** FOR GPs and HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, Dr Cate will be facilitating a number of six and 20-hour programs. These provide an opportunity to learn practical skills in a range of therapies to better manage patients/clients in everyday practice.

These include:


NOTE: There is currently a subsidy ($600 reimbursement for first 190 GPs) available for this course. See GPMHSC www.gpmhsc.org.au

What: This 20-hour training aims to provide GPs and other health professionals with the skills and knowledge to effectively assess and manage anxiety disorders, and to develop skills in relevant evidence-based therapies (CBT, relaxation therapy).

This activity is accredited by the RACGP (40 CPD points); ACRRM as PDP activity; and the GPMHSC as Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training.

The format will be interactive, with case discussions and skills development. It will be facilitated by Dr Cate Howell in the main. Dr Michele Murphy (Clinical Psychologist) will join us for one session. Together we are authors of ‘Release Your Worries: A Guide to Letting Go of Stress and Anxiety’.

Where: Adelaide Marjorie Black room, SACOSS 47 King William Rd, Unley; Barossa Valley venue TBA. And in 2022, we are heading to Launceston in Tasmania and Caloundra in Queensland (venues TBA).

When: Adelaide, SA – February 11th-13th, 2022  NOW FULL (please consider attending the Barossa Valley workshop or contact Dr Cate if you are interested in another Adelaide workshop  – April is a possibility)

              Barossa Valley, SA – March 25th-27th, 2022 (same times) PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Launceston, Tasmania – May 6th-8th (same times) PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Caloundra, Queensland – June 17th-19th (same times) PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Cost: $847 (incl GST) Includes manual & handouts, morning & afternoon teas, supper on Friday evening.

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.Distinguish the perspectives and needs of consumers and carers to inform care.

2.Determine the appropriate MBS items to utilise in relation to mental health care and delivery of Focussed Psychological Strategies.

3.Describe effective assessment of patients experiencing anxiety disorders.

4.Generate comprehensive management plans for patient with different types of anxiety disorders.

5.Implement focussed psychological strategies for patients with anxiety disorders including psycho-education regarding nature of the disorder and related resources.


This interactive one-day workshop aims to increase knowledge and skills in relation to assessing and managing men’s mental health issues and current treatment approached.

It is an accredited RACGP and ACRRM activity, and with the GPMHSC for Mental Health Skills Training and MH CPD, and will be delivered by Dr Cate Howell, author of ‘The Changing Man A mental health guide’.

The workshop will outline the main mental health disorders affecting men, including epidemiology; the key aspects of diagnosis and assessment, including the use of assessment tools; more on men’s mental health concerns; overview of management, including treatment planning and range of treatment approaches and available community supports, referral pathways and resources.

Please be in touch with Dr Cate regarding the availability of this workshop.

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.Determine appropriate MBS items to utilise in relation to mental health care.

2.Describe the most common mental health issues affecting men in the Australian community.

3.Differentiate the perspectives and needs of consumers and carers to inform subsequent care.

4.Choose appropriate assessment strategies for men (including risk-assessment) presenting with mental health concerns.

5.Generate an evidence-based and needs-based GP mental health treatment plan, in consultation with consumers and carers.

6.Determine local services and resources in relation to providing holistic mental health care for men.


NEWS! Dr Cate is now an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and is keen to deliver training for professionals, workplaces and the community.

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Blended ONLINE Mental Health First Aid course are offered regularly. 
The next face-to-face workshop will be held at AMPHEat, Royston Park on Friday November 19th and Saturday November 20th, 2021.
Contact cate.howell@gmail.com for more information.


Hypnotherapy training – Dr Cate has two weekend workshops to train you in the basics of hypnotherapy:

1) Introduction to hypnosis – all the basics, including inductions, safeguards, deepening the relaxed state, giving suggestions and self-hypnosis. The use of hypnosis to reduce stress and anxiety and to change behaviours (e.g. quit smoking) will be covered.

2) Next level hypnosis – focussing on a range of life and clinical issues (such as sleep problems, low mood and pain), and how hypnosis can specifically assist the client to manage these issues. Various scripts and tools will be provided.

Where/when: to be advised

PLEASE CONTACT DR CATE (cate.howell@gmail.com) with any queries.