Working with Family Violence in Therapeutic Practice

Presenter: Dr Joel Cullin

Counsellors and therapists are often in the position of having to respond to violence and its effects in their practice. Being in the midst of violence can evoke strong emotions for counsellors, and being tasked with knowing how to respond can be daunting and anxiety provoking.

Working with families or family members with a history of violence, or witnessing the emergence of violence, requires paying particular attention to issues of safety, and brings to the fore questions such as who to see, in what combination and in what order, how to maintain boundaries, and how to help family members deal with the challenges that violence presents. Protecting all family members (and ourselves) during this work, whilst simultaneously trying to establish and maintain rapport, trust, and other facets of a healthy therapeutic relationship, requires careful consideration and significant skill.

This webinar will offer a very practical guide to some of the imperatives of working to address family violence in the practice of therapy. Practical skills will be offered and case examples will be used to ground the discussion.

Presenter: Dr Joel Cullin is a social worker, family therapist and psychotherapist, and well respected expert in mental health and systemic thinking. Joel is the Director of Brisbane Family Therapy Clinic (BFTC), he conducts over 1500 therapy appointments with private clients each year and also provides clinical supervision to other professionals. Joel holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master’s degree in Mental Health (Psychotherapy) and PhD from the University of Queensland.

Joel has coordinated courses in human development and advanced child protection and lectured in family therapy practice at the University of Queensland and is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. Joel is a past board member of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, a contributor to the professional literature in family therapy and psychotherapy, and a regular private provider of training in psychotherapy, family therapy and systemic thinking. Joel has worked in adult mental health, child and youth mental health, child protection (in the United Kingdom) and community-based family therapy.

Booking: www.trybooking.com/482014

Contact: Ros Turner
Email: qca@qca.asn.au

This event counts as 2 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

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