Just Listening: Alternatives in Understanding Emotional Distress Pre Conference Workshop
Oct 12

Just Listening: Alternatives in Understanding Emotional Distress Pre Conference Workshop

Date & Time
12 October 2022 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
(UTC+11:00) Australia/Sydney

Just Listening: Alternatives in Understanding Emotional Distress Pre Conference Workshop 


I Program Content
The workshop will provide an overview of the Just Listening model that has been successfully delivered as an alternative to emergency departments and other mental health services in SA. The Just Listening model provides an alternative way to be with individuals in emotional distress and incorporates modern non diagnostic frameworks.

The workshop will introduce attendees to the following frameworks that make up the approach:

  • Power Threat Meaning Framework
  • Dissociachotic
  • Suicide Narratives
  • Emotional CPR

In addition, the workshop will also provide opportunity to practice Just Listening approach, recognising the approach as a fundamental component of nursing within all advanced practice roles. 


I Learning Outcomes 

Just Listening is an approach that supports people to offer justice to another person through deep listening and human connection. 

Attendees will develop skills in the following: 

  • Develop practical skills in Listening, connecting and responding when a person in your community is distressed.
  • Develop confidence is the value and benefit of listening to a person in distress. 
  • Experience listening as a mutually healing process for the listener and the person in distress.
  • The opportunity to learn how to listen effectively to people who have experienced adversity and traumas in life that have lead to the physical health complications in their life. 



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I Presenter

Matthew Ball is a mental health nurse practitioner, trainer and Founder / Director at the Humane Clinic, Adelaide. He is also trained as a psychotherapist has experiences of being labelled as experiencing ‘schizophrenia’ in the 1990’s. Matt is the first Author of Dissocaichotic framework and the Suicide Narratives approach, models that underpin the work of Humane Clinic in providing a non apologising alternative to the mental health system. He was previously awarded Australian Mental Health Nurse of the Year and in 2021 Matt has led a team opening the Just Listening Community; a community led emergency department alternative for people in crisis and distress that operates outside the mental health system.


 I Dates and Time

  • Wednesday 12 October 2022
  • 9:15am - 4:15pm 


I Location

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

Cnr. The Grand Parade & Princess Street,

Brighton-le-Sands, New South Wales, 2216, Australia


I Who can attend

All Nurse Practitioners, Candidate/Transitional Nurse Practitioners, NP Masters Students and Advanced Practice Nurses.


I Cost

  • $275 Members 
  • $375 Non-members



6 hours*

*Conditions apply. Please refer to the ACNP CPD Policy at Policies and By-laws


|  Enquiries

Contact Name: Lydia Lazar

Contact Email: events@acnp.org.au


I Registration


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Event Type
Event Location
Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
Cnr. The Grand Parade & Princess Street
Brighton-le-Sands NSW 2216
Venue Phone
1300 433 660
Contact Details
Event Coordinator Lydia Lazar
1300 433 660

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