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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 3 Mar 2022


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Email: RACGP Specific Interests
Call: 03 8699 0071


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'Mental bites' webinar series - What is a GP mental health specialist?

On-demand recorded 3 Mar 2022

‘Mental bites’ is a new lunch-time series with bite-sized information presented by the Psychological Medicine Specific Interest group. GPs are aware of mental health assessments, diagnosis, and management, but this series will be an opportunity to learn more about how to do the work - the micro-skills of engagement, forming safe and effective therapeutic alliances and communication with patients. In this series of short lunchtime sessions, the webinars will aim to focus deeply on important aspects of being a good enough therapist. Each webinar will be facilitated by RACGPSI Psychological Medicine Chair, Dr Cathy Andronis and have a guest GP or expert who has proficient experience in this area. The webinars may be of interest to those who wish to take part in further FPS skills training in the future. 

The first webinar of the series will include a discussion of the micro-skills of mental health counselling, including the process of assessment and treatment, for optimising patient outcomes. What do expert GPs do in sessions and how can GPs build skills and confidence as therapists and focused psychological strategy providers.

Learning outcomes

  1. To identify micro skills available to engage with patients and their mental health
  2. Apply techniques to form safe and effective therapeutic communication with patients
This event attracts 1 CPD points

This event attracts 1 CPD points

This event is part of 'Mental bites' webinar series. Events in this series are:


Dr Cathy Andronis
Chair, RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine

Dr Cathy Andronis works as a GP and psychotherapist in inner Melbourne and is a qualified family therapist. She is RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine Chair, a member of the Victorian RACGP–RANZP liaison subcommittee, and is the RACGP representative for Mental Health Australia and the MHPN clinical education committee. Cathy is an experienced facilitator of case consultation groups for the RACGP and the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (ASPM) and a provider of clinical supervision. She is the GP lead at Deakin University Eastern Health Clinical School.



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