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Published: 16/09/2020

Turning Adversity Into Strength

Welcome to Edition 340 of Institute Inbrief! What is trauma? What does post-traumatic growth looks like? And what do we need to watch out for, post-trauma, to ensure we experience growth? This edition's featured article delves into these questions.


Also in this edition:

  1. Living a Mindful Life (AIPC Mindfulness Program)
  2. A Case of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  3. Self-help Strategies for OCD and OCPD
  4. Disaster Mental Health Counselling Credential
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

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02/09/2020

Assessing Therapist-client Fit

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Welcome to Edition 339 of Institute Inbrief! This edition's featured article acknowledges the common understanding (backed up consistently by research) that a good therapeutic alliance is a prime predictor of success in therapy, and it also notes the converse: that not all therapists can work with all clients. It poses the question of which factors we should consider in making this assessment of therapist-client fit.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (AIPC Mindfulness Program)
  2. The Fine Art of Compassion
  3. Solution-focused Techniques in Counselling
  4. Disaster Mental Health Counselling Credential
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

04/08/2020

Counselling and Racism: Stopping the Pandemic

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Welcome to Edition 338 of Institute Inbrief! In the previous article we discussed racism and how it often manifests in covert microaggressions against its targets. In this edition's follow-up article we detail some of the counsellor responses that can address racism, both on personal and societal levels.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (AIPC Mindfulness Program)
  2. Counselling and Racism: Raising Our Awareness
  3. The Benefits of Intentional Daydreaming
  4. Disaster Mental Health Counselling Credential
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

21/07/2020

Counselling and Racism: Raising Our Awareness

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Welcome to Edition 337 of Institute Inbrief! This edition's featured article and its companion (next edition) comprise a two-part series looking at counselling and racism. Today we attempt to raise our collective bar in terms of awareness.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (AIPC Mindfulness Program)
  2. Procrastination: What Your Client Needs to Know
  3. Setting Up Online Counselling
  4. Disaster Mental Health Counselling Credential
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

09/07/2020

Working with Shame, Guilt, Humiliation & Embarrassment

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Welcome to Edition 336 of Institute Inbrief! Shame, guilt, humiliation and embarrassment are painful and universal human experiences; the terms are often used interchangeably and do overlap, but are different from one another. Owing to differences in culture, religion, ethics, and personal standards, we experience them differently to even similar others in our social sphere, and certainly to people in other cultures. In this edition and in a follow-up article, we examine these often hidden emotions, with an eye to disentangling them from one another and then seeing how we can best respond therapeutically.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (AIPC Mindfulness Program)
  2. Solution-focused Techniques in Counselling
  3. Working with the Highly Sensitive Client
  4. Disaster Mental Health Counselling Credential
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

02/06/2020

Lockdown Emergence: Integrating Our Various Selves

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Welcome to Edition 335 of Institute Inbrief! What is your "pandemic personality"? In a recent article, The Guardian asked readers to answer this question. From the "Smug introvert" to the "Urban escape artist" to the "The shamer", the months of lockdown have engendered for many a more in-depth examination of who they are. In this edition's featured article, we take the opportunity to move that question a step forward, asking "What do your various 'selves' coming forward now say about what you need?"

  1. Living a Mindful Life (AIPC Mindfulness Program)
  2. A Case Using Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
  3. Procrastination: What Your Client Needs to Know
  4. Assessing Therapist-client Fit
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

19/05/2020

Helping Clients Handle Rejection

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Welcome to Edition 334 of Institute Inbrief! There are no two ways about it: rejection is a universal experience and we will all face it multiple times over the course of our lives. But it still hurts! So what might it be helpful to keep in mind when you face that poor client that has been rejected (perhaps again)? That's what our featured article will cover.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (AIPC Mindfulness Program)
  2. Helping Clients Develop Healthier Dietary Habits
  3. A Person Centred Approach to Grief and Loss
  4. Enrol Now: Disaster Counselling Credential Course
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

28/04/2020

COVID-19, Fear and What Counsellors Can Do To Help

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Welcome to Edition 333 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition we look at some of the ways mental health professionals can support clients during the COVID-19 global crisis.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (New AIPC Program)
  2. The Fine Art of Compassion
  3. Strategies for Helping Families to Enhance Resilience
  4. Just Launched: Disaster Counselling Credential Course
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

14/04/2020

Setting Up Online Counselling: Not Jist a Couple of Clicks

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Welcome to Edition 332 of Institute Inbrief! The global COVID-19 crisis changed our lives in many ways. For counsellors, one of such changes has been the need to move their therapeutic work to online and distant modes. In this edition we look into what must be considered when setting up an online counselling capability.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (New AIPC Program)
  2. The Benefits of Intentional Daydreaming
  3. Challenges of Families Who Experience Violence
  4. COVID-19, Fear and What Counsellors Can Do to Help
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

18/03/2020

Relaxation Techniques for Stressful Times

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Welcome to Edition 331 of Institute Inbrief! The global COVID-19 crisis is placing immense pressure on individuals, communities and entire countries. In this edition, we share a number of relaxation techniques you, your loved ones, and your clients can consider to reduce stress and better cope with challenging times.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (New AIPC Program)
  2. Caring for Others: Avoiding Common Traps
  3. Solution-focused Techniques in Counselling
  4. Consider this Before "Friending" a Client
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

04/03/2020

Helping Clients Learn How To Surrender

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Welcome to Edition 330 of Institute Inbrief! As a therapist, how do you help confused clients distinguish between the concepts of surrendering and giving up? In this edition we look at felt emotional differences, differences in potential outcomes, and strategies you can use to help clients differentiate between the two.

  1. Living a Mindful Life (New AIPC Program)
  2. Building Shame Resilience in Clients
  3. MBCT: A Look at the Mechanisms of Action
  4. The Psychology of Bragging
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

18/02/2020

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Counsellor Self-disclosure

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Welcome to Edition 329 of Institute Inbrief! If you were to divulge personal information in-session, are you clear on the therapeutic benefit for the client? In this edition's featured article, we look at the potential benefits and pitfalls of self-disclosure in counselling.

  1. The Eclectic Therapist
  2. A Case of Lost Direction
  3. Self-help Strategies for OCD and OCPD
  4. Assessing Therapist-client Fit
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

03/02/2020

Intention to Realisation: Working with Will

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Welcome to Edition 328 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition's featured article we'll discuss how to help your counselling clients stick to their new year goals and aspirations.

  1. 2020 Intake: Bachelor and Master of Counselling
  2. Revisiting Subpersonalities for Internal Conflict
  3. The Making of a Flourishing Family
  4. Bushfire Crisis: Resources for Helping Professionals
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

16/01/2020

2019 In Review: Our Most Popular Articles

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Welcome to Edition 327 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition's featured article we celebrate our readers (you) by showcasing our top 10 most popular articles of 2019. Topics include addictions, relationships, therapeutic approaches, loss/grief, and much more.

  1. 2020 Intake: Bachelor and Master of Counselling
  2. The Benefits of Intentional Daydreaming
  3. Principles and Techniques of Motivational Interviewing
  4. Lying: Life Skill or Lousy Habit?
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

02/01/2020

Infidelity: Rebuilding After a Betrayal

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Welcome to Edition 326 of Institute Inbrief - and to 2020! In this edition we conclude our two-part series on infidelity. In our preceding article, we highlighted some of the issues, emotions, and dynamics of helping someone recover from the betrayal of infidelity. Today we look at the question from the other angle: that of the partner who strayed, and what they can do if they wish to recover their relationship.

  1. Also in this edition: The Eclectic Therapist
  2. Counselling Parents: The Early Stages
  3. Social Media: Breeding Ground for Multiple Relationships
  4. The Psychology of Bragging
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

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