Pre-Congress Workshops

As an integral element of the Congress Scientific Program, we are pleased to announce a series of full day and half day pre-Congress workshops which will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre on Sunday 12 May 2019. 

All workshops will provide valuable insights and discussions across a broad range of topics.

Registration for the workshops is now available via the main Congress registration form.

Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. We recommend booking early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Please refer to the workshops below for their specific cost for attendance.

Details of the workshops are as follows:

 

WORKSHOP 1: ATTACHMENT-INFORMED PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH DISTURBED ADOLESCENTS

Time: 0930–1230
Presenter: Joan Haliburn
Cost: Standard – $380.00 | Registrar – $185.00

Workshop details

Complex Trauma can present in a variety of psychopathological states, creating a diagnostic and treatment dilemma for the clinician and as a result use of trials of several neuroleptics, including combinations of antidepressants and antipsychotics with no relief. An attachment perspective helps not only in assessment of a young person’s trauma, but also serves as the basis for successful psychotherapy. This workshop aims to allow participants to be exposed to the multitude of symptoms and pathological states that occur as a result of trauma of various kinds, including attachment trauma. The workshop will be enhanced by the use of Illustrative cases and examples will be solicited from participants with wide ranging discussion.

 

WORKSHOP 2: BEING A VOLUNTEER IN GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH: THE UK, AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCE

Time: 0930–1600
Presenters: Sophia Thomson, Paul Robertson, Ernest Hunter, Nick Kowalenko, Ben Hoadley, George Tuitama, Matthew Allen, Amaryah Paul
Cost: Standard – $485.00 | Registrar – $250.00

Workshop details

This workshop is aimed at psychiatrists, both senior and junior, as well as trainees interested in volunteering their time and skills to neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop will explore the volunteer work currently being undertaken within the RANZCP and FCAP. The longer experience of volunteerism within the Royal College of Psychiatry will be presented by UK psychiatrist Dr Sophie Thomson. She will in particularly focus on WHO mhGAP as a set of tools for use in undertaking such work. Specifically some mhGAP modules will be explored in greater detail. The experience of early career psychiatrists and trainees in volunteering will be presented by recently graduated Fellows involved in some of the Pacific projects as early career psychiatrists or as senior trainees. The day will finish with a discussion by senior Pacific island nation psychiatric leaders about their experience and hopes around a greater engagement with Australia and New Zealand psychiatrists. The workshop will be very interactive with plenty of time for discussion.

 

WORKSHOP 3: MY CPD – ACHIEVING YOUR MANDATORY CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Time: 0930–1230
Presenter: Wayne de Beer
Cost: $20.00

Workshop details

This workshop is designed to assist understanding of the CPD program and how its requirements can be met. The workshop will have a practical focus and participants are encouraged to bring their internet-enabled devices to facilitate exploration of their own My CPD record. This workshop is suitable for Fellows who have questions about the program or need advice on how to meet requirements.

 

WORKSHOP 4: WORKING DIALOGICALLY WITH NETWORKS OF YOUNG PEOPLE EXPERIENCING PSYCHOSIS

Time: 0930–1600
Presenters: Campbell Thorpe & Rachel Barbara-May
Cost: Standard – $485.00 | Registrar – $250.00

Workshop details

This full day workshop will be of interest to psychiatrists and other clinicians seeking to improve their understanding of the theory behind Open Dialogue, as well as some of the practical elements of dialogical practice within existing clinical settings.

Open Dialogue has demonstrated significant improvements in the outcome of treatment of psychotic illnesses and will be of specific interest to clinicians working with people with serious mental health crises (including psychotic presentations) and their social networks. Dialogical approaches are a respectful means to create a person-centered, family orientated, collaborative and needs adapted approach to service delivery.

The workshop will provide an introductory insight into the underpinnings of the Open Dialogue approach. It will include hands on activities to enable participants to gain a greater appreciation of the practical elements of dialogical practice through both experiential and theoretical elements.

The workshop will enable participants to improve their understanding of: the seven principles of Open Dialogue, practical strategies required to enact dialogical practice, and skills required for dialogical practice including setting up dialogical network meetings, fostering dialogue within sessions and responding and reflecting from a dialogical perspective.

Participants will appreciate the practical implications for shifting towards dialogical practice, as well as the theoretical underpinnings and the practical skills required to enable the approach to be successfully delivered.

 

WORKSHOP 5: LEADERSHIP UNDER DURESS: DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT FOR BETTER PATIENT CARE

Time: 0930–1230
Presenters: Nathan Gibson & John Crawshaw
Cost: Standard – $380.00 | Registrar – $185.00

Workshop details

Leadership in mental health often feels like it’s about keeping the wolf from the door- high patient numbers, limited resources, public criticism and minimal leadership support. While regulation and assurance processes are ever-present, there is good evidence that a culture of learning and quality improvement within services is strongly linked to better patient outcomes. How do busy clinical leaders work with their stressed staff to build a sustainable quality culture? The objectives of this workshop are to identify the components of a learning culture and quality improvement which provide value to team function and patient outcomes, look at current understanding of the evidence, and provide practical strategies around embedding a quality improvement culture. This workshop will weave a hypothetical clinical service setting scenario with senior psychiatrist leaders facilitating.

 

WORKSHOP 6: UPGRADING THEORY AND CLINICAL SKILLS TO RECOGNISE AND MANAGE VICARIOUS TRAUMA IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE (TIC)

Time: 0930–1230
Presenter: George Halasz
Cost: Standard – $380.00 | Registrar – $185.00

Workshop details

The workshop targets clinicians with varied backgrounds, working in the public or private sector whose clinical roles involve direct contact, supervision or consultation with patients and/or staff who care for patients with overt or covert ‘simple’ or ‘complex’ trauma or PTSD history.

Key learning objectives include:

  1. Awareness of the need for SAFETY and attendant RISKS when treating complex trauma transmission between patient and their clinician – i.e. vicarious trauma;
  2. Recognising the difference between the overlapping conditions of ‘burnout’, ‘compassion fatigue’ and ‘vicarious trauma’; and
  3. Developing skill-sets to self-manage and regulate safety in the presence of relational trauma

The participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences of managing patients with complex trauma histories, with facilitators to offer practical clinical skills in ‘real-time’ discussion.

 

WORKSHOP 7: APPROACHING THE RANZCP PSYCHOTHERAPY WRITTEN CASE ASSESSMENT

Time: 0930–1230
Presenter: Andrew Pethebridge
Cost: $20.00

Workshop details

This workshop is designed to assist candidates to understand the nature and standard of the Psychotherapy Written Case assessment. This workshop is suitable for Trainees, Supervisors and Directors of Training. This workshop will be of particular benefit for supervisors to develop familiarity with the format and process of this written assessment and develop their understanding of the Committee for Examinations expectations of trainees.

 

WORKSHOP 8: SUBSTANTIAL COMPARABILITY ASSESSOR ACCREDITATION / RE-ACCREDITATION WORKSHOP

Time: 0930–1600
Presenters: Lynette Rose & David Fenn
Cost: $30.00

Please note: Attendance is by invitation only – previous accreditation or an approved nomination to become a Substantial Comparability assessor is required for Fellows who wish to attend this workshop. Enquiries about the nomination process can be directed to comparability@ranzcp.org.

Workshop details

This workshop will train Fellows to conduct Substantial Comparability Case based Discussion assessments, and correctly calibrate scoring for these assessments.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the structure of Case based Discussion assessments, as well as the overall processes and requirements of the Substantial Comparability placement.

Please note attendance for this workshop is by invitation only. Previous accreditation, or an approved nomination to become a Substantial Comparability assessor is required for Fellows who wish to attend this workshop. Enquiries about the nomination process can be directed to comparability@ranzcp.org.

 

WORKSHOP 9: CLINICAL SUPERVISION WORKSHOP FOR RANZCP TRAINEES

Time: 1300-1600
Presenter: Paul Bailey
Cost: Standard – $380.00 | Registrar – $185.00

Workshop details

Training and working within mental health can be hazardous to one’s welfare. In this workshop, facilitated by experienced group facilitator and psychotherapist Paul Bailey, we will reflect upon the impact of processes such as vicarious trauma and burnout, and the role clinical supervision plays in this context.
Clinical supervision is a fundamental component of Psychiatric training and practice. When done well, clinical supervision offers an important opportunity to explore issues relevant to our welfare as doctors.

This small group workshop is designed for RANZCP trainees. The role of being a supervisee has its own set of skills, its own function, and its own challenges. This workshop aims to create a safe space for trainees to explore issues related to clinical supervision as a trainee, including potential conflicts of interest with supervisors. Understanding and developing skills as a supervisee is an important step in being able to participate in a meaningful way with this process that is core to our helping profession.

 

WORKSHOP 10: SUICIDAL BEHAVIOUR AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Time: 1300-1600
Presenter: Sathya Rao
Cost: Standard – $380.00 | Registrar – $185.00

Workshop details

Working with suicidal and self-harm behaviours of borderline personality disorder patients is challenging for most clinicians. The workshop hopes to improve the understanding and competence of clinicians in evaluation and clinical management of suicidal/self-harm behaviours and emotional crisis in BPD.

This workshop is aimed at psychiatrists, registrars or clinicians.

 

WORKSHOP 11: UPDATE – CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Time: 1300-1600
Presenter: Melanie Turner
Cost: Standard – $380.00 | Registrar – $185.00

Workshop details

This workshop will cover changes is psychopharmacology for children, adolescents and youth. Medication and its use in paediatric psychiatry has had its complexities and controversies. The WHO survey in 2006 shows that 50 % of all adult mental disorders have manifested by age 14; 85% by age 24. Diagnosing and treating these illnesses early is a a key step to preventing disability and morbidity in adulthood. This workshop, run by a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is structured to help practitioners understand the recent evidence related to the use of:

  • SSRIs and SNRI’s in mood and anxiety disorders
  • The use of antipsychotics and medication based treatments for self-harm
  • The use of medications for Tourettes disorder and discussion of treatment for PANDAS
  • the use of cholinesterase inhibitors, antipsychotics and SSRI’s and SNRI’s for severe OCD
  • Insomnia in children and adolescents including the growing use of melatonin. What works and what doesn’t, including PTSD treatment
  • Antipsychotics and their role in psychosis, autism and bipolar disorder
  • Mood stabilisers and early onset bpad
  • Cases around each will be presented to allow discussion, questions welcome throughout the session
  • A copy of all of the slides and applicable references for each participant will be available

This will focus on evidence based, practice focussed guidelines. Recent literature will be reviewed as well as international standards and guidelines.

A discussion on recent psychopharmacogenetic testing and its role will also be discussed.

 

WORKSHOP 12: FIRST DO NO HARM – TO YOURSELF

Time: 1300-1600
Presenter: Caryl Barnes
Cost: Standard – $380.00 | Registrar – $185.00

Workshop details

The workshop will be suitable to a wide cross section of conference attendees but especially those working in a leadership role and/or with management/supervisor responsibilities. It aims to give convey the research evidence that now exists around mentally heathy workplaces and how we incorporate this knowledge and promote practices into our workplaces, whatever they may be- public or private health settings. A part of the workshop will focus how to identify when others around us might be experience mental health issues which is impacting on their performance and how we can best support and manage them, especially trainees. It will increase skills as individuals to increase our resilience to workplace stress.

 

WORKSHOP 13: APPROACHING THE RANZCP SCHOLARLY PROJECT ASSESSMENT

Time: 1300-1600
Presenter: Joanna Ferguson
Cost: $20.00

Workshop details

This workshop is designed to assist candidates to understand the nature and standard of the Scholarly Project submission and assessment. This workshop is suitable for Trainees, Supervisors and Directors of Training. This workshop may be of particular benefit for supervisors to develop familiarity with the format and process of this written assessment and develop their understanding of the Committee for Examinations standards for assessment.