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‘Hands On’ Autism

Presenter: Arletta van den Bosch - Family & Child Counsellor, Gera Verheul - Services Manager, Christine Farquharson - Occupational Therapist, Joline Zwart - Family Consultant
Our team of Family Consultants will guide you through this interactive, full-day workshop on Autism Spectrum. You will take away practical strategies to help your child thrive in the home or school setting and in their wider community.

Participants will learn: 
  • Guide to Autism – understanding autism and how it presents in a young person
  • Strategies for Behaviour – practical strategies to help reduce challenging behaviour
  • Sensory Issues – learn about sensory issues and sensitivities in relation to autism
  • Dealing with Anxiety – examples of social interactions that lead to anxiety and how to best support a young person through it
Our workshop is for family/whānau/caregivers, educators and support staff, health professionals, and anyone working or living with a child with autism.
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When: Saturday, 4 November 2017, 9am-4pm
Where: Manukau New Life Church, 12 Jellicoe Rd, Manurewa, Auckland
Cost: FREE FOR FAMILIES AND CARERS. Professionals: $140/person. Lunch included.
To register:  arrow-10online


Working with religion and spirituality in therapy

Presenter: Dr Helen Florence, Dr Ingo Lambrecht and Sandra Winton
Would you like to feel more confident in engaging with clients' religious and spiritual presentations in therapy?
Are you sometimes uncertain about the edges between spirituality and psychosis?
What's "healthy"? Who decides?
How does your own religious/spiritual perspective influence your work?

This seminar will stimulate your thinking and deepen your therapeutic work. There will be opportunity for discussion and sharing your own experiences. In this one day workshop:
  • Dr Helen Florence will consider some of the challenges psychotherapists face when working with religion and spirituality in therapy. She will interweave findings from her PhD research with her personal experience and illustrations from client work.
  • Sandra Winton will explore the question of how religions material can be approached in therapy. She will share clinical material, looking at how the therapist’s positions on religious matters can interact with those of the client in the therapeutic dialogue.
  • Dr Ingo Lambrecht will focus on Spiritual Emergencies: The dialectic of distress and spirituality. In this exploration, different spiritual emergencies, their traditions, and pathways will be outlined. Some indigenous and current models, as well as psychotherapeutic interventions in regards to spiritual emergencies will be considered.

Dr Helen Florence is a psychotherapist who works in private practice in Auckland. She has a particular interest in working with clients whose religious perspectives are implicated in their psychological difficulties. She has long been interested in religion and spirituality in therapy and in 2015 completed a PhD in this area.

Sandra Winton has practiced as a psychotherapist, first in a church social work agency and then in private practice, for over 25 years. She has been a professed Dominican sister for nearly twice as long. Trained first in Self-Psychology, Sandra now practices within a more analytic frame.

Dr. Ingo Lambrecht is a consultant clinical psychologist working at Manawanui, Māori Mental Health Service in Auckland. He has worked in and written widely on the cultural-clinical interface work in different cultural settings, and was privileged to undergo an intense shamanic training as a sangoma, a South African traditional healer.
When: 9am (for 9.15 start) - 4.00pm,  4 November, 2017
Where: St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Mt Roskill, Auckland
Cost: $150.00 ($125.00 students)
Brochure:  arrow-10download
To register:  email booking to, see brochure for payment details