AAPi and the Mental Health Academy – Australia’s leading CPD provider for Psychologists – have partnered to make attaining your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as simple and cost effective as possible.
Mental Health Academy CPD courses cover a vast range of psychology and mental health topics – and meet the criteria for Active CPD established by the Psychology Board of Australia.
Here are some of the benefits of joining MHA:
To learn more and join MHA today, visit https://www.mentalhealthacademy.com.au/aapi
There is a re-emerging recognition that many mental illnesses have their origins in unresolved trauma, not just PTSD and adjustment disorders. Trauma competent clinicians treat these symptomatic conditions as adaptations to adverse events and unresolved trauma memories, and seek to resolve the underlying distress rather that just control the symptoms. This enables them to deliver effective short-term treatments that create significant positive change for their clients. If we resolve the cause, the symptoms cease, as they are no longer needed. The explosion in our understanding of trauma and its impact on the brain has also led to the development of treatments that minimise or completely avoid the need for painful re-exposure and re-experiencing, making treatment a lot easier and less aversive for our clients. In short - treatment that is effective, relatively easy and brief, even for complicated conditions.
This is our level 1 practitioner training that will equip you to safely and effectively deliver brief trauma interventions to most people who are suffering from simple trauma, acute trauma, developmental trauma and multiple traumas. This training does not fully equip you to work with some complex trauma presentations where there is significant personality distortion or dissociative symptoms (level 2 does) but it provides the foundations for complex trauma work.
The course is structured to comply with Australian Psychology Board guidelines for Continuing Professional Development. It covers the following topics
This training is a prerequisite to Triumph over Complex Trauma (level 2).
The program is designed and facilitated by Adam Blanch, an Australian Registered Psychologist with more than 30 years experience in providing individual and group trauma treatment, employing over 30 treatment approaches.
This is an experiential skills training that requires participants to engage as both the client and the therapist in all processes using real world experience for processing. Participants must be practicising therapists (social worker, psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor, allied health professional) with a minimum of two years training and experience. Participants must not be under the influence of psychoactive substances or have experiencied active psychosis within a 12 month period prior to participation.
The course will be offered in Melbourne close to the city. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided.
The information below has been gathered from the PsyBA. The AAPi recommends you also review the information provided by the PsyBA: https://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Standards-and-Guidelines/Registration-Standards.aspx
When you apply for full registration you will be required to commit to completing the requirements for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
1. You need to develop a learning plan that:
2. You must complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD activities annually during the period 1 December until 30 November. At least 10 of these hours must be peer consultation. Pro rata requirements If, when you apply to renew your general registration, you have held general registration for less than 12 months of the period 1 December to 30 November, you must have completed 2.5 hours of CPD for every full month that you held general registration, and one third of the pro-rata CPD must be peer consultation. Your CPD activities should be relevant to your area of professional practice and have clear learning aims and objectives that meet your individual requirements.
The activities should:
3. You must maintain an up-to-date CPD portfolio that includes:
You must maintain your CPD portfolio for five years in case you are audited.
Please refer to the PsyBA for more information: https://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Standards-and-Guidelines/Registration-Standards.aspx
A template of requirements can be downloaded here: CPD Template
We recommend members set-up a spreadsheet and complete information after each PD session. There are also a range of Apps on the market that also record PD information such as Ausmed https://www.ausmed.com. Please note that AAPi has no commercial relationship with Ausmed.