Therapy Master Class Series


Being a therapist is both personally and professionally demanding.

It frequently challenges our identity and values, and regularly provokes our own personal complexes.

Our efficacy comes from our own inner development and what we do with these challenges (not what brand of interventions we use with clients).

From the outside psychotherapy looks easy – just sitting listening and talking, but anyone who has tried to help another person knows the road is filled with potholes and pitfalls.

Not only is it tiring to purposely listen to someone for very long without unnecessary interruptions (let alone with many people over weeks and years), it’s even more difficult to come up with anything truly useful to say.

Much of our thinking is reactive or programmed and even if we follow a model or recognised modality, it’s all too easy to feel impotent, off track or worse, become pressuring and prescriptive.

Staying in the profession long-term and being genuinely useful to clients takes intention and effort.

Pooling their combined experience of over 70 years practicing and almost as many supervising other practitioners, Silvia and Gerald have identified the top five challenges therapists face and designed five corresponding master classes to fine-tune your practice and enliven your experience of this maddening and fascinating vocation.


Who is this for?

This course is for therapists, and therapists in training, from all modalities and all therapeutic professions: counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, and mental health specialist occupational therapists.

All therapeutic contexts are also welcome – individual work, relationship and family work, in private practice, organisations and hospitals – and all levels of experience.

No previous knowledge or experience of Process Work is required. 

This course is eligible for professional development points in PACFA and ACA and probably in all other relevant professional associations – check yours to make sure it meets the relevant criteria.

The Five Classes

Online on Zoom

Burnout and Boundaries

31 May 2023, 10am-12noon  (AEST)

Boundaries are one of the biggest challenges for therapists. We get pulled so strongly into the caring role which is supposed to just give and give and give…it can make setting and maintaining practice boundaries difficult, like cancellation policies, fees, taking time off, out-of-session contact etc.

In this module we explore our tendencies to overwork, underwork, and the specific challenges of maintaining practice boundaries and engaging in sufficient self care, both crucial to long term sustainability as a therapist and safe therapeutic relationships. 

Confidence vs Competence

14 June 2023, 10am-12noon  (AEST)

Every therapist has those moments: you’re not sure what’s going on with the client’s process and start to wonder if you’re out of your depth. You start thinking you need to do more training and probably refer the client to someone more experienced.

But how do we know if it really is a competence issue or a confidence edge? And who’s confidence edge, yours or your clients – it could be transference?

In this module, we explore this experience in depth to find out how to tell if it’s competence or confidence and what it means for your process as a therapist, and for your client’s process.

Embracing Anxious

28 June 2023, 10am – 12noon (AEST)

So many therapists feel a huge pressure to not make mistakes, to get everything right – the responsibility feels immense.

But making mistakes is essential (and unavoidable) as a therapist, and when we respond well to them, they’re often deeply transformative for clients.

In this module, learn new ways to sit with the unknown, how to use your own nervousness as a barometer, and ways for dealing with mistakes.

Getting Help

12 July 2023, 10am-12noon (AEST)

Using supervision well is crucial for our development as therapists. It’s our central learning and development structure but understanding what to bring to supervision is a skill itself.

Understanding our limits as a therapist and our own learning edges is a central part of enacting our duty-of-care to clients, and also supporting our enjoyment in the role.

In this session, we look at how to build a skilled inner supervisor – the one in us who studies our work, discerns our learning edges and knows when we need help. 


26 July 2023, 10am-12noon (AEST)

Self-disclosure is an important but complex therapeutic intervention. When should we share? When shouldn’t we share? What’s OK to share? 

Not only do we need to be clear in ourselves what our own boundaries are, we need to be clear on why we’re doing it and how we think it will serve the client.   

In this module, we explore the purpose of self-disclosure, how to determine when and what, and understanding how it can be misused.

The Trainers

Dr Silvia Camastral

Silvia has been a Process Work therapist and supervisor for over thirty years and has a passion for supporting therapists to not only build their skills but to also connect with their deep calling to the role of therapist so they can live the role with congruence and purpose.

She has been training and supervising therapists for nearly two decades as a senior faculty member of Australia and New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology (ANZPOP), and other institutions including ACAP and QUT.

Silvia’s qualifications include a PhD in General Psychology, a Master of Counselling (QUT), a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and a Process Oriented Psychology Diplomate.

Read more about Silvia here.

Dr Gerald Maclaurin

Originally trained as a medical doctor, Gerald moved into psychotherapy full-time in the mid-1990s. Since that time he has become involved in the training and development of therapists through his teaching and leadership role in ANZPOP, as well as being Chair of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) Advanced Clinical Practice Committee for a number of years and a former President of the NZAP.

Alongside his psychotherapy practice, he also supervises individuals and teams of health workers in child psychiatry, paediatrics, mental health, chronic pain, eating disorders, and palliative care. He has supervised professionals working in domestic violence and psychiatric hospitals.

Read more about Gerald here.


Online on Zoom.

This is an experiential course and in the spirit of encouraging attendance and creating a safe space, sessions are not recorded.


Burnout and Boundaries

31 May 2023, 10am-12noon (AEST)

Confidence vs Competence

14 June 2023, 10am-12noon (AEST)

Embracing Anxious

28 June 2023, 10am – 12noon (AEST)

Getting Help

12 July 2023, 10am-12noon (AEST)


26 July 2023, 10am-12noon (AEST)

Registrations close 5pm, Wed 23rd May, AEST.


Training fees are based on the economy in which you earn your income.

Global North Fees

For earning in Global North economies: If you earn the average or higher income for your country, or are asset rich, please pay the Full Rate. If you earn below the average income for your country, please pay the Concession Rate.

Global North Full Rate $780

Global North  Concession Rate $580

Payment by instalments is available.

Global South Fees

If you earn a Global South income, or would like to participate but would be excluded due to the cost, please email to inquire about significantly discounted registration.

If your income economy is somewhere in the middle, for example, some Eastern European economies, please use the Global North Concession Rate or contact to arrange a further discount.

ANZPOP acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, Torres Strait Islander, and Maori peoples. We pay respect to their elders past, present and future. We give thanks for the wisdom of these peoples that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience and spirit of traditional peoples in the face of the devastating impact colonisation has had and continues to have on their culture, wellbeing, and sovereignty.