RMIT Vietnam NewsMental health network boosted by RMIT conference

Mental health network boosted by RMIT conference

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 14:52

Experts from universities, schools and industry have agreed to form closer working relationships with each other as a result of the first-ever psychotherapy conference held at RMIT International University Vietnam on Sunday 23 January.

More than 100 foreign and local professionals came together for the event, including social workers, counsellors, psychologists, doctors and teachers.

As a result of the conference, attendees have agreed to establish an online network of people interested in the development of therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy in Vietnam, in the interests of further improving public health.

Conference organisers said presentations and group discussions offered participants new perspectives in working with young people and opportunities to share their experience and learn from others.

"The event provided a great opportunity for professionals in different types of organisations to get to know each other and set up a network of peer support, which is very critical in psychotherapy counselling," RMIT Vietnam's manager of counselling services, Dr Steven Halford, said today.

"We hope this one day conference has helped participants to think reflectively about their work and further their interest in the psychological processes underlying the everyday work they do as they relate to young people."