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MH101 mental health learning
Blueprint for Learning, 8 October 2015, Blenheim
MH101 is a one-day workshop that gives people the tools to recognise, relate and respond to those who need support for their mental health and wellbeing. Most people want to be able to help those experiencing mental illness or distress – but they just don't know how. It can be challenging, and it's an area where most of us would benefit from some practical assistance and useful skills. MH101 has been developed for the Ministry of Health by Blueprint for Learning, in association with other leading health and learning organisations including ProCare, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Case Consulting and the Mental Health Foundation.  


A Foundation for Healing
Hearthside Perinatal Bereavement Care, USA, 14th September – November 30th 2015
 A Foundation for Healing”, is a comprehensive course that covers myriad topics including: early and late pregnancy loss, medical and elective abortion, the arc of perinatal grief and birth worker skills for client support at each phase, perinatal hospice, prenatal bonding in the face of pregnancy/infant loss, NICU support, post-loss lactation, siblings and extended family support, pregnancy after loss, memorial and burial items and professional skills such as tenets of companioning the bereaved, listening skills, and important self-care strategies for those who do bereavement work.


Systemic approach in child counselling
Online Training for Professionals, provided by  Russian Play Therapy Association 10th September - 14th October, 2015
Alexander Pokryshkin, certified  child psychothrapist, supervisor and trainer presented 6 modules on history of play therapy, rationale, methods and principles of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT),deciding for whom CCPT is appropriate, logistics of sessions and selection of toys, stages and common themes of the play therapy process, structuring the play sessions, therapist skills and responses, children’s play styles, use of role-play in play sessions, handling common problems and special situations, setting and enforcing limits, termination issues.


Antidepressant Treatments
Workshop provided by Supporting Families Marlborough, Blenheim,
1st September 2015
Dr Gareth Davies, Medical Officer in Adult Mental Health, Wairau Hospital, Blenheim, presented 11 myth about antidepressants.


Childhood in the Digital Age
The Open University, UK, 3rd  August - 31st August, 2015

The amount of technology available to children today is greater than in any previous generation, and it is more specifically designed to capture their imaginations. There is heated debate as to how the digital influx is shaping children’s development and experience. Are social media changing the way that children form relationships? How is technology changing the way that children think, and how will it shape the classroom of the future? This course pulls together the latest evidence from experts in the field to explore these and other questions.


Family Justice Systems
Social Service Providers Aotearoa and Ebborn Law, 13th August 2015
This seminar provided practitioners who deal with domestic violence, vulnerable parents, children and the wider social services and government sector, valuable knowledge on how to support their clients, empower vulnerable families and understand the Family Justice System. Topics covered: what’s new around domestic violence, vulnerable children and victims of violence, how recent changes to the Care of Children Act have rolled-out, free resources for social workers and support staff,  The Family Dispute Resolution service (FDR), lawyers and the Family Justice System, access to FLAS legal advice.


Bulling? Let’s look at some solutions

Seminar, presented by Liz Collyns, provided by Supporting Families Marlborough, Blenheim,4th August 2015



Visuals - Why use them?

Seminar  presented by Jill Hounsell & Paula Meer ASD Coordinator, NMDHB, provided by Autism New Zealand, Blenheim, 29th July 2015


Investing in our future

Free Workshop for Professionals, provided by PND (postnatal depression) Marlborough Charitable Trust
On 27th May 2015 in Blenheim we organized and all together  worked on possibilities to build a community network  of professionals involved in perinatal field and to help mothers and babies in the future. I presented the topic “Preventing postnatal depression” based on my work experience and  theoretical frameworks that I  work from. This presentation might be found and downloaded - here...


Brain Based Therapy

Enacting Client Change Through the Persuasive Power of Neuroscience


On 25 May 2015 I attended Brain Based Therapy seminar with Dr John Arden (USA) in Christchurch, organized by Compass.

Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. He conducts seminars on Brain-Based Therapy throughout the United States and abroad.

The Adolescent Brain Seminar
March, 10th,Marlborough Girls College, Blenheim

Nathan Mikaere –Wallis  is a  dynamic, gifted educator and inspiring presenter. He lectures at Canterbury University and is a Child Protection trainer, father, and foster parent.  With a background in child counselling and teaching, Nathan has a nationwide reputation as an inspirational speaker on the topic of  brain development. Nathan uses humour to make this sometimes complex topic both easy to understand, and relate to in daily life. This presentation helped to understanding of the latest information on brain changes and behaviours in transition through adolescence to adulthood.

Perinatal Mental Health workshop
November, 5th, 2015, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington
During Perinatal Depression Awareness Week (31 Oct - 8 November 2015) PADA New Zealand (Perinatal Anxiety&Depression Aotearoa) organized a workshop with a couple of great presentations - 3DHB Perinatal and Infant Mental Strategy and 4 Box Referrers Guide talk. Practical tips for health professionals working with women and families in perinatal field.


Working with Maori 
November, 19th, 2015, Compas Seminars, Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
Hana O'Regan & Nathan Mikaere Wallis who were talking about issues that are relevant to all professionals working with Māori in health, welfare, education and community settings. Hana and Nathan presented ways to incorporate the best from Māori cultural models of engagement and intervention with more widely used western knowledge to create an integrated practice framework which delivers more effective services for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
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