Riverina

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Riverina Branch- November 2016

On August 31st Riverina Branch was pleased to host a training day by Michael Nicholas titled Pain self-management: Using CBT-informed strategies. The feedback from those who attended said the workshop was fantastic, and it is highly recommended.
Our next and last event of the year will be held Wednesday November 23 and has two parts. The first, a facilitated discussion will focus on two video presentations from the 2015 APS Congress:

  • Professional Risks for Psychologists - Rebecca Matthews (20 mins)
  • The Course of Posttraumatic Stress in Children- Robyn Le Brocque (12 mins)

The second part of the evening will be the Annual General Meeting, with elections for all positions occurring from 6.30pm.

I invite more members to become actively involved in the Branch, so that we may all enjoy bigger and better events and CPD in 2017.

Daniel Hayes, MAPS
Chair, Riverina Branch


Riverina Branch Report - August 2016

On July 19th the CPD events Introduction to the new WISC V: Traditional and Digital with Valorie O’Keefe was held to a capacity crowd. The presentation provided practitioners the opportunity to learn about the new WISC-V. This workshop also described to attendees how the WISC-V has been adapted and standardised specifically for use in Australia and New Zealand.

The committee is pleased to announce our next CPD event: Pain self-management: Using CBT-informed strategies with Michael Nicholas. Professor Michael Nicholas is a clinical psychologist and Director of Pain Education and Pain Management programs at the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) which is part of the Sydney Medical School at the Royal North Shore Hospital

Venue: Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network Conference Room
Time and date: 8.30pm to 3.30pm Wednesday August 31st.
Cost: $200 APS members
$250 non APS members
$150 Student APS members
Register online

Want to do more?
The amazing work of the local Branch doesn’t happen without people volunteering their time. If you are interested in contributing to its success please email me at Riverina.APS@gmail.com.
Thanks to the current committee members for all their hard work!

Sincerely,

Dan Hayes, MAPS
Riverina Branch Chair


Riverina Branch Report - June 2016

CPD Events

Monday 16 May we held a sold out CPD event with Susan Beaton, Suicide mitigation: more than assessing and managing risk. It was great to see this event so well supported. With the joint resources of the Riverina APS Branch, the Wagga Wagga and Region Suicide Prevention Network and the Murrumbidgee PHN, we were able to make the cost of this training very accessible. A community suicide prevention forum was also held that night with Susan as the guest speaker. We hope there are more opportunities to partner with other groups and agencies to keep ensuring CPD events are accessible not only by geography but by price.

The committee is continuing to plan for CPD events, which brings me to the next event planned Introduction to the new WISC V: Traditional and Digital with Valorie O’Keefe for July 19 at 6.30pm. This 90 minute presentation will provide practitioners the opportunity to learn about the new WISC-V, including the revision goals for the WISC-V, updated theoretical foundations, the new test structure, and adaptation/standardisation for use in Australia and New Zealand.

The committee is currently exploring at least two other CPD events for the area which we hope to lock in soon - so we will let you all know.

Psychology Prize

During the May meeting we were able to award the winner of the Riverina APS Branch 3rd year Psychology Prize. A big congratulations to Chantelle Fox.

Want to do more?

The amazing work of the local Branch doesn’t happen without people volunteering their time. If you are interested in contributing to its success please email me at Riverina.APS@gmail.com.

Thanks to the current committee members for all their hard work!

Sincerely,

Dan Hayes, MAPS
Chair, Riverina Branch


Riverina Branch Report - March 2016

As the new chair of the Riverina Branch I wanted to first say thanks to the outgoing committee members for a fantastic 2015. I also want to thank those committee members returning for 2016 and welcome the new members.

At our first event of the year Event 101, we sought recommendations for topics of professional development. Recommendations were wide and varied highlighting that the diversity of the profession is as wide in the Riverina as it is with our metropolitan cousins and we will require a variety of professional development opportunities to meet this diversity of needs.

The next step now is for the committee to map what activities are planned by other organisations and groups to ensure we are not replicating events, as well as looking for opportunities to capitalise on partnerships to help overcome the tyranny of distance for professional development in the Riverina.

The committee and the members must also continue to look at professional development differently than attending conferences or workshops to help meet the range of training and support that members want. The committee has proposed two ways to achieve this, peer supervision groups, and mini-conferences.

While peer supervision groups already exist, the committee is proposing something a little different which is to help facilitate one-off supervision groups based on topics. It is like a book club in which you only need to read and discuss the books you like. If you have a topic, article, case study or some recent training you would like to discuss with peers all you need to do is email the branch at Riverina.APS@gmail.com and we can help make it happen.

The other opportunity the committee will look at providing is mini-conferences in which we bring the conference to your front door. This will be done by the screening of webinars and recordings of presentations (such as those at the 2015 APS Annual Conference) followed by a facilitated discussion. Online learning is an important modality in delivering professional development, but what can often be left out is the solidifying of that learning through discussions with others.

On one last point, as our Branch covers a large distance, the committee will look at how we can move from being Wagga-centric to look at ways to engage and utilise our members in other towns in the Riverina.

The committee is about the possibilities for the year. We need to continue to ensure all our members of the APS remain active and willing to participate, whether by joining the committee itself, volunteering for peer supervision groups, and of course attending events. Together we can make a great 2016!

If you need to contact myself please email Riverina.APS@gmail.com

Daniel Hayes MAPS

Riverina Branch Chair