Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

ACT Branch Meeting

  • 03 Nov 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • ROOM 212, Canberra Technology Park, 49 Philip Avenue, WATSON


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ACT Branch Meeting


DATE      SATURDAY   Nov 3rd, 2018

RSVP      THURSDAY  Nov 1st,  2018

VENUE             ROOM 212 

                         Canberra Technology Park 

                         49 Philip Avenue WATSON 

                         (if you are having trouble finding the venue please contact David on 0453 321 090)

START TIME        10:00 am  (please arrive a little earlier if you would like to grab a tea/coffee)

FINISH TIME        1:00pm


PRESENTATION              10:15am til 11:15am    

BREAK                              11:15am to 11:30am  -  Light refreshments will be served

SUPERVISION                    11:30am til 1:00pm (members only) 

                                            (please have green cards filled out and ready for signing)


Although we only have the room until 1pm please feel free to make arrangements with other members to network at a near by location (ie Watson or Dickson shops…maybe while having a bite of lunch)


Presentation on Attachment-Informed Intervention – with Al Robinson – 3rd November, 2018.

Attachment theory is often presented briefly in counselling and psychology courses, with little meaningful correlation to the practice of therapeutic interventions. However, the last three decades have seen the development of frameworks that can: inform practitioner’s understanding of the emotional and relational needs of clients of all ages; inform underlying factors that contribute to personality disorders; and help therapists perceive the remarkable importance of attachment-informed parallel processes in therapist/client interactions. In Al’s therapeutic practice he has adapted and applied the Circle of Security TM framework – an intervention specifically designed for parents to improve outcomes for their children – and used it to engage with clients of all ages.

Given the range of applications listed above, Al aims to bring together a succinct, take-home introduction to attachment-informed processes, and provide participants with some practical tools that support their client work going forward. And, given the preparation time available between the advertisement and delivery of this presentation, Al will also gladly take on specific requests from PCA members for particular questions/topics of interest to be included in the presentation: email


About Al

Al works as a counsellor and outreach worker in the community services sector, and as a counsellor in private practice. He is also currently studying a post-graduate degree in psychology.

Al principally works with children and their families, often with a focus on attachment-informed interventions. Al delivers the Circle of Security – Intensive (COS-I) 20-week attachment-based program for parents that incorporates filmed parent/child interactions (a variation of Ainsworth’s Strange Situation Procedure) and a focus on the parent’s core sensitivities in close relationships.

Previous roles include counselling and outreach work with men, and men at risk of homelessness, and exploring the causes and impact of anger in men’s lives/working with them to prevent violence. Another area of interest to Al is complex needs client work, particularly using the framework developed by the Bower Place Clinic in Adelaide.


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