CV Updates

Last chance to register for our low cost neuroscience and play therapy full day workshop

Dear members,

Attached are details for your last chance to register for this fantastic low-cost professional development opportunity.
The neuroscience of play therapy for children on Saturday 4th November at Ross House CBD.
Katherine Olejniczak is the Director of Psychology and Play Therapy Australia with much experience in child-sensitive counselling practice, particularly with children who have experienced trauma.
There are still spaces left for this workshop which includes light lunch and afternoon refreshments.
Please distribute to your networks as there is a CV member price and a non-CV member price.
Simply deposit online with your name as reference so that the attendance certificate can be ready for you on the day.

Regards
Michael Woolsey
President
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The Victorian member association for ACA
The 15th Annual General Meeting of Counsellors Victoria Inc (CV) will be held on the 12th August 2017, following our special guest speaker Tom Parker, Industry Liaison Officer of the Australian Counselling Association. We are lucky to have Tom take time from his busy schedule to come speak to us.
This will be a great opportunity for our members to meet Tom and find out what the latest trends and opportunities are for employment in the Counselling industry. Start time is 11.00am. Could members please make attempts to be present by 11.30am as there will be no entry unless by prior notice after this time to avoid disruptions to the presentation and AGM meeting.

As per usual for our AGM’s, lunch will be provided. Also attached are last year’s minutes. These have to be voted on at the AGM so please have a look at them beforehand to see if there are any points of concern for you.

If you, as a financial member, wish to raise any items for business on that day, concerning CV, could you please email me on mickrob@exemail.com.au or call me on 0419 545 260. Also attached are nomination forms for election to the Board (proxy and in person) and ‘Recognition to the Counselling industry’ nomination forms. This may be for Counsellors, CV member or not, who you think deserve some recognition towards their efforts within the Counselling Profession.

This year the Executive Board positions of Treasurer and Administration Secretary are vacant, as well as the Student Representative position. This is our 15th AGM. During this time many other Counselling groups have come and gone so thank you for your support for Counsellors Victoria and helping us to gain in strength as the peak counselling body in Victoria.

The CV Board and I, look forward to seeing you there on Saturday 12th August.
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Saturday 8th July 2017

Saturday 8th July
PRESENTATION - An introduction to Ayurvedic medicine (one of the oldest medicine systems originating in India) and tips for staying healthy over winter. It consists of a number of disciplines, including aromatherapy, diet, herbal medicine, acupuncture, yoga, massage, meditation and balancing of energies. The word "ayurveda" is translated from Sanskrit to mean "the science of life".

PRESENTER - Radha Raju is one of our Counsellors Victoria Board members.
Radha is a registered ACA Supervisor, Solution and Strength Focused Counsellor,
High School Teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner for over 25 years.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:
· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm
· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm
· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm
· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm
· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at
Mountain District Learning Centre
13-15 The Avenue
Ferntree Gully

** Please note that the CBD meeting is next month on Saturday 12th August 2017.
THIS WILL BE OUR AGM.

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Saturday 13th May

PRESENTATION - What GROW offers consumers and the benefits of mutual peer
support. Grow will also talk about the trials and tribulations of a
consumer driven organisation.

PRESENTER - Grow is an international community-based organisation that
has helped thousands of Australians recover from mental illness
through a unique program of mutual support and personal
development. Their philosophy is one of mutual help and
recovery. The groups are run by seasoned ‘Growers’ who have
taken a voluntary leadership role within the Group sharing
literature, practical advice and wisdom learned from their
personal experience as they journeyed on their own road to
recovery.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:
· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm
· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm
· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm
· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm
· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at
Mountain District Learning Centre
13-15 The Avenue
Ferntree Gully

** Please note that the CBD meeting is next month on Saturday 10th June 2017.

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Remembering that our meetings are now on the second Saturday of each month alternating between our CBD and FTG location,

we are pleased to inform you that the April meeting is this Saturday 1st April at our CBD venue.

Please note that due to carpet cleaning in the Ross House building, this months meeting is a week earlier:

Saturday 1st April 2017

PRESENTATION - Explanation of the National Disability Incentive Scheme (NDIS) and how it has affected Kensey Care. (This presentation will start at 1pm.)

PRESENTER - Kensey Care: An agency providing in Home, Aged & Disability Support

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration & Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Presentation 1.00 - 2.00pm

· Forum— Networking 2.00—2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at

Ross House

Level 3 (this month only)

247 Flinders Lane

Melbourne

** Please note that this meeting is on Level 3 this month.

Also, the next meeting, FTG, is Saturday 13th May 2017

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Saturday 11th March 2017

PRESENTATION - Lego workshop therapy – helping children work through patience and respect for others with lego.Especially beneficial for working with children on the autism spectrum to develop relationship and communication skills.

PRESENTER - Debra Darbyshire is one of our well known Counsellors Victoria members who will be sharing her knowledge and training in lego workshop therapy

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm

· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at

Mountain District Learning Centre

13-15 The Avenue

Ferntree Gully

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Dear members

Remembering that our meetings are now on the second Saturday of each month alternating between our CBD and FTG location, we are pleased to inform you that our first meeting for 2017 is at our CBD venue :

Saturday 11th February 2017

PRESENTATION - Understanding and responding to learning and behavioural difficulties

– a physiological and neurological perspective. (This presentation will start at 1pm.)

PRESENTER - Karen Sullivan Harrison is a Counsellors Victoria member, a Holistic counsellor and Learning Disabilities practitioner.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration & Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Presentation 1.00 - 2.00pm

· Forum— Networking 2.00—2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at
Ross House
Level 4
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne

** Please note that this meeting is on Level 4.

Also, the next meeting, FTG, is Saturday 11th March 2017
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Dear Members

COUNSELLORS VICTORIA IS PLEASED TO OFFER THE WORKSHOP ‘Mastering Trust

Trust is a word we all use and live by. Few fully understand its complexities. Mastering Trust outlines the different types and levels of trust, and their role in decision-making and conflict resolution; both personally and professionally. A true understanding of your own personal relationship with trust and distrust enables you to increase awareness around your actions, reactions and expectations of your clients. Mastering Trust is an absolute MUST for anyone who has been challenged by trust and distrust issues in their personal and professional life. Venue: Ross House Location: 247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Date: 26th November, 2016-09-15 Time: Registration: 10:00am Start: 10:30 – 2:00pm Cost: Members - $30.00 Non-members - $50.00 Refreshments: light lunch provided.
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Dear members

Remembering that our meetings are now on the second Saturday of each month alternating between our CBD and FTG location,

we are pleased to inform you that our next CBD meeting is this

Saturday 11th June 2016 – Ross House CBD.

PRESENTATION - Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping) to assist clients out of session who are suffering high anxiety, panic attacks and/ or suicide ideation

to bring them relatively quickly to a calmer and safe state

PRESENTER - Marie Rosier specialises in working with people to discover what lies within to enable them to develop their capacity to break through blockages, manage life’s concerns more effectively, and live life with more vitality. Marie’s collaborative client-centred approach validates you as the expert in your life and she as the facilitator who gets you back in touch with what is truly magnificent about yourself – with enlightenment and know how – to transform your life. As a well qualified and experienced psychotherapist, coach, counsellor and educator she draws on her broad experience working in multi sectors and with people of all ages to provide a truly tailored approach that combines cutting edge science with artful intuition that results in positive outcomes.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups
The agenda is as follows:
· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm
· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm
· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm
· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm
· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

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Dear members
Remembering that our meetings are now on the second Saturday of each month alternating between our CBD and FTG location,
we are pleased to inform you that our next Ferntree Gully meeting is this

Saturday 14th May 2016
PRESENTATION - Patricia Reilly – Mindfulness and its importance in our lives.

This presentation is by CV Board member Patricia Reilly who will speak about Mindfulness, what it is and how we can use it to enhance
our own lives and in our work with clients.
Patricia has a yoga background and has studies Mindfulness for several years. She is the Mindfulness schools coordinator for
Peninsula Mindfulness and regularly speaks on Mindfulness and wellness in schools.
Patricia also works as a counsellor / art therapist with expressive therapies being a main focus of her work.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups
The agenda is as follows:
· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm
· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm
· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm
· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm
· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Mountain District Learning Centre
13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully

** Please note that the CBD meeting is next month: Saturday 11th June 2016
and that the May bulletin will be online in the coming week.

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Dear members
Remembering that our meetings are now on the second Saturday of each month alternating between our CBD and FTG location,
we are pleased to inform you that our next CBD meeting is this

Saturday 9th April 2016
PRESENTATION - BUILDING CLIENT COURAGE AS A BASIS FOR THERAPEUTIC CHANGE - Drs Tom Edwards and Cos Chiera

If counselling becomes little more than just the application of mental health interventions we risk losing the humanity that should be ever-present in our work.
To bring these two opposing elements together Natural Intelligence Pty Ltd uses 'the virtues' of courage, wisdom, justice and hope alongside cognitive psychology and therapeutic practice.
Working to build client courage as a basis for therapeutic change will be discussed in the presentation.
What we do: Using cutting-edge research we work at two levels.
1 - through seminars we can demonstrate valuable skills to enhance client change by working on the virtues.
2 - we can use our proprietary software to evaluate potential change and guide its growth, much like an air traffic controller.
This is particularly valuable when working with resistant clients, with couples and in the context of 'recovery'.

About us:
Dr. Tom Edwards and Dr. Cos Chiera bring together two disparate disciplines to create a truly new view of the inner workings of people.
Tom is a counsellor at Crossway LifeCare with a particular interest in personality.
Cos is both a mathematician and actively involved in community organisations.
For more information check out the website: www.NaturalIntelligence.com.au or Facebook: www.facebook.com/NaturalIntelligencePtyLtd/

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups
The agenda is as follows:
· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm
· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm
· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm
· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm
· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at
Ross House
Level 3
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne

** Please note that the Ferntree Gully meeting is next month: Saturday 14th May 2016
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Dear CV member

Re: Important changes to Counsellors Victoria Inc meetings.

The CV Board hope that your Christmas / Holiday period was a fantastic one shared with family and friends and that you are all set for an exciting year ahead.
We are back into the swing of things and have discussed at length several items bought to our attention last year.

1. Victoria is the only ACA state member association to have the same Board hold 2 meetings each month with another in Albury Wodonga. Other states hold one a month with several of the member associations alternating between a presentation and supervision. This is a lot of work for Board members.
2. With all the knowledge held by CV members, can’t we put this to use to promote and improve the profession more than we are?
3. The conference was a big success. Why don’t we do it again?
4. After all the Supervision training and new supervisors now with CV, what can be done to create work for the supervisors new and old?

The CV Board listen to your feedback and at the Planning Day in December, we agreed on the following to address the above concerns:

Instead of 2 meetings per month across the 2 venues, CBD and Ferntree Gully, one meeting will be held on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month. The venue will alternate each month. So one month CBD, one month FTG.
(The first meeting is Saturday 13th February in CBD with CV member Natalie Wild presenting on her Masterkeys concept.)
This reduces a lot of work for Board members and frees up time to work on side projects such as resources promoting CV as a counselling body and partnerships with other organisations with the need for counsellors, thus increasing the access to our member database by outside groups who will benefit from our expertise and create work for our members.

Workshops are another thing which members said that they wanted and the Board are looking at trialling one of these in May to assess the popularity. These will be offered to all in the counselling / welfare field and promoted outside the CV/ ACA membership. If successful, we will look at 2 of these a year. They will be at a cheaper cost for CV members.

It has always been a struggle to obtain 2 presenters a month for our meetings and many presenters who we have approached over the years work on Saturday’s and were not able to give up the income for the day. This new meeting format means there will be only 9 meetings plus our CBD AGM for the year, which opens up the possibility of paying speakers to present. This gives us access to knowledge from presenters we have previously not been able to access.

One meeting a month also allows Yvonne Aldred, our PD coordinator, to focus on quality speakers and have a more manageable role within CV.

Up until now, the 2 meetings each month allowed members to obtain all of their PD and supervision points for yearly ACA membership by attending our meetings. Ethically, this is not in the best interests of the counsellors growth and does not encourage individual supervision with a counsellors own supervisor. After training up more supervisors over the past few years, CV is also aware that reducing meetings allows counsellors to begin working more intensely with a supervisor and working on their individual growth at a new level.

From this year, counsellors will only be able to obtain 5 supervision hour points through their local meeting venue for the year. This will cause counsellors to join a supervisor’s supervision group / individual supervision to get their total of 10 hours supervision for the year or they will need to attend meetings at both venues on the second Saturday of the month. This strengthens members contact with their supervisors and also makes them grow as counsellors and be more individually responsible for their work as a counsellor.

This years meeting dates have been worked out for the year for your diaries:

CBD meetings – Ross House
Sat 13th Feb
Sat 9th April
Sat 11th June
Sat 13th August (AGM Meeting)
Sat 8th Oct

FTG meetings – Mountain District Learning Centre
Sat 12th March
Sat 14th May
Sat 9th July
Sat 10th September
Sat 12th November (Christmas meeting)

Meetings will still be :
12.30pm registration, beginning at 1pm and finishing around 3.30pm

More information on the May workshop will come soon.

regards
Michael Woolsey
President
Counsellors Victoria Inc.
0419 545 260
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Dear members
Remembering that our meetings are now on the second Saturday of each month alternating between our CBD and FTG location,
we are pleased to inform you that our next Ferntree Gully meeting is this

Saturday 12th March 2016
PRESENTATION - Sheelagh Hegarty – Assertiveness Revisited
Sheelagh will present on the topic of Assertiveness.
This presentation looks more broadly at the topic: aiming for increased understanding of it.
The overview of Assertiveness will include the following:
History, Basic Concepts, Pros and Cons, Rights, Beliefs and Skill Development.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups
The agenda is as follows:
· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm
· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm
· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm
· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm
· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Mountain District Learning Centre
13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully

** Please note that the CBD meeting is next month: Saturday 9th April 2016
and that the next bulletin is running late and will be online in the next few weeks.
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We are pleased to inform you that our next CBD meeting is

Saturday 14th November

PRESENTATION - It is with pleasure we announce this week’s presentation being by Stuart Davy on Self Care

Stuart will discuss his experience in relaxation therapies and his journey.

Members will be provided with an opportunity to participate in an example of his therapies.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The meeting is being held at

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm

· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Ross House.

Room 3.1 (Take right hand outside door, take lift to 3rd floor, first room)

Members, please be aware that you must enter through the front doors on the street only.

The coffee shop has complained to Ross House about members using the café entrance. This is not allowed.

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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CV and ACA conference

Download your registration form here!

ACA will be partnering with our Victorian member association, Counsellors Victoria Inc on September 12th to host the 2015 1 x day Towards the Future mini Conference.
The conference venue will be Rydges Melbourne which is situated in the heart of the city’s vibrant theatre district with Her Majesty’s, Comedy Theatre, Princess, the Athenaeum and the Regent all within reach. All forms of public transport go almost to the door with a low cost public car park option also available

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We are pleased to inform you that our next Ferntree Gully meeting is

Saturday 22nd August 2015

PRESENTATION - Helping children to recover from trauma
Yvonne Aldred

Counsellors Victoria PD Co-coordinator Yvonne Aldred is pleased to share her knowledge on Helping Children to recover from trauma. It is often a result of a child’s experiences of abuse and neglect. Children can experience the negative effects of trauma long after the event in many cases long into their adult life.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm

· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Mountain District Learning Centre

13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully

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Dear members

We are pleased to inform you that our next Ferntree Gully meeting is

Saturday 25th July

PRESENTATION - Cults

Zanne Scott

Counsellors Victoria Vice President, Zanne Scott, is pleased to share her knowledge of cults and how even the local church or other groups can have elements of cult following. Zanne will assist participants to recognise the signs of a cult following and provide strategies to work with clients whom have found themselves in a cult like environment which they feel is not healthy for them.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm

· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Mountain District Learning Centre

13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully

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CBD meeting this Saturday 13th June

PRESENTATION - Code of Ethics

Dr. Rosie Anderson – Melbourne University.

Dr Anderson a lecturer at Melbourne University has been participating in research into Allied health professional’s ability to manage their Code of Ethics responsibilities while working in a private practice. Counsellors have a Code of Ethics which they are all expected to adhere to. However, after some time, some counsellors find themselves compromised. Dr Anderson’s workshop will help counsellors recognise the warning signs to avoid finding they are in breach of this code of ethics.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm

· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Ross House.

** PLEASE NOTE NEW MEETNG ROOM **

Room 3.1 (Take right hand outside door, take lift to 3rd floor, first room)

Members, please be aware that you must enter through the front doors only on the street only.

The coffee shop has complained to Ross House about members using the café entrance. This is not allowed.

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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There is no Ferntree Gully meeting this Saturday 25th April due to ANZAC day holiday.

This Saturday 11th April, 2015 we have the following presentation at Ross House, CBD:

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Liliane Grace

We are very fortunate to have International speaker, Liliane Grace agree to present to us on the importance of reminding our clients to take note of the course of their life and of their ability to take control of their destiny to achieve an inspirational life story. Liliane will be offering anyone who would like to follow up with a full day workshop to consolidate the concepts presented at the Counsellors Victoria Workshop. Liliane will also be offering a discounted price for counsellors who wish to purchase her e learning package and will have her books available for purchase on Saturday also.

'Your Life: A Brilliant Story’ - Making sense of our 'jigsaw-puzzle lives'

We are the script-writer, director and film-editor of our lives. What are we writing?

As young people we often create a vision of how we would like our lives to turn out. We have expectations and dreams. But sometimes our lives don't quite turn out the way we wanted them to...

We are all shocked by stories of suicide. How bad must things have become for someone to take their own life? And what might their life had been like if they had just 'hung in there' a bit longer?

Whether your life is heading in the direction you want or not, this talk will inspire you to see some new possibilities; perhaps even to write a new story for your life...

Liliane Grace is an award-winning author, empowering speaker and teacher of personal development programs and creative writing courses. To learn more about her books and programs, visit www.themasteryclub.com and www.lilianegrace.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Supervision - Counsellors bring a case for discussion in groups (voluntary)

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We are pleased to inform you that our next CBD meeting is

Saturday 14th February

Our meeting presenter will be a member of Victoria Police speaking on

Intervention Orders and Family Violence

Family violence is a very concerning part of our society and as counsellors it is important to have an understanding of the process and the emotional turmoil that the victim may face. Victoria police representatives have generously agreed to speak to CV members about Intervention Orders and the purpose of the order. A similar presentation was conducted at Ferntree Gully late last year.

Intervention Orders

· ensure the safety of the affected family member; or

· preserve any property of the affected family member; or

· protect a child who has been subjected to family violence committed by the respondent

An intervention order restricts some behaviour of people, for example, what they can do, where they can go.

An intervention order may prohibit or restrict a person (the respondent) from:

· committing family violence against the protected person

· behaving offensively towards the protected person

· approaching (or going near) an protected person

· attending at premises where an protected person lives, works or frequents

· being at a particular location

· following the protected person

· contacting or communicating with the protected person

· damaging property owned by the protected person

· Arranging for another person to do what the respondent is not allowed to do as stated in the order.

Supervision - Counsellors bring a case for discussion in groups (voluntary)

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm

· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Ross House.

** PLEASE NOTE NEW MEETNG ROOM **

Room 3.1 (Take right hand outside door, take lift to 3rd floor, first room)

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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The Board and myself hope that you had a great break and had a chance to relax.

We are back in the swing of things and set for our first meetings of 2015.

Monday 9th February in Albury

Saturday 14th February in the CBD

Saturday 28th February in Ferntree Gully

More information is under “Monthly meetings” on website.

Last year’s presentations were very well received and there are fantastic speakers yet again this year.

We look forward to seeing you all at the meetings.

Regards

Michael

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Anne Lastman presenting on Post Abortion Grief

12.30 registration for a 1.15pm start

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Saturday 11th October CBD meeting

Lea Rose presenting on Effective complex grief counselling for a person living with a life threatening illness or a dying person and their family members.

LEA ROSE BA. Dip Ed. Adv. Dip Counselling and is currently completing her MA. of Social Work. With twenty years of experience as a clinical counsellor and psychotherapist having worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and the Gawler Foundation. Lea is the author of ‘Let’s Talk About It Finding Peace With Death and Dying in Everyday Life’. An international educator and public speaker on death and dying and founder of the Living and Dying Well Counselling Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Supervision - Counsellors bring a case for discussion in groups (voluntary)

The agenda is as follows:

· Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm

· Forum— Networking 1.00—1.15pm

· Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm

· Break 2.15 - 2.30pm

· Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Ross House.

Room 1.1 (Take right hand outside door, take lift to 1st floor, first room)

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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There is NO Ferntree Gully meeting this Saturday 27th September due to it being Grand Final weekend.
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Counsellors Victoria Inc. AGM

1st floor, Ross House 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 3000
Saturday 13th September, 2014. 12pm – 3.30pm

Guest speaker – Philip Armstrong CEO Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

Supervision, food, raffles and a showbag of resources

12th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
12.00 pm Saturday 13th September 2014
1st floor, Ross House 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 3000

10.20- 11.20 Board Members arrive for Board meeting.
11.20 – 12.00 pm Arrival & registration of members
12.15 – 1.15 pm Guest speaker Philip Armstrong CEO of ACA
1.15 – 1.45 pm Afternoon tea
1.45 – 2.15pm AGM meeting
2.15 – 2.30pm Tea and raffle
2.30 – 3.30 pm Supervision
3.30 pm Signing of cards and Closing

AGM AGENDA
1. Opening and welcome:
2. Members present recorded:
3. Members apologies recorded:
4. Minutes from the 11th AGM: Available through email & at registration.
i. Motion; That the minutes of the 11th AGM be accepted.
5. Matters arising from minutes:
6. Correspondence:
7. Matters arising from Correspondence:
8. General Business: (Conduct the general business if any items of general business are received from members and that apply to the AGM.)
9. Motion: “that CV annual membership fees increase from $60 to $70 from June 2015”
10. Any Other Business: (Floor items but only those that apply to the AGM.)
i. Presentations – Michael Woolsey + nominated persons
11. Reports - Annual Report 2011: Available at registration.
i. Motion; that the Annual Report of the FVC be accepted.
12. Election of Board of Management for 2014
i. Declaration of nominations
Returning officer; John Dunn, Scrutineer; Stuart Steinberg.
13. Closure: of the AGM
14. Afternoon tea.
15. Supervision 2.30pm – 3.30pm

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Ferntree Gully this Saturday 23rd August, 2014

Sargeant Michele Clooney of Victoria Police presenting to us on Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO’s).

This will be a fantastic presentation to get up to date on bringing these orders and enforcing them.

As the AGM is not far away, there will be nomination forms at the meeting for positions on the Board as well as forms for recognising counsellors who have contributed to the counselling industry, should you wish to make a nomination.

Those who have renewed their memberships will be able to collect their certificate of renewal along with the added bonus of a Counsellors Victoria Inc pen and their personalised name badge.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and don’t forget that other counsellors/ professionals who would benefit from this Victoria Police presentation are most welcome to come as a guest for their first meeting.
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Dear members

We are sorry to have to tell you that The Victoria Police presentation on Intervention Orders scheduled for this weekend is not able to occur

due to the presenter becoming unavailable. They assure us that this presentation will occur next year sometime and they WILL be presenting at Ferntree Gully on

Saturday 23rd August.

The good news is that we were able to secure an organisation who have been wanting to present to our members for several months – Alcoholics Anonymous.

We will have two speakers for the CBD meeting on Saturday 9th August.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a community-based option where many alcoholics have found help to achieve sobriety and alleviate the problems arising from alcohol.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no fees for AA membership or service.

AA confines itself to helping alcoholics and is based on one member helping another. Our members are not professionals.

Two members who have achieved sobriety through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous will share their experience and what AA is and how it works.

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Ken Scott has generously offered up additional time to present on a most important subject, the success of our practice.

“Ken Scott provides counseling and business advice services as a sole practitioner and proprietor of Empower Counseling. In addition to holistic financial counseling, encompassing client personal, lifestyle and financial issues, Ken provides financial, accounting and business process advice to small businesses and is an ACA accredited counseling supervisor.

Ken is a member of the ACA, CV and CPA and is the CV Treasurer. Qualifications are Bachelor of Commerce (Melbourne University), MBA (Melbourne University) and Diploma or Community Services-Financial Counseling (East Gippsland TAFE)

Topic: A Successful Thriving Practice, what does this mean and how to achieve this. Covering the five key areas, objectives and strategies, to achieve this:

Look after yourself

Marketing and Advertising

Manage the macro business

Attend to Administration

Manage you professional profile

Additionally there will a sweet surprise to those members that attend on Saturday that may get you some Kudos with the most important person in your life.

Supervision - Counselors bring a case for discussion in groups (voluntary only)

The agenda is as follows:

Registration& Networking 12.30 - 1.00pm
Forum & Networking 1.00 - 1.15pm
Presentation 1.15 - 2.15pm
Break 2.15 - 2.30pm
Supervision 2.30 - 3.30pm

The meeting is being held at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne

Room 1.1 (Take left hand door, take lift to 1st floor, first room)
Event Date:
Saturday, May 10, 2014

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The Goulding Institute

A message from Belinda Hulstrom:

If you haven't already registered for this conference I believe it would be worthy of your consideration as there are some good international (and Australian of course) presenters and the conference is very well priced for a whole weekend of information inclusive of all catering for the two days as well!

When: Saturday and Sunday May 3rd-­‐4th 2014
Where: Matthew Flinders Conference Centre 667 Warrigal Road Chadstone VIC 3148
(Accommodation is available on site)

Investment: Early Bird before March 15th $285 Normal after March 15th $325
Includes conference pack, USB with full video of 3 GI speakers Morning and afternoon tea and lunch on each day. Full video recording of all speakers will be available at a
discounted price ONLY to Registered Delegates. Special discount applies to orders placed at time of Registration.

Knowledge, understanding and useable strategies

If you attend only one conference this year, this is it! Known for its dynamic and knowledgeable speakers, the Goulding Institute Conference has become legendary as a source of professional development in the mental health and helping professions. This year our theme is on Relationships, Communication and Family Therapies,
topics which occupy most of our waking life and cause untold distress to a large proportion of the population.

This high value learning environment is sure to educate, illuminate and astound you, providing strategies that you can use immediately, personally and with your clients.
Fr Bob Maguire, rebel with a cause, who has spent most of his life working with thousands of disadvantaged street kids and families. He is an expert on dysfunctional families and the damage they create for young people.

Our power packed speakers for 2014
Fr. Bob Maguire, Jo Teague (UK) , Jeff Berger, Liliane Grace, Natalie Cossar, Belinda Hulstrom, Gary Johnston, Sonia Richards (UK), Pete Smith, Jenny Bailey, Doug Strandly, Whitney Yip

CPE Points The GI Conference counts for CPE points for most Associations. Please ask your association for details. You will be provided with an attendance certificate

To register, go directly to The Goulding Institute website at www.thegouldinginstitute.com

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It is our pleasure to announce that the speaker for our forthcoming CBD meeting on

Saturday 12th April will be: PRESENTATION - Dorothy Maciaga

Limbs 4 Life – an overview of the organisation and what it does

Limbs 4 Life is a non-profit organisation established to provide information and support to amputees, their families and primary caregivers. In Australia a limb is amputated every 3 hours as a result of diabetes placing exceptional demand on the services Limbs 4 Life provides.

Appointed to the newly established role of Program Manager, Dorothy is responsible for the research and development of the Carers, Children and Youth Program; which extends the organisation’s capacity to provide support to parents and families of children born with congenital limb deficiencies.

Dorothy was born with a congenital limb deficiency and underwent an above knee amputation at the age of 14. She has a first-hand experience of growing up with an amputation adding her experience to the passion she brings to this current role. Dorothy is currently studying her Psychology/Sociology Degree.

It is the organisation’s philosophy that no individual goes through the process of limb loss alone.

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FVC FERNTREE GULLY MEETING

Saturday 22nd February

PRESENTATION – Natalie Wild

Eating disorders: what you need to know

Eating Disorders are increasing in our society, and as Professionals, you will no doubt come across them at some stage of your career. Eating Disorders are challenging and often take a team of people and a long period of time, to help a person recover. The purpose of this presentation is to help you to recognise a potential eating disorder, how to support a client if this is not your specialised area, and how to connect them to, or become a part of a health team if required.

Natalie has worked with people with an Eating Disorder, their families and support people, treatment teams and as a media and community advocate of Eating Disorder recovery since 2005. Natalie is a qualified counsellor and is undertaking her undergraduate in psychology. She is the founder of Redefine life, and sees clients at the Centre of Wellbeing in Anne Road, Knoxfield.

Supervision - Counsellors own case discussion in groups

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Dear members,

Please note that it was difficult to book a room this year for the Counsellors Victoria CBD meetings. An organisation took a liking to the room that we have been meeting in, and booked it each weekend for the year. This gave them priority over our booking of ten meetings for the year, of course.

Therefore, we now will be meeting in room 1.1 This is on the first floor, first room. This means that entry will now be through the right hand door instead of the left, where you can take the stairs or lift to first floor. This information will be on the website, properly signed on the day and there will be a member at the door to let you in and tell you where to go also.

We do not have the room until 12.30pm on our meeting dates and so please do come after that time so that there is a room to go into. If this room is adequate on the day, it will be our new regular room. It is large, close to the kitchen and has toilets nearby.
Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Regards

Michael Woolsey
President Counsellors Victoria.

0419 545 260
03 9786 8006

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