Professional Development Day 2019 - 2 August 2019

A day of professional development is being held on Friday 2 August 2019, in Wellington at the Harbourside Function Venue, Taranaki Street Wharf (next to Circa Theatre, near Te Papa and above the Mac's Brewery Bar)

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Registrations are now closed

All registrations will be confirmed via a receipt.  Do not arrive on the day without  confirmation.

The cost is $190 for the day for members and $220 for non-members

A half day registration is available: $100 for members and $130 for non-members 

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you are unable to attend and advise us 10 days before the event we can refund your registration fee.  If you advise us within 10 days of the event NO REFUND is possible.

Workshops and speakers (with some details to be confirmed):

Puawananga Kaitiakitanga: with Teina Piripi and Gay Puketapu-Andrews 

The NZAC Maori Roopu have developed guidelines for undertaking Puawananga Kaitiakitanga (formerly known as cultural competence) in relation to counselling practice.  This workshop is an interactive session that uses Tihei-Wa Mauri Ora and introduces the Let's Get Real modules

Health Information, Privacy and Counselling: Kathryn Dalziel

This interactive session will provide participants with an overview of the Health Information Privacy Code and its application to counselling.  Topics include: 

  • Key concepts and definitions; 
  • Understanding the Health Information Privacy Rules;
  • Practical application of the rules to issues in counselling;
  • The complaints process; and
  • Best practice privacy tools.

Kathryn is a barrister sole at Walker Street Chambers in Christchurch specialising in employment and privacy law as well as civil litigation.  In her career, she has worked as a senior Crown prosecutor, headed the employment/litigation team as a partner in a boutique Christchurch law firm, and lectured in employment law, privacy and legal ethics at the University of Canterbury.  Kathryn is known nationally and internationally as one of New Zealand's leading experts in Privacy Law.  She is an approved seminar leader for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and her work on information privacy has been published in “Health Care and the Law (4th ed)”; and “Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer”.  She is on the editorial board of the Employment Law Bulletin, and board member of a number of Charitable Trusts.  Kathryn is regularly asked to comment on privacy and employment matters on national television, radio and in print media

Applying, upgrading and interviewing for membership: with the Membership Committee

A workshop for Provisional Members, their current supervisors and those who wish to become supervisors with Provisional Members.  A workshop that will explore the guidelines for the applications to assist everyone to complete these to a high standard.  Time will also be spent on the interview process - what to expect.

Professional Writing: with Mandy Pentecost and Rhonda Pritchard 

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to two areas of professional writing. 

Reflection - thinking and writing about your practice

Critical reflection allows us to become aware of how we come to our learning and knowledge, puts us in touch with our “blind spots, deaf spots and dumb spots,” brings to the fore the conversations we do not have with ourselves and helps us get in touch with our own integrity and authenticity Michael Carroll.

Reflecting is one way to maintain accountability for ongoing development of our counselling practice.  NZAC requires us to write reflectively in the Membership and CPD processes.  In this workshop we will unpack the elements of effective reflection, and apply some simple frameworks for critical reflection

Mandy Pentecost has worked in tertiary education, including counsellor education, for 35 years. Her counselling work has mostly been in the NGO sector. She is the East Coast Hawkes Bay representative on National Executive

Report Writing - counsellors communicating with other professionals

Report writing is not usually part of the curriculum of counselling training courses. In reality most counsellors find themselves working with clients whose counselling is being funded by agencies and government funded bodies such as ACC, The Court, DHBs, Government ministries and departments.  Counsellors are often required to provide some sort of written record which can be read by others. Some clients also ask counsellors for reports, letters, affidavits, or some form of written account for their own purposes. Our job involves communicating in writing with other professionals

To meet these particular needs and requirements most of us have had to learn what to write and how to write on the job. We need to learn the language of the agency and the receiver - to be ‘person centred’ in our writing, to understand the needs and expectations of the receiver and the exact purpose of the report or letter we are sending. We also need to know what the scope and limits of our education and training has equipped us to report. We are expected to meet not just basic literacy standards but a level and style of professional writing that the justice, health and mental health community expects and respects

This short introduction to the topic of report writing is designed to encourage us to review our principles and practices in this area and to identify what we might do to undertake this kind of task with greater clarity and to produce a document that is fit for purpose

Rhonda Pritchard has been in practice as a counsellor, supervisor, and trainer for over 40 years. She has been a Convenor of the Ethics Committee of NZAC, the initial Coordinator of the CPD programme, a researcher on homicide in families, a Member of the Parole Board and is the author of four books on family relationships

Supervising with NZAC members - the competence areas and the CPD process: Christine Macfarlane (the National Executive CPD Audit Portfolio Manager) and Supervision Committee representatives

Are you a supervisor who wants to learn more about incorporating the NZAC CPD process in to your supervision?  Are you a supervisee who wants some tips on the CPD process as you bring that to supervision?  This workshop will explore the CPD process and how we can ensure the time in supervision is used well to support the CPD process. 

ACT Therapy - with Giselle Bahr

What is ACT?  How do you pronounce it?  How is it different from other therapies?   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an action-oriented, mindfulness-based approach which has both personal and professional relevance and can be used with a wide range of clients and situations.  This brief workshop will introduce you to ACT’s approach to alleviating human distress using a mixture of didactic presentation and experiential excercises.

Giselle Bahr is a Wellington clinical psychologist working in private practice. Since a colleague serendipitously introduced her to ACT in 2008 she has immersed herself in ACT training, reading, conferencing and practising.  In 2014 she co-founded the Wellington ACT Centre with Ben Sedley and John Moffat.  As well as seeing clients and providing supervision Giselle runs ACT based parenting groups and offers ACT training courses.  Her special interests include trauma and abuse, parenting, identity and emotional distress.    Previously she worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and taught in Victoria University’s clinical training programme

Working with queer and gender diverse (LGBTQ+) youth - Frances Arns (Executive Director, RainbowYOUTH) and Victoria Trow (Support Manager, RainbowYOUTH).

This workshop will provide practical tools for participants to work effectively with queer and gender diverse (LGBTQ+) young people, and is tailored for non-LGBTQ+ identifying practitioners. We will provide an overview of gender and sexuality, and then focus on how you can create safe, inclusive therapeutic environments for queer and gender diverse youth. The workshop will be interactive and conversational. LGBTQ+ practitioners are welcome of course, and will be able to contribute to the kōrero and learning if they wish.

Caucus: NZAC has a commitment to Te Tiriti so some time is spent in two caucus groups.  Maori members gather in one group.  Tauiwi members gather in another.  Following feedback last year more time has been allocated to the caucus time.  Also, an opportunity within the Tauiwi caucus time will be given for discussion groups to form according to cultural identity.

Te reo hāpai - The Language of enrichment.  Keri Opai will round out the day with a presentation about Te Reo in health

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you are unable to attend and advise us 10 days before the event we can refund your registration fee.  If you advise us within 10 days of the event NO REFUND is possible.


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