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Australia’s largest provider of counselling courses including the Diploma of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Counselling.
Australia’s largest provider of counselling courses including the Diploma of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

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The origins of the PTSD diagnosis stem from two dramatically different conceptualizations of its cause and symptoms. The psychological movement began in the 1790s and considered the syndrome to be primarily a mental one involving altered consciousness and amnesia, which later became known as dissociation: http://ct.counseling.org/2016/02/controversies-in-the-evolving-diagnosis-of-ptsd/
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TV shows such as Hoarding: Buried Alive and Hoarders have brought hoarding disorder (HD) to a new level of public consciousness. The shows provide portraits of people who hoard, typically at a moment of crisis when they are on the brink of being evicted or having their houses condemned. Years of collecting “stuff” — much of which often has no monetary value — has narrowed their living space to a single room, part of a room or even just a place to sit: http://ct.counseling.org/2016/02/help-for-those-who-hoard/
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If you had to endure a traumatic event, would you want to talk about your experiences later? Early models for treating trauma asked clients to do this, insisting that the cure was in the retelling. Just around the millennium, however, research began to show that, while some people were helped by going over the trauma again with a counsellor or other “de-briefer”, many others’ trauma symptoms were exacerbated by the insistence on going over the event. In the latest edition of our e-newsletter, we explore this idea through Briere’s “therapeutic window” model. Read it here: http://www.aipc.net.au/ezine
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If I say a random string of numbers out loud, say 1593657292759381380473, how many of these numbers do you think you will be able to immediately remember? http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/ignoring-stuff-is-good-for-your-memory/
Ignoring Stuff Is Good for Your Memory
Ignoring Stuff Is Good for Your Memory
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New clinical practice guidelines advise physicians that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and second-generation antidepressants (SGAs), are equally effective treatments for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults: http://psychcentral.com/news/2016/02/09/cbt-and-newer-meds-found-equally-effective-for-depression/98862.html
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What does it take to be an optimal human being? Throughout history there has been much speculation. Over the past 30 years or so, a number of contemporary psychologists have experimentally tested various aspects of previous theories, and are starting to get a clearer picture of those who seem to be well-integrated, thriving human beings: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/how-to-be-an-optimal-human/
How to Be an Optimal Human
How to Be an Optimal Human
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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a psychological therapy designed to help prevent the relapse of depression, especially for those individuals who have Major Depressive Disorder (the principal type of depressive disorder defined by the DSM-5). MBCT employs traditional CBT methods and adds in mindfulness and mindfulness meditation strategies. In this article, we explore the mechanisms behind MBCT’s effectiveness in helping prevent relapse of depression: http://www.aipc.net.au/articles/mbct-a-look-at-the-mechanisms-of-action/
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Despite a flurry of efforts to reduce bullying behavior, the practice is on the rise in the United States, especially in grades six through 10. A new University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) led study finds that one country appears to have an approach that works. UCLA researchers followed more than 7,000 students in 77 elementary schools in Finland and found that teaching bystanders to be more supportive appears to be the key: http://psychcentral.com/news/2016/02/03/reducing-bullying-by-teaching-bystanders-to-intervene/98607.html
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Nearly four decades of research has shown that intelligence is not fixed as scientists used to think; rather, people can develop their brains like a muscle if they put in the effort. People who do that – persisting despite obstacles – can be said to have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset and they enjoy significantly more success than their fixed-minded peers. In the latest edition of our e-newsletter we define and compare these two kinds of mindsets, and outline the benefits of developing a growth mindset. Read it here: http://www.aipc.net.au/ezine
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It’s a mistake to assume that burnout is merely an emotional response to long hours or a challenging job. Rather, mounting scientific evidence shows that burnout takes a profound physical toll that cascades well beyond our professional lives. Using cutting-edge techniques, integrative research teams are demonstrating that burnout is not just a state of mind, but a condition that leaves its mark on the brain as well as the body: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2016/february-16/burnout-and-the-brain.html
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