Advertiser Issue 3
Welcome to the 3rd edition of the NZAC Advertiser for 2022!
We have a small edition this month but there are some fantastic new opportunities to develop your career with some workshops and information on the upcoming NZAC Conference, to be held in July at Wharewaka Function Centre, Wellington.
Please also check out the latest job vacancies as these are updated regularly.
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Upcoming NZAC Conference:
This conference is our first hybrid delivery with both in person and virtual tickets available.
It begins on Thursday 28 July at midday and ends on Friday 29 July at 5.30pm.
Our key note speakers are our very own Christine MacFarlane, NZAC president and Gay Puketapu-Andrews, Te Ahi Kaa. We will treasure their last sharings with us as they leave their NZAC leadership roles.
Our second key note is Louise Embleton Tudor from New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists speaking to Tihei Mauri Ora. Our guest speaker is Dr Allyson Davys presenting on Reflection and learning in supervision.
The conference will be hosted in the beautiful venue Wharewaka event centre on the Wellington waterfront. There are amazing ocean views from level 1 and lovely outdoor spaces to chat and relax in.
There are early bird tickets on sale until 6 weeks out, mid June 2022.
For more information on workshops, presenters, venue and registration, please visit the Conference webpage at this link:
We look forward to seeing you there.
The conference working party:
Niccy Fraser, Georgina Wilkinson, Rangi Davis and Sheryl Smith.
Advanced Child-Inclusion Training (Free and Online)
I hope this finds you well. As some of you already know, I am the Director of The Family Matters Centre in Auckland, from where I consult with children and families. I also advise on family justice policy and have been training industry professionals for many years.
My particular research specialisation is working in child-inclusion in mediation: over the past two decades, I have published pioneering research and practised extensively in this area.
Child-Inclusion and Policy
Finally, after much lobbying, the Ministry of Justice is set to evaluate the way child inclusion can be incorporated as a guiding principle in parental dispute resolution in out-of-court settings.
This follows their 2019 review of the Family Court, for which I was invited to advise as a published researcher on family mediation.
Below is a no-cost 60-minute video of my research-backed child-inclusion model. It offers an overview of why this way of working offers such (proven) benefits, and how the model works.
Advanced Child-Inclusion Training (Online )
I am currently finalising participants and dates for my online child-inclusion professional training course. As a former lecturer, upskilling industry practitioners is something I particularly enjoy.
Modules Covered Include:
- crafting the feedback interview with parents,
- working with high and intractable parental conflict,
- the difference between a "voice" and a "choice" for a child, - use of tools and skills for the child interview,
- child-parent contact problems and alienation,
- inclusion of the extended family,
To register your interest in the course and receive more details, email
Feedback from previous training modules attended by family practitioners:
- "Jill has a powerful and engaging interest in her subject. We all learnt so much." - Lawyer for Child, Wellington
- "Jill has a wonderful teaching style and I often hear her voice as I continue to develop my practice."
- FDR Mediator, Auckland
- "The delivery of theory integrated with practical experience made this a very professional training."
- Counselor, Christchurch
Getting child-inclusion right is a matter of urgency for public health. No court order comes close to parents realising the importance of maintaining their child's attachment to them both.
Many thanks, and as ever I remain open to your feedback.
A Practical Introduction to Working with Small Figures in Counselling and Psychotherapy
with John Barton via Zoom
Four afternoons, Saturday and Sunday 7th/8th and 14th/15th May, 2022
Small figure work is a powerful and effective method of working with adults, adolescents and children. Clients
quickly understand themselves from new perspectives and find themselves thinking in new and creative ways.
This workshop will focus on working with adults in the one-to-one setting. The work can be directly applied with couples and families, in supervision and in workplace/ management settings.
Participants who work with children will need to modify the work to suit their clients.
Using small figures enables clients to:
Express and understand their knowledge of the family and social systems they inhabit.
Experience themselves and their stories from both internal and external perspectives.
Connect with feelings and understanding that are held in nonverbal memory. Concretise and thus more fully experience their hopes and wishes for the future.
The Workshop will cover: General principles of small figure work and of combining this work with talk-based methods.
• A specific way of using small figures to work with a client who has a difficult relationship.
• A specific method for bringing to life the memories, feelings and actions of functional roles. This is particularly useful with depressed clients.
• A way of exploring the history of a relationship. This is useful in grief work. It can also be used to celebrate a relationship and to allow expression of things previously unsaid. The teaching will include the use of simple psychodrama techniques.
Plus: Several items selected from the following:
• A way of looking at the client’s social system and the nature of their relationships at earlier times in their life.
• A way of looking at the client’s current social system and their relationships.
• Action Genogram. Making a genogram with the figures and then using this to find further meaning.
- • Working with unwanted repeated behaviour. This has some relevance to addictions.
- The Diamond of Opposites: A way of using the figures to assist in making a decision.
A way for a client to look at their values and how these are enacted in their life.
Working with unwanted repeated behaviour. This has some relevance to addictions.
How to obtain small figures.
The workshop will be experiential and limited to eight participants.
Participants will have the opportunity to be both the client and the therapist. There will also be demonstration and discussion of practical and theoretical aspects of this work. The workshop is likely to be enjoyable and to heighten participants’ appreciation of themselves.
John Barton is a psychotherapist, psychodramatist and Balint group leader. He was a GP for over thirty years, in country NZ and inner city Melbourne. He uses small figures in his own practice and has run this workshop in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.
He has a warmhearted teaching style which shows his enthusiasm for small figure work and his joy in the practice of psychotherapy.
This will be the sixth Zoom workshop. Zoom has proved to be an effective medium for teaching this work.
The workshop is designed so that practitioners from different backgrounds can make sense of using small figures in terms of their own training and thinking.
Small figure work is not a full training, it is more another tool in the therapists toolkit. By the end of the workshop most people will be able to use the figures in their work.
Dates and Times: The workshop will be four sessions, each from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm NZ time, (12 noon to 3:30 pm Melbourne time) on two Saturdays and Sundays; 7th, 8th and 14th/15th May, 2022.
Note: I am also running a Monday Tuesday workshop. If this interests you please let me know.
Cost: $360 (Concession for students and low income earners: $200).
Once you are registered for the workshop a set of thirty figures will be posted to you to use during the workshop. At the end of the workshop the figures used in the workshop (Playmobil toy figures) can be returned or if you wish to keep them the cost is $130.
People are asked to attend the complete workshop.
To register, or for more information contact John Barton:
Email: email@example.com or
Phone +64 (0)27 566 6016
Further information on this work can be seen at www.smallfigures.net
Much of this work was developed by Dr Carlos Raimundo and is called Play of Life. See www.playoflife.com
NB It is expected that all participants will take responsibility for self care if they uncover personal material that is difficult, for instance through access to their own therapist or supervisor.
2022 Trauma Education presented by Dr Leah Giarratano
Treating Complex Trauma: Day 3-4 Auckland CBD on 15-16 September 2022 between 8:30am - 4:30pm
Both programs are also offered internationally online as an engaging self-paced program over three months commencing February, April, July and October or via a two-day highly interactive livestream in March, May June, September and November 2022.
When you register for the self-paced online program, you have access to the same program via livestream during your access period. Please register one month prior to the livestream to ensure your printed materials are delivered in time.
If COVID restrictions happen to affect the 2022 Auckland training, a highly interactive livestream will be offered on the same dates. A refund of the program (fee less card fee) will be provided if you do not wish to complete the program via livestream. A full transfer to 2023 in Auckland is also offered.
For more information about the program refer to this flyer or the link below
For details about these offerings and books by Leah Giarratano refer to https://talominbooks.com/upcoming-training-with-Leah-Giarratano
Please direct your enquiries to Joshua George, firstname.lastname@example.org
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