Rules, Routines, and Rituals

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Our next CPD event is scheduled for Tuesday 14 July 2015. Attendance includes a certificate for 2 hours of active participation. Please see details below.

Rules, routines, and rituals Presented by Nick Morleyrules

Date: Tuesday 14 July 2015
Venue: Curtin University – Psychology Building 401 Room 245
Time: 6:00 Welcome drinks, 6:30-8:30 PM presentation
Cost: $20 for ACP members, $40 for non-ACP members (late cancellation fee applies from Friday 10 July 2015 onwards)
Registration:  Sunila Peterson, ACP PD Co-coordinator; (; Mobile: 0410 520 604

The presenter

This July Nick will have worked for the Department of Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS) for 5 years during this time there have been significant changes in Residential Care.

Child Protection and Family Support have made a financial commitment to changing Residential Care from Hostels, containing 10 beds, to Residential Care Homes, which contain 4 beds. This change enabled the creating of a home like environment where Therapeutic Care to the Young People within the homes could take place. The Department provided a Psychologist who worked in two homes, embedded alongside and assisting the Residential Care Workers to work therapeutically with the Young People. Child protection and Family services decided to implement the Sandra L. Bloom (2005) Sanctuary Model of Organisational Change for Children’s Residential Treatment. In December 2014 Accommodation Services as part of CPFS following a 3 year process became accredited as a Certified Sanctuary Program under the Sanctuary Institute.

About the event

Nick researched Rules, routines and rituals as a system for implementing the Sanctuary Program and discovered they are fundamental to our daily systems of living they give our lives both meaning and purpose. We often don’t acknowledge how important they are until they are disrupted and create dysfunction in the rhythm of our daily life. Following this presentation members will come away with an insight into:

  • The unique role and difficulties experienced as a psychologist being embedded with your clients.
  • Recent changes that have taken place in the Department of Child Protection and Family Services Residential Care Directorate.
  • How Rules, Routines and Rituals can be developed and used as a consistent practical platform to implement theoretical approaches that underpin the operational framework of Residential Care. Further they may well be used as an intervention in family therapy.

Please RSVP via email to Shelley Ranger at: If you have any queries about the event or registration please contact Sunila Peterson, ACP PD Co-coordinator via email at or Mobile: 0410 520 604

Please note that payment is required to confirm your booking and that late cancellations will result in a fee to cover catering. Once you have advised that you wish to attend, please proceed with electronic payment below:

ACP members ($20 fee)

If you would like to become an ACP member to take advantage of the reduced fee for PD events, you can find out more about eligibility and subscribe for ACP membership. Otherwise, you can proceed to payment as a non-member of the ACP using the electronic payment system below.

Non-members ($40 fee)

Thank you for your interest in our presentation and we look forward to seeing you soon.

PLEASE NOTE: Our presentations are for Counselling Psychologists, registrars of Counselling Psychology, and current students undertaking accredited post-graduate training in Counselling Psychology.

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