Are you a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist?

btn join

Professional Development in Canterbury

Professional Development in Canterbury

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.

Counselling Youth on the Autism Spectrum

Presenter: Arletta van den Bosch and Abigail Baya

Gain a deeper understanding of your autistic clients and learn practical evidence-based strategies you can use in your practice tomorrow.

This 11-hour professional development training will be practical, using evidence-based strategies that you can individualise for your clients. You will be learning by doing, developing a deeper understanding of the autism spectrum and how to translate this into your practice. You will come away with a toolkit/kete full of practical ideas, strategies, and resources to use immediately in your sessions. The training will be co-facilitated by Arletta and Abi, ASD counsellors with combined total of 25 years’ experience working in the field of autism. Both Arletta and Abi are experienced groups facilitators and trainers who teach in a practical fun way where learners leave feeling confident in applying their learning. This training will be of particular interest to therapists, counsellors and professionals working in a therapeutic setting with young people on the autism spectrum and/or their families. This training will be suitable for professionals with both limited and advanced ASD knowledge and useful to professionals working with other neurodiverse clients. A basic understanding of ASD would be ideal. 

Key Learning points:
  • Understanding your clients with ASD (their strengths, challenges, and processing differences).
  • Translating our ASD knowledge into our practice
  • Evidence based strategies for youth with ASD
  • Modifications for practice
  • Adjustments for counselling style
  • What does the research say on ASD and counselling
  • Ways to work more collaboratively with families and schools
  • Incorporating visual strategies into your practice
  • How to write a social story or comic strip
  • Using structure and routines to support your clients
  • Sensory differences and needs in counselling
  • Supporting social skill development
  • Understanding anxiety and emotional regulation in ASD
  • How to support generalisation of skills into their everyday life (including families, schools, and communities around your clients)

Arletta van den Bosch: I am a full member of NZAC, and have been working as a child and family counsellor for 17 years. I have specialized in ASD for the last 9 years. I did an Educational Masters in Autism at Griffith University in Brisbane, with a special interest in ASD and anxiety. I worked part time for 8 years at a charity supporting families with ASD, and provided workshops, training, and PD on autismrelated topics. I now work full time in private practice, working mainly with clients with ASD, their families and communities.

Abigail Baya: I am a full member of NZAC, a registered Arts Therapist and accredited supervisor with ANZACATA. I have worked within ASD specialist roles for the last 15 years providing individual therapy, social skills groups, parent support, behaviour support, parent education, group facilitation, ASD training and supervision. I currently work as a Supervising Behaviour Specialist at Explore Specialist Advice providing ASD education and intervention-based support to families. I also provide clinical supervision through my private practice with a specialty focus in ASD, wider disability support and group facilitation.
autism youth workshop
When:  Friday 14th May 2021 9:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 15th May 9:00am -4:00pm
Where:  Central Christchurch based venue TBC (training dependant on minimum numbers of registrations)
Cost:  $495 including GST. This two-day training includes welcoming refreshments, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea catering, workbook, and PD certificate
Brochure:  arrow-10download
To Register: arrow-10online 

Eating Disorders and Other Eating Issues: an introduction 

Presenter: Lena Cromartie

This half-day in-person training for talk therapists provides an introduction to understanding and responding to eating disorders and other eating issues. The information is based on the latest research as well as clinical experience, and some experiential exercises are included. Prior experience with a range of eating issues, or attendance at the online training ‘Eating Issues: The Fundamentals’ is a pre-requisite.

Key learning points include:
  • Knowing the main types of eating issues and eating disorders
  • Understanding causes: the role of genes and the environment
  • Assessing for risk and readiness to change
  • Developing a therapeutic alliance/working alliance with your client
  • Working with your client: first steps
  • Multidisciplinary work and referring to other services
  • ANZAED eating disorder treatment principles & clinical practice standards 

For 10 years, Lena Cromartie (PG Dip Counselling, Dip Life Coaching, Dip Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders) ran a busy private practice dedicated to clients with eating issues. She is a full member of NZAC, an accredited registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and the author of Bingeing, Dieting and You: 30 things every woman needs to know.
lena cromartie 2021-150
When:  Saturday 7th August 2021, 1- 4.30 pm
Where:  Christchurch
Cost:  $150, or $120 if registered 4 weeks in advance. 
Brochure:  arrow-10download
For more information or to register: contact Lena through