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Published: 07/05/2021

Strategies for Creating (or Destroying) Habits

Welcome to Edition 353 of Institute Inbrief. This edition's featured article offers practical actions/advice that can help your clients improve their habits (by creating good habits and eliminating harmful/unproductive ones).


Also in this edition:

  1. Pandemic Telehealth: What Have We Learned?
  2. Revisiting Subpersonalities for Internal Conflict
  3. Suicide: Warning Signs and Prevention Tips
  4. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

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18/12/2013

What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?

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Welcome to Edition 194 of Institute Inbrief. In this edition’s featured article we explore the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy, a short-term (8-20 sessions) structured psychotherapy approach to working with individuals, couples, and – more recently – families.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your readership in 2013, and wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas and prosperous start of 2014. We look forward to supporting your personal and professional development in the New Year!

Also in this edition:

  • News: Office closure dates
  • MHSS Workshops: December/January
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

04/12/2013

A Brief Comparison of Psychologies: Part 2

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Welcome to Edition 193 of Institute Inbrief.  This edition’s featured article is the second of our two-part series titled “A Brief Comparison of Psychologies”. In Part 2 we explore Humanistic approaches and Transpersonal modalities.

Also in this edition:

  • News: The birth of the neuro-counselor?
  • MHSS Workshops: December
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

13/11/2013

A Brief Comparison of Psychologies: Part 1

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Welcome to Edition 192 of Institute Inbrief.  This edition’s featured article is the first of our two-part series titled “A Brief Comparison of Psychologies”. In Part 1 we explore Cognitive and/or behavioural and Psychoanalysis/ psychodynamic/ analytical approaches.

Also in this edition:

  • News: Exposure therapy turns off fear neurons to treat anxiety
  • MHSS Workshops: November/December
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

23/10/2013

The benefits of mindfulness practice

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Welcome to Edition 191 of Institute Inbrief. In a previous edition we introduced you to what mindfulness is (and is not), and showcased a range of therapeutic interventions that are based on mindfulness training and principles. In this edition’s featured article, we explore the clinical benefits of mindfulness-based approaches. 

Also in this edition:

  • News: The Healthy Weight Program
  • MHSS Workshops: October/November
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

09/10/2013

What causes depression in the elderly?

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Welcome to Edition 190 of Institute Inbrief. In a previous article we talked about how depression manifests in older adults. In this edition’s featured article we explore the causes of depression in the elderly, and the importance of treating those suffering from it.

Also in this edition:

  • News: World Mental Health Day
  • MHSS Workshops: October/November
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

25/09/2013

What is Psychological First Aid?

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Welcome to Edition 189 of Institute Inbrief. Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular means of providing psychosocial support to individuals and families immediately after a disaster, terrorist or traumatic event, or other emergency. It consists of a set of helping actions which are systematically undertaken in order to reduce initial post-trauma distress and to support short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.
 
In this edition’s featured article we introduce you to the basics of PFA: its definitions, characteristics, history, goals and more.

Also in this edition:

  • News: Exclusive 10-hour PFA program released
  • MHSS Workshops: October/November
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

11/09/2013

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

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Welcome to Edition 188 of Institute Inbrief. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of clinical behavioural analysis developed in 1986 by psychologists Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl.
 
Originally called comprehensive distancing, it gets its current name from one of its core messages: the injunction to accept what is out of one’s personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches one’s life. In this edition’s featured article, we explore some basic concepts of ACT.

Also in this edition:

  • News: AIPC on YouTube
  • MHSS Workshops – September
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

28/08/2013

What is Psychological Shadow?

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Welcome to Edition 187 of Institute Inbrief. Fittingly, the psychological phenomenon called shadow is so – well, shadowy – that even the best definitions of it are often by default: we define what shadow is not in order to get a sense of what it may be because, being shadow, it is difficult to look at directly. In this article, we explore the concept of shadow and its implications for therapists and clients.

Also in this edition:

  • MHSS Workshops – September
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

13/08/2013

Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain

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Welcome to Edition 186 of Institute Inbrief. While “talk therapy” admittedly does not always have the same quick response time as, say, painkilling medication, it can be hugely effective in helping the chronic pain client to come to a place of acceptance, opening the door to the establishing of a new life: one which accommodates the changes that have occurred.
 
In this edition’s featured article we look at both psychotherapy and cognitive therapy, including under the latter’s umbrella a couple of techniques for working with one’s mind and attention to change the relationship with pain.

Also in this edition:

  • MHSS Workshops – August/September
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

30/07/2013

Depression in older adults: What does it look like?

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Welcome to Edition 185 of Institute Inbrief. In this edition’s featured article we explore the differences in the presentation of the depression observed in older adults from that seen in younger people. We also differentiate between depression and dementia characteristics in older-age adults.

Also in this edition:

  • MHSS Workshops – August/September
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

16/07/2013

What is mindfulness, and what is it not?

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Welcome to Edition 184 of Institute Inbrief. Although only recently embraced by Western psychology, mindfulness practices and techniques have been part of many Eastern philosophies for thousands of years. In this edition’s featured article we explore what mindfulness is (and is not), and review some of the clinical applications of mindfulness.

Also in this edition:

  • MHSS Workshops – July/August
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

03/07/2013

Addiction: The Biggest Killer

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Welcome to Edition 183 of Institute Inbrief. Question: What is the biggest killer of Australians today? If you are somewhat clued up about health matters, you may very well say, “Oh, definitely heart disease.” Or you may argue that that unenviable honour goes to cancer. But the answer which we discuss in this edition’s featured article may be a little more complex than you think.

Also in this edition:

  • Bachelor programs: Mid-year intake closes this week
  • MHSS Workshops – July/August
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

06/06/2013

Case Study: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Welcome to Edition 182 of Institute Inbrief. In a previous article we reviewed a range of treatments that are used to help clients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In this edition we showcase the case study of Darcy [fictional name], who worked with a psychologist to address the symptoms and history of her OCD.

Also in this edition:

  • Mid-year intake closing: Bachelor programs
  • MHSS Workshops – June
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

22/05/2013

OCD: A Half-century of Evolving Treatments

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Welcome to Edition 181 of Institute Inbrief. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is said to affect 2% to 3% of the Australian population (that is: more than 500,000 Australians). In this edition’s main article, we explore the different treatments that can be used to assist clients suffering from OCD and its related behaviours.

Also in this edition:

  • Mid-year intake CLOSING SOON: Bachelor programs
  • MHSS Workshops – May & June
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

09/05/2013

The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF)

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Welcome to Edition 180 of Institute Inbrief. In a previous edition we explored the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In this edition we overview the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF) - a multiple-choice, comprehensive measure of normal range personality found to be effective in a variety of settings where an in-depth assessment of the whole person is needed.

Also in this edition:

  • Mid-year intake open: Bachelor programs
  • MHSS Workshops – May & June
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

24/04/2013

Helping Families Enhance Resilience - Part 3

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Welcome to Edition 179 of Institute Inbrief. In a three-part article series, we explore how you (as a social supporter) can help families deal with transition by developing effective resilience skills. In the previous articles of this series we reviewed at howsupporting a positive self-concept and encouraging effective parenting play a role in helping families progress. This edition’s article explores how creating supportive contexts is especially important to a resilient family during troubled times.

Also in this edition:

  • Bachelor of Counselling and Psychological Science
  • MHSS Workshops – April & May
  • New AIPC Online Article Library
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

09/04/2013

Helping Families Enhance Resilience - Part 2

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Welcome to Edition 178 of Institute Inbrief. In a three-part article series, we’ll explore how you (as a social supporter) can help families deal with transition by developing effective resilience skills. In the previous edition we looked at how you can help a family by supporting a positive self-concept. This edition explores how encouraging effective parenting plays a role in helping families progress.

Also in this edition:

  • Bachelor of Counselling and Psychological Science
  • MHSS Workshops – April & May
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

19/03/2013

Helping Families Enhance Resilience - Part 1

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Welcome to Edition 177 of Institute Inbrief. In a three-part article series, we’ll explore how you (as a social supporter) can help families deal with transition by developing effective resilience skills. In each article we will address one out of three principal areas of focus which reinforce one another. In this edition, we specifically look at how you can help a family by supporting a positive self-concept.

Also in this edition:

  • Bachelor of Counselling and Psychological Science
  • MHSS Workshops – March & April
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

05/03/2013

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

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Welcome to Edition 176 of Institute Inbrief. In this edition’s featured article we explore The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a questionnaire based on Carl Jung's theory of Psychological Types and developed by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs during World War II.

Also in this edition:

  • Bachelor of Counselling and Psychological Science
  • MHSS Workshops – March & April
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

19/02/2013

Optimism Skills and Resilience

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Welcome to Edition 175 of Institute Inbrief. In this edition’s featured article you’ll learn the origins of Martin Seligman’s work in developing concepts of positive psychology, and how optimism skills can influence your (and your clients’) resilience.

Also in this edition:

  • Bachelor of Counselling and Psychological Science – Last Chance to Enrol
  • MHSS Workshops – February & March
  • Articles and CPD updates
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates

06/02/2013

Shopping Addiction: Definitions, Signs and Symptoms

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Welcome to Edition 174 of Institute Inbrief. In this edition’s featured article we talk about the problem spending, also referred to as “shopping addiction”. You’ll learn its definitions, signs and symptoms, and review the cycle of (spending) compulsivity.

Also in this edition:

  • Bachelor of Counselling and Psychological Science – Closing Soon
  • MHSS Workshops
  • Graduate story
  • Blog and Twitter updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates
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