We are presenting two workshops in Sydney in April 2018
- Mothers and Mental Health (Sydney 6 April)
- Cultivating Compassion in Maternity Care (Sydney 7 April)
These workshops feature Amanda Donnet. Amanda is a registered psychologist who predominantly works with women and their families experiencing depression, anxiety, or adjustment difficulties during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She has an interest in compassion focussed therapy, and using this approach with mothers and maternity care professionals.
Online registration now open – register using
You can register for one or both workshops. Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Earlybird registration closes 15 February, and is $225 per day (the full fee is $250).
The event brochure including the detailed program for both workshops can be downloaded here.
Each workshop will provide 6 contact hours and you will receive a Statement of Attendance.
Both workshops will be held at the Novotel Sydney Central, 169 Thomas St in Haymarket.
This workshop aims to provide health professionals with the skills they need to be able to assist women in seeking support by helping to identify women with mental health concerns, and overcome barriers to help-seeking. It also teaches simple micro-counselling skills to help you feel confident in communicating with women, so you can build better relationships to enable better clinical outcomes.
This event is for anyone working with new mothers including midwives, maternal child health nurses, psychologists, counsellors, lactation consultants, and doctors.
More info is available here.
Midwives (and others working in maternity care) are frequently exposed to traumatic events due to the nature of their work. There is a growing recognition of the increased risk of secondary traumatic stress (also known as “compassion fatigue” or “burn out”). This workshop aims to provide specific practical tools to build emotional strength and improve resilience through cultivating compassion. Compassion practices have been shown to improve distress tolerance and emotion regulation by increasing the ability to soothe, as well as increasing flexibility, acceptance and positive motivation.
The skills acquired in this workshop will be able to be applied personally and professionally in your daily life.
More info is available here.
About the Speaker
Amanda Donnet is a registered psychologist working in private practice on the southside of Brisbane. She predominantly works with women and their families experiencing depression, anxiety, or adjustment difficulties during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Amanda also assists mothers or fathers experiencing parenting difficulties, including sleep difficulties, bonding or attachment issues. The mother of three young boys, in her spare (and often not-spare) time, Amanda enjoys volunteering as a qualified breastfeeding counsellor assisting individuals and running mother-to-mother support groups. She has also completed additional training in managing unsettled and distressed babies.