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Compass Seminars – Empowering the Helping Professional (North Lakes)

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Compass Seminars – Empowering the Helping Professional (North Lakes)

A full day in person workshop creating safety to enhance well-being in practitioners, clients and mentally healthy workplaces

Compass Seminars presents Empowering the Helping Professional (North Lakes)

This one-day workshop is designed to assist individuals in the mental health and related helping fields in acquiring techniques to create safety, mitigate stress and combat burnout. The workshop places emphasis on delivering practical strategies that professionals can implement while on shift, with co-workers, and in their personal lives. Furthermore, all techniques taught are highly effective therapeutic approaches that can be applied when working with clients in a therapeutic setting.

Establishing a sense of safety is a fundamental necessity for any practitioner, helper or organisation offering mental health support to individuals dealing with stress, trauma, shame and other susceptibilities. The workshop provides an integrative, holistic, and trauma-conscious approach to assist practitioners in proactively embedding sustainable self-care practices that align with the person-practitioner-work environment. It tackles the essential requirements that practitioners, helpers, and organisations have regarding mentally healthy workplaces and its connection to resilience and long-term effectiveness amidst daily encounters with trauma-inducing circumstances, thereby minimising the impact of psychosocial hazards, compassion fatigue and burnout.

In line with the contemporary practice of an integrative approach to supporting clients, the workshop integrates ideas and activities from several frameworks to provide a rich variety of strategies to suit the unique needs of each client, professional, and organisation.  Based on Interpersonal Neurobiology, Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Practice, the workshop covers:

  • Understand dysregulation with an appreciation of mechanisms that occur within the brain and autonomic nervous system.
  • How dysregulation translates into therapeutic practice.
  • Understand how stress and reactivity are contagious with clinical implications and contagion effects on teams and family life.
  • Defining stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma.
  • Tools to screen for burnout and vicarious trauma.
  • Strong knowledge base component and focus on practicing strategies to build a personalised toolkit that can be used immediately.
  • Strategies to sustain professionals in their practice as well as developing a toolkit for therapeutic practice:
    • Global strategies to incorporate into everyday life.
    • Strategies to use in the here and now for immediate regulation.
    • Strategies to support co-workers.

Presented by: Dr Kate Owen from the Queensland Institute of Family Therapy is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist with 20 years experience working in mental health.  Kate provides comprehensive services to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Kate has a background in Child and Youth Mental Health Services, staff member of The University of Queensland Masters of Mental Health (Family Therapy) degree and has been in private practice since 2010. In addition to her clinical services, Kate provides supervision to individuals and organisations, and facilitates training across Australia. She is the author of the popular Keep Calm card set.

Date: Friday, 15th March – 9am to 4pm

Venue: Best Western Plus North Lakes Hotel, 22 Lakefield Drive, North Lakes, QLD, 4509

Cost: Early bird price until 28 Feb – $279 per person // Standard price – $369 per person

Register: Online