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Edition 4 2015

As a mental health practitioner, you will be familiar with the twin problems of client ambivalence and resistance. Motivational Interviewing (MI) was spawned to help clients change by working with the approach-avoid nature of ambivalence that goes hand in hand with attempts to change - and typically generates grand resistance.

 

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Edition 3 2015

Psychoeducation has been termed the combining of "the empowerment of the affected" with "scientifically-founded treatment expertise" in as efficient a manner as possible (Bauml, Frobose, Kraemer, Rentrop, & Pitschel-Walz, 2006/2014). In this edition, we give you an understanding of what comprises psychoeducation, how it may be delivered - in which formats and for what conditions - and what results a clinician offering it may reasonably expect.

 

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Edition 2 2015

Collectively, anxiety disorders plague the lives of one in six or seven people in western, English-speaking countries. In this edition, we briefly explain the basic principles of a cognitive-behavioural approach, look at the evidence showing that it works, list the key skills needed by CBT therapists, and review how effective CBT is in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

 

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Edition 1 2015

To come into relationship with the notion that one is - and probably has always been - different from the "norm" of heterosexuality is for many individuals a terrifying experience, bringing with it a plethora of social, interpersonal, intrapersonal, employment, and sometimes religious and legal issues. The focus of this edition is on counselling the gender-diverse client.

 

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Edition 4 2014

This edition focuses on the challenges of getting older, with a specific focus on two growing populations: the depressed elderly and the older folk among us who are in chronic pain.

 

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Edition 3 2014

Emotionally Focused Therapy is a short-term (8-20 sessions) structured psychotherapy approach to working with individuals, couples, and - more recently - families. In this edition we cover the basics of EFT and also briefly discuss attachment theory, on which EFT is partially based.

 

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Edition 2 2014

How do you choose? Do you choose? How free are you to choose? What does your life situation say about what you have already chosen? "Will" is the name for the controlling and directing functions of the personal self. In this edition we define and describe will, and explore the therapeutic applications of this central concept in the psychology of Psychosynthesis.

 

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Edition 1 2014

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, or DBT, was developed in 1993 by U.S. psychologist Marsha Linehan for use specifically with clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), who cope with distressing emotions and situations by using self-destructive behaviours such as suicide and self-harm, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

 

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Edition 4 2013

Fostering resilience - the great art of helping others to bounce back - is the foundation of what we do as mental health professionals. But just how, exactly, do you do it? What tools or techniques have you got in your bag of tricks to foster resilience at the very practical level of in-session work?

 

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Edition 3 2013

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.

 

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Edition 2 2013

How can we "keep up the spirit" in our communities - their mental health and wellness? What concepts, skills, and issues do we need to be aware of if we want to help create and sustain communities that enjoy not just an absence of disease and disorder, but a genuine sense of wellbeing?

 

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Edition 1 2013

Treating any type of substance abuse and substance addiction is challenging because they both have so many dimensions and they both disrupt so many aspects of the individual's life. Effective treatment programs typically incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the condition and its consequences.

 

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Edition 4 2012

Eastern approaches to counselling - including the integration of mindfulness, yoga and meditation techniques in practice - have been a heavily discussed topic in recent years. In this edition, we explore numerous ways therapists are utilising mindfulness-based techniques and approaches to help clients achieve better therapeutic outcomes.

 

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Edition 3 2012

Personality disorders are mixed in their clinical features and aetiology. Their symptom complexities are caused by combinations of hereditary temperamental traits, environmental factors and developmental events. This edition focuses on the aetiology, associated features, diagnostic criteria and treatment focus of common personality disorders.

 

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Edition 2 2012

We have never known so much about the brain and its influence in human behaviour. But how can we apply this extensive knowledge into the practice of counselling? In this edition, we introduce you to the brain and discuss how recent developments in neuroscience can help therapists better understand, and support, clients.

 

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Edition 1 2012

Positive Psychology's primary focus is on what people do right to obtain and maintain optimum happiness (Compton, 2005), by striving to understand and help people develop qualities that lead to greater personal fulfilment.

 

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Edition 4 2011

Regardless of who you are or what you do, chances are you spend a lot of time entrenched in the busyness of life, worrying about getting everything done, and feeling out of control. We feel obligations and pressures which are both physical and mental and the attached stress, which can be quite debilitating, is not always obvious to us.

 

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Edition 3 2011

Becoming a couple is one of the most complex relationships in adulthood. It is also well known that being a couple can contribute to personal growth and self-awareness (Long & Young, 2007).

 

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Edition 2 2011

Critical Incidents are events that occur outside the usual range of experiences. They are so powerful and sudden that they can overwhelm a person's ability to cope. Critical incident management has emerged as an effective method for the provision of psychological support in the wake of a critical incident or traumatic event.

 

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Edition 1 2011

In counselling, ethics underpin the nature and course of actions taken by the counsellor. Counsellors and others in helping professions are expected to behave in an ethical manner. By nature of the profession, counsellors are to act in the best interest of their client, promoting client goals, protecting client rights, maximizing good and minimizing harm (Stein, 1990).

 

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Edition 4 2010

Self harming behaviour presents considerable challenges to the mental health practitioner. Despite the challenges and resistances, a holistic treatment that encompasses both medication and psychotherapy has shown to be effective in the management of self harming behaviour (Craigen & Foster, 2009).

 

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Edition 3 2010

Mediation is a means of resolving disputes between two or more parties who possess a genuine desire to achieve a mutually satisfying outcome. The counsellor in the process acts as the 'mediator' by assisting the disputing parties to focus on a mutual problem, discuss possible solutions and agree upon a solution.

 

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Edition 2 2010

Anxiety is an adaptive reaction that everyone experiences from time to time, including animals. Anxiety alarms us of situations and circumstances that involve some threat of danger, and it enables our body to respond in ways that help keep us safe. This response is a useful survival mechanism, helping us to avoid or even prevent dangerous situations, and is known as the Fight or Flight Response.

 

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Edition 1 2010

All children begin their journey with no expectations and have a sense of wonder about their world (Doe & Walsh, 1998). As they travel through their life, events may occur in the child's life that could contribute to the way they are feeling.

 

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Edition 4 2009

Dissociation is a mental process where there is a lack of connection between, thoughts, feelings, actions or sense of identity. This disconnection is termed splitting and exists at a sub-conscious level.

 

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Edition 3 2009

Alternative delivery methods of counselling can include email, web conference, phone calls, short messages, etc... or a combination of those.

 

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Edition 2 2009

The Role of Counselling in Mental Health Care - Defining counsellor competence and a proposal to improve primary Mental Health care in Australia.

 

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Edition 1 2009

Expressive Therapy (ET) has been defined as the use of drama, painting, music and literature for psychotherapeutic purposes which include improving and enhancing the physical, emotional and cognitive functions of individuals, resolution of conflicts and stress reduction (Pies 2008).

 

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Edition 4 2008

The quest for self-awareness or self-understanding is a major component of effective counselling, and an inherent factor of reflective practice.

 

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Edition 3 2008

The small group in counselling and therapy and the five factor model of team management.

 

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Edition 2 2008

Transition and change are an inevitable part of human lives. Understanding transition, therefore, is paramount to the counsellor’s career.

 

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Edition 1 2008

Conflict comes about from differences between individuals; their needs, values and motivations.

 

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Edition 4 2007

A Case of Drug Addictions and Group Work

 

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Edition 3 - 2007

Family Therapy As Re-Coordinating and Moving On Together

 

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Edition 2 - 2007

A Case for Solutions when Working with the Elderly

 

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Edition 1 - 2007

A Case for Ongoing Professional Supervision

 

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Edition 4 - 2006

A Cycle of Dysfunctional Parenting and Unsatisfactory Child Development.

 

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Edition 3 - 2006

A Case of Multicultural Counselling

 

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Edition 2 - 2006

A Case of Grief and Loss

 

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Edition 1 - 2006

A Case of Career Development

 

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Edition 3 - 2005

A Case of Violence

 

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Edition 2 - 2005

A Case of Social Anxiety

 

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Edition 1 - 2005

A Case Using Logical Consequences to Help a Client to Make Difficult Decisions

 

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Edition 3 - 2004

Case Management of Anxiety and Stress

 

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Edition 2 - 2004

A Case of Critical Incident Counselling

 

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Edition 1 - 2004

An Insight into the Solution

 

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Edition 3 - 2003

A Case of Grief and Loss

 

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Edition 2 - 2003

A Person Centred Approach to Grief and Loss

 

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Edition 1 - 2003

A Case Using an Integrative Approach to Relationship Counselling

 

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