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Professional Development in Canterbury

Professional Development in Canterbury

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Mindfulness: Professional and Personal Applications

Presenter: Dr Angela Morgan
Angela Morgan mindfulness workshop christchurchMindfulness has become recognised as a credible, mainstream, evidence based way of assisting people to realign their unhelpful thinking and behaviour. At the heart of the intervention is a focus on slowing down and becoming deliberate in your day to day actions and thoughts, thus bringing an increased awareness of the external environment and to the internal experience of the body and mind. It allows thoughts and feelings to be observed from a distance, without misinterpretation. Mindfulness helps people to step out of their conditioning and see issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, self acceptance, and emotional trauma from a clearer perspective.

This three day intensive mindfulness workshop will provide attendees with an opportunity to develop, practice and refine the skills and techniques that are central to this popular approach. The training will be a blend of experiential, practical information & discussions and will provide the opportunity to deepen your own mindfulness practice personally and in your work with clients of all ages.
Some of the specific areas that Angela will cover include:
  • the use of mindfulness to enhance your own therapeutic presence
  • how mindfulness can create more opportunities to increase your therapeutic intuition, flexibility & creativity
  • recent research into the neuroscience of mindfulness, & how using mindfulness can produce changes in your clients' (and your) brain
  • structure, functioning & plasticity
  • increasing your understanding of how different mindfulness exercises can be utilised with different clients, and for which problems
  • and how to get the timing right.
  • how to use mindfulness to establish safety when clients become overwhelmed and when not to use mindfulness at all
This intensive workshop will to build on participants existing understanding of mindfulness with the goal of taking it to the next level. Although attendance at an earlier introductory training course is not a prerequisite a basic level of understanding about the core principles of the approach is required by those planing to attend.

Dr Angela Morgan (PhD) is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the application of mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. Angela lectures in psychology at Griffith University in Queensland. She also maintains a successful private practice and provides clinical supervision. Angela has received numerous awards and commendations for her teaching. Her contemporary knowledge of this topic, when combined with her endearing presentation style and strong focus on practical applications, mean that this seminar will be extremely beneficial for all helping professionals.
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When:  11-13 December 2017
Where: Commodore Hotel, 449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
Cost:  $749.00 incl GST
To Register: arrow-10online

Polyvagal Teory, Oxytocin & the Neurobiology Of Social Behavior

Presenter: Stephen W. Porges, PhD and C. Sue Carter, PhD
porges-carter 2017-200A TWO DAY WORKSHOP for all healthcare, therapeutic and education professionals, including a network dinner with the guest Professors. Understanding how our nervous system reacts to and recovers from experiences of threat, stress, and trauma. 
You will learn:
  • Principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory.
  • How health and illness are manifested in the Social Engagement System.
  • The adaptive and maladaptive functions of neuroception.
  • How the vagal brake regulates behavioural and emotional reactivity.
  • How the Polyvagal Theory provides insights into clinical assessment and treatment.
  • How oxytocin contributes to a neurobiology of social bonding and love.
  • How oxytocin is involved in regulating stress and enhancing health.
  • How oxytocin mediates the impact of social support, social bonds, and trusting relationships on physical and mental health.
  • How oxytocin and vasopressin act as “neuromodulators” within the theoretical context of Polyvagal Theory.
Stephen W. Porges, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Initiative within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioural & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. 

C. Sue Carter, PhD is Director of the Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she co-directed the Brain-Body Centre in the Department of Psychiatry. She formerly held the position of Distinguished University Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and prior to that was Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr Carter is past president of the International Behavioural Neuroscience Society and holds fellow status in that Society and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award. She has authored more than 275 publications, including editorship of 5 books including Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis (MIT Press, 2006). Dr Carter discovered the important role that oxytocin plays in establishment of social bonds and parental behaviour.
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When:  Friday 23 & Saturday 24 February 2018
Where: Addington Events Centre, Christchurch
Cost:  $350-$400 plus gst.
Brochure:  arrow-10download
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Specialist Training in Working with Couples

Presenter: Brenda Rawlings
Brenda Rawlings couples counselling workshop new zealandCouples work can be dynamic, stimulating and highly effective using the structured processes inherent in Imago. Experience the depth and beauty of this work in creating connection between couples. At the same time enable increased passion, greater differentiation, and freedom from painful attachment cycles. 

This professional training in Imago Relationship Therapy, enables therapists to work effectively with couples. Health professionals will leave this training skilled in holding couples safely and constructively, able to listen to each other empathically, move out of their negative cyclic interactional patterns and rediscover joy. 

This training gives an overview of Imago theory and clinical practice. It offers an indepth understanding of relational dynamics from both an attachment and developmental perspective, incorporating developments from both clinical research and neuroscience. This module introduces therapists to the Relational Paradigm, and what it means to view couple dynamics through this lens. Students will be introduced to the practice of the Imago Dialogue through both clinical and experiential work and receive an introduction to the impact of neuro-biological functioning on couple relationships, the need to integrate the positive (including the Appreciation Dialogue), and clear steps for relationship repair which promote safety and connection. 

This is a 2 day training (Days 1&2) and can be taken independently without proceeding further with the additional 10 days of training (Days 3-7 and Days 8-12). 

Brenda Rawlings MNZAC, has been specialising in working with couples since 1998 and she presents Imago Clinical Training for Counsellors, Psychologists and Psychotherapists in both New Zealand and Australia. Her trainings have also been well received internationally. She was Dean of the Imago International Institute (USA) from 2012 to 2017 and recipient of the Harville Hendrix Award for Clinical Excellence. She has also participated in trainings in most major couples modalities and brings this expertise into this dynamic two day training. 
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When:  06/07 April 2018
Where: Christchurch (Petersgate Counselling Centre)
Cost: $395 Early Bird one month prior, $450 Std
Contact:  Marg Hargreaves
Brochure:  arrow-10download
To register:  arrow-10online