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A Simple Framework for Providing Effective Therapy – Individual, Family, and Residential

A Simple Framework for Providing Effective Therapy – Individual, Family, and Residential

Date: 6th August 2019

Facilitator: Peter Marrington


Workshop Duration:

1 Day

Workshop Time:

9:30 – 16:30


$215.00 for registration and payment received by 09/07/2019

Full fee: $245.00 including morning tea, all associated handouts and a certificate of attendance.


Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

For people who:

  • Are involved in counselling – child, individual and family.
  • Are involved in therapeutic programs – residential, behavioural, correctional, and self-development.

Workshop Outline:

Cybernetics is the study of control processes in systems, especially analysis of the flow of information in closed systems.

Gregory Bateson applied this concept to explain how individuals and families become stuck in repetitive loops of unproductive behaviour.

His ideas significantly influenced a number of popular systems-based approaches to therapy designed to facilitate change.

This workshop provides a summary of the assumptions of the Systemic Cybernetic Approach to Therapy, and an explanation of how these ideas are applied (intervention strategies) in Michael White’s Cybernetic Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

Workshop Outcomes:

At the completion of the workshop, participants will have:

  • Knowledge of a theoretical framework, based on Cybernetics Theory, which provides a context for understanding how individuals and families get stuck in problematic patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour, and what is required for change.
  • Understanding of a number of intervention techniques derived from this theory, based on the work of Michael White (Systemic Cybernetic and Narrative Therapy) and Steve de Shazer and colleagues (Solution-Focused Brief Therapy), which are effective in facilitating change.


New workshop for 2019

Facilitator Bio:

Peter Marrington is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker currently specialising in trauma counselling in Brisbane.

Peter has more than 30 years’ experience working as a child and family therapist in government and not-for-profit organisations, and in private practice: providing counselling to children and adults, consultancy and training to health and welfare professionals, managing clinical services, and in the research and development of treatment programs for abused children and adults.

Workshop Cancellations:


By completing and submitting this registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend this workshop and you will be liable for the full fee as indicated.

If you are unable to attend the workshop for any reason, fail to attend without notice or cancel your registration payment will not be refunded.

Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.


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