Presentations and Meetings
Possibilities for Change offers speaking presentations, group facilitation and workshops.
Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN)
Glen Iris Network Meeting
Coordinator: Heather Bunting
Guest Speaker: Moshe Lang, Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist and Author
Moshe Lang is one of Australia’s best known family therapists and details of Moshe’s life’s work can be found here.
At the forthcoming MHPN meeting, participants will view a DVD called Coming Home, one of Moshe’s DVD’s which provide those who watch it with an opportunity to see him at work. Participants will have the choice whether to watch the session through and discuss it later or choose to stop the DVD and ask questions of Moshe.
Coming Home Case Study:
Twenty-one year old Daniel has moved back home to live with his mother; unannounced, and they are arguing constantly. Moshe Lang demonstrates his great skill as a therapist by being attentive, empathic, respectful, collaborative, neutral and, above all, human. Moshe elicits the story of the breakdown of Daniel’s parent’s marriage, Meg’s pain, disappointment and sense of failure, and the role this plays in her ambivalence around Daniel coming home. Daniel is difficult to engage, yet, as Moshe explores his experience of his parent’s breakup, the deep sense of abandonment emerges.
It is expected that from watching the DVD and participating in the lively discussion on the evening, attendees will:
· Develop an understanding of the importance of creating a respectful and hopeful atmosphere that allows therapeutic work to begin
· Gain insight into Moshe’s therapy style: how he attends to the clients’ view of the problem and adopts a posture of curiosity about client life experience and perceptions;
· Learn key skills in family therapy, to track individual experience, styles and meaning, and reinforce positives in a client’s narrative;
· Learn how to negotiate a “contract” or agreement between two members of the family about how to work together even though their expectations and wishes of therapy, and their understanding of the problem, are different;
· Learn how to bring the absent member of the family (in this case the father) into the therapy even though he’s absent;
· Have the opportunity to explore the merits and demerits of working with members of the family separately or all together.
Prior to this session participants may find it useful to view a short preview of the taped session which can be found here. You may also wish to read a review of the recording here. A podcast of Moshe’s is also available here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Presentations on “Teenagers and Drugs – Why Not?” can be given to high schools in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area.
Support groups for family members of people with alcohol addiction can be run for groups of 5-10 people.
In 2017 we hope to run a support group for people with weight issues – no weighing, no diets, no criticism! This discussion groups is aimed at supporting people struggling with their weight. Participants will agree how the group will run and what topics will be covered. The group will be facilitated by Heather Bunting.
Story-telling or narrative groups can also be facilitated by Heather. She can attend your workplace or community or charity group to facilitate such a group.
We are also interested in running groups teaching Communication Skills.
Heather recently presented at the PACFA Annual Conference on the topic of Ambiguous Loss and the Heart and Soul of Therapy.
For further information, please contact us.