Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

PCA 2016 Symposium and AGM

  • 27 Aug 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club , 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde NSW
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  • People who are currently studying to be a counsellor and are not yet practising, must show their student card at the Symposium.

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PCA 2016 Symposium and AGM


Megan Shiell Graduate Diploma in Expressive Therapies, Masters of Art Therapy at University of Western Sydney.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Megan is a specialist in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a registered Art Psychotherapist, an ACA Level 4 Counsellor and a Registered Clinical Supervisor. Megan has worked as a DBT trainer/consultant around Australia over many years.

Megan will present her specialities in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Art Psychotherapy.  DBT was originally developed in the 1970’s by Marsha Linehan for Borderline Personality Disorder but is now being found to have a much wider application.  Megan will explain the four modules of DBT Skills Training and its increasing application for a diverse range clients who have ‘difficulty in regulating emotions’ eg: self-harm, suicidal thinking, substance abuse, PTSD, sexual abuse, and eating and mood disorders. Megan’s workshop will be creative and experiential and teach at least two DBT skills. Megan is currently completing a PhD at the University of Qld, School of Medicine.  

Doug Sotheren B.A., M.Th., Dip. R.E.,  CCA, GAICD

Is it Sex or Intimacy?  Sexuality in our Split Culture

Effective Couple Counselling requires some unique couple focused skills and ways of understanding coupleness. Added to this is the complexity of working with sexuality in our current split culture. This Session will present and demonstrate an approach to working with couples who present problems with sexuality.

Doug first trained as a relationship counsellor in 1969 - 1973.  He has undertaken further training in Gestalt, Family and Somatic Therapy.  For eight years he operated a counselling centre in Western Sydney and then was involved in the creation of the LifeCare Counselling Service in Sydney.  He has been training Counsellors and leading intensive workshops since 1975.

His experience includes over 27,000 hours of counselling and thousands of hours of group training in the field of Relationship Counselling, Clinical Supervision and Somatic approaches to counselling practice.  He currently practices as a counsellor/clinical supervisor, and human relations’ trainer on the NSW Central Coast. He has acted as consultant for various agencies and Government departments in the areas of relationship counselling, grief, mental Health, Eating disorders, and clinical supervision.

He is a Clinical Member of the Christian Counsellor’s Association. A past President, of Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors   He has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Th. with a focus on family systems.

Note: PCA Members you must logon to the website to obtain your member discount.


2016 Symposium Flyer.pdf


9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome President  - Grahame Smith

9:45 Megan Shiell: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Art Psychotherapy

10:45 Morning Tea/Coffee

11:15 Continuation Megan Shiell with experiential workshop

12:15 AGM

12:45 Lunch

1:30 Doug Sotheren: Self, Sexuality and ‘Coupleness’

2:45 Afternoon Tea/Coffee

3:15 Continuation of Doug Sotheren with experiential workshop/role play component

4:15 Closing address

4:30 End – Certificates of Attendance provided



Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club

117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114

(02) 9807 2444


Under cover free parking available at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club


Only 4 minute walk to venue


Early Bird price ends 7th August 2016 for members only

Members Early Bird: $100
Full Price: $120  (ONLY PCA MEMBERS)
Early Bird: $120
Full Price: $150  (EVERYONE ELSE)
Students  $60  Must show student card on the day


Contact Vicky Kapatos - PCA Communications Manager

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please read this document regarding refunds due to cancellation or no show on the day.

Cancellation Policy PCA.pdf

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