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ACPA / ICP Joint Statement – February 2021

New funding ensures expert care for veterans & families

Veterans most in need of specialist mental health services are now able to access the highest level of psychological care after an outreach funding commitment from leading veteran’s mental health service Open Arms to appropriately reimburse clinical psychologists for their services.

Open Arms Outreach Program Services has endorsed an increase in fees for clinical psychologists, to ensure veterans most in need of specialist mental health services will have access to expert care. This funding commitment to reimburse clinical psychologists for their services through Open Arms is part of a $94.3M funding commitment from the Australian Government.

The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (APCA) and Institute of Clinical Psychologists (ICP) welcomed the decision by Open Arms to ensure our most vulnerable veterans have access to the highest level of care. 

ACPA President Prof Caroline Hunt said ACPA and ICP recognised the enormous value mental health professionals working in a range of fields were able to offer veterans and their families. However, this new funding is a crucial investment to support veterans.

‘’The funding commitment for outreach clinical psychologists will ensure those most in need of specialist mental health services will have access to expert care,” Prof Hunt said.

“The support provided to veterans through the Open Arms program is crucial and in line with Medicare and other funding arrangements, which recognise the expertise of accredited postgraduate training in clinical psychology.

“We are encouraging clinical psychologist members to be aware of the funding commitment from the Open Arms Outreach Program and to prioritise these urgent referrals.”

ICP President Dr Marjorie Collins said clinical psychologists had high levels of expertise in mental health disorders through accredited post-graduate training.

“High level training prepares clinical psychologists to provide the highest-level diagnostic assessments, formulation and specialist treatment, social skills training, family therapy, and group therapy. Clinical psychologists, by virtue of their high-level postgraduate training in mental health are well placed to provide the highest level of specialised care for Australian veterans and their families,” Dr Collins said.

Help is available on 1800 011 046 or visit Open Arms .

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Institute of Clinical Psychologists

Working with clients who present with a comorbid addiction

ICP Seminar Working with clients with comorbid addiction.pdf

Michael Tunnecliffe & Kerryn Ashford-Hatherly

Many clients present for treatment with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or a post-trauma condition. During the assessment and formulation process, it’s not uncommon to find the client also has a comorbid addiction. Often, the first dilemma for the clinician is whether the mental health problem resulted from the addiction, or did the addiction develop from coping with the mental health condition? With many mental disorders, comorbidity with addiction is often reported to be the rule rather than the exception. This practical, interactive professional development session will review the relationship between mental health conditions and addictive behaviours in a manner that assists the clinician to more effectively assess the presenting issues and set priorities for treatment.

A brief ICP AGM will be held prior to the seminar, with morning
tea provided
Saturday 27th July 2019 9am to 12noon
The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat
$40 ICP Members $60 Non ICP Members, Clinical Psych Students $40

~ 3 hours CPD ~
Please register & pay online by 26th July on the ICP website!event-list
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Participants in this practical professional development session will benefit by: ́  Understanding the importance of assessing for addiction comorbidity when clients present with a mental disorder. ́  Appreciating comorbidity has important implications for treatment, as clients with comorbid conditions often have a poorer treatment response and a worse recovery trajectory over time. This means an intervention plan needs to take the comorbid addiction into account. ́  Reviewing the common mental disorder / addiction co-morbidities which present in psychological practice and the hypotheses that may explain these. ́  Appreciating that even when there is no causal relationship between substance dependence and a mental disorder, having one disorder may worsen the symptoms and treatment outcomes of the other. ́  Participants are provided with a set of course notes, assessment guidelines and an opportunity to discuss common addiction co-morbidity issues which arise in clinical practice.
You will be provided with course notes, assessment guidelines & opportunity to discuss addiction co- morbidity issues which arise in clinical practice.
Come join us!

Seminar: Working with Clients with Comorbid Addiction

Integrating Acceptance & Mindfulness in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy

Thursday 30th August 2018, WA State Library

“CBT is not monolithic…there is no doubt that several concepts and methods that have been central to third wave interventions (mindfulness methods; acceptance-based procedures; decentering; cognitive defusion; values; psychological flexibility processes) are now permanently part of the CBT tradition…” (Steven Hayes & Stefan Hofmann, 2017, World Psychiatry, p. 245)

For mental health professionals interested in this topic, this is a reminder that final registration for this workshop closes in 2 weeks on the 23rd August.

For more details and to secure your place visit:

Training in Family Therapy

One-Week Intensive Training Course (Level 2) in Family and Relationship Therapy

17-21 September 2018 (9.00am – 5.00pm)

This Level II course is intended for practitioners of Family and Relationship Therapy who already have basic training in Systems Theory and its application. The course will focus on how to use ‘Systems’ knowledge to plan Therapeutic Strategies, what to do after the Assessment, implementing different Therapeutic Models, using your Therapeutic Skills and Handicaps, and how you can make better use of your personal attributes as a therapist.
Throughout the week, you will explore your role as a therapist, make use of role plays and simulations, review video tapes of interviews and work with/observe ‘live’ interviews. Time will be allocated for discussion of practical and theoretical issues in therapy. Also, you will be able to explore your professional handicaps and learn to use them to your advantage.

Cost: Regular: $880 (Includes GST) if paid after 17 August 2018
Earlybird: $825 (Includes GST) if paid on or before 17 August 2018
Cancellation Policy: No cancellation available, but place transferable to third party.
Places: Limit of 15 places
Venue: William Street Family Therapy Centre
544 William Street, Mount Lawley Western Australia 6050 (cnr Chelmsford Road)
Phone: (08) 9227 8038
Fax: (08) 9227 8938
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