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Sun, Feb 20


Abbotsford Convent (Packing Room)

Professional Development - The Search for Meaning

Dr Richard Whitehead presents on the Buddhist concept non attachment to self, Matilda Dawson discusses her work at the Royal Children's Hospital, Jackie Burden presents on the Art of Reminiscence and Dr Katrina Skewes McFerran from CAMTRU, will discuss how the creative arts therapy unit evolved...

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Professional Development - The Search for Meaning
Professional Development - The Search for Meaning

Time & Location

Feb 20, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Abbotsford Convent (Packing Room), 1 St Heliers St Abbotsford Vic 3067

About The Event

This is the second Professional Development event of 2021 / 2022. The theme today is The Search for Meaning. 

Dr Richard Whitehead (lecturer in counselling at Swinburne University) will present findings from his PhD thesis - a comprehensive investigation of the benefits of the Buddhist construct 'nonattachment', defined as the absence of fixation on experience needing to be any way in particular. 

Matilda Dawson, Senior Art Therapist in the cancer ward at the Royal Children's Hospital talks about her career and Jackie Burden speaks about the art of reminiscence, working with people living with dementia. Prof Katrina McFerran will discuss how the creative arts therapy program has evolved at the University of Melbourne, building on the success of music therapy in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and expanding to fill gaps in Masters training programs for dance and drama therapy. 


  • 1 hour

    Jackie Burden (AThR) - The Art of Reminiscence

    Abbotsford Convent

  • 1 hour 30 minutes

    Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran - Head of Creative Arts Therapies at the University of Melbourne

    Abbotsford Convent
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