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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.

The Essentials of Psychosynthesis

Presenter: Nicholas Williams & Avreal Semple

The “essentials” 6-day course brings insight into how we relate to our experiences, each other, and to the world. In a supportive group environment, simple and powerful experiential tools give participants new perspectives on their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences. We discover the healing path of acceptance and integration, leading to synthesis: choosing who we may be.

As practical and applicable outcomes participants find:
  • new life skills and techniques
  • renewed purpose
  • reduced tension or overwhelm
  • new possibilities

Expect a diverse range of people from different paths. Some are curious, seeking a greater sense of wholeness or fulfilment in life. Others are already involved in personal development, perhaps with a psychosynthesis practitioner. Some may be counsellors, coaches, or teachers, seeking a more inclusive or evolutionary context for their work. Others may be looking to find better ways of managing stress or burnout from professional, community work or social change activities.

The Essentials can be undertaken as a standalone personal development training, or as a pre-requisite course to follow on with the Certificate in Psychosynthesis Integration.

  • Mind and Psyche in Psychosynthesis
  • Body, Feeling, Thinking
  • Our Way to the World
  • Subpersonalities
  • Organising our Responses
  • Identification and Disidentification – non-attachment and freedom
  • Creativity – the Patterns of Inspiration
  • Accessing the Superconscious
  • Life stage, Crisis, Awakening Purpose – or All the Above?
  • Motivation and Will – Discovering Choice and Alignment\Building Relationship with Self & Others
  • Psyche, Synthesis and Evolution
  • Making It Work – the Act of Will

Nicholas is passionate about supporting well-being and learning for individuals, organisations and communities. He has 20 years experience in primary, secondary, and adult education and is currently employed with Springboard Trust as a programme facilitator providing leadership development for school principals. Nicholas completed a Diploma in Psychosynthesis counselling in 2010 and has since applied his skills in education and leadership. Has a particular interest in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and supporting cross-cultural understanding and relationships.

Avrael’s journey with psychosynthesis began in the early 1990’s, returning to qualify as a Psychosynthesis counsellor in 2007 and completed her Psychosynthesis psychotherapy training in 2018. Becoming a therapist was a natural transition from being a Registered Nurse where she specialised in Oncology/Haematology and Palliative Care. Avrael has always felt the importance of supporting others through the difficult times. In her role as a psychotherapist and facilitator she is passionate about empowering clients to make conscious choices that enable them to discover the “more than” what they know about themselves.
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When:  22-24 & 29-31 October 2021
Where:  Mary Potter Centre, 442 Durham Street North, Christchurch 8014
Cost:  The “Essentials” 6-Day Course costs $950
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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.
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When:  Saturday 7th August 2021, 1- 4.30 pm
Where:  Christchurch
Cost:  $150, or $120 if registered 4 weeks in advance. 
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For more information or to register: contact Lena through