Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in Australia, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of the burden of non-fatal disease; while one in five Australians will experience symptoms of mental illness at some stage in their lives. These quite alarming statistics have given rise to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) listing mental health as one of the top eight national health priority areas in Australia; and the Commonwealth Government identifying increasing proportions of the health budget to progress mental health reform.
This presentation discusses ‘What works?’ for people affected by mental illness. The discussion includes consideration of the evidence-based culture and economic rationalism that infuses the delivery of mental health services in Australia today. It is acknowledged in the presentation that counsellors and psychotherapists who prefer to use more person-centred approaches in their work can often feel frustrated and marginalised by the current healthcare system and its empirical mould. The presentation concludes by considering a number of solutions to the challenges faced by counsellors and psychotherapists who seek to make a difference in the lives of people who experience mental health issues – that is, what ‘could work’ for therapists with the capacity to join forces and develop innovative and cost-effective approaches to support national mental health reform.
The counselling and psychotherapy fields are now at a point in their evolution where they are being challenged to produce evidence to demonstrate their effectiveness for clients, in order to raise the profile of the profession with governments and the community. Yildiz presents a study of the modality of Systemic Family Constellations which has been found to be effective in improving relationships and also the relationship-with-Self, thereby improving self-esteem and mental health.
Search for supplies in the work of envy, greed, gluttony, anger, lust and pride, is explored in the current melding of theological and psychological theories. The benefits and destructiveness of basic elements of our psychic structure will be addressed, coupled with approaches in the therapeutic encounter. Our propensity to anthropomorphize God, projecting these passions, is questioned. The impact on our clients' capacity for hope and gratitude, and on the therapeutic relationship, is explored. Liberated gratitude fills the soul with supplies, softening the needy, damaged, ravenous and endlessly seeking psyche.
An addictive personality is the psyche of the person who has not yet resolved past trauma, and who has found a means to escape from that trauma by being able to zone out in some way, or in the case
Regrettably, evidence-based practice is often reduced to the provision of empirically-supported treatments, which mostly means CBT. While this may suit government bodies and others who want simple guides
Perception and what influences perception lies at the heart of a holistic approach. In assessing the effectiveness of an approach to counselling and psychotherapy, the question “what constitutes effectiveness and how is this seen” must be considered. This raises the question of the lens used for looking. In this presentation I will show how we live in the tiparadigm, which focuses on process, on an unfolding stream of awareness that recognizes both the subtle unseen forces of the universe as well as manifest reality. It sees the human being as an incarnating spirit infusing every aspect of the physical substance (body) with consciousness and mediated by soul/psyche.
Personal growth, increased self-awareness, and inter and intrapersonal maturation have long been seen as important training dimensions for those involved in counselling. The current study aimed to build on existing knowledge in this area through use of empirically validated measures of three well-described developmentally-orientated psychological constructs Bowen's Differentiation of Self (DoS), Batson's Religious Quest (Quest) and Perry's Epistemological Development (ED) to evaluate the effectiveness of the training programs in facilitating the interpersonal, intrapersonal, spiritual and epistemological maturation of counselling students.
When problems with anger (as well as other emotions) develop, counsellors are often asked to help those individuals either become better at expressing their anger or more effective at controlling their anger. Attachment theory is an ideal lens to understand anger. Longitudinal studies of attachment have demonstrated a high continuity between infant attachment and adult attachment patterns and this gives counsellors a new paradigm for understanding affect regulation strategies, interpersonal relationship dynamics and the therapeutic alliance.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent