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Day One: Prof Maurizio Andolfi

Maurizio Andolfi is a Family Therapist, who started as a Child Psychiatrist. He lived in New York City in the early 70’s where he worked extensively in the South Bronx, and later in South Philadelphia with disadvantaged families of different ethnic groups. During his time in the USA, Andolfi studied in a number of prestigious Family Therapy Institutes, including the Family Studies Section of Bronx State Hospital, the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic with Salvador Minuchin and Jay Haley, as well as with Carl Whitaker in the following years. Andolfi is Professor of Psychology at La Sapienza-University of Rome, Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia Familiare in Rome and Editor-in-Chief of the Italian family therapy journal: Terapia Familiare.  In 1999 he was the winner of an American Association of Marital & Family Therapy award for Special Contribution to Marital and Family Therapy. He was the founder and President of the Foundation Silvano Andolfi and he was the Co-Founder of the European Family Therapy Association and the past-President of the Italian Family Therapy Society.  He has published widely in English and several other languages.


Challenging issues in supervision: how to increase therapists' competence and self-confidence with client empowerment

In this key-note speech Maurizio Andolfi will describe some of the main challenges in supervision, showing his own method to help therapists to use their professional/personal skills in the important mission of re-empowering families/clients in distress. Therefore the relationship between supervisor-supervisee has to be based on mutual trust and respect in sharing same concern for people pain and fragility. The following issues will be explored:

  1. How to build up a strong professional alliance with the identified patient, especially if she/he is a  child or adolescent or a couple in crisis, in order to enter into the family life and to link presenting individual or relational  symptoms /disorders to relevant family events;
  2. How to explore family three-generational development, without being absorbed by rigid diagnostic definitions of people psychological/mental problems. A diagnosis is only a starting point to offer the best therapeutic experience for any individual/ family who ask for help;
  3. Creativity is an often neglected dimension in psychotherapy because of the urgent need to find quick solutions to a given problem. Using Creativity, Playfulness and Metaphors in therapy allows for a better understanding of people impasses/pain and for incredible personal/relational transformations.
Day One: Dr David Denborough

David Denborough (PhD) works as a teacher and writer/editor for Dulwich Centre Publications and a community practitioner for the Dulwich Centre Foundation. Recent books/publications include: Collective narrative practice: Responding to individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma; Family therapy: Exploring the field's past, present and possible futures; and Trauma: Narrative responses to traumatic experience. Recent teaching/community assignments have included Bosnia, Rwanda, Uganda, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Iraq, Palestine, South Africa and a number of Aboriginal Australian communities. David’s songs in response to current social issues have received airplay throughout Australia and Canada.


Narrative approaches to supervision

The field of narrative therapy and community work has also developed a range of approaches to supervision. This keynote will introduce these supervisory methods in the hope that they will be relevant and accessible to practitioners, whatever their preferred therapeutic approach.

Day Two: A/Prof Craig Gonsalez

Craig Gonsalvez is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong. Craig has considerable experience as a clinical psychologist, clinical supervisor, and academic. He has been actively involved in clinical psychology training over several years, has served as Chair of Course Approvals for the APS Clinical College (2005-2010), and is the recipient of the APS Clinical College’s Award of Distinction for 2009. He has been at the forefront of developments in clinical supervision in Australia during the last decade. He designed and coordinated the course, Clinical Supervision and Practice, for doctoral students at the University of Wollongong. He has authored several scientific papers on clinical supervision, including key contributions on competency-based models. He has presented a large number of workshops and papers on clinical supervision, been invited to speak at national and international conferences, and served on scientific committees and editorial boards for publications on clinical supervision. He is also leader and principal investigator of several, recently awarded supervision grants including a large Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) grant to evaluate and improve field supervisor assessments of trainee competence in clinical psychology, and a Health Workforce Australia (HWA) funding grant to develop eSupervision.


Competency-based models of clinical supervision: Principles and applications, promises and challenges

The emergence of a new paradigm, embodied by competency-based models has generated cascading pedagogic changes across a range of disciplines. These changes have breathed new life into professional training and have the potential to rapidly change the clinical supervision landscape. Considerable effort is currently invested in the definition, organisation, and assessment of competence and competencies. Whilst parallel developments occur across health disciplines, Psychology has been described as being at the forefront of the competency revolution. Using developments within psychology as an exemplar, the talk will highlight recent developments, unpack for the practitioner key principles and applications for practice, and discuss promises and challenges for the future.   

Day Two: Prof Jane Stein Parbury

Widely recognized for her expertise in interpersonal communication, Jane Stein-Parbury is particularly well known for her best-selling textbook, Patient & Person: Interpersonal Skills in Nursing, now in its 4th edition. She has more than 35 years experience in mental health as a registered nurse, in acute care, in consultation liaison services and academia. Jane is Professor of Mental Health Nursing in the UTS Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Director of the Area Professorial Mental Health Nursing Unit for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. In this capacity she is leading research and practice development activities. Currently, she is a Chief Investigator in an NHMRC funded study implementing person-centred care for dementia in residential settings where she takes a lead role in training in person-centred care.


The long and winding road: engaging mental health nurses in Clinical Supervision

More than fifteen years ago, the recognition that Clinical Supervision for mental health nurses had the potential to improve the quality of care, promote learning and provide support led to its introduction in the then South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service. Although embedded into practice in other countries such as England and the United States, Clinical Supervision was relatively new to the Australian mental health nursing scene at that time. The introduction and implementation of Clinical Supervision in the Area Health Service became the responsibility of the Professor of Mental Health Nursing, a position that I have held since 2004. Both my predecessors and I made efforts to engage a large number of mental health nurses in the practice of Clinical Supervision, but this has resulted in limited success. While met with enthusiasm at the outset, its implementation has proved to be a struggle, a long and winding road with many uphill challenges. In this paper, I will share my insights and reflections on this journey in an effort to inform others of the potential pitfalls in the implementation of Clinical Supervision.