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Professional Development Training Programs

Building Expert Behavioural and Mental Health Professionals

Upcoming Events

MINDFULNESS AND SELF COMPASSION FOR PROFESSIONALS - Practical skills for lasting and effective professional and personal self-care ( Sydney)
29 October 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast
ENACTING DISTRESS: CLARIFYING AND WORKING WITH TRAUMA EXPRESSIONS - Addressing the clinical interface between complex trauma and dissociation (Sydney)
30 October 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: HELPING PEOPLE COMMIT TO CHANGE - Two days of essential theory and skills training for immediate use with clients (Melbourne)
04 November 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast
SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH GENDER DIVERSITY - Understanding and effectively responding to clients in health care/support settings (Sydney)
06 November 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast
MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY-ORIENTED PRACTICE: Placing value on lived experience and supporting individual recovery journeys.
10 November 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast
EMOTIONALLY-FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT) SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH COUPLES - Learning to incorporate an EFT approach and skills into couples therapy work. (Sydney)
11 November 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast
ANXIETY DISORDERS: RECOGNISING, UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING - Exploring key characteristics to support informed and effective interactions. 63840
12 November 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast
SUPERVISOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Applying practical models to strengthen and enhance effective supervision work.
13 November 2020 - 9:15 am
:  Live Interactive Webcast

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Since 2011, we have delivered professional development training programs across Australia both as calendar events for individual professionals to attend and for organisations in all reaches of the country. Our training participants include psychologists, social workers, counsellors and psychotherapists, mental health nurses, and many other allied health professionals along with executives, managers, supervisors and staff from a diverse range of organisations. Our flexible program delivery comes to you in-person at our venues, in- person at your venue, or online via our quality and user-friendly learning management systems.  

Our evidence-based programs are designed to build expertise and confidence in Allied Health professionals
with a particular focus on mental and behavioural health and human services.

Located in Sydney, NSW, we are proud to state that we are the only peer-reviewed Australian training organisation in our field and we work with our team of expert trainers to create programs and resources that are relevant to current needs and challenges in the professions we serve. All of our programs ensure professionals can meet the changing demands of their work by providing practical strategies, methods and interventions they can use immediately to improve outcomes for their client and organisational work. We are dedicated to the highest quality content, products, events and service and are delighted when asked to tailor a program to the specific needs of a group or organisation.  PDP is committed to our diverse workplace environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to support equal opportunity in our dealings with others.


  • Thanks very much for organizing this training. PDP is a super friendly and approachable team that are effective and efficient and have been prompt in their responses keeping the training process on track till the very end. The cost for the whole two days was really affordable and reasonable as compared to others in the market as Training for CPD hours can be really expensive.
    Both the trainers had thorough knowledge and expertise in their respective fields and the participants took a lot out of the full two days training. The trainers were highly skilled and able to articulate their skills and knowledge in an easy to understand practical manner for participants to get motivated and take away some knowledge and skillset to apply in their practice. The presenters were able to include important aspects relevant to our workplace in their topics using examples and up to date research.
    The training most definitely met our training needs. PDP has been very organised and responsive and we will definitely book more training with them in the future.

    Dr Raksha Luchman
    Senior Psychologist GEO Australia; Clinical Psychologist, Principal Supervisor at Psychology HeadQuarters

  • We would definitely consider booking PDP in-house training in the future. PDP were well organised and responsive to our staff training needs.
    Communication was prompt, effective, and friendly, the quote was clearly outlined and the cost of the event was reasonable. The trainer was well prepared, engaging, professional and presented the content of the training in an interesting way, demonstrating his expertise in a coherent manner.
    The training definitely met the learning objectives; I am aware that a few therapists have embraced some strategies from this approach in their practice stating that their clients responded well to these therapeutic strategies.

    Carmen Iancu
    Clinical Co-ordinator, Odyssey House. 

  • “PDP made it incredibly easy to organise the training. You’ve always been polite, friendly, helpful and organised, and you’ve always been in prompt and timely contact with me. The quote was clearly detailed, easy understand and the cost was reasonable. I would definitely consider and recommend PDP in the future.
    Pam was professional, prepared, good-humoured, approachable, helpful, friendly and a fantastic presenter. Pam was extremely knowledgeable and clearly knew a great deal about the practical, research and theoretical basis of trauma. She did move fast through the slides, however there is so much information to learn about. The knowledge she presented was of a high level. The only thing I found difficult was that Pam had me schedule the breaks, which I found difficult as I didn’t know when would be best timeetc etc- but that’s a small thing. She was amazing and I’d definitely attend training presented by her in the future. We would definitely choose PDP again.”

    Eaowyn Vaughan-Johnson
    Rehabilitation Clinician- Social Worker, Tablelands Mental Health Service

  • Everything was timely and easy to understand. We would definitely be happy to book more training with PDP. The quote was clearly detailed and the cost of the training was very reasonable. The trainer was very well prepared and came with everything she needed! She clearly is comfortable with teaching to large groups and was able to engage with them and adapt her presentation to meet their needs. Very flexible and responsive to the group dynamics. Clearly an area of expertise for her, as well as passionate about it.
    It was a positive and professional experience. No complaints. Felt confident and secure that the organisation for the day was progressing well and there would be no hiccups on the day.
    Thankyou for everything. It was a pleasure doing business with you – we will be looking to PDP for our future training needs.

    Clinical Nurse Consultant NSW Health

  • “Apart from a few glitches yesterday (which by the way, were overcome very professionally and quickly by your staff – both in the room where filming was taking place and on-line) I was thoroughly engaged in the whole workshop. Being a Zoom user I was rather dreading the 7 hours in front of my screen. You all made it an incredibly worthwhile experience. I got so much out of the workshop. The platform you used was genius. Yay to the tech people who sourced this and made it work so well.
    A big thankyou again for being the organisation that you are, for providing quality training at a very affordable price for sole traders like me. I have been a PDP advocate for a while now and will continue to be. I have had nothing but courtesy, kindness and professionalism whenever I have contacted your staff. Bless you all!!”

    Madeleine Hopkins
    Salve Training & Counselling

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) does not require professional development training to be endorsed.