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Nutritional Therapies for Psychological Symptoms

Presenter: Prof Julia Rucklidge
Julia Rucklidge workshop christchurchIn this workshop, Prof Rucklidge will discuss the data that describe an alarming picture of food choices serving as risk factors to all kinds of psychiatric problems. She will describe dietary patterns and food choices that have been supported by scientific evidence. She will then introduce the recent paradigm shift of using broad based micronutrients, probiotics and other nutrients like omega 3s to treat these challenges, reviewing the hypothesized mechanisms of action and the evidence to date. The talk will challenge our current treatment regime for mental disorders and suggest one alternative course of action. She will discuss practical ways that psychologists could implement this research into every day practice alongside psychological treatments.

Julia Rucklidge is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she joined the Department of Psychology where she teaches child psychology in the Clinical Psychology Programme and introduced the topic of Mental Health and Nutrition into the wider psychology programme. Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. In the last decade, she has been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and stress associated with the Canterbury earthquakes. She is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments to medications for their psychiatric symptoms.
When: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:30am - 4pm
Where: YMCA, 12 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Cost: free for ICP Member/ICP Student, $30 NZPsS student, $150 NZPsS Member, $210 Non member.
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Developmental Trauma & Attachment Disorganisation: intervention & care

Presenter: Dan Hughes, Ph.D.
Dan Hughes workshops new zealandCompass Seminars is delighted to announce a New Zealand speaking tour with influential US psychologist, author and speaker Dr Dan Hughes. Dan developed Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) for professionals and families who care for young people who have experienced developmental trauma and have resulting difficulties in their neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioural development. In this 1-day presentation, the central role of attachment in enabling an individual to resolve conflicts and traumatic experiences, develop affect regulation and reflective functioning, and establish a coherent narrative will be explored.  Principles and strategies for both psychological intervention and daily care which draw on an understanding of attachment, trauma, and neurodevelopmental processes will be presented and discussed. Some of the specific content areas Dan will present include:
  • Understanding the differences between safety-based and trauma-based neuropsychological development
  • The symptoms of developmental trauma and disorganised attachment
  • Attachment security, intersubjectivity, and their developmental effects
  • The key components of Dyadic Developmental Practice with young people and their caregivers (including case and video examples)
  • Caregiving principles and interventions - the characteristics of day-to-day care
  • Keys to enhancing secure attachment for traumatised young people
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When: Monday 19th June 2017, 9am-3.30pm
Where: Commodore Hotel, 449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
Cost: $245 price includes lunch and tea break catering and presentation notes
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Childhood Anxiety

Presenter: Dr Allison Waters & Dr Trisha Groth
Childhood Anxiety is often overlooked or misinterpreted as being a behavioural or developmental problem. While some anxiety is a normal part of childhood, around 12 per cent of children develop a diagnosable disorder, experiencing fear, nervousness, and shyness, and avoiding places and activities. Without intervention these children are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and experience physical complaints such as sleeplessness, diarrhoea, stomach aches and headaches. Fortunately, when properly recognised and managed, anxiety disorders are very treatable. Years of psychological research has shown that short cognitive behavioural interventions will help anxious children cope better both socially and scholastically as well as avoid a possible lifetime of debilitating emotional distress.

The key themes of this workshop will include
  • Recognising behaviours suggestive of anxiety disorders, and differentiating anxiety from other problems with similar symptoms.
  • An overview of the most common anxiety disorders in childhood and early adolescence and the common factors that contribute to their development
  • The impact of anxiety on learning and development, peer relationships and family life
  • Tools to assist in assessment of childhood anxiety problems
  • Effective strategies for working with anxious children which have applicability across a range of professional contexts.  Particular attention will be paid to strategies for enhancing interventions based on the latest research on cognitive and exposure-based strategies.
children and anxiety workshop christchurchDr Allison Waters is Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University in Queensland  where she runs the Childhood Anxiety Disorders Research Programme. She specialises in the cognitive-neuroscience of anxiety disorders in children and integrates this knowledge into intervention research and clinical practice. Dr Trisha Groth is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice on the Gold Coast who specialises in working with child and youth anxiety. Trisha has unique experience specialising in the application of the latest knowledge on cognitive and exposure-based principles into clinical practice. Based on their combined research and clinical experience, Allison and Trisha created the highly effective 'Take Action' children's anxiety programme. This workshop integrates their combined research and practice knowledge and the content contained in the programme to offer participants a suite of practical ideas for effectively intervening with children experiencing anxiety.
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When: Thursday 28th September 2017, 9am - 3pm
Where: Commodore Hotel, 449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
Cost: $245 price includes lunch and tea break catering and presentation notes
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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.
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