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Professional Development Workshops 2020



Auckland Workshops
March 2020

When Helping Others Hurts - Tuesday 3rd March 2020 9am - 12.30pm

For professionals whose roles involve supporting others through tough life situations. Learn about the hidden, unspoken costs of helping others, and practical strategies to manage and prevent exhaustion, burnout, second hand trauma/grief, and compassion fatigue in ways that will work for you.

Further Details
Time:
 9am - 12.30pm
Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: $95 plus GST 


For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan 



When Anxiety Builds - and intrudes - Tuesday 24th March 2020 9am-12.30pm

Times of difficult change, loss, grief and trauma often bring increased levels of anxiety. For some – children, teens or adults – anxiety may begin to interfere with their daily life and relationships, and how they see their world and future. What exactly is anxiety and what causes it? How can it affect different people? How can we support and empower those coping with anxiety in difficult circumstances? What tools, resources and strategies are available? When is it wise to refer?

This practical workshop is designed for those working with children, teens or adults who are experiencing heightened, intrusive anxiety during, or following, challenging life situations. We will look at some case study examples as we go.

Further Details
Time:
 9am - 12.30pm
Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: $95 plus GST 


For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan 
 


Past Events

 

Trauma Workshop - Monday 14th October 2019
The nature and impact of trauma and ways to provide support


This day workshop is designed for anyone working with and supporting those who have experienced trauma in their lives, of any kind. It will highlight key knowledge, latest research, core skills, and resources to help participants provide compassionate, appropriate support.

Further details:
Time: 9.30am - 3pm
Venue: Waipuna Hospice, 43 Te Puna Station Road, Tauranga
Cost: $150 plus GST

For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan 

It's So Weird - Tuesday 15th October 2019
Understanding, supporting and empowering teenagers who are coping with difficult times of change, loss and grief.

Further details:
Time: 10am - 1.30pm
Venue: Waipuna Hospice, 43 Te Puna Station Road, Tauranga
Cost: $95 plus GST

For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan 


Napier Workshops
October 2019

When Anxiety Builds - and intrudes - Wednesday 23rd October, 1pm - 4.30am

Times of difficult change, loss, grief and trauma often bring increased levels of anxiety. For some – children, teens or adults – anxiety may begin to interfere with their daily life and relationships, and how they see their world and future. What exactly is anxiety and what causes it? How can it affect different people? How can we support and empower those coping with anxiety in difficult circumstances? What tools, resources and strategies are available? When is it wise to refer?

This practical workshop is designed for those working with children, teens or adults who are experiencing heightened, intrusive anxiety during, or following, challenging life situations. We will look at some case study examples as we go.

Further Details
Time:
 1pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier
Cost: $57 plus GST (the costs of this workshop has been kindly subsidised by STAROS Trust)


For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan 

When Helping Others Hurts - Thursday 24th October, 9am - 12.30pm


For professionals whose roles involve supporting others through tough life situations. Learn about the hidden, unspoken costs of helping others, and practical strategies to manage and prevent exhaustion, burnout, second hand trauma/grief, and compassion fatigue in ways that will work for you.

Further Details
Time:
 9am - 12.30pm
Venue: Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier
Cost: $57 plus GST (the costs of this workshop has been kindly subsidised by STAROS Trust)


For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan 


Healer Heal Thyself
30th October 2019 - Auckland

A one day workshop presented by Liese Groot-Alberts

To be effective and stay healthy in our role we need to take care of ourselves first. 

Self-care in this context is viewed as having two aspects. Firstly, we need to nurture ourselves physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. The second aspect is more challenging but vitally important; for without self-reflection and self-awareness, we are less likely to be able to facilitate meaning, healing and hope in others and are more likely to project our own issues and needs onto those we care for. We are also more likely to develop ‘burnout’ or ‘compassion fatigue’ at great personal cost. 


Further Details
Time:
9.30am-5pm
Venue: Potters Park Events Centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland
Cost: $150 plus GST

For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan

 


Trauma Workshop
Wednesday 6th November 2019 - Auckland
The nature and impact of trauma and ways to provide support


This day workshop is designed for anyone working with and supporting those who have experienced trauma in their lives, of any kind. It will highlight key knowledge, latest research, core skills, and resources to help participants provide compassionate, appropriate support.

Further details:
Time: 9.30am - 3pm
Venue: Potters Park Events Centre, 164 Blamoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland 
Cost: $150 plus GST

For further details please click here or to register please email Siobhan


Community Talk 2019
Managing Grief at Holiday Times
Presented by Nola Forsyth
Wednesday 27th November 2019

We invite you to join us for a free community talk which will assist people in managing grief during the holiday season and provide coping strategies to see you through this period.

Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time, but the holiday season, along with special times such as birthdays and anniversaries, can magnify your sense of loss and mourning.

Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one.

Wednesday 27th November - Orewa Presbyterian Church, Orewa
10am - 11am


Please email Siobhan if you would like to attend.



Self-Harm
Wellington - 6th August 2019
Auckland - 15th August 2019

Gaining additional insight through relevant research, the voices of clients, peer discussion and guidance on working effectively to support clients who self-harm.

This half day workshop is designed to equip helping professionals and volunteers with key knowledge, skills, and resources to be able to provide informed, compassionate, appropriate support for those who self-harm. This is an educational, discursive and interactive workshop.


About the presenter:
Dr Fiona Pienaar has had a career in education, research and mental health; both clinical and operational. With a life journey spanning South Africa, New Zealand and the UK. She has recently been involved, as Chief Clinical Officer, in setting up a digital service in the UK called Shout Crisis Text Line which is a charity funded by The Royal Foundation, as a legacy project out of the four young Royals’ Heads Together campaign. In a pilot year which saw 70,000 conversations held with people seeking help in a crisis, 41% of those conversations involved talking about suicide and self-harm. Fiona has previously delivered presentations in the UK that focused on self-harm and has been fortunate to collaborate with and attend international conferences with some of the world’s leading experts on the topic. Fiona has continued to maintain a small private practice with both clients and supervisees, wherever she is in the world.

Wellington Workshop - further details here
Date: Tuesday 6th August 2019 - 9.30am-1pm
Venue: All Saints Church and Conference Centre, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai
Cost: $95 plus GST


Auckland Workshop - further details here
Date: Thursday 15th August 2019 - 9.30am-1pm
Venue: Potters Park Events Centre, 164 Balmoral Rd, Auckland
Cost: $95 plus GST

To register for either of these workshops please email Siobhan


Conversations about Loss
22nd August 2019
MBS Flexispace, Massey University, Auckland

Overview of the training

In this experiential workshop presented by Maureen Frayling we will explore dominant and recent discourses about death, grief, and loss. We will consider what models of grief dominate and how we might shift from the pathologizing of grief toward ideas that incorporate the multiple stories of resilience, culture, and ongoing relationships with the deceased. The day will include conversations with people who have experienced loss. You will also be asked to review your own responses to the losses you have experienced and how these losses contribute and enhance your work with others.

Cost

$250 for professionals
$200 for Massey University staff (permanent and fixed term)
$125 for students (Full-time students only)

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided and included in the fee. Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees who complete the workshop.

Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration.

How to Register

Registration: Click here for further details or to register click here
 


National Conference
Loss and Grief in our Diverse Community

5th July 2019
University of Auckland Tamaki Campus - see map here

We invite you to join us for the Grief Centre’s National Conference on Loss and Grief in our Diverse Community. Aotearoa New Zealand is composed of many diverse communities of people within our wider community - each with special qualities and experiences. We are delighted to bring together these prominent speakers for a unique opportunity to increase our understanding when supporting people from diverse backgrounds.

We have some wonderful speakers covering the following topics:

  • Loss and Grief in the Disabled Community – Susan Sherrard
  • Loss, Grief, and the Changing Face of Relationship and Family – Margaret Agee
  • Loss and Grief and the LGBTQI community – Nathan Gaunt
  • Religion and the Loss and Grief Journey - Mary Caygill
  • Loss and grief in Chronic, Long-term, or Terminal Illness - Liese Groot-Alberts

Further Details and Registration

Date: Friday 5th July 2019

Time: 9am - 4.30pm

Venue: University of Auckland Tamaki Innovation Campus, Corner Morrin & Merton Roads, St Johns, Auckland

Cost: $199 plus GST - please note this includes all refreshments, including morning and afternoon tea, a delicious lunch, and a drinks and nibbles reception at the end of the day.

To register: click here to register online or email Siobhan or phone 09 418 1457 for further information

The agenda can also be printed by clicking here



 

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