Professional Development

CPD Partnership with the Mental Health Academy (MHA)

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:

  • Online, on-demand access to over 500 hours of learning
  • Cost effective CPD – 300+ courses for just $1/day
  • Dozens of topics, including Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS)
  • Accrue CPD hours to meet your annual CPD requirements
  • Learn from global mental health experts
  • New programs released every month

To learn more and join MHA today, visit

Triumph Over Trauma - Clinician Training

Two Day Training: 21-22 Mar 2020, 9:00 am – 5pm

Melbourne VIC, Australia

Member Price: $295.00 (Normally $350) 


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 

  • Theory: A comprehensive understanding of modern neuro-affective trauma theory. The theory component offers a holistic model of trauma and traumatic symptoms as adaptive responses to aversive events, consistent with Trauma Informed Principles and the Power, Threat, Meaning Framework of mental health. 
  • Assessment: How to safely get everything you need to know in one session, including their relevant history, adaptations to trauma, coping behaviours, core schemas, goals and barriers to success, without over-activating the client.
  • Planning and Formulation: How to structure an effective intervention, choose the appropriate therapies and communicate that to a client in a way that empowers their buy-in
  • Skills: Hands on training in Therapeutic processes including
  1. Stabilising the patient to enable trauma work and relieve distress
  2. Pre-empting and addressing barriers to trauma resolution
  3. Narrative Reauthoring for single and multiple traumas including narrative timeline work
  4. Timeline Therapy (NLP) and associated imaginal intervention techniques

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. 


Ongoing Professional Development Requirements for Psychologists

The information below has been gathered from the PsyBA. The AAPi recommends you also review the information provided by the PsyBA:

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:

  • is based on a skills and knowledge self-assessment;
  • identifies areas for development or improvement;
  • sets learning objectives; and 
  • enhances life-long learning.

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:

  • be outcome-focused;
  • seek to ensure continued competence in your area of practice and, if relevant, develop skills and knowledge in a new area of practice; and
  • seek to ensure activities have contributed to the quality of your practice, which results in the maintenance of high-quality client services.

3. You must maintain an up-to-date CPD portfolio that includes:

  • your learning plan (see point 1);
  • an activity log of all CPD activities;
  • written reflection for each activity, including how it relates to your professional development goals; and
  • any receipts, tax invoices or certificates of attendance to verify participation in CPD activities, when applicable.

You must maintain your CPD portfolio for five years in case you are audited.

Please refer to the PsyBA for more information:

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 Please note that AAPi has no commercial relationship with Ausmed.