October Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Here at The Peregrine Centre, we have been inspired by the busy bees of Spring. October was a very busy month of creating and so this is a jam packed newsletter!

Small Grants Are Open!

First, we are very excited to announce that the Small Project Grants are now open. This year we are offering a total pool of $400,000 to research projects that are implementation based, innovative, and aimed at supporting rural mental health practice. Download the grant invitation here.

Alongside this, we have launched a brand new guided learning package: Building Research Capacity. This workbook has been written by us in response to conversations over the past few years with clinicians who have fantastic ideas for solving the problems they and their clients experience, but haven’t had the opportunity to build their research skills.
Check out a video from our Research Associates talking about the new workbook below

New Podcast Episode

Continuing on in our ‘Getting Started’ podcast series, in October Dr Dayle Raftery sat down with Dr Judy Pickard to talk mindfulness. Tune in to hear about the science of mindfulness, dispel some pop psychology myths, and learn how it can help our clients, and also us as practitioners. Judy even leads listeners in a mindfulness practice – we strongly recommend engaging in this! Listen to ‘Getting Started with Mindfulness’ 

Coming up in November, we look into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – this episode is sure to be thought provoking! Look out for it on the portal, or wherever you listen to podcasts, on the 15th of November.

Upcoming Face to Face Training

We mentioned in our last newsletter that we’d heard from practitioners that managing the emotional demands of their work was one of the most important skills in rural mental practice. However, they rated themselves as often lacking this skill. In response to this gap, we are offering a series of workshops with experienced trainer, Nikki Butler which look at the complex area of practitioner well-being.

We are offering four face to face sessions with Nikki on ‘Beyond Self-Care: Mental Fitness for Rural Mental Health Work’. The first of these will be in Tamworth in November, with more offerings coming to other rural towns in February. Keep an eye on the What’s On page on our learning portal to stay up to date!

If you need help registering for a training or signing up, please just email info@theperegrinecentre.com.au so we can give you a hand.

New Practice Toolkit

Finally, we have also created a new practice toolkit. This toolkit is focused on working with LGBTQIA+SB clients and is packed full of helpful resources, information, and things to think about to support you and your clients. This has been carefully crafted over many months and we’re very excited to share this toolkit. Check out the new toolkit

Remember, you can access all of our toolkits, podcasts, past newsletters and a curated library of resources on our portal, The Peregrine Portal. It’s completely free to sign up and use!
That’s all for this month! If you have any feedback for us or have suggestions for future learning topics, don’t hesitate to get in contact. We always love to hear from rural practitioners. 

Until next time…

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