Research in the past 20-30 years has indicated the efficacy of psychotherapy with youth between the ages of 4-18 as a beneficial treatment paradigm with approximately 70 – 80% becoming asymptomatic or better adjusted after treatment. In addition, the use of creative expressive techniques, like art therapy, have also been shown to significantly reduce behavioural and emotional difficulties particularly with children.
This training program will provide a unique opportunity for psychologists who work with children, adolescents and families to enhance and deepen their skill base. The theoretical paradigms used will explore working with children and adolescents from both a developmental perspective and a psychodynamic orientation. Specific techniques that will be taught in this program will include psychodynamic case formulations, family therapy, play therapy, art therapy, symbol work, parent therapy and individual psychotherapy for adolescents. This combination will be explored in the context of both theoretical research material, as well as numerous case examples and role plays.
About the presenter
Mrs Tania Kalkidis is a registered clinical psychologist, child psychologist and psychotherapist who completed her clinical master’s in 1993, and completed a further master’s degree in clinical child psychology in 1995. For the past 25 years, Tania has worked with adults, adolescents, children, and couples from all walks of life. At the end of 2007 Tania re-located from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, and has been involved in training and supervising psychologists. She has been a registered supervisor with AHPRA for the past five years and has designed and implemented training programs for psychologists who want to specialise in working therapeutically with children, adolescents and families.