Pre-Congress Workshops

Pre-ConGRESS Workshops

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce a number of pre-congress workshops to be held on Thursday 21 February 2019 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

These have been planned to complement the full program and are available to registered delegates of the congress. We encourage you to book early as places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please register for the below workshops via the online registration form

WORKSHOP ONE: Professionalism, health and wellbeing for the medical practitioner 

Speaker: Kym Jenkins 
Room: Hobart Room, Level 2, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth 
Cost: $120 inc GST 
Inclusions: Workshop sessions, lunch and afternoon tea

Workshop details...

Doctors’ health matters: healthy doctors are more likely to have healthy patients. Increasingly, self-care and care of our colleagues is recognized as an ethical responsibility. The reporting of concerns about Doctors’ health and wellbeing has never been more prevalent in medical mainstream and social media. Accounts of bullying, harassment and stress in the profession cause great concern. Medical practitioners have high rates of burnout, mental illness and suicide. However much of the research comes from USA and Europe with relatively little pertaining to the experiences of doctors in other parts of the world.

This workshop seeks to explore the meaning of Professionalism in the setting in which psychiatrists work, and particularly in an Asian context.

Through a highly interactive methodology participants will be encouraged to share and generate ideas relevant to their own workplaces and jurisdictions.

Findings and Conclusions
Will be developed during the workshop.

WORKSHOP TWO: Mindfulness based therapy and counselling developed from thailand  

Speaker: Yongyud Wongpiransan 
Room: Adelaide Room, Level 4, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth 
Cost: $120 inc GST 
Inclusions: Workshop sessions, lunch and afternoon tea

Workshop details...

Mindfulness accompany with tranquility derived from Buddha teaching for more than 2600 years and proved by many people to be effective in bring peace and happiness to their life. Therefore the Mindfulness Center of the Department of Mental Health under the experts in the Advisory Group had developed a non-religion approach therapy and counseling method named “Mindfulness Based Therapy and Counseling” (MBTC) to treat clients with stress, anxiety, depression and relapse prevention of drug and behavior addiction.

MBTC is consider as a therapy focusing on development of higher consciousness as tranquility and mindfulness that help clients much more competence in dealing with stress and miseries, comparing with most of therapies that focus on correcting what have been wrong in the basic consciousness (like unconscious conflict in psychoanalytic and dynamic therapies, wrong learning in behavior and cognitive behavior therapies or misconception of life in humanistic therapies)

Actually, mindfulness based therapies are not new, after WWII Morita and Naikan therapy developed in Japan long time ago before widespread across the world. Some famous therapies use mindfulness and letting go as part of their therapies such as “Dialectic Behavior Therapy” as well as “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.”

Above all, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) including Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and other mindfulness based intervention later developed are focused mainly on mindfulness. Thai MBTC use both advantages of western Mindfulness based intervention that are evidence based, secular, non religion approach as well as our long experiences in mind development.

Eight Sessions of MBTC
1. How to Manage Stress
2. Living with mindfulness
3. Learning to Let Go with Emotion
4. Mindfulness with Thoughts & Letting Go
5. Improving Relationship
6. Improving Communication
7. Compassion & Forgiveness
8. Life Has to Go On

Under 8 sessions, clients learn to develop tranquility and mindfulness, then further develop wisdom of letting go for emotional difficulties they face and using mindful in thinking, communication and compassion to improve relationship.

The workshop will explain underlying theory, some mindfulness exercises and how to apply in clinical setting.


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