Training and Events

Rope Team – ACT Skills Development and Peer Consultation

A group of mountaineers travelling together and connected by a safety rope is known colloquially as a “Rope Team“. This is your invitation to a collaborative “Rope Team” experience for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) practitioners who have an interest in:

  • Deepening their connection to the underlying science of Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS) and ACT processes
  • Regular real play and role play skill development of ACT and other (CBS) Process-Based Therapies to reduce adherence-drift and deepen competencies
  • Developing and nurturing collaborative partnerships with other like-minded ACT practitioners
  • Setting goals and being part of a team that offers both accountabilities and resources to help you reach your next career goal, whatever that may be.

These monthly groups run with a minimum of three and a maximum of seven participants.

The rope-team peer consultation model is an adaptation of the Portland Model, tailored to the needs of the attendees. It is specifically designed for people who actively use ACT in their clinical work and want to improve their application of ACT principles. Those with less experience/confidence in ACT will have opportunities to observe and join in supported, guided practice. Those looking to extend themselves will get opportunities to build skills in supervision and providing feedback. All members will have opportunities to see, teach and model ACT processes. Consultation may involve case conceptualisation, practising experiential exercises, role/real-plays, or discussion of whether ACT is appropriate for a given client or presenting problem.

I will tailor skill development to the needs of attendees, including whether you work with children, teens, adolescents, or family work.

Please note that this is an ACT-focused consultation group, not a general consultation group. Whilst many therapy models are helpful; this group is specifically aimed at strengthening ACT competencies.

It is a prerequisite that you have, at minimum, attended an ACT introductory course and have at least some experience in using ACT with clients.

When, Where & How Much?

Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm

2021: December 16

2022: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, June 2

South of River location

$110 (inc GST) for each two-hour group consultation.

French Press Coffee, Loose Leaf Tea, and Dog Snuffs are all included.

On line options and additional times commencing early 2022, with discounts for attending the whole series.


When the Family Fractures – Therapy with Individuals from Separated Families

Recorded Workshop at ANZACBS Online Chapter Conference, 26-28 November 2021 (CPD: 1.5 hrs), available only to conference attendees.

Recorded Webinar (CPD 2.5 hrs) Available by Request

Live Group Training Available by Request

This is a workshop for mental health professionals who work with people from separated families and have no intention of going near a courtroom or doing court-involved work. This workshop is aimed at helping YOU help your CLIENT so they can also stay well away from the courtroom and focus on building a life of connection and thriving.

Most families are fine two years post-separation, and the outcomes for the majority of children are excellent. But what about those who are having a more challenging time? Sorting out conflict from violence; reasonable boundaries from gate-keeping; facilitation of parent relationships with someone the client is still wounded by; children learning how to transition between two homes and love two people who no longer love each other; parents who have successfully left their relationship but are still obligated to engage with their co-parent. There is nothing easy about navigating separation, so it’s reasonable that many families seek mental health support for themselves and their children at this time.

In this experiential workshop, mental health professionals will learn:

  • Factors that are most protective for children, and those that elevate their risks
  • The different types of conflict, how to assess, and how that influences intervention
  • Key issues to consider to ensure your therapy supports rather than inadvertently hinders the family, and protects the client (and the practitioner!) from family court involvement
  • Therapist variables that makes things better – or worse – for your client
  • The role of psychological inflexibility in maintaining conflict, and flexible therapy solutions within an Acceptance & Commitment Therapy framework to move families from conflict to collaboration, no matter which part of the system you’re working with
  • Resources to make your job easier when working with this vulnerable population

Recorded Webinar: Professionals $99AUD (inc GST) / Students $49.50AUD (inc GST)

Group Rates and quotes for bespoke online or in-person training are available upon request.