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Mental Health Academy (www.mentalhealthacademy.com.au) is Australia's largest provider of continuing professional development for mental health professionals. MHA members can access over 100 professional development programs, including text-based courses and video workshops. Following are some of the latest programs released by MHA...   Group Microskills: Encountering Diversity This video is invaluable for both group and ... Read More

Chronic pain affects 29 percent of Australians, which means that at any given time nearly three out of ten people are suffering in some way (Stollznow Research for Pfizer Australia, 2010). When we add the emotional, physical, and financial challenges of the people who care for them, the percentage of ... Read More

Developed by Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis is an approach to psychology which studies a person as both a personality and a soul. In this article we explore the origins of Psychosynthesis. Assagioli, like Carl Jung, was trained in Freudian methods of Psychoanalysis, but by the time he wrote his doctoral ... Read More

At the Movies

By Professor David Fryer Did you see Hugo (1) at the cinema or on DVD? Martin Scorsese’s film, Hugo, released in 2001 is superficially a film about Hugo Cabret, a young boy living concealed in a Paris railway station in the 1930s. According to the film, Hugo had acquired an automaton ... Read More

Spending too much, too often, goes by several names: “shopping addiction”, “over-shopping” or “overspending”, “compulsive shopping”, and “oniomania”. People even designate themselves as “shopaholics”. Definition Donald Black, a doctor and professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, describes compulsive shopping and spending as “inappropriate, excessive, and out of ... Read More

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