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Managing Risk in Young People: effective assessment and therapeutic strategies for suicidal and self-harm behaviour

Presenter: Dr Kirsten Davis
Kirsten Davis  suicide workshop whangareiSuicide is the most common cause of death for young New Zealanders. Every year there are also 2500 hospital admissions for intentional self-harm injuries.  When distressed, suicidal and/or self-harm thoughts or actions are often strategies used in an attempt to regulate emotion. The development of more effective strategies is imperative to support young people to move towards recovery. Suicidal and self-harming behaviours are challenging to work with and many professionals view this work as being complicated and anxiety provoking. This workshop is for professionals who work with young people and will increase understanding, confidence and competence in how to recognise and appropriately respond to suicidal ideation or self-harming behaviour when they encounter it in their work. 

Some of the key content Kirsten will discuss includes:
  • How self-harm differs from but also contributes to suicidal risk.
  • Engaging and effective assessment strategies for suicidal and self-harm behaviour which assist to conceptualise the function of the behaviour within the wider context.
  • How to teach and generalise effective and practical skills to regulate emotion.
  • How to develop protocols to guide the management of behaviour in a crisis. How to engage the wider system in supporting the young person.
  • How to support the families in developing strategies to more effectively support their young person and increase awareness of contingencies reinforcing suicidal and/or self-harm behaviour.
This practical and interactive workshop will be relevant to all counselling and helping professionals working with young people across the health, education, welfare and NGO sectors. 

Dr Kirsten Davis is an Auckland-based Clinical Psychologist, trainer, consultant and supervisor who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. She has a particular interest in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and has been involved in the development, implementation and coordination of DBT Programs in both the health and care and protection sectors. Kirsten’s engaging presentation style, combined with her extensive experience of successfully working with distressed young people mean this is a workshop not to be missed for any professional seeking to strengthen their knowledge of ‘best practice’ interventions with young people at risk of self-harm or suicide.
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When: Monday 6th November 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Distinction Hotel Whangarei, 9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei
Cost: $230 incl GST
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Understanding Autism and Social Skills Workshop

Presenter: Arletta van den Bosch (Child and Family Counsellor), Christine Farquharson (NZROT) and Gera Verheul
The Children’s Autism Foundation presents present this interactive 3 hour workshop, you will gain knowledge about the autism spectrum and how you can best support a young person, as a parent/carer or a professional. These workshops provide practical tools and strategies that you can easily implement in the home, school & community.
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When: 16 November 2017, 9am – 12 pm
Where: NorthAble, 40 John Street, Whangarei
Cost: FREE to families and carers that register or $40 for professionals (unless you bring a family with you).
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‘Hands On’ Autism

Presenter: Arletta van den Bosch - Family & Child Counsellor, Gera Verheul - Services Manager, Christine Farquharson - Occupational Therapist, Joline Zwart - Family Consultant
Our team of Family Consultants will guide you through this interactive, full-day workshop on Autism Spectrum. You will take away practical strategies to help your child thrive in the home or school setting and in their wider community.

Participants will learn: 
  • Guide to Autism – understanding autism and how it presents in a young person
  • Strategies for Behaviour – practical strategies to help reduce challenging behaviour
  • Sensory Issues – learn about sensory issues and sensitivities in relation to autism
  • Dealing with Anxiety – examples of social interactions that lead to anxiety and how to best support a young person through it
Our workshop is for family/whānau/caregivers, educators and support staff, health professionals, and anyone working or living with a child with autism.
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When: Friday, 17 November, 9am-4pm 2017, 9am – 12 pm
Where: Cornerstone – Whare Karakia o Manako, Cnr Kerikeri Road and Heritage Bypass, Kerikeri
Cost: FREE FOR FAMILIES AND CARERS. $140/person for professionals (unless you bring a family with you). Catering included.
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