Our trainings are offered for mental health practitioners who are registered with a regulatory body, and are not suitable for the general public.
These events are sponsored by the Brisbane Harmony Centre and are free to participants. We developed them as community building and educational events for mental health practitioners working with trauma.
We endeavour to stimulate interesting and lively discussions about therapeutic trends and current controversies in psychology, while maintaining collaborative, civil and professional standards of communication, as befits the helping professions.
Together, we can learn, thrive, enjoy each others’ support, and set the tone for appropriate and robust debate in the mental health community and the community at large.
Upcoming Harmonious Discussions
Harmonious Discussions events are free, but you need to sign up to attend via the booking form below. See you soon!
To book onto a Harmonious Discussion, send us an email via the form below. Harmonious Discussions are free to attend, but spaces are limited.
Past Harmonious Discussions
Inaugural Harmonious Discussion – 30 November, 2018.
The event was a raging success, and it was a delight for us to watch our colleagues mingle, learn, and question with a spirited attitude and lots of laughter.
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Second Harmonious Discussion – Friday 1 March, 2019.
Stabilisation in EMDR Therapy
Our second Harmonious Discussion was hosted by our colleague Sarah Miller, who skillfully navigated us through a review of the theory and the research covering both sides of the argument for stabilising, and not stabilising people before addressing their traumatic memories in therapy.
We were lucky to have Sarah's incisive presentation in her entertaining and witty style. Fun was had by all, and our discussion raised more questions than it answered. The participating therapists were emotionally engaged by research that may challenge received wisdom in trauma therapy. Food for thought, and further research and discussion.
Watch this space!
Third Harmonious Discussion – Friday 19 July, 2019.
A Book Club Discussion Part One: "EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach" by Anabel Gonzalez and Dolores Mosquera.
We recently hosted our first Harmonious Discussion run in a 'Therapist Book Club' format. Thank you to everyone who attended and took a deep dive into the first few chapters of this insightful book, with the presentation led by Ainsley Salsbury.
The book and the model integrate clinical wisdom, science and knowledge from a broad range of fields. The model seeks to equip EMDR practitioners with a rich theoretical framework for planning and delivering safe effective treatment for people who have suffered early and/or severe traumatisation.
It was incredibly useful to explore and discuss these perspectives as a peer group. We look forward also to future Harmonious Discussions where we can further immerse ourselves in the practical application of this broadly informed framework and associated techniques. These approaches hold so much promise for addressing complexities and getting good outcomes for clients.
The authors will be presenting at a 4 day conference in Sydney in November 2019, which Ainsley will be attending on behalf of Brisbane Harmony Centre. If you are going to be there too, please say hi!
Fourth Harmonious Discussion – Friday 13 September, 2019.
A Book Club Discussion Part Two: "EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach" by Anabel Gonzalez and Dolores Mosquera.
We held our second book club and were pleased to have some new faces in the crowd at this event – welcome to all who are passionate about offering high quality trauma informed therapy. Amanda Hansen led us through a couple of very dense chapters, and made sense of some complicated therapeutic concerns for us.
We are looking forward to Ainsley hosting a follow up discussion in the beginning of 2020 to share the wisdom she collects at the Mosquera and Gonazalez training in Sydney in November.
Fifth Harmonious Discussion – Friday 29 November, 2019.
The Self in Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Thanks to Karen Reid and Marisa Bertello for coming from Toowoomba and sharing their enthusiastic presentation on the Self in Internal Family Systems. They livened us up with great demonstrations, and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
We are looking forward to more great events in 2020! 🙂
Sixth Harmonious Discussion – Friday 13 March, 2020.
Therapist Book Club: "EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach" with Ainsley Salsbury.
On 13th March, the clinic hosted the final instalment of a book club Harmonious Discussion related to Gonazalez and Mosquera's "EMDR the Progressive Approach". The lively discussion was led by Ainsley who was one of quite a few participants to also have attended the 4 day EMDRAA conference where the authors were the keynote speakers.
It was incredibly valuable to collectively unpack the remaining chapters of the book, intertwine the content and wisdom from the EMDRAA conference, and to really feel a greater sense of integrating this approach into working with complex cases and dissociation.
It was a wonderful opportunity to have our learning enriched by the insights, experiences and perspectives of a room full of committed and talented peers. Also a valuable opportunity to socialise and enjoy some lighter moments together.
Seventh Harmonious Discussion – Friday 17 April, 2020.
Supporting Mental Health Practitioners through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Due to the global pandemic, our in-person Harmonious Discussions have been postponed, but that didn't stop us at Brisbane Harmony Centre! Catherine hosted an online event to check in with our network of mental health practitioners about the challenges of working on healing trauma during a global pandemic in which the world feels a little less safe and a little less under control.
We heard from our colleagues about the frustrations, difficulties and silver linings associated with moving our practices online, we shared tips and wisdom that we accumulated rapidly over those early intense weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. We took time to gather hope for the future, and enjoyed warmth, support and laughter together. Thanks to everyone who participated – our community and the support that we enjoy and offer has never been more valuable than now!
Eighth Harmonious Discussion – Wednesday 9 September, 2020.
Dr Sarah Schubert: Trauma-focused therapy: The role and paradox of stabilisation and attachment.
Again modified by the global pandemic, which made our group room too small to host an in-person crowd, and left Sarah in Western Australia due to border closures, we hosted an online Harmonious Discussion with 20 participants.
Sarah put together a thought-provoking presentation about the role of attachment in stabilisation that will have many of the participants working more somatically and socially from here on. She gave a most straightforward explanation of polyvagal theory, and tied our work in EMDR Therapy solidly to social neuroscience, and challenged us all to think a little differently about the importance of connection with others during the early phases of therapy. She also tantalised us with an offer to present part 2 – a more practical take, later this year. Thanks to Sarah for such a great talk, we are looking forward to part 2, and thanks to all who attended!