Education

ASORC ® 2016 PD Program

October 14th: 2016 ASORC National Conference

The Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) held it's annual 2016 National Conference on Friday 14 October 2016 at Four Points Sheraton, Sydney, Australia. ASORC aligned its annual Conference with the 2016 Personal Injury and Disability Management (PIDM) Conference.

The PIDM Conference was a 3 day event from the 12 and 14 October 2016. Day 3 was allocated as the ASORC Conference Day.

ASORC Conference Program: The ASORC Conference consisted of concurrent sessions of presentations and Q&A’s, panel discussions, joint presentations, and participative opportunities. Click here for more details.

ASORC Conference Speakers: For information about our speakers please click here.

If you attended the ASORC Conference you can view the speaker presentations here.

October 28th: WA's Catastrophic Injuries Support Scheme - Perth

Description:

Under Western Australia’s expanded motor injury insurance, all people catastrophically injured in motor vehicle crashes from 1 July 2016 will receive necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support. An information presentation on the types of service provision and potential roles of Rehabilitation Counsellors within this new scheme. This session will increase awareness of the new insurance scheme and provide an opportunity for discussion about the role RC’s could provide in the provision of services for injured parties.

Speaker profile:

Fab Zanuttigh is the General Manager, Motor Injury Insurance Division at the Insurance Commission of WA and has 32 years' experience in injury compensation. Since 2003, Fab has been responsible for the operation of Western Australia's CTP scheme. Fab lead the design and implementation of the motor vehicle catastrophic injury support scheme (CIS scheme), which came into effect on 1 July. Building on the success of Western Australia's CTP scheme, Fab has now taken on the challenge of delivering the new Catastrophic Injury Support Scheme on behalf of the WA Government.

August 12th: There is No Secret to Success - Sydney

Description:

This practical workshop explores processes that keep rehabilitation counsellors, case coordinators, and anyone who works with clients well-connected with their clients, whilst increasing their effectiveness and reducing the risk of drop-out.

Participants will see how monitoring the helping relationship and client progress in scientifically validated ways is critically important. Participants will learn how to do this simply and effectively, after all, who has time to do more work?

Current research on excellence and expertise is examined: how it is developed and also how to use professional supervision and consultation to achieve excellence is explored.

The outcome of this workshop is more successful helping relationships and interventions which leads to motivated clients and energised rehabilitation counsellors.

Speaker Profile:

Dr John Barletta is a Counselling and Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Grange. For over 30 years John has provided education, counselling, and psychological services. His career began as a teacher, then guidance counsellor, relationship educator, and tenured senior university academic, and continued with extended studies and work in the USA and Italy. He trained at QUT (DipT, GradDipCouns), ACU (BEd), UQ (MEdSt), OhioU (PhD), and APF-Rome. John is an energetic, down-to-earth professional who bases his work on scientific research not crazy pop psychology. He has a passion for helping adults challenged by various issues, as well as those seeking greater balance in life. John promotes healthy living via the application of integrated positive psychology principles. His expertise includes psychotherapy, workshops, keynotes, medico-legal and psychological assessments, corporate consulting, executive coaching, mediation, clinical supervision, and peer consultation. The Counselor Education faculty at Ohio University recently honoured him with the George E. Hill Memorial Award which recognises the outstanding scholarship, service and leadership of a graduate. John is author of The Home Therapist and The Practice of Clinical Supervision, is the psychology expert columnist for Style magazines, is interviewed regularly on ABC radio, and he currently has a sessional academic position at Griffith University.

August 5th: Role of RCs in the provision of Employability and Vocational Assessments for courts - Brisbane

Course Description:

Rehabilitation Counsellors and Psychologists have been providing Employability and Vocational assessments for litigators for many years, in many different jurisdictions and under many different legislative frameworks. A recent case in Qld has reinforced the value of Employability assessments provided by the appropriate professions of Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. The Panel will consist of Jessica Cucchiaro, Psychologist and Rehabilitation Counsellor and a full member of ASORC, in addition to Damien Jarrett from Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, and Jan Nunan, Fellow member of ASORC who provided input into the recent case to assist in the validation for Rehabilitation Counselling as the professional with the relevant expertise to provide such assessments.

The panel will provide information pertaining to the role of the Rehabilitation Counsellor, the Context and Content of Employability assessments and the outcome of the recent case. There will be a period for questions after the panel presentation.

August 2nd: Managing Post-Injury Perceptions of Injustice - Melbourne

Course Outcomes:

As a result of this PD event participants should become aware of:

  1. Methods of identifying individuals with elevated perceptions of injustice
  2. Novel intervention techniques designed to either prevent or reduce post-injury perceptions of injustice.
  3. How these techniques can be incorporated within the repertoire of services offered by rehabilitation professionals.

Speaker profile:

Michael Sullivan, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist who is the newly appointed Director of Recover Injury Research Centre at The University of Queensland (previously known as CONROD). Dr. Sullivan has held appointments as Professor in departments of psychology, medicine, physical and occupational therapy and neurology. Over the past 25 years, he has worked as an educator, consultant, clinician, and department chair.

He has served as a consultant to numerous health and safety organisations, insurance groups as well as social policy and research institutes. In 2011, he received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession by Canadian Psychological Association (2011).

He is best known for his research on psychosocial risk factors for pain-related disability, and for the development of risk-targeted interventions designed to foster occupational re-engagement following injury. One such intervention, the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP), had been included in the 18th edition of the Official Disability Guidelines (Work Loss Data Institute, 2013) as an evidenced-based approach to the management of work disability.

July 20th: Values Based Motivation for Action - Adelaide

Course Outcomes:

  • Gain compassion and acceptance for yourself and others
  • Understand how to achieve chosen outcomes:- Commence action as a result of Values based goal setting
  • Develop strategies to achieve goals based on the difference we can make now in the present. Link values to personal and vocational goals
  • Be able to use exercises from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to manage negative thoughts and feelings and have a greater ability to live more of the life you want!

Speaker profile:

Rick Mason has held senior positions in Sydney and Adelaide, managed his own businesses and worked in Sales, Marketing and Client Services for international and medium size companies. He has worked extensively with people from all walks of life, in the capacity of business and management coach, career transition counsellor, personal counsellor and motivational facilitator over the last 25 years.
Rick has developed a Motivation and Values Based Goal Setting Program and delivered this to over 600 individuals and groups since 2006. Rick has a history of being able to motivate and support clients, often with complex barriers, and has a track record in assisting people to implement action in the service of their personal and vocational goals. This readily leads to the achievement of desired outcomes often in a short time frame.

May 12th: There is No Secret to Success - Brisbane

Description:

This practical workshop explores processes that keep rehabilitation counsellors, case coordinators, and anyone who works with clients well-connected with their clients, whilst increasing their effectiveness and reducing the risk of drop-out.

Participants will see how monitoring the helping relationship and client progress in scientifically validated ways is critically important. Participants will learn how to do this simply and effectively, after all, who has time to do more work?

Current research on excellence and expertise is examined: how it is developed and also how to use professional supervision and consultation to achieve excellence is explored.

The outcome of this workshop is more successful helping relationships and interventions which leads to motivated clients and energised rehabilitation counsellors.

Speaker Profile:

Dr John Barletta is a Counselling and Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Grange. For over 30 years John has provided education, counselling, and psychological services. His career began as a teacher, then guidance counsellor, relationship educator, and tenured senior university academic, and continued with extended studies and work in the USA and Italy. He trained at QUT (DipT, GradDipCouns), ACU (BEd), UQ (MEdSt), OhioU (PhD), and APF-Rome. John is an energetic, down-to-earth professional who bases his work on scientific research not crazy pop psychology. He has a passion for helping adults challenged by various issues, as well as those seeking greater balance in life. John promotes healthy living via the application of integrated positive psychology principles. His expertise includes psychotherapy, workshops, keynotes, medico-legal and psychological assessments, corporate consulting, executive coaching, mediation, clinical supervision, and peer consultation. The Counselor Education faculty at Ohio University recently honoured him with the George E. Hill Memorial Award which recognises the outstanding scholarship, service and leadership of a graduate. John is author of The Home Therapist and The Practice of Clinical Supervision, is the psychology expert columnist for Style magazines, is interviewed regularly on ABC radio, and he currently has a sessional academic position at Griffith University.

May 5th: Motivational Interviewing - Melbourne

Description:

This workshop aims to address how Motivational Interviewing can be utilised when assisting injured workers to return to new employment. Explain the basic elements of MI theory and demonstrates, step-by-step, how the four-stage process of engaging, focusing, evoking and planning can be used. The workshop explores effective ways to promote change and sustain talk within a client centred approach and how to deal with clients’ who often feel afraid of change, lacking confidence or hope or the very common problem of not wanting to change.

This workshop will be a combination of presentations with demonstrations and will allow for skill practice through interactive activities.

Speaker Profile:

Olivia has completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Rehabilitation Counselling and a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling. Olivia continues to assist injured workers to return to new employment through Motivational Interviewing and Vocational Counselling.

Amy Heath, BHSc (Hons) is currently a PhD candidate at La Trobe University. She has recently completed a Masters of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, majoring in rehabilitation counselling and at present is beginning further research in the area of family carers in an ageing society as well as tutoring and lecturing in the both postgraduate and undergraduate health sciences courses for La Trobe

April 21st: Rehabilitation Counselling Beyond Workers Compensation - Hobart

Description:

Participants completing this seminar will gain a greater understanding of career options for rehabilitation counsellors outside of occupational rehabilitation roles.

During the seminar, the transferable skills that experienced rehabilitation counsellors have will be discussed in light of the ASORC Core Competencies. Potential challenges that rehabilitation counsellors may experience in moving into roles outside of workers compensation will also be discussed, with the presenter and participants being encouraged to share their experiences

Speaker Profile:

Ceara Rickard is an experienced mental health professional with strong interests in both adult and youth mental health, recovery and social justice. She has extensive experience in program development, management and working with a diverse range of clients with complex needs, with a strong focus on provision of excellent quality, evidence-based services and the effective use of technology in professional practice.

Ceara holds full membership of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors, Professional Membership of the Career Industry Council of Australia, Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society, and hold registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Psychologist with Provisional Registration.

April 21st: Chronic Pain- achieving an understanding of its mechanisms and control - Perth

Description:

The course will cover:

  • A review of different types of pain
  • A review of evidence behind what factors contribute to an individual’s pain
  • Screening tools for increased risk of persistent pain
  • Current clinical assessment
  • Current evidence management including pharmacology, physical rehabilitation and psychosocial factors
  • Barriers and opportunities for managing people with persistent pain

Speaker Profile:

Dr Tim Mitchell (PhD)

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

(As awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists)

Tim is a specialist physiotherapist who works part time in clinical practice with a focus on the management of complex and chronic injuries and pain disorders. He is involved in the ongoing care of patients as well as providing second opinions on more complicated cases. Tim is also a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University where he is involved in clinical teaching and research. He has completed a PhD in the area of low back pain and has a special interest in the translation of logical reasoning into clinical practice.

April 20th: Creative Suitable Employment Options - Adelaide

Description:

Identifying suitable employment goals for people with disability is central to the role of a Rehabilitation Counsellor. It is used widely in a number of settings including workers compensation, personal injury, compulsory third party and national disability insurance sectors. It is a pivotal assessment in someone's vocational rehabilitation, but often it is ineffective.

Speaker Profile:

Dr Boris Fedoric

B. Biotech. (Hons), PhD (Medicine), M. Hum. Serv. (Rehabilitation Counselling)

MASRC, MCDAA, MRCAA, Approved Comcare Consultant

Boris has continued to be a committee member of CDAA bringing a strong career development approach to vocational rehabilitation. He has recently been elected to ASORC's national council and has taken on responsibility for chairing ASORC's Communications subcommittee. He hopes to use this opportunity to continue to promote the value of Rehabilitation Counselling both in South Australia and nationally. He is also passionate about professional development in our industry, hence agreeing to commence our new look PD calendar this year creating this session, but will also take up a role in creating members events and opportunities for networking and mentoring others within the industry

Boris has been featured in CDAA's magazine discussing the impact of technology on career development, he also maintains a blog called DRBF World of Work, discussing topics relating to career and injury management. Due to his strong knowledge and performance within the injury management sector, Boris was an invited speaker to present on injury management principles, early intervention and emotional intelligence in the workplace.

April 18th: Emotional Intelligence and Resilience - Sydney

Description:

Emotions influence our decisions, behaviour and performance in productive and unproductive ways. Emotions are also fundamental to how we empathise and build relationships with others. In this workshop Dr Ben Palmer will outline the science of emotions and emotional intelligence and share practical tools and techniques for applying emotional intelligence at work.

Speaker profile:

Caroline Benedet is a highly experienced facilitator in Emotional Intelligence and Resilience, who has a passion for self growth and personal professional development through coaching and facilitating a number of certified programs.

She has a long standing professional relationship with Genos International having been trained to be a facilitator, by Ben Palmer, in the use of Genos Assessment tool and learning programs.

Caroline has presented at a number of International Conferences in Oxford, UK, New Zealand and Sydney. For example SOL International Conference in Oxford, UK, and Leadership in Times of Change Conference, NZ.

She has a Masters of Educational Leadership; Growth Coaching Accreditation; and has completed Solution Focused Business Course through Wisconsin University, US.

Caroline is an experienced adult educator and leader within a dynamic People and Culture Team here in Sydney.