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Professional Development in the Auckland Region

Professional Development in Auckland

Talkingworks is delighted to support the therapy community by posting information about training events of interest to counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists. Send us your event information and we will post it on this noticeboard for free.
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Being In Your Body: trauma aware yoga & mindful movement groups

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Presenter: Louise von Maltitz and Jessica Devi 

‘Being In Your Body’ is a 6 week course that supports anyone who may have suffered from adversity at any time in their life and feels a body centred approach may be helpful. The course uses gentle movement, yoga, reflectivity and mindfulness based techniques to invite you into relationship with your body at a pace that feels helpful, life affirming and healing for you.

Facilitated by Jessica Devi (Yoga Therapy, Somatic Movement Therapy, Restorative Movement Psychotherapy) and Louise von Maltitz (Registered Therapist MNZAC and Comprehensive Nurse RCpN).
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When: 6 week courses running in 2021
Course 1: 23 Feb- 30 Mar
Course 2: 13 Apr- 25 May
Course 3: 8 June- 13 July
Course 4: 3 Aug- 7 Sept
Course 5: 14 Sept- 19 Oct
Course 6: 2 Nov- 7 Dec
Where:  81 Clyde Rd, Browns Bay, Auckland, 0630.
Cost: 6 week courses. $150 per course.
Contact:  Jessica  021 884 518  or
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Psychodrama Experiential

Presenter: Selina Reid & Hamish Brown

Psychodrama Changes Lives. In this workshop we will work creatively together to develop new perspectives and fresh responses to participants areas of concern. This may involve past, current and future situations and relationships. We will be involved in both psychodrama and group work, bringing together ‘here and now’ experience, insight and action. This workshop is also an opportunity for those considering training with the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama to have a multiday experience of the method.

Hamish Brown, MAANZPA, Registered Psychotherapist Hamish is a psychodramatist and trainer at the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama. He works in Auckland as a psychotherapist.

Selina Reid, MAANZPA, PBANZ, NZAC Selina is a psychodramatist & psychotherapist who has worked in Education and Human Development over the last 25 years
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When:  5 – 8 November 2020
Where:  Mercy Spirituality Centre 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland (for accommodation at the Mercy Centre, phone Bridgid on 09 638 6238)
Cost: Sliding scale $375.00 to $475.00 (Income related)
Contact:  Hamish: 021 275 4757 Selina: 027 4477107;
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Mindfulness in Practice Level 2 part A

Presenter: Pauline Skeates and Sandy Fabrin
Pauline Skeates & Sandy Fabin 2018-200Current research shows that the practical application of neuroscience and mindfulness principles in therapy enhances positive psychological change and growth. The data is so compelling; we can no longer ignore it. Our approach, Insight Focused NeuroTherapy (IFnT), employs the findings of neuroscience, mindfulness and compassion research. IFnT provides the necessary components and processes needed to utilise the brains innate capacity to change at a structural and functional level.

The course covers:
  • Neuroscience of the brain
  • Mindful acceptance, kindness and compassion that calms reactivity and down-regulates anxiety
  • ‘Open mind-space’ – a perspective that allows us to see beyond the automated patterns of behaviour
  • Polyvagal Theory – utilising the vagus nerve to calm the brain, incorporating Porges ‘neuroception of safety’
  • Social Constructivism and the development of neurological structures in the brain
  • Epigenetics – environmental impact on gene expression (inherited or present experience)
  • Neural reconfiguration and integration (Coherence Theory)
  • Positivity Theory – Softening the defenses, Broaden and Build, ‘micro moments of love’ by Barbara Fredrickson
  • Clean Language – therapeutic language by David Grove
  • ‘Wheel of Awareness’- adapted from Dr Dan Siegel’s work
  • ‘Emergence’ – Complexity Theory

Who should attend: We have tailored this course to those who work in people-helping professions, and those who wish to enhance their personal growth and development. Ideally, participants will have completed a Level 1 Insight course and want to take their mindfulness training to the next level. With the ever increasing demands and expectations on us, techniques that care for body and mind are essential to help us thrive.

What you can expect: During the 6 months, the team at Insight will share the latest research, strategies and best practice to leverage the power of our brain to change. This course is packed with practical tools and exercises so that you get to apply what you have learned for yourself and the ones you care for.

Course includes:
  • Course notes, reference reading
  • Supervised group session
  • Copy of our book ‘From Distress to De-stress’
We provide a stimulating environment where you are able to be curious, explore and learn. Come and join us to discover the principles of neurological restructuring.

Pauline Skeates, Founder, Therapist, Teacher and Insight Thought Leader, is the director of Insight-International and developer of Insight Focused neuroTherapy (IFnT). She leads the work internationally and in New Zealand as well as being the founder and director of the busy Auckland therapy centre Insight Counselling Services. She is the proud mother of three adult childrenand ‘GG’ to her five beautiful grandchildren. Her years of experience and her vibrant and informative teaching style have earned her a reputation as a speaker in Austria, England, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, The Faroe Islands, and New Zealand.

Sandy Fabrin, Therapist and Art Therapist Facilitator, works in private practice with Insight Counselling Services. Her particular interest is to use creative means for therapeutic ends, facilitating a healing process incorporating principals of Insight Focused neuroTherapy. Sandy tailor fits her therapeutic approach to suit the needs of each individual. Her approach can also incorporate Art Therapy. For those specifically interested in Art Therapy, Sandy offers individual and/ or group sessions. Sandy is the mother of four relentlessly creative, adult, children.
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When: Starts Saturday 25th July 2020
Where:  The Brick Barn, Insight International, 83 Ivanhoe Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Cost:  $695 + GST per person. $620 + GST early bird closes 1 month before start date. Bring a paying friend and get 10% your course fee. Payment plans available.
Contact:  Joanna Biggs -
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