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Copyright: 2012 Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors


Welcome to Edition 103 of Institute Inbrief. Loneliness can be an enormous barrier to a person's physical and mental wellbeing. In this edition, we look at some strategies that can be used to effectively deal with being alone.


Also in this edition:


  • A Case for Gestalt Therapy
  • Building Relationships with Step Children
  • Review - Understanding Child Development
  • Counselling Connection updates
  • Upcoming Seminar Dates
  • Resources, events and opportunities

Enjoy your reading!




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Article: Understanding Child Development

Published: Edition 57


Dealing with children can be a challenging task to any well-educated, intelligent and emotionally stable adult. Alike the rules in any interpersonal communication process, knowing the thinking process of the other individual(s) defines much of the interaction's success.


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Many students of the Diploma of Professional Counselling attend seminars to complete the practical requirements of their course. Seminars provide an ideal opportunity to network with other students and liaise with qualified counselling professionals in conjunction with completing compulsory coursework.


Below are some of the seminars available in 2009. To register for a seminar, please contact your Student Support Centre.



Communication Skills I - 05/12/09

Communication Skills II - 19/09/09, 14/11/09

The Counselling Process - 24/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 21 & 22/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 12 & 13/12/09

Case Management - 17 & 18/10/09

Counselling Applications - 28/11/09



Communication Skills I - 17/10/09

Communication Skills II - 14/11/09

The Counselling Process - 26/09/09

Counselling Therapies I - 10 & 11/10/09

Counselling Therapies II - 21 & 22/11/09

Case Management - 05 & 06/12/09

Counselling Applications - 07/11/09



Communication Skills I - 15/11/09

Communication Skills II - 20/09/09, 06/12/09

The Counselling Process - 18/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 12 & 13/12/09

Counselling Therapies II - 10 & 11/10/09

Case Management - 21 & 22/11/09

Counselling Applications - 29/11/09



Communication Skills I - 10/09/09, 10/09/09, 28/09/09, 26/10/09, 23/11/09

Communication Skills II - 11/09/09, 29/09/09, 27/10/09, 24/11/09, 11/12/09

The Counselling Process - 26/09/09, 16/10/09, 14/11/09, 05/12/09

Counselling Therapies I - 29 & 30/10/09

Counselling Therapies II - 16 & 17/11/09

Case Management - 24 & 25/09/09, 26 & 27/11/09

Counselling Applications - 30/10/09, 12/12/09



Communication Skills I - 03/09/09, 03/10/09, 29/10/09

Communication Skills II - 04/09/09, 04/10/09, 30/10/09, 22/11/09

The Counselling Process - 22/08/09, 11/09/09, 13/09/09, 10/10/09, 22/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 05 & 06/09/09, 08 & 09/10/09, 07 & 08/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 24 & 25/09/09, 17 & 18/10/09, 19 & 20/11/09

Case Management - 20 & 21/09/09, 29 & 30/11/09

Counselling Applications - 12/09/09, 18/09/09, 23/10/09, 24/10/09, 03/12/09



Communication Skills I - 17/10/09, 05/12/09

Communication Skills II - 18/10/09, 06/12/09

The Counselling Process - 12/09/09, 28/11/09

Counselling Therapies I - 07 & 08/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 19 & 20/09/09, 21 & 22/11/09

Case Management - 24 & 25/10/09

Counselling Applications - 05/09/09, 29/11/09



Communication Skills I - 05/09/09, 07/11/09

Communication Skills II - 06/09/09, 08/11/09

The Counselling Process - 17/10/09, 05/12/09

Counselling Therapies I - 12 & 13/09/09

Case Management - 11 & 12/10/09

Counselling Applications - 28/11/09



Communication Skills I - 26/09/09

Communication Skills II - 31/10/09

The Counselling Process - 28/11/09

Counselling Therapies I - 12 & 13/09/09

Counselling Therapies II - 24 & 25/10/09

Case Management - 14 & 15/11/09

Counselling Applications - 12/12/09



Communication Skills I - 21/11/09

Communication Skills II - 19/09/09

The Counselling Process - 24/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 31/10 & 01/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 28 & 29/11/09

Counselling Applications - 26/10/09


*Advertising of the seminar dates above does not guarantee availability of places in the seminar. Please check availability with the respective Student Support Centre.


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