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Continuing Professional Development

The conference will count as 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development which is made up as follows:

Friday 13 June, Pre-conference workshop – 6 hours
Saturday 14 June, Conference day 1 – 7.5 hours
Sunday 15 June, Conference day 2 – 6.5 hours

Conference Dinner
Date: Saturday, 14 June 2014
Pre-dinner Drinks: 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Dress Code: Smart casual
Aerial UTS Function Centre
Level 7, Building 10, 235 Jones Street
Ultimo, NSW, 2007
Tickets can be purchased for $75.00 per person (excluding alcohol, a fully licensed bar will be available)
The dinner is set to be a major highlight of the conference. Join us for a memorable evening of good food, fine wine and entertainment provided by Storyteller Extraordinaire, Monica Tessellaar.
Keynote Speakers
The Conference Organising Committee is pleased to announce our confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Emeritus of Counselling John McLeod Professor Emeritus of Counselling John McLeod
University of Abertay, Scotland

John McLeod is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay, Scotland, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of books, articles and chapters on a range of topics in counselling and psychotherapy, including Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (with Mick Cooper, Sage, 2011), An Introduction to Counselling (5th edn, Open University Press, 2013), An Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2013) and Personal and Professional Development: A Guide for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Mental Health Practitioners (with Julia McLeod, Open University Press, 2014). He is committed to the development of flexible, collaborative ways of working with clients, and the use of research to enhance practice.

Recent research has shown that taking account of client preferences has a significant positive impact on the outcomes of therapy, and reduces client drop-out. Findings from relevant studies, conducted within different research methodologies, are reviewed. Examples are provided of strategies for exploring client preferences, and ways of using this knowledge to inform the process of therapy. Effective utilization in therapy of client preferences, strengths and resources requires the adoption of a collaborative, dialogical stance, and an interest in the everyday life of the client. The implications of these ideas for therapy research, policy and practice are discussed.

Professor David Tacey Professor David Tacey
La Trobe University, Melbourne

Professor David Tacey teaches at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He is a public intellectual who has written extensively on spirituality, mental health and society. He is the author of thirteen books, including Edge of the Sacred (1995/2009), ReEnchantment (2000), and The Spirituality Revolution (2003). His most recent book is Gods and Diseases: Making Sense of Our Physical and Mental Wellbeing (2011). David studied literature, psychology and philosophy at Flinders and Adelaide Universities, and completed post-doctoral studies in psychoanalysis in the United States. His books have been translated into several languages, including Cantonese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Spirituality has arisen as a major item on the agenda of the therapy and healing professions not because therapists or professors have had conversion experiences, but because suffering clients want to bring this important but often vaguely defined concept into the therapeutic situation. Today we can speak of a client-led or grassroots recovery of the spiritual, and it has taken many people by surprise. Up until recently, ‘spirituality’ was frowned on as an activity linked more to mental illness and delusional thinking, than to health and recovery. But some forms of spirituality, at least, can be said to be positive and life-enhancing, often playing a role in the experience of healing and wholeness. What is spirituality, and why does it have therapeutic or healing effects in clinical contexts?
  Important Dates  
30 April 2014
Early bird registration deadline

30 May 2014
Standard registration deadline

13 June 2014
Pre-conference Workshops

14-15 June 2014
Joint PACFA, CAPA (NSW) and AARC Conference 2014
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Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia
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North Fitzroy VIC 3068, Australia
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  Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia The Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors  
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