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Published: 03/11/2017

Narrative Therapy: Key Concepts

Welcome to Edition 280 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition’s featured article we explore some fundamental concepts behind the narrative approach to counselling.

 

Also in this edition:

  • A Case Using Art Therapy Techniques
  • The Making of a Flourishing Family
  • The Importance of Teamwork
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

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13/10/2017

CBT Interventions for Trauma

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Welcome to Edition 279 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition’s featured article explore various CBT interventions shown to be effective in the treatment of trauma.

 

Also in this edition:

  • The Phenomenon of Dissociation
  • A Case Using Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Summit Raises Over $140,000 for Charity
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

12/09/2017

Working with LGB Clients: Key Issues and Concerns

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Welcome to Edition 278 of Institute Inbrief! LGB clients often experience great adversity in their life, therefore their mental health workers need to be informed and prepared to support this population. This edition’s featured article aims to extend your understanding of the issues faced by individuals who identify as LGB.

 

Also in this edition:

  • 2017 Mental Health Super Summit
  • Mindfulness Meditation vs Stress
  • The Importance of Teamwork
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

29/08/2017

Teamwork: The Making of an Effective Team

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Welcome to Edition 277 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition’s featured article we’ll explore some of the factors that make teams successful, including goals, roles, processes, and relational aspects of a team.

 

Also in this edition:

  • A Case Study Using CBT
  • Counselling and Social Media: Opportunities and Risks
  • 2017 Mental Health Super Summit
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

15/08/2017

ACT: Definitions, Goals and Underlying Philosophy

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Welcome to Edition 276 of Institute Inbrief! Acceptance and commitment therapy is a form of clinical behavioural analysis developed in 1986 by psychologists Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl. In this edition’s featured article we’ll explore the definitions, goals and underlying philosophy of this relatively recent approach to counselling.

 

Also in this edition:

  • 2017 Mental Health Super Summit
  • The Making of a Flourishing Family
  • Social Support Development Skills
  • Post-disaster Resilience: Who Survives Better?
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

02/08/2017

Working Through Grief in Suicide Bereavement

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Welcome to Edition 275 of Institute Inbrief! Suicide is a significant public health problem, and properly supporting those left behind – the survivors – is a challenging but significant contribution to the wellbeing of the whole community. If a suicide-bereaved person wound up in your therapy room, what counselling tasks would need to be worked through with them? In this edition’s featured article we look at 10 general guidelines.

 

Also in this edition:

  • 2017 Mental Health Super Summit
  • Behaviour and Solution Focused Couple Therapy
  • What Does Resilience Look Like?
  • Networking for Success (In Counselling, In Life)
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

18/07/2017

Strategies for Helping Families to Enhance Resilience

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Welcome to Edition 274 of Institute Inbrief! In our previous edition we analysed the characteristics families display when they are flourishing and resilient. In this edition’s follow-up article, we explore strategies for enhancing the resilience of those family units who may be experiencing dysfunction from within or stress from the outer environment.

 

Also in this edition:

  • 2017 Mental Health Super Summit
  • Trauma: The Therapeutic Window
  • Time Management and Wellbeing
  • Helping Clients with Sleep Issues
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

06/07/2017

The Making of a Flourishing Family

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Welcome to Edition 273 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition’s featured article – the first of a two-part series – we analyse the characteristics families display when they are flourishing and resilient.

 

Also in this edition:

  • What Causes Depression in the Elderly?
  • Helping Clients Relax: Techniques that Focus on the Body
  • Ten Commandments of Brain Fitness
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

13/06/2017

What Causes Depression and Anxiety Disorders?

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Welcome to Edition 272 of Institute Inbrief! Depression and anxiety are the most common of all mental illnesses, the services for which continue to grow faster than the rate of population growth. While it is not possible to say precisely which factors have contributed to mental health problems in the case of any given individual, experts generally agree that depression and anxiety disorders stem from some combination of biological/physical, psychological and social factors. In this article, we review some of these factors, and offer you references for further readings in this area.

 

Also in this edition:

  • What Causes Depression and Anxiety Disorders?
  • Mindfulness Meditation vs Stress
  • Schema Therapy: Origin, Definition and Characteristics
  • How to Prepare for a Job Interview
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

31/05/2017

Helping Clients Relax: Techniques that Focus on the Body

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Welcome to Edition 271 of Institute Inbrief! Most relaxation approaches understand that the main point is for the relaxation practitioner to attain a greater state of focus and concentration. What’s up for grabs with each technique is that which is focused on, and how. In this edition’s featured article we’ll explore techniques where the practitioner focuses in some way on the body, either just observing it, or in some cases, actively tensing and then relaxing it.

 

Also in this edition:

  • Helping Clients Relax: Techniques that Focus on the Body
  • Trauma, ASD and PTSD
  • Counselling and the Brain: Five Major Processes
  • Ten Commandments of Brain Fitness
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

18/05/2017

Ten Commandments of Brain Fitness

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Welcome to Edition 270 of Institute Inbrief! Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it helps to keep us human beings alive, brain-wise. In this edition’s featured article we’ll look at how curiosity, exercise, and a few other strategies can help improve your brain’s fitness.  

 

Also in this edition:

  • Masterclass Day: Parenting and Positive Psychology
  • Schema Therapy: Origin, Definition and Characteristics
  • Exercise: A Moving Part of Wellness
  • Book Review: The First Interview
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

03/05/2017

A Guide to Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

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Welcome to Edition 269 of Institute Inbrief! The “Imposter Syndrome” - the chronic sense that we are a fake about to be exposed - occurs to 70 percent of us, including highly-accomplished people. In this edition’s featured article, we’ll attempt to understand this “syndrome,” providing you with some tools and strategies to overcome it.  

 

Also in this edition:

  • Tools for Your Personal Development
  • The Fine Art of Active Listening
  • A Case Using Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
  • CBT in a Nutshell
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

18/04/2017

Emotional Intelligence: Definition and a Brief History

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Welcome to Edition 268 of Institute Inbrief! The idea that we human beings have not only a quotient of cognitive intelligence, our so-called “IQ”, but also a level of emotional intelligence, called either “EQ” (for emotional quotient) or “EI” (emotional intelligence) has been emerging for at least 30 years. But just what do we mean when we say that a person is, for example, an effective leader because they have “high emotional intelligence”? This edition's featured article defines emotional intelligence and briefly explores its historical development over the past few decades.

 

Also in this edition:

  • Treating Anxiety with CBT: The Evidence
  • Helping Clients Develop Healthier Dietary Habits
  • Learning Tips: Techniques for Improving Memory
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

04/04/2017

Learning Tips: Techniques for Improving Memory

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Welcome to Edition 267 of Institute Inbrief! Having a tough time learning new concepts? In this edition’s featured article we’ll share some bullet-proof techniques for your improving memory.

 

Also in this edition:

  • Trauma: The Therapeutic Window
  • Treatment Options for the Depressed Elderly
  • Counsellor Tips: Principles of Good Parenting
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

22/03/2017

The Basic Principles of Parenting

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Welcome to Edition 266 of Institute Inbrief! Looking to improve your parenting skills? In this edition’s featured article we summarise Laurence Steinberg’s ten basic principles of good parenting. These principles are valid for anyone dealing with children, from parents to teachers, coaches, and even babysitters.

 

Also in this edition:

  • MBCT: A Look at the Mechanisms of Action
  • Fixed vs Growth Mindsets
  • Practical Prioritising: Important, Urgent, or Just Demanded?
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

07/03/2017

Developing a (More) Productive Mindset

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Welcome to Edition 265 of Institute Inbrief! Nearly four decades of research has shown that intelligence is not fixed as scientists used to think; rather, people can develop their brains like a muscle if they put in the effort. People who do that – persisting despite obstacles – can be said to have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset and they enjoy significantly more success than their fixed-minded peers. In this edition’s featured article we’ll define and compare these two kinds of mindsets, and outline the benefits of developing a growth mindset.

 

Also in this edition:

  • AIPC’s Community Services Courses
  • Hard-wired to Connect: Mirror Neurons and Empathy
  • Postnatal Depression: Onset, Prevalence and Consequences
  • Post-disaster Resilience: Who Survives Better?
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

21/02/2017

Working with Sexual and Gender Minorities: Key Issues

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Welcome to Edition 264 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition’s featured article we’ll explore three key issues and concerns mental health professionals may encounter when working with sexual and gender minorities. These include: using inclusive and appropriate language, clients “coming out” during session, and counsellor cultural competency.

 

Also in this edition:

  • AIPC’s Community Services Courses
  • Ways Practitioners Build Resistance in Clients
  • What Does Resilience Look Like?
  • Practical Prioritising Tips
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

07/02/2017

Loss and Grief Counselling: Anxiety and Spirituality

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Welcome to Edition 263 of Institute Inbrief! If we in the helping professions are to serve the burgeoning demographic of older, often unwell, people – or the caregivers caring for them – we need to know what their needs are. How are we to view death, and what philosophical or spiritual framework will help us work with clients dealing with it? This edition’s featured article entertains the question of what philosophical or spiritual preparation mental health helpers need in order to counsel someone who is chronically ill or dying, or that person’s caregiver.

Also in this edition:

  • What is MBCT? Definition and Background
  • A Case of Lost Direction
  • Wellness and Exercise: Question to Ask Your Client
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

11/01/2017

Basic Principles of Communication

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Welcome to Edition 262 of Institute Inbrief and to 2017! We all communicate – even when we are in silence. But how much do you know about communication? In this edition we look at five fundamental principles of human communication, and note what the practical (skills) implications are for you.

Also in this edition:

  • Balance and Stress Management
  • The Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Book Review: Masterminds and Wingmen
  • Social Media Updates & Much More!

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