Sydney - Diversity, Discrimination and Contemporary Counselling Practice

Posted by the ACAP Alumni team on 1 March 2017

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The ACAP Alumni Team is pleased to have Pam Stavropoulos present our next professional development session in Sydney on the topic of;

Diversity, Discrimination and Contemporary Counselling Practice

Date:                Thursday 30th March 2017
Times:              5.30pm to 6.00pm Registration, Refreshments & Networking              
                          6.00pm to 8.30pm Presentation
Cost:                 ACAP Alumni Covered 
Booking Fee:   $20 (see below for details)
Location:          Lecture Theatre, Level 1, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Registrations:  Please see below

Pam Stavropoulos PhD is an educator, consultant and therapist who is Head of Research with the Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse, Sydney Australia). A former Fulbright Scholar, she is on the Advisory Board of the ISSTD Scientific Committee  and co-author of the nationally and internationally endorsed Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery (ASCA, 2012).

Pam has held lectureships at Macquarie University and the University of New England, Australia and is a former Program Director of the Jansen Newman Institute. The author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (Florida: Universal, 2008) she has written research reports in the community health sector and is a clinical supervisor who specialises in trauma-related issues.

Diversity, Discrimination and Contemporary Counselling Practice
The reality of group based discrimination raises uncomfortable questions for individualist liberal democratic societies and also for the profession of counselling. Despite the reality of relationality, many counselling modalities remain individualist in orientation and systemic approaches rarely extend to the wider `macro’ society.

How equipped are we as counsellors to address the systemic and structural dimensions of the challenges with which clients present? And how attuned are we to the ways in which we ourselves are shaped by social `norms’ and the implications of this for our client interactions? With reference to the concepts of `aversive bias’, `microaggression’ and `insidious trauma’ (Brown, 2009) this session will consider the importance of these questions and their addressing to effective counselling practice.

Themes to be addressed:

  • Individualist bias? The legacy of standard counselling modalities
  • `Linguistic, systemic and structural’: rectifying omissions in standard counselling practice
  • Aversive bias, microaggression and insidious trauma (ref Brown, 2009)
  • `How do we begin?’ A method for attuning to diversity in its many forms

By attending this event you will receive a certificate crediting you with 2.5 PD hours.

Registrations are crucial as places are limited. Please register via the online form.   Registrations will be via Eventbrite and you will receive an email confirming your registration.

    *This $20 fee will be refunded to ACAP Alumni who attend the session or cancel more than 24 hours before the event. We thank you for your understanding regarding this process.

We look forward to receiving your registration and seeing you at the session.