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Updating trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy with sensory modulation for traumatised abused children, Auckland, 14 September


Thu, Sep. 14, 2017

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Presenter :

Jackie Feather & Olivia Taylor


Thursday 14 September 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm


MBS Flexispace,
East Precinct, Massey University
Albany, Auckland

Overview of the training

TF-CBT was developed for working with children and their families who have been exposed to trauma, including the trauma of abuse and neglect. It is over a decade since the research underpinning the New Zealand model of TF-CBT was carried out at Specialist Services (SSU) CYF in Auckland (Feather, 2007). Clinicians in the service have noted that children and families today present with higher levels of complexity, greater diversity, and are experiencing more stress. The technology environment has changed and children are less pencil and paper focused. Research and practice developments have also occurred. It seemed timely to re-visit the original TF-CBT model and assess how it could be adapted to meet the changing needs of children and families and to draw upon new developments. These included Sensory Modulation (SM; Champagne, 2008), an experiential method for modulating sensory input developed by occupational therapists that has been found helpful for trauma and attachment informed care.

This workshop will present an overview of TF-CBT and SM adapted for children who have experienced trauma and abuse. Clinicians will have an opportunity to learn more about SM and to practice skills, including assessment of sensory preferences and tailored sensory strategies that can be used to modulate arousal in children. Initial findings on the effectiveness of an integrated TF-CBT-SM model will also be presented. This workshop is based on Olivia’s PhD research, and builds on Jackie’s original research.

Participants should have some experience working with trauma and an understanding of basic CBT principles.

About the presenters

Jackie Feather
Jackie has a PhD/DipClinPsych from Massey University. She has worked for many years as a psychologist, including at Specialist Service, Puawaitahi, CYF (now Oranga Tamariki) where she developed the original TF-CBT model with colleagues. She currently teaches counselling psychology at AUT and is a researcher with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research.

Olivia Taylor
Olivia Taylor has a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Canterbury. Her interests are in childhood trauma, anxiety, and neuropsychology. Olivia is currently completing her PhD at Auckland University of Technology focussing on evaluating and updating TF-CBT with sensory modulation approaches, based on evidence from neuropsychology.


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

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 Mail Centre, Auckland 0745.

Phone : 09 213-6095
Fax : 09 414-7328
Email :

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.