Connect and Grow.

Professional development for Asian mental health practitioners.

All sessions are facilitated on Zoom, join us from any convenient location.

2023 sessions:

Session 1.

Thursday March 9th 2023.

Theme: Discussing your intersectional experience of being an Asian therapist.

Session completed

Session 2.

Thursday June 8th 2023.

Theme: Transference and countertransference when working with Asian clients.

Session completed

Session 3.

Thursday September 14th 2023.

Theme: Navigating cultural burnout.

Session completed

Session 4.

Thursday December 14th 2023.

Theme: Yearly reflection and celebrating you, the practitioner.

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Connect with other Asian therapists and grow your practice.

We're here to help you thrive in the important work you do.

Join our Connect and Grow sessions and learn how best to support our Asian community via culturally-responsive and anti-oppressive perspectives. 

­čĺíHere, you'll feel validated in your intersectional experiences, find practical strategies to help you in your work, and be continually supported by our welcoming practitioner community.

These sessions help me feel safe to share my clinical and cultural intersections. It is a valuable space and essential to my growth as a practitioner and Asian Australian.

- Will Vuong,
Wellspring Counselling

For new members:


  • Regular connection
  • Facilitated discussion
  • Expert speakers
  • CPD hours
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Your facilitators.

Join our lead facilitator and psychologist, Smruthy Nair, alongside our multi-disciplinary team who together have over 30+ years' expertise across trauma-informed and culturally-responsive mental health practice.

Learn more about our team.

What can you expect from Connect and Grow?

We're usually joined by around 15 - 20 practitioners from all over the country, on Zoom.

An example of the session:

  • 7.00pm: Welcome and introduction by Shapes and Sounds.
  • 7.10pm: Speed introductions of all attendees.
  • 7.20pm: Content delivered by our facilitator, Smruthy, in relation to the session's theme.
  • 7.50pm: Small breakout rooms of 2 - 3 practitioners to discuss the reflective prompts outlined by Smruthy.
  • 8.15pm: Whole group discussion and wrap up.
  • 8.30pm: Close.

The timing and content may vary slightly depending on each session's theme and the group's emerging needs.

Join the Asian Australian mental health practitioner list.

Sign up for the list before our next Connect and Grow date to gain free access to the session.

Sign me up today!

Just because you're a therapist of colour, it doesn't mean that your practice is automatically  "culturally-responsive".

Try our quick checklist: