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  • 2017 APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference, Brisbane, 30 June - 2 July

    30 June - 2 July 2017

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    Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017

    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia 

    At the 2017 Conference, Clinical Psychologists will have access to three exceptional key note speakers in addition to high-level workshops and masterclasses.  This conference endeavours to cover a diverse and relevant range of topic areas.  These include a focus on working with specific demographics such as children and families, transdiagnostic approaches, third wave therapies as well as the treatment of the low prevalence disorders. The conference program will offer a fresh approach to presenting both the importance and breadth of clinical psychology. 

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    Theme:Experts in the assessment and treatment of complex mental health disorders 

    Keynote Speakers:

    • Professor Peter Norton, Monash University (Australia) will be speaking on "Beyond DSM: Transdiagnostic approaches to understanding and treating emotional disorders.”
    • Professor Carla Sharp, University of Houston (United States of America) will be speaking on "Bridging the GAP: The assessment and treatment of adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder.”
    • Dr Stan Tatkin, The PACT Institute (United States of America) will be speaking on "Secure functioning: A therapeutic stance for all couple therapists." 

    An exciting array of full day and half day workshops will also be presented at the conference. 

    Early bird registration closes midnight AEST, Monday 24 April 2017 and international attendees can register at the discounted APS Member rate. 

    To view the full program and register online, please visit the conference website:https://groups.psychology.org.au/cclin/conference2017/



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  • Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists Training and Certification Course, Auckland, July

    5 - 8 July 2017

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    Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists:  Training and Certification Course.

    Weds July 5th-Sat July 8th.

    Henderson, Auckland

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  • Level 1 Schema Therapy Workshop, Hamilton, 26-28 July

    26 - 28 July 2017

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    Level 1 Schema Therapy Workshop
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    “Schema Therapy - The Model and Methods" 3 Days
    June 26, 27, 28 

    Presenter - Dr. Robert Brockman (Clinical Psychologist), Accredited Advanced Schema Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. More information about us can be found at our training web page schematherapytraining.com

    Venue - The Link Community Centre, Te Aroha Street Hamilton (This venue TBC)

    Catering Details - Morning/afternoon tea and lunch will be served.

    Timing - Workshops will run from 9am to 5pm. On-site registration from 8.30am on Day 1.

    Cost - 3 Days AUD $699

    Registration - www.schematherapytraining.com or if you wish to register and hold a place (whilst negotiating with employers etc.) please email me at Robert.Brockman@uts.edu.au

    This workshop will help attendees gain an understanding of the Schema Therapy model and provide an extensive platform for learning new skills and techniques used in Schema Therapy. The workshop will address both the schema and mode models. The training is skills based, with multiple opportunities to learn complex techniques for working with difficult-to-treat clinical populations. The training will centre on Borderline Personality Disorder and its treatment.

    This workshop will still provide you with a good platform for learning and practicing skills, as well as direct coaching of skills therapists often feel less confident in applying.

    This training will be capped at 18-20 attendees per trainer, allowing participants to have optimum coaching, observation and adequate supervision of skills - places are therefore limited.

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  • NZCCP 2017 National Conference & pre-conference workshop, 29-30 & 27-28 July 2017

    27 - 30 July 2017

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    NZCCP 28th National Conference

    Saturday 29 –Sunday 30 July

    Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown





    or download the brochure and registration form here

    Early Bird registration fees (to 19 June):

    Pre-conference workshop

    • NZCCP member  $500
    • Non-member $600
    • NZCCP student member $250
    • Non-member Student $300 


    • NZCCP member $500
    • Non-member $600
    • NZCCP student member $250
    • Non-member Student $300 

    Both conference & workshop 

    • NZCCP member $900
    • Non-member $1080
    • NZCCP student member $450
    • Non-member Student $540  

    Preconference workshop: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July, 9am – 5pm, Co-existing Problems in the 21st Century/Digital Age, presented by Matthew Berry

    Substance use and addiction have long been recognised as high prevalence disorders, often hiding behind the scenes contributing to depression, anxiety and other disorders. However with the advent of the 21st century, there has been a broadening in both the types of compulsive behaviours and the range of people who fall victim to them.  Compulsive overeating is leading to a crisis in both diabetes and heart disease. Online pornography use has continued to explode and has become one of the leading causes of impotence in young males. Online dating and sex apps have fueled both compulsive sex addiction and the use of drugs such as methamphetamines. Computer games and online technology are resulting in behaviour patterns that had once been the domain of substance addiction.    

    This two day workshop takes clinicians through the ten primary drivers of addicted and pseudo-addicted behaviours, in a framework that integrates psychological, medical, genetic and systemic factors. Discussion will also include neurological underpinnings of addiction. 


    Matthew BerryDr Matthew Berry is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice in Melbourne and is a sessional lecturer at Swinburne University. His career has focused in the drug and alcohol sector in clinical, management and supervisor roles in both public and private settings. His other areas of interest include Aspergers in Adults, Happiness, and Supervision Skills. He has provided consultancy for variety of organisations, including Anglicare, VicRoads, and the Victorian Government, being the principle author for guidelines for a new forensic treatment framework. He is the current advisory chair for the Australia and New Zealand Addiction Conference, and is finishing his first text book on addiction treatment. 

    Keynote addresses:

    Matthew BerryWhen therapists get stuck  

    Psychology training today is primarily focused upon interventions for clients who are ready, willing and able to engage in psychological therapies. However, in the world of clinical practice there are many clients who do not seem to change, and appear either not ready, or unwilling to engage in psychological treatment and yet present to us wanting help with their psychological distress. These can result in the therapist working far harder to ‘change’ the client; feeling stuck and experiencing frustration or irritation with the client; and questioning their own sense of competence. Too often this can result in the client being labelled as ‘not ready’, ‘resistant’ , ‘difficult’ or even the classic ‘ (s)he’s a P.D.’ This keynote is a story about many mistakes and lessons learned from a career working with addiction and personality disorders. It explores the hidden layer of the therapeutic relationship, and the often counter-intuitive strategies that help resolve ‘stuckness’, greatly increasing outcomes for this long suffering and all-to-often misunderstood population. 

    Mary Web Summit 1Dr Mary Aiken  is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University College Dublin, Geary Institute for Public Policy, and Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol. She is a lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow at the School of Law, Middlesex University, a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals, a Sensemaking Fellow at the IBM Network Science Research Centre,  Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics at AIRS Hawaii Pacific University. She is a member of the Hague Justice Portal advisory board and the INTERPOL Specialists Group. Mary’s work as a cyberpsychologist inspired the CBS primetime television series 'CSI:Cyber'  she is a producer on the show. Her recent book, The Cyber Effect was selected by the Sunday Times as a 2016 book of the year in the ‘Thought’ category, and Nature the international science journal listed The Cyber Effect in the top 20 books of 2016.

    TerryTerry Huriwai is the Manager, Te Hau Marire Programme, Te Rau Matatini. His role allows him to participate at local, regional and national levels to influence and shape practice and service delivery. Terry is also involved in the Takarangi Competency Framework, which is an integrated training platform that provides opportunity to not only enhance practitioners ability to work with Maori but also to raise addiction, complexity capability and the culture of competency with a wide range of workforces and services working with addiction-related harm and 'healing'.

    Other presenters: 

    SimonAssociate Professor Simon Adamson is Deputy Director of the National Addiction Centre, University of Otago, and a clinical psychologist with 20 years’ experience in the addiction field. His 2004 PhD examined predictors of treatment outcome for alcohol use disorders and he has published over 50 papers on a wide range of addiction and co-existing disorders topics. After twenty years working for the Canterbury District Health Board Simon has recently moved to a half time private practice role with the Bealey Centre to compliment his academic position. He is the addiction specialist on the clinical governance committee of the National Telehealth Service and is a member of the National Committee on Addiction Treatment.

    JB01 lowJudge Tim Black was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in May 1991. He joined the Balclutha firm O'Malley and Black and became a partner there in 1994. He joined the Dunedin office of Anderson Lloyd in 2005 as a partner. He has been a member of the New Zealand Law Society's Family Law Section executive. Judge Black was appointed to the bench in April 2015, and sits in the Wellington Court with a 75/25 mix of family and criminal work.


    Kirsten DavisDr Kirsten Davis is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. Kirsten has been involved in development, implementation and coordination of a DBT Programme for young people and their families at the Kari Centre (an outpatient child and adolescent community mental health service in Auckland). Kirsten was a co-investigator in a randomized feasibility trial of DBT for adolescents and their families in New Zealand and has provided DBT training both within mental health services and has been a co-trainer for several Behavioural Tech licensed events. Kirsten provides DBT supervision and consultation to both individuals and DBT consultation teams within both adult and adolescent community mental health services.

    Steve LeicesterDr. Steven Leicester has held clinical and research roles within youth mental health, AOD and digital agencies. He worked in clinical roles and as a manager of early psychosis teams at Orygen Youth Health for 13 years, where he was involved in shaping innovative treatment approaches for young people experiencing emerging psychotic disorders. He has also led major drug treatment agencies and contributed to major reforms across the AOD sector, including managing a range of federally funded programs.

    During the past 2 years he has led eheadspace, a national teleweb service providing online youth mental health interventions across Australia. A particular focus of the program involves providing comprehensive interventions within a digital environment. He has a particular interest in expanding the scope of digital practise to embed stepped care frameworks in the delivery of online mental health services.

    Richie PoultonProfessor Richie Poulton is Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit which conducts the Dunedin longitudinal study, one of the most detailed studies of human health and development ever undertaken. A multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of 1,037 babies born in Dunedin during 1972/73, the Study members have been followed up since birth, at age three, then every two years to age 15, then at ages 18, 21, 26, 32 and, in 2010-2012, 38. For each follow-up phase, the Study members are brought to the Dunedin Unit where they undergo numerous assessments and measures of their health and development. Recent assessments have included a broad range of studies in the psychosocial, behavioural medicine and biomedical research areas. The age 38 assessment phase was an outstanding success with 95% of the surviving Study members being assessed. Preparations are currently under way to next see the Study members at age 45. In 2007, he established and became a Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, a research centre based at the University of Otago in Dunedin, but with partners located at universities across New Zealand and internationally. He has published 200+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, with many appearing in leading international journals. His research interests include: mental health, nature-nurture interplay, and psychosocial determinants of chronic physical disease. In 2014, he was named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters (one of only four New Zealanders so designated) and was listed in 2015 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson-Reuters.  

    In 2004, he was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientist’s Research Medal and the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s (inaugural) Liley Medal for Excellence in Health Research. In 2005 he was awarded the University of Otago’s  Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal for Outstanding Early Career Achievement, and also received the Dunedin School of Medicine Distinguished Research Award. In 2010, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and was the joint recipient of the RSNZ Dame Joan Metge Medal for excellence and building relationships in the social science research community. In 2014, he was awarded the Dunedin School of Medicine Dean’s Medal for Research Excellence. Earlier this year, he received the Celebrating Research Excellence Award from the Health Research Council for ‘an outstanding contribution to health research throughout an established career’.

    and with a Special Address from NZCCP Patron, Sir John Kirwan


    NZCCP is grateful for sponsorship from the Medical Protection Society


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  • The Health Psychology Un-Conference 2017, Palmerson North, 3-5 August

    3 - 5 August 2017

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    The Un-Conference is a loosely structured gathering of psychologists who work with clients with medical conditions.  It prioritises an informal exchange of information and ideas, with two inspiring guest speakers to stimulate discussion.

    VENUE:        Convention Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North

    HOURS:       Friday 9.30am Welcome Morning Tea, 10am start, 5pm finish

                       Saturday 9am start, closing 2.30pm

    COST:          $50 incl GST (includes refreshments only)

    SPEAKERS:  Friday PM: Consumer Perspective

                        Saturday PM: Dr Diana Kopua, Consultant Psychiatrist, Hauora Tairawhiti                                                  

    …  but wait!     There’s more!     Based on 2015 feedback:

    The Pre Un-Conference Workshop

    Thursday 3rd August 10.30am-5pm

    FACT: Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

    Dr Bruce Arroll, GP & Professor of General Practice, University of Auckland

    FACT has been developed as a brief, focused version of ACT for use in primary care settings.  This workshop will interest clinicians providing focused cognitive behavioural interventions to clients with both medical and mental health issues.

    VENUE:     Convention Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North

    HOURS:     Welcome morning tea 10am, start 10.30am, finish 5pm   

    COST:        $150 incl GST (includes refreshments and lunch) 

    For registration and credit card payment go to: www.massey.ac.nz/un-conference

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  • The Assessment and Treatment of Adult Firesetters, Wellington, 14 August

    Mon, 14 August 2017

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    Victoria University of Wellington

    Monday 14th August 2017, 9am-5.00pm
    School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
    Course Leaders: Professor Theresa Gannon and Dr Nichola Tyler

    This workshop offers training on best practice approaches to the assessment and treatment of adult firesetters. The training covers: (1) Characteristics and Theoretical Explanations of Firesetting, (2) Treatment Needs and Risk Assessment with Firesetters, (3) Treatment of

    As part of this training delegates are provided with formal training on the delivery of two new evidence based interventions for firesetters: The Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIPMO) and the Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners (FIPP).
    The FIP-MO is a specialist firesetting intervention which has been developed for use with male and female offenders with a mental/personality disorder. The FIPP is a specialist firesetting intervention which has been developed for use with prisoners.

    Audience: This training is likely to be of interest to academics and professionals working with individuals who have engaged in deliberate firesetting including those working within correctional services, mental health services, fire and rescue services, probation, and the criminal justice

    Additional information: The training includes a copy of either the FIP-MO or FIPP manual for all delegates along with all reading and training materials to enable them to run the programme.
    Delegates select in advance which programme manual they would like to receive as part of the training to meet their professional needs.

    $400 (NZD). Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

    How to book:
    Contact Louise Dixon at Louise.Dixon@vuw.ac.nz or on 04 463 6548

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  • Managing Medication Issues that Matter – Clinical Pharmacology for Clinical Psychologists, Auckland, 17 August

    Thu, 17 August 2017

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    Professor Pete Ellis

    University of Otago, Wellington 

    Thursday 17 August

    9:00am – 4:30pm 

    MBS Flexispace, Massey University, Dairy Flat Highway, Albany, Auckland

     Overview of the training

    This workshop was originally presented to students on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology programme in 2016 at Massey, Wellington and videolinked to the Albany and Palmerston North campuses. It aims to cover the following topics in an interactive format, to provide a reminder of key principles of psychopharmacology and to explore issues related to those side effects and interactions that clinical psychologists are likely to encounter in routine practice, and how to evaluate and address these. Several case scenarios are explored in role play in small groups. Resource material is used during these sessions using public domain (free) smart phone apps. 

    • Side effects and risk benefit
    • Principles of pharmacology in general
    • How psychotropics work and are used
    • Taking medication – what it means
    • Side effects and how to approach them
    • Drug interactions, medication history
    • Alternative and complementary medication
    • What GPs do, discussions with GPs 

    The workshop is targeted at clinical psychologists and others who have some basic grounding in principles of pharmacology but who are not prescribers. It may be of interest to mental health nurses. 

    About the presenter

    Professor Pete Ellis has worked as a consultation liaison psychiatrist at Wellington Hospital for over 25 years. His research interests have included psychopharmacology, particularly related to depression and he was a member of the Medsafe Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee for fifteen years. 


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

    Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

    Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore, Auckland,

    Phone : 09 213 6095                                         

    Email : H.McMaster@massey.ac.nz 

    Cancellation Policy

    If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given.
    Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge.
    No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.

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  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Auckland, 22 August

    Tue, 22 August 2017

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    Mental Health Services Transformation - making a difference

    The story of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) - Industrialisation or Modernization? 

    Professor Eugene Mullan

    Director of Clinical Training (CEDAR), University of Exeter, UK 

    Thursday 22 August 2017

    10:00am – 1:30pm 

    MBS Flexispace,  East Precinct, Massey University, Albany, Auckland 

    Overview of the training

    The WHO has estimated that by 2020, depression will be one of the leading causes of disease burden in the world. So how do we respond to this challenge and is training more psychologists the only answer? 

    Some believe that the rise of new technologies, including apps and internet treatments, routine outcome measurement along with protocols for training and delivery of effective evidence based interventions, will lead to the demise of therapy and the rise of an industry of therapeutic technicians. Competency based training has replaced professionalism and the principle culprit has often been cited as the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies development in the UK. So what exactly is the story of IAPT (Layard and Clark, 2015)? Has it really delivered success and how can we respond to this initiative? 

    This half day workshop will describe and explore these questions below and the implications for practice and research in New Zealand. 

    • What are Low (PWP) and High Intensity practitioners, what do they do and what difference can they make? Increasingly this workforce has moved from delivering protocol driven practice with anxiety/depression to working with more complex mental health and co-morbid presentations (Psychosis, Long Term Conditions) as well as new service contexts with the recent emergence of new roles in Child and Young People IAPT? Is this a challenge to current practice and how should we respond? 
    • Implications for innovation in clinical practice-RFCBT and Transdiagnostic approaches. Research evidence is indicating that even with evidence based approaches there remains a group of individuals that do not respond and continue to suffer significant distress so we need to look at developing new approaches moving from the lab to clinical practice. RFCBT-a translational approach. 

    About the presenter

    Professor Eugene Mullan, Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society, HCPC Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist. 

    Professor Eugene Mullan is Director of Clinical Training at the University of Exeter, co-founder of the Mood Disorders Centre (2004), and the founder of CEDAR (Clinical Education Development and Research - 2010). In 2002, after working in clinical practice for twenty years, he joined the University of Exeter to take responsibility for development of new Post Qualification Clinical Training programmes. In 2004, along with Professors Kuyken and Watkins, he co-founded the Mood Disorders Centre that quickly became one of the leading Centres for Mood Disorders research in the UK. Professor Mullan was also involved in the early research trials for efficacy of both MBCT (Kuyken) and RFCBT (Watkins). In 2008, he became Director of Clinical Training and secured the contracts for the first wave implementation of High and Low Intensity IAPT programmes, rapidly establishing Exeter as a Centre of Excellence for post-graduate clinical training in the UK. As a result of the success of the portfolio of Clinical Training programmes, CEDAR was launched in 2010 to complement our clinical research group and develop the international reach of evidence based psychological therapies. CEDAR has recently expanded into Children and Young People’s IAPT making it one of only two University centres in the UK to provide this breadth of provision of IAPT programmes. 

    Professor Mullan has more recently developed research and training links with Prof Neil Greenberg (King’s College London) looking to develop new ways of working with military veterans including leadership interventions. This has led to further developments, along with colleagues at the University of Exeter’s Business School, to develop a portfolio of training programmes for leaders across a range of sectors building on experiences from IAPT implementation. 

    In terms of future training and research projects, Professor Mullan’s interests are focussed on trans-diagnostic approaches to depression and Complex PTSD. This complements his interest in the wider psychological competency training agenda including leadership, clinical training and service implementation work in healthcare settings within the UK and international settings to address the global challenge of mental health provision. 

    Prof Mullan co-chairs the BPS Accreditation Committee for Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychological Practice and acts as External Examiner for two Doctoral Clinical Psychology programmes. 


    $100 for professionals

    $80 for Massey University staff (permanent and fixed term only)

    $50 for students (full time only) 

    Morning 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

    Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

    Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore, Auckland

    Phone : 09 213 6095                                         

    Email : H.McMaster@massey.ac.nz 

    Cancellation Policy

    If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given.
    Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge.
    No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.


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  • Infidelity, Affairs and Intimacy: How to work with crises of trust and respect, Auckland, 23 & 24 August

    23 - 24 August 2017

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    Relationship Therapy Inc (RTI) are delighted to welcome our esteemed colleague Verity Thom to co-present 

    Infidelity, Affairs and Intimacy: How to work with crises of trust and respect 

    Dealing with the shock, hurt, anger, defensiveness and confusion around infidelity is one of the most challenging things to have in your therapy room. 

    In this dynamic and practical two-day workshop you will learn key assessment targets and straight-forward interventions that can settle your client(s) right down and give them the best possible chance to turn this crisis into growth, learning and deeper intimacy. 

    Verity and Nic have worked with thousands of couples and countless cases of infidelity.  Boost your confidence as you learn from their hard-won experience what does and doesn’t work when the foundations of a relationship get rocked. 

    Topics covered will include:

    •     How to talk about and deal with trust issues
    •     Assessiing which of the many flavours and faces of infidelity you are dealing with
    •     Tailoring interventions to a person’s developmental level
    •     Helping both parties to have a realistic and deep understanding of how and why the infidelity happened
    •     Recognising and naming who is responsible for what – working with infidelity in the context of broader relationship dynamics
    •     What is and what isn’t a deal breaker
    •     Working with extreme emotional responses
    •     The impact on YOU of this issue – your views and history with infidelity and trust


    Nic Beets and Verity Thom are partners in life and in their therapy practice, CoupleWork in Auckland. They are psychologists who specialise in couple, relationship and sex therapy. With over 25 and 35 years of clinical practice respectively, extensive training in the USA and having run many successful trainings all around New Zealand, they are recognised as leaders in the field. 


    Dates: 23 & 24 August 2017  Venue: Sorrento in the Park, One Tree Hill, Ak

    Cost:  Early bird price before 17 July: $494.50 incl GST  After 17 July $529.00

    Includes delicious Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea

    Bookings:  http://www.relationshiptherapyinc.com/events/infidelity-affairs-intimacy

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  • The Grief Experience, Auckland, 24 August

    Thu, 24 August 2017

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    The Grief Experience

    Understanding, responding, supporting, and enabling those grieving a loss 

    Tricia Hendry & Maureen Frayling

    The Grief Centre 

    Thursday 24 August 2017

    9:00am – 4:30pm 

    MBS Flexispace, Massey University, Dairy Flat Highway, Albany, Auckland    

    Overview of the training

    This day workshop will be presented by Tricia Hendry and Maureen Frayling. Together they will bring their combined expertise and experience to the day, offering knowledge and strategies to equip participants to effectively support people grieving a significant loss of any kind, whatever its cause and whatever their age or stage. A wide range of training tools will be used to ensure this professional development day is stimulating, engaging, memorable and very practical. 

    The workshop will explore the following topics:

    • the nature of grief – what is it exactly?
    • useful models of grief
    • the multidimensional impact of loss and grief
    • ways grief can affect children, teens, adults, families, groups, and communities
    • culture’s effect on the grief experience
    • how trauma can intensify the grief experience
    • recognising red flags
    • what is complicated grief?
    • key support skills – with opportunities to practice them
    • a variety of case studies – what helped and why?
    • what options are there for extra support?
    • ways to assist people to build up resilience in the face of loss
    • recommended links, tools, and resources
    • self-care to prevent personal compassion fatigue and burnout 

    The workshop will be suitable for anyone working as a professional or volunteer in a social support role of any kind, including: social workers, health professionals, family support workers, teachers, counsellors, and child and youth workers. 

    About the presenters

    Tricia Hendry: Tricia is a published writer who is also a well-known grief specialist, author and presenter, and is recognised for her presentations and workshops. Among her specialties are resilience, and coping with difficult change, loss, grief, and trauma. Her seminars are engaging, informative and interactive, with participants receiving informative handouts and resources to assist them in their work. 

    Maureen Frayling: Maureen is qualified and experienced in both nursing and counselling and she is a member of NZAC. She worked at the North Shore Hospice as a nurse, counsellor and teacher in the area of grief and loss for 15 years. She is a founder Trustee of the Grief Centre and initiated its development in 2009. She is currently a lecturer and co-ordinator on the counselling major at North Tec in Whangarei. 


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

    Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

    Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore, Auckland,

    Phone : 09 213 6095                                         

    Email : H.McMaster@massey.ac.nz 

    Cancellation Policy

    If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given.
    Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge.
    No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.

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