The Leading Edge: Panel presentations by authors published in PACFA’s 2016 book: Counselling and Psychotherapy: Reflections on Practice

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2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


PACFA Melbourne Research Forum

PACFA is hosting a Research Forum covering topics included in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice. This comprehensive book covering major directions in counselling and psychotherapy will be presented by Ione Lewis, PACFA Research Chair accompanied by chapter authors; Ruth Thorn, Michelle Morris, Maggie Broom and Susan Mullane.

There will be opportunities for interactive discussions with Panel members and a question and answer session.

Date: 6 October 2017
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Registration: Free

This event will count as 2 hours Category A CPD for PACFA renewal requirements.

Registrations are open via the PACFA PORTAL 

Ruth Thorne lectures in counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Melbourne, with a focus on narrative therapy and supervision.
After working in the DRUG Arm Research Centre, Ruth completed a PhD project through ACU on the relational construction of the self, and its application to counselling, using a qualitative research method called narrative analysis.
Ruth runs a private counselling practice in Bendigo, in rural Victoria, where she resides. She is a founding member of the Central Victoria Narrative Network, which promotes narrative ideas and narrative ways of working for counsellors and social workers in the region. She has lived and worked in Asia, and maintains an interest the intersections of culture, spirituality, social justice and counselling. She has spoken at conferences in NZ, Hong Kong, and Australia.

Michelle Morris  MA Transpersonal Psychology, Diploma of Family Therapy and Embodiment Therapist™. She has worked clinically with children and adults for 25 years. Michelle has a long-standing interest in imagery and healing. Using the Embodied Imagination®(EI) method, she has run workshops, dream groups and worked with individuals on a variety of issues including phobias and anxiety, relationship issues, physical symptoms and chronic illness. Michelle has extensive experience in training postgraduate psychology students in China in this method.

Maggie Broom first became involved in Equine Therapeutic work in 2006, and started her own practice, ‘Grey Horse Growth and Learning’ in 2009, after training in both the EAGALA method of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Facilitated Learning. Maggie combines a lifelong interest in horses with a commitment to experiential methods of helping young people and adults through difficult times.  Focussing on awareness and meaning-making, Maggie’s work engages clients in exploring the nature of relationships, both with self and other, through the medium of horses.

Sue Mullane (BEd, Grad Dip Movement Dance, MEd (Dance) is an experienced special educator and dance movement therapist who has worked with adults and children in a variety of educational and health settings. She has completed research, presented and written professionally in the area of dance movement therapy and trauma (childhood sexual assault) recovery; and for mainstream and special needs children in school-based, therapeutic movement and dance programs. Currently Sue collaborates with Kim Dunphy on the ongoing development of an iPad app for assessment in DMT. Sue is also a PhD candidate (Deakin University) where her research is inquiring into the usefulness of improvised movement for existential psychotherapeutic practice.