Physical Activity Counselling for Adult Mental Health Clients

Course Description :  There is strong research evidence and popular support to indicate a role for physical activity in the prevention and management of adults’ psychosocial difficulties such as stress, depression, anxiety, and psychosis symptoms. Physical activity can also enhance resilience, coping and happiness. 

Given their knowledge and experience in behaviour change, psychologists are well placed to do physical activity counselling. This workshop will provide practical knowledge and skills to enable psychologists to incorporate physical activity advice and counselling into their practice with adult mental health clients. 

The face to face workshop will include information giving, practical exercises, reading material, and copies and examples of resources. 

Topics will include
• An overview of recent research evidence linking physical activity and psychosocial wellbeing
• The 5A model of behavioural counselling
• Assessment: including client readiness, questionnaires, objective monitors, barriers and enablers, and screening for contraindications
• National recommendations; physical activity domains, types, and components
• Counselling strategies to promote clients’ physical activity participation
• Resources to promote physical activity as part of psychological practice

 Date : 22nd August 2014.  Fully subscribed - Receive email notification when course is next run .

Venue: The University of Queensland School of Human Movement Studies. Building 26B, Rm 127, Blair Drive, St Lucia
This venue is wheelchair accessible

Cost : APS members $200, non-members $300. Inclusive of morning tea, lunch and resources. 

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The Presenters

Dr Nicola Burton 

Dr Nicola Burton is a psychologist with endorsements in clinical and health psychology. She is a Senior Research Fellow at The University Queensland, and for the past 17 years her work has focused on adults’ physical activity; including population based patterns, individual and environmental determinants, links with health outcomes and interventions to promote health and wellbeing. 

Dr Joann Lukins

Dr Joann Lukins is a psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience in the areas of sport, health and exercise psychology. She is the Director of Peak Performance Psychology Pty Ltd, and holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University. She is the consultant psychologist to the North Queensland Cowboys, Townsville Crocodiles, Townsville Fire, NQ Fury and Billy’s Cricket Academy.