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Introduction to Transactional Analysis TA101

Presenter: Janette Plummer
The TA 101 is an internationally recognized course that provides the introductory overview and concepts of Transactional Analysis. Transactional Analysis is widely recognized as a way to understand ourselves and how we relate with others. It is also a method used by many in the helping professions, such as teachers, counsellors, psychologists, the medical profession and in voluntary and community groups. The TA 101 course is open to anyone who wants to improve their relationships with friends, family and work colleagues.

Upon completion of the TA101, a certificate will be issued from the International Transactional Analysis Association. The TA 101 course is also a pre-requisite for those wanting to become a Certified Transactional Analyst, and who then wish to pursue registration as a psychotherapist with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand. The full Certified Transactional Analysis (psychotherapy) programme will be offered in Hastings in 2017.

Janette Plummer is a Certified Transactional Analyst and registered psychotherapist currently in private practice in Hastings. She has had extensive involvement working in NGO’s and private practice specializing in addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and personal relating issues. Janette has a MSC in psychotherapy from Middlesex University and holds registrations with ITAA, PBANZ, NZAP, DAPAANZ, as well as being a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA).
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When: Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, 2017. 
Where: Hastings
Cost:  $287.50 including GST.
Brochure: arrow-10download
To register: Please email: [email protected] Final date for registration is February 10th, 2017. Numbers are limited to 15, and a minimum number of 10 participants are required. Full fees for the TA 101 are required by February 10th, 2017.

Living with Stuff that Sucks: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Young People

Presenter: Dr Ben Sedley
Ben Sedley 2017-150Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported therapeutic approach that draws on behavioural and mindfulness principles to help people make space for painful thoughts and feelings and instead turn their focus towards values. ACT is rapidly growing in popularity internationally and is being used successfully with people experiencing a range of life challenges including low mood, worries, difficult behaviour, anger, anxiety, and  interpersonal or family conflict.  This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of ACT with a specific focus on its successful application with younger people.   
Ben will demonstrate and expand on ideas presented in his book ‘Stuff that Sucks’, including:
  • An introduction to the ACT model and how to adapt the core principles of ACT to make it resonate with young people
  • Reconciling developmental challenges of adolescents with ACT ideas, and normalising the range and extent of teen suffering
  • The importance of Validation, Perspective Taking and Metaphor in the therapeutic process
  • Helping young people let go of their struggle against the Stuff that Sucks (self-critical thoughts and painful emotions)
  • Talking about the Stuff that is Here and Now (Mindfulness) in ways that make sense to adolescents
  • Helping young people identify the Stuff that Matters (Values) and ways in which they can move towards these
  • The importance of involving parents in the therapeutic process and challenging their perceptions of their child’s struggles
  • Helping clients learn from their experiences and active exercises in session, rather than being taught by a clinician
Ben Sedley, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, author and ACT therapist based in Wellington. He splits his time between his work as a clinical practice advisor for the Psychology programme at Victoria University, and his own successful private practice. He has worked in both New Zealand and the UK in a range of clinical settings, utilising ACT to assist adolescents and adults. Ben is the author of ‘Stuff that Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can.' 
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When: Monday 27th March 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Mission Estate Winery, 198 Church Road, Napier
Cost: $235 incl GST
More info and to register: arrow-10see website