PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOPS

As an integral element of the Congress scientific program, a series of full-day and half-day pre-Congress workshops will be held on Sunday 19 May 2024 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra and the nearby Crowne Plaza Canberra. 

All workshops will provide valuable insights and discussions across a broad range of topics.

Registration for the workshops is now available via the Congress registration form

Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend booking early to ensure you don't miss out.

Please refer to the workshops below for their specific cost for attendance. 


WORKSHOP 1: ADHD 101: EVIDENCE BASED APPROACHES TO THE ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF ADHD

Time: 0930-1600
Presenters: David Coghill, Roger Paterson, Karuppiah Jagadheesan
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - $265 

Workshop details
This workshop is aimed at all psychiatrists who are open to the idea of working with ADHD but do not feel that they have yet developed the expert knowledge and skills to do so. The content for this workshop will draw directly on the recently published Australian evidence-based ADHD Guideline and the Australian ADHD professional’s association ADHD Prescribing Manual. Using a combination of large group didactic teaching and small group exercises we will look in the morning session at assessing ADHD and initial clinical decision making and treatment planning. The afternoon will take a deep dive into the pharmacological management of ADHD.  While the large group sessions will be aimed across the lifespan the small group sessions will give the opportunity for participants to focus on child, youth, or adult settings.

WORKSHOP 2: RAPID-ACTING ANTIDEPRESSANT TREATMENTS: WHERE IS THEIR PLACE IN THE TREATMENT PATHWAY?

Time: 0930-1600
Presenter: Allan Young
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265 

Workshop details
Mood disorders impose the largest disease related burden related to mental ill-health in adults.  Although effective treatments exist, many patients are treatment resistant.  New rapidly acting antidepressant treatments (RAATS) are becoming available but their place in the treatment pathway remains to be fully determined.  This workshop will review the evidence base and science related to RAATS, principally (s)ketamine and psychedelics.  This session will be an interactive, case and literature-based workshop.  Time will be allowed for extensive, interactive discussion about RAATS in the treatment pathway for mood disorders.  RAATS will play a part in our future treatment efforts.  Target audience for this workshop is psychiatrists with an interest in the treatment of mood disorders.  The learning objectives of the workshop include:  a review the background related to treatment resistant mood disorders; a review the recent evidence for RAATs and discussion about the possible role of RAATs in treatment pathways.

WORKSHOP 3: I HAD TO GIVE MY TRAINEE DIFFICULT FEEDBACK. THEY SAID I WAS A BULLY. WHAT DO I DO? 

Time: 0930-1230
Presenter: RANZCP supervisors
Cost: $25

Workshop details
This workshop is designed for RANZCP accredited supervisors who want to gain deeper insights into providing trainees with tough feedback.  This session will be facilitated by College supervisors for College supervisors and the panel will provide insights into their lessons learned and give practical tips on communicating as a leader with your trainees.  The panel members will discuss how to deal with the trepidation and uneasiness that comes with difficult conversations.  This session will focus on the benefits of clear and authentic communication with an emphasis on understanding that difficult feedback is not a criticism but an opportunity for your trainee to grow and develop through your leadership.  This workshop is designed in a way that is both engaging and informative. Attendees who complete this activity will earn additional CPD points. 

WORKSHOP 4: AN UPDATE ON THE USE OF RTMS TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Paul Fitzgerald, Jeff Daskalakis, Saxby Pridmore
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
This workshop, targeting psychiatrists, trainees and other doctors with an interest in rTMS therapy, will aim to give an up-to-date overview of the evidence supporting the use of rTMS and of emerging protocols and treatment techniques. It will include didactic sessions as well as the opportunity for discussion about challenging issues in TMS practice with experienced researchers and clinicians.

WORKSHOP 5: IDENTIFYING AND ACCOUNTING FOR AUTISM IN ADULTS WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Chad Bennett, Tareq Abuelroos
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. Problems with social interaction, odd and unusual behaviours and high rates of co-morbid mental health problems mean that many people with autism spectrum disorder are likely to come to the attention of mental health services. This workshop provides an introduction to autism spectrum and an overview of the principles and problems of assessment, diagnosis and management in adults presenting to mental health services.

WORKSHOP 6: INTRODUCING THE CAARMS 2023: COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF AT-RISK MENTAL STATES 2023 

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Alison Yung, Shona Francey
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
Introducing the CAARMS 2023: Comprehensive assessment of at-risk mental states

The Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS) is a semi-structured assessment tool used by mental health professionals and researchers to identify help-seeking people who are at ultra-high risk (UHR) of developing psychosis (possibly in the prodromal phase preceding a first episode of psychosis). The CAARMS can also be used to track a range of psychopathology over time and to identify the onset of first episode psychosis. A new version of the CAARMS, the CAARMS 2023 has been developed and will be launched at this workshop. The new version includes new scales, anchors, and prompts to assist with assessment of the full range of positive psychotic symptoms.

This half-day workshop is aimed at mental health professionals identifying and working with people who may at risk for developing psychosis.

WORKSHOP 7: REGISTRAR WORKSHOP: THE PSYCHOTHERAPY WRITTEN CASE

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Michael Daubney, Michael Gardner
Cost: $25

Workshop details

This half day workshop will consider the Psychotherapy Written case (PWC) from the perspective of an assessment to be marked. Specific content will include a practical explanation of the relevant college by-laws. The workshop will specifically cover aspects from the wise selection of patients, responses to specific scenarios encountered during the course of therapy and what an examiner is considering when assessing the case report.

WORKSHOP 8: MAKING THE MOVE TO PRIVATE PRACTICE - CONSIDERATIONS & CONCERNS 

Time: 0930-1230
Presenter: George Blair-West, Michelle Atchison, Jor Varghese, Gary Galambos, Chris Garvey, Rebecca Graham, Deepa Singhal
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
This workshop has been developed, at the request of Early Career Psychiatrists, to provide advice and address concerns about moving into private practice. Multiple speakers will address different kinds of private practice and the associated concerns, challenges and considerations involved in a world that is very different from the public psychiatry that young psychiatrists are primarily trained in. 

WORKSHOP 9: BUILDING TEACHING SKILLS - A BRIDGE TO BETTER LEARNING

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Lee Allen, Megan Kalucy, Scott Clark, David Menkes, Nicola Warren, Andrew Teodorktuk, Michael Mazzolini, Emily Ferguson
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
This workshop presents foundational mental health medical education skills for educators, seasoned and new, alongside an opportunity for skill development and enhancement, and current innovations in the mental health medical education sector. The content presented will be applicable to the broader range of education and learning opportunities in psychiatry practice: including for teaching medical students, psychiatry registrar and SIMG education, and those wishing to develop, enhance and progress their medical education competencies and careers.  A range of skills from bedside to more formal and/or complex teaching approaches will be workshopped, and participants will be introduced to a range of resources to develop their skills further.

WORKSHOP 10: WORKING WITH COMPLEX TRAUMA, NEURODIVERSITY AND PERSONALITY PATHOLOGY 

Time: 0930-1600
Presenters: Sathya Rao, Lucas Cheney
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265 

Workshop details
This workshop will help untangle the complexities involved in working with patients whose presentation arises due to the interplay of childhood trauma, attachment issues, neurodiversity and personality pathologies. The workshop is designed to be interactive and will bring issues alive using case vignettes accompanied by clinical discussions.

WORKSHOP 11: IS IT TERRORISM? LESSONS FROM FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY IN THE NOT QUITE DEAD ART AND SCIENCE OF PSYCHOPHENOMENOLOGY 

Time: 0930-1600
Presenters: Andrew Ellis, Jacqueline Rakov, Calum Smith 
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265 

Workshop details
So will he do it doc? 

Terrorism, extremism and fixated grievance can cause terrible loss, and lead to a more fearful community. Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are frequently confronted with having to assess someone who has acted in a way that is disturbing and frightening to the community. Sometimes this is after a person has committed an act, and sometimes behaviour suggests they might. This can be vexing for professionals involved, as many persons who act this way may not have a ‘mental illness’ as conceived in law, or other psychiatric diagnosis. It might seem overwhelming or somehow unethical to get involved with what could be conceived as a law enforcement only problem.

This workshop aims to educate on the types of grievance fuelled violence and how psychiatric conditions can play into them. A particular focus will be on careful examination of the mental state, within a full assessment as the mental phenomena behind extreme acts will be crucial to affording effective management. A review of risk assessment approaches (and the controversies within) will be offered, but more importantly steps for effective management and working with the various agencies that may be involved will be covered.

Advanced trainees in forensic psychiatry are welcome and some of the activities in the workshop could constitute WBAs if discussed first with your supervisor and DOAT. 

Terrorism? Don’t be afraid!

WORKSHOP 12: EFFECTIVELY USING ANTIDEPRESSANTS, ANXIOLYTICS AND MOOD STABILISERS 

Time: 0930-1600
Presenters: Nicholas Keks, Judith Hope, David Castle, David Copolov
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265 

Workshop details
The workshop will focus on effective and safe use of antidepressants, anxiolytics and mood stabilizers in treatment of major psychiatric disorders in adults. Drugs in each category will be compared on efficacy, adverse effects and characteristics. Core information, prescribing practicalities and clinical cases will be presented. 

WORKSHOP 13: IGNITING CREATIVITY: A NARRATIVE MEDICINE AND CREATIVITY WORKSHOP FOR PSYCHIATRISTS

Time: 0930-1600
Presenters: Sue Lutton, Mariam Tokhi, Fiona Reilly
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265 

Workshop details
Delve into the world of Narrative Medicine and explore its impact on practice and personal creativity. In this interactive workshop tailored specifically for psychiatrists, you will explore this new field, with its intersection between art, literature, storytelling and clinical practice. 

This workshop is an opportunity to connect with like-minded psychiatrists interested in creativity, communication and story, and the ways in which this can lead to more imaginative, empathetic and impactful patient care.

Through hands-on exercises and guided discussions, you’ll learn how to enhance your own creativity and self-expression, as you discover the therapeutic potential of storytelling and learn about innovative narrative medicine approaches to care. Guided by experienced facilitators, both doctors well experienced in narrative medicine, creative writing and working in hands on clinical fields, you will develop creative techniques to integrate narrative medicine in your psychiatric practice and embrace creativity as a personal and professional resource. You will leave with a renewed sense of purpose and joy in your work, and a toolbox of creative interventions to apply immediately both personally and professionally. 

WORKSHOP 14: THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND THEIR HEART-SINK PATIENT: ORIGINS, NATURE AND CONSEQUENCES OF 'MESSY' RELATIONAL RUPTURE/REPAIR CYCLES 

Time: 0930-1230
Presenter: George Halasz
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
Advances in mother-infant research, child developmental studies and neuroscience provide trauma informed psychotherapists with new and safer techniques to provide effective ‘trauma informed’ clinical care. The workshop provides a setting to update, explore and examine how pressures arising from ‘messy’ clinical experiences, vicarious trauma, can be managed more effectively with benefits for both patient and therapist.

WORKSHOP 15: HAND-N-HAND PEER FACILITATOR TRAINING WORKSHOP 

Time: 1300-1600
Presenters: Tahnee Bridson, Kym Jenkins, Brett McDermott
Cost: $25

Workshop details
The purpose of the Hand-in-Hand peer support program is to provide nationwide facilitated peer support to all healthcare workers and support staff. The challenging environment for clinicians generated by COVID-19, created a need for personal and professional support. The peer support groups provide a safe, non-judgmental, empathetic, and compassionate environment for colleagues to discuss experiences and concerns to enhance wellbeing. This workshop is suitable for clinicians of all levels of seniority and aims to educate clinicians on how to facilitate effective peer support, which differs from supervision, mentorship and psychotherapy. Supported by the College as part of its ongoing commitment to member health and wellbeing initiatives, this interactive workshop will be run by key members of the Hand-n-Hand board including Dr Kym Jenkins and Dr Brett McDermott. The session will involve discussing a number of case studies in addition to discussing the basic theory behind peer support. Attendees will also receive a certificate of completion for their attendance which can be used towards CPD requirements. 

WORKSHOP 16: PRACTICAL SKILLS IN ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY: PRESCRIBING ECT AND RATING THE ICTAL EEG 

Time: 1300-1600
Presenters: Shane Gill, Anthony Dinesh, Neeraj Gupta 
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
This workshop is aimed at psychiatrists who manage patients with ECT, and those credentialed to deliver ECT in their service.  Knowledge in ECT prescribing will be enhanced, by presenting current evidence about the effect of electrode placement, pulse width and stimulus dose on ECT efficacy and side effects.  Participants will be asked to discuss their preferred prescription in a series of hypothetical case vignettes.  Skills in ictal EEG interpretation will then be enhanced, by summarizing evidence about EEG predictors of seizure efficacy, introducing participants to a new EEG rating scale and leading participants through an interactive session rating ictal EEGs.

WORKSHOP 17: SUBSTANTIAL COMPARABILITY ASSESSOR ACCREDITATION / REACCREDITATION WORKSHOP

Time: 1300-1600
Presenter: Denise Riordan
Cost: $25

Workshop details
This half day workshop is aimed at 

  • Fellows who have been approved to become Substantial Comparability assessors and require the appropriate accreditation.
  • Existing Substantial Comparability assessors who wish to refresh their skills in order to maintain accreditation.
  • The workshop involves pre-reading and self-calibration using resources which will be provided.

Attendance is by invitation only - previous accreditation or an approved nomination to become a Substantial Comparability assessor is required for Fellows who wish to attend this workshop.

Fellows who are interested in becoming a Substantial Comparability assessor and have at least three years post-Fellowship experience should contact the Specialist International Medical Graduate team by emailing simgehelp@ranzcp.org for details on the approval and accreditation process.

WORKSHOP 18: PSYCHOTHERAPY IN ADHD ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

Time: 1300-1600
Presenters: Peter Heffernan, Tatjana Ewais, Luis Reibl
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
We are three experienced Consultant Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists who work extensively with Those with ADHD Lived Experience across the Lifespan. Our professional development draws from a broad range of Psychotherapy Schools, including Dialectical Based Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Practice, Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Mentalisation Based Psychotherapy, and ADHD Coaching. 

We aim to inform participants, through our Case examples, of the Psychotherapy principles we find Clinically useful in our work with Those with ADHD across the Lifespan. We aim to encourage participants to share from their own work. We hope to establish an ongoing Psychotherapy Interest Group for Clinicians working in the field of ADHD across the Lifespan.

WORKSHOP 19: PSYCHOTHERAPY SKILLS FOR TRANSITION TO FELLOWSHIP 

Time: 1300-1600
Presenter: David Barison
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
Transition to fellowship is a time when we face a steep learning curve in how to apply what we know about psychotherapy to day to day clinical practice. This workshop aims to enhance skills and develop confidence in psychotherapy practice for registrars and early career psychiatrists. Specific areas covered include:

  • tailoring psychotherapy to the personality style of the patient
  • weighing up differing paradigms and approaches, taking into account patient trajectory and treatment history
  • working with dreams and nightmares
  • working with existential themes when they arise in therapy
  • working with patients in difficult social circumstances who seek your "advice'
  • techniques for overcoming "stuckness" in psychotherapy

By exploring case scenarios, brief readings and our collective experiences this workshop aims to stimulate your reflection on psychotherapy and provide some new frameworks for working with complex patients. Cases will cover addictions, eating disorders, complex PTSD, and psychotic illness as well as other conditions. 

WORKSHOP 20: AUDIT AND PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT

Time: 1300-1600
Presenters: Rob Whyte, Richard Harvey, Bahman Zarrabi, David Mitchell, Davinder Hans, De Backman-Hoyle, Gregory Young, Josephine Topp, Manjula O'Connor, Saddichha Sahoo, Suman Sinha, Thushyanthi Peiris 
Cost: $25

Workshop details
This workshop is aimed at Fellows, new Fellows and trainees in the last stages of training. This workshop will provide participants with the understanding and skills to conduct audit activities to meet the requirements of the CPD program.

WORKSHOP 21: PRIVATE PRACTICE - CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN 

Time: 1300-1600
Presenters: Padmini Howpage, Michelle Atchison, Suneel Chamoli, Nishad Samad, Nathan Jacobs 
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195 

Workshop details
This workshop will provide psychiatrists with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to manage a sustainable and successful private practice. 

The workshop promises to be a valuable and enriching experience for psychiatrists seeking to enhance their private practice. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of private psychiatry practice's legal, clinical, business, and personal aspects and practical tools and strategies to excel in this rewarding field. This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to find the business: clinician balance so you can thrive in the industry. For attendees, it is an opportunity to invest in your professional development and the future of your practice.


 


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