercise exposing the audience to the feeling of traumatic loss. This was a powerful opening as it jettisoned the audience from the comfort of Hindmarsh to some unknown place that exerts fear, loss and overt control. The audience felt trauma. Rudy is able to house children in the safe environment of the Lighthouse Foundation, a unit of care developed by Rudy. In this way he is able to create an experience of safety, a crucial place to begin a child’s journey from the traumatized ‘broken heart’.

Dr Cathy Kezelman spoke of her journey from naiveté to the age of 40 years following a trauma in the family, she fractured and now knew she was an adult who was a sexually abused child. Her buried memories flooded to the surface and Cathy began a long, fearful and at times suicidal journey of discovery. 

Like all conferences there is much to see hear and learn. And, maybe too often today it is through the ‘death by Powerpoint’ show. The Q&A panel session changed this providing an interchange of discussion between the floor and the panelists.

Away from the power point presentation, gems of wisdom were heard from the speakers.

Speakers Voice

Dr Reg Nixon

We thought if we treated the depression first we would be able to enhance the PTSD work - “WRONG”, we needed to work with the PTSD first

Behaviour Activation is a useful tool for depression but how can you be going to the park if your PTSD is fearful of such a place 

Work with the themes to challenge the thinking process 


Rudy Gonzalez

The brain prunes off parts not used when trauma dominant - trauma neurobiology. Think about the long term affects for psychosocial development

Recovery -back to what should have happened then going back and filling the gaps. Trauma work is changing the script

Trauma work is not linear it is individual work supported by other community engagements both professional and non-professional


Dr Cathy Kezelman

Fracturing – I had parts I didn’t know and parts that didn’t know me. I had a market place in my head

There is a poor understanding of the impact of complex trauma

Bearing Witness – just being heard has a positive impact



Vox Pop

Moving from the speakers to the audience – what did they hear?

Student’s voice:

I can see how the counselling approach fits with working with trauma. I can see the importance of reflecting responses so the client can feel heard, just as one of the speakers said, bearing witness

New Graduate’s voice:

This helps me understand so much more of how the theory can be experienced in practice

Lecturer’s voice:

The diversity of the speakers provides us with such a bigger picture of how to work with trauma and then so much more we have to pass on to the students

Long term therapist’s voice:

I just heard something wonderful today. To think of Michelangelo as the sculptor is to take a block of stone and slowly carve, chip and sculpt from the outside, removing the excess until you reveal the beauty within. I will take this image with me today.



 CASA Membership Renewal is Due

This year we have greatly simplified the membership renewal process for all members.

Your renewal can be completed online in a matter of minutes, including the delivery* of your membership certificate in PDF form.

Simply log into the Members Area of the CASA web site and click on the link "Online Membership Renewal". No paperwork needs to be submitted and you can choose to pay by Visa/Mastercard, BPay, direct deposit or cheque/money order.

You will need your Member ID which you will find on your current membership certificate.

Please ensure that you complete your renewal by June 30th to maintain continuity of membership.

Renewal time is also the opportune time to assemble your Professional Portfolio in readiness for the audit of your documentation, with your audit occurring once every three years. In your portfolio it is recommended that you include your Membership Certificate, Professional Indemnity Insurance paper work, evidence of client and supervision hours and evidence of continuing professional development. Please access from the Downloadable Forms section in the website Member Area - Summary Logs for Client, Supervision and PD, and the Audit Guidelines.

* Delivery is immediate for payment via debit/credit card. Certificates are sent after receipt of payment via BPay, Direct Deposit or cheque/money order.


bullet Welcome to New Members

We give a very warm welcome to our new Associate Members Litsa and YeeWah. We look forward to your involvement in CASA with us.

Congratulations also to the following members who have recently upgraded their membership status:

Professional: Joseph, Michele and Cathy
Clinical: Pat, Di and Peter



bullet August PD - Hypnosis in Counselling

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

The delivery of hypnosis has changed through the years and no longer does it have to be a directive delivery by the therapist in fact, it is a highly creative and collaborative experience between the therapist and the client.

No, you don’t have to watch a side to side swinging watch, or count down from 100 or even hear the words deeper and deeper. Hypnosis today is actually an active process with checking in from the therapist and feedback from the client all within the hypnosis experience.

In fact, we can all be buoyed by the standing that neuroscientists now have as they are at last validating the processes and responses in the brain during hypnosis.

At last the Hollywood notion of hypnosis is being debunked.
Your presenters, psychologists, Marta Lohyn and Merrilly Watson 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 later this month.



bullet Bereavement Forum

The bereavement forum held on 21st March 2014 was initiated by the GriefLink Management Committee with the support of the Palliative Care Council SA (PCCSA) as reported in the April 2014 edition of eNews. The forum was set up to identify the gaps in grief and loss support in the bereavement and palliative care arena as well as encapsulate other aspects of grief and loss in need of identification, recognition and subsequently, support services. 

In brief:

  • Gaps and ideas for the way forward including the building of a better understanding of death as a part of life and grief and loss as a human experience
  • A need for research to establish the extent of need in South Australia for both those with complicated grief and those in need of short term help
  • Need to establish a mechanism for links between sectors to develop a statewide approach
  • Need to ensure access to grief education and training across the state

Naturally there is an emphasis on bereavement given the group setting up this process however, underlying their work is the awareness that there is a bigger picture to paint around grief and loss than bereavement and, to only focus on the final process of death and dying would be to minimize the total experience of grief and loss.

For more information:

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial and Bereavement Support of Family Caregivers of Palliative Care Patients

To download a copy of this booklet, click here. For a copy of the complete version of the guidelines, which includes the methodology and the literature review that supports the guidelines, please
click here



and also:

Assessment in Bereavement Workgroup Psychosocial Reference Committee Report, Dept of Health

To view and/or download this report, please click here



bullet Mental Health ... Australia uline

The recognition of the need to adopt a preventative approach to mental health issues may be moving out of the shadows but there is still a gap from the recognition of need to the actual delivery of services to those removed from easy access to services.

The ANU Centre for Mental Health Research is currently developing the eMHPRac project, an Australian government funded project to support the use of e-mental health resources in primary care. 

What do you think about e-psychology and online mental health services?

If you are working in primary health care The ANU would like to know what you think!

As part of an Australian Government initiative (e-Mental Health in Practice), clinical researchers at the Australian National University are developing training activities for allied health workers and nurses to support the use of e-mental health resources.
The ANU invites you to participate in a survey currently running.

Log on to express your views and experience of e-mental health:

For further information, please go to:
or contact Andrew Staniforth, eMHPrac Clinical Project Officer, ANU Centre for Mental Health Research,



bullet PACFA News uline

PACFA's new website was launched in late May, along with the new Portal that allows members to renew their PACFA registration online.

There are some teething problems with the Portal, but PACFA is working to resolve these as quickly as possible, so please bear with them if you find the registration renewal process confusing.

If you are wanting to become a PACFA Registrant, or wanting to upgrade your Registration, the process is now completed online through the PACFA Portal. This involves a scanning of all your required documentation so that it can be uploaded.

The fee for a new application is $121.00, and for an upgrade the fee is $22.00.

If you are currently a PACFA registrant, you are also advised to check your details in the "Find a Therapist" section of the PACFA web site (, in case there have been any errors made in the transition from the old site, or if there is any mismatch between the information published and your request to withhold any/all of your contact details from publication.



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