Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

ACT Branch Meeting

  • 15 Feb 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Board Room H Block, Canberra Technology Park, 49 Philip Avenue, WATSON


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ACT Branch Meeting


DATE      SATURDAY  15 Feb 2020

RSVP      MONDAY 3 Feb 2020

VENUE    Board Room Block H

             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            0:15am 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)


Please find below information on our February presenter.

Our topic in February will be on Motivational Interviewing (MI)

 MI was developed by Miller & Rollnik in the 1980's and has become one of the most empirically supported and effective techniques to support clients to change problematic behaviours.

This presentation will focus specifically on MI as a tool in addiction therapy. Ray will offer some tips on how it's done and provide some some guidance on how counsellors can avoid common traps.

About our Presenter

Raymond Veldre is a registered counsellor with has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Counselling. He is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and the Professional Counsellining Asociation ACT/NSW. He is also registered on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Raymond received the Dean Award for Excellence during his psychology studies. Following his graduation he taught undergraduate counselling at the University of Canberra for three years; was a guest lecturer in post-graduate counselling ethics and was a member of the Faculty of Health’s Counselling Advisory Group. Raymond has had broad experience in the mental health and addictions sectors. This experience includes policy development with the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT; mentoring with St Vincent DePaul’s Clemente Program; working with young substance dependent people with the Ted Noffs Foundation and adult substance dependent individuals at Karrlika Programs. Raymond has also worked with Uniting’s Newpin Program coaching young men to improve their parenting skills. Raymond has a Working with Vulnerable People clearance and has a current National Police Clearance. Raymond has a special interest in addictions, including the emerging issue of screen addiction. To this end he has completed the Alcohol and Other Drug Skillset component of the Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs.  His other special area of interest includes male mental health. Raymond strongly believes men in general, and young men in particular need empathetic support to help them navigate the increasingly complex world in which we live. Raymond has also worked with depression/anxiety; grief and loss; relationships; mediation and anger management. While Raymond’s counselling orientation is essentially strengths-based, he is familiar with a range of counselling modalities and is prepared to tailor treatments according to the needs of individual clients.


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