The FireFly Sessions


firefly-sessions The FireFly Sessions: Conversations with therapists on clinical practice



Episode 1: Ron Perry OAM (interviewed by Christine Senediak)

This conversation with Ron Perry OAM took place in August 2021. Ron has a long history in the counselling arena and has worn a number of hats, including: Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Family Therapist, Group Facilitator and Psychologist. In this interview, Ron shares his approach to working both as clinician and supervisor. He talks about the importance of both contracting in therapy and working collaboratively with the client at their pace whilst listening to their story. He draws on his early work and his introduction to group therapy and the importance of using the ‘self’ and emotion in therapy. Ron gives some advice for early career clinicians on how to stay connected and how to grow as a therapist. This recording is available in video and audio formats.

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Episode 2: Dr Glenn Larner (interviewed by Christine Senediak)

This conversation with Glenn Larner took place in September 2021. Dr Glenn Larner is a senior clinical psychologist, family therapist, teacher and supervisor with over 40 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  He has published widely both nationally and internationally and has published over twenty articles and book chapters on a range of psychology and family therapy topics. He has been editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.  Glenn has taught both locally and in the UK, Belgium and Italy and continues to provide training and supervision for child and adolescent mental health services. With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Glenn is able to apply knowledge from clinical psychology, narrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy, CBT and mindfulness approaches. In this interview he talks about his approach to therapy, prioritising the therapeutic relationship and enhancing the person’s own narrative voice. This recording is available in video and audio formats.

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Episode 3: Professor Maurizio Andolfi (interviewed by Christine Senediak)

This conversation with Maurizio Andolfi took place in September 2021. Professor Maurizio Andolfi is a trained Child Psychiatrist and internationally renowned Master Family Therapist. He was winner of the American Association of Marital & Family Therapy Award for Special Contribution to Marital and Family Therapy in 1999 and in 2016 was recognised and awarded his Lifetime Achievement from the American Family Therapy Academy. In New York where he lived in the early 1970s, Maurizio worked extensively with disadvantaged families. During this time in the US, he worked with Salvador Minuchin and Jay Haley, as well as studying with Carl Whitaker. He was Professor of Psychology in Rome and Founding Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia in Rome which he continues to direct from his home in Perth, Australia where he has lived for nearly a decade. He has published widely in English and other languages and now through the Accademia has available a multimedia library of training videos and books. His most recent book Intergenerational Couple Therapy was published in 2021. In this interview, Maurizio talks about his approach to therapy working from an intergenerational frame incorporating three generations, exploring the impact on family history, unfinished business and how to work both metaphorically and physically with different members of the family. He speaks about the importance of understanding the role of culture and the importance of both knowing and using self in the therapy room. This recording is available in video and audio formats.

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Links to resources mentioned in Dr Roy Laube's session can be found in the Cross Cultural section of our resources page: