Education & Training

Training and courses to help deal with a variety of challenging situations

Professional development workshops

Workshops will cater to a range of experience levels given the strengths based nature of facilitation and the tailoring of the session to attendees learning needs and level. Programs are relevant across a range of sectors and a range of professionals working in the health and community services field.

Price includes GST, comprehensive notes, lunch, morning & afternoon tea. Group size is 40 participants maximum.

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Unlocking Trauma via P.L.A.Y.- 'Play, Laughter, Art & You!'

Presented by: Donna Zander with panel of experts

Date: Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th of September 2020 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWWE were all children and young people once, first we PLAYED then we "HUNG OUT" and now we WORK. This two day workshop will explore the theoretical underpinnings of trauma work with children and young people in the context of the neurobiological impact including on the social engagement system. PLAY and the experiential use of the self via the tools of play, laughter, art and other creative therapies/strategies will be demonstrated. It will explore issues such as observation, trauma assessment, suitability for PLAY therapy and therapy type, the use of language, the use of the self, transference, counter-transference and resistance. Such strategies will be explored in the context of working individually, in groups and in families.

Learning outcomes

Participants will: 1. Understand the impact of trauma on the development of the child and young person's brain and subsequent behavioural responses and therapeutic enrichment and intervention strategies. 2. Develop P.L.A.Y. strategies to confront avoidance behaviours and educate children and young people about the purpose these behaviours serve for them. 3. Learn about P.L.A.Y. as the language and strategies as the words to transform trauma and find solutions to its behavioural manifestations. 4. Develop P.L.A.Y based practice skills in trauma assessment and neurobiological intervention and transformation in a range of contexts. Have fun so wear comfortable relaxed PLAY clothes!

Price: $260.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $240.00

Venue: ZOOM

GST Inclusive

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Trauma Informed Care - Creating Sanctuary for the S.E.L.F.

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Monday 5th of October 2020 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWThe personal impact of understanding & responding to individuals, families and communities affected by disasters and trauma can have a deleterious or inspirational effect. Those working in this area can be significantly affected both physically & emotionally. The self-narratives of workers can parallel those of their affected community - sometimes filled with uncertainty, fear & helplessness. This workshop will explore the ways vicarious trauma can affect you and your organisation & provide interventions to assist & strategies to reduce the impact.This workshop will theoretically and experientially explore the ways vicarious trauma can affect you and provide interventions to assist so be prepared to look at the SELF.

Learning outcomes

Participants will: Learn how to implement trauma sensitive practice; Avoid parallel process and create sanctuary for the victims and survivors of trauma and for those who care for them in their journey to recovery; Develop an understanding of the Sanctuary and the neurobiology of trauma and be able to draw upon these as models for individual support, service and organisational change and; Will identify and develop strategies for transforming the impact of vicarious trauma through effective participation in integrated models of supervision and stress reduction techniques.

Price: $150.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $130.00

Venue: ZOOM

GST Inclusive

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Unraveling Trauma, Mental Health & Disability with Jeanette Shepherd of Focus Ability

Presented by: Donna Zander & Jeanette Shepherd FocusAbility

Date: Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of October 2020 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASW

Price: $260.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $240.00

Venue: ZOOM

GST Inclusive

Don't miss out - closing soon!

'Let's Beat Counting Sheep!' - Conquering Sleep Post Trauma

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of October 2020 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWLet's Beat Counting Sheep - conquering sleep post trauma (2 days) Like sufferers, practitioners often avoid the issue of sleep in trauma treatment. A CBT-based approach has emerged as the 'treatment of choice' for managing sleep difficulties in trauma presentations. Sleep disruption is both a strategy and an effect of violence, abuse and trauma which profoundly effects the lives of people who have suffered. This workshop traces the interconnections between the patterns of sleeping (not sleeping), the insomnia's and the parasomnias for adults, young people and children. Many survivors experience nightmares, bed-wetting, night panic and disrupted sleep patterns following trauma. Recovery of the ability to sleep is often slow and uneven with interactive effects. Sleep difficulties impair night functioning, reduce quality of life and can cause secondary health problems. The workshop will explore proven evidence based therapeutic strategies to improve night time happenings and help to make new positive dreams come true!. Issues relating to treatment implementation and factors that mediate sufferers' responses are examined, including clinical outcomes utilising a range of case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and develop skills in I.R.T.

Learning outcomes

Participants will: 1. Increase their knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and processes underpinning sleep in children and adults and the impact of trauma on such processes. 2. Increase knowledge of appropriate trauma sleep assessment and intervention models. 3. Be provided with the appropriate skills in assessing, intervening and supporting the long term recovery of sleep. 4. Develop creative and proven effective intervention tools for their tool box including skills in creative dreaming and I.R.T.

Price: $260.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $240.00

Venue: ZOOM

GST Inclusive

Unlocking Trauma- 'Keys to Exposing Exposure Therapy and C.B.T.'

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of November 2020 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWUnlocking Trauma -Exploring the Exposure therapy and CBT Key (2 days) Exposure treatments using C.B.T. have emerged in response to the need for more intensive, direct and effective interventions for anxiety and stress disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and they are the key evidenced based treatment. This two day workshop, covers the fundamentals of exposure treatment and its many variants. It describes how it is used in the treatment, and offers guidelines for the use of this technique within a comprehensive approach to the treatment of PTSD. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of exposure therapy and its many variants, describe how it is used in the treatment of PTSD, and to offer guidelines for when to use this potentially very effective technique within a comprehensive approach to treating PTSD. It will be skills based including hands on experience and practice in triads and small groups of phases of exposure and include demonstrations of the Foa Prolonged Exposure model and stages of treatment

Learning outcomes

1. Gain knowledge of the research underpinning the evidence base of exposure therapy in PTSD treatment, the principles and the structure of the therapy. 2. Gain knowledge of the structure of safe trauma treatment and the skills to prepare clients for exposure in 'single incident' and complex trauma presentations. 3. Develop skills in teaching trauma psycho education, effect management, distress tolerance and the rationale for exposure to clients. 4. Increased confidence and competence in undertaking prolonged exposure and understanding the role of C.B.T. within the process.

Price: $260.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $240.00

Venue: ZOOM

GST Inclusive

Taming Traumatic Anger

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Friday 27th of November 2020 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWAnger is a prominent & difficult emotion presenting across a variety of clinical disorders. It is a little understood clinical problem that impacts severely on the individual & those close to them. It is related to negative treatment outcomes & often poses significant challenges to the clinician. This one day workshop covers a range of topics, including the importance of treating anger, especially as it applies to stress and trauma-related presentations; epidemiology of anger; major current theories & treatments (evidence-based & not) about anger; evidence for what works in C.B.T.; the need to manage our own reactions to angry and "tricks of the trade".

Learning outcomes

Participants will have been provided with information to enable them to: Recognise the importance of assertively treating anger problems and understand the evidence relating to such; Better assess anger problems; Better apply efficacious treatments to anger; and, Better look after the self in working with angry clients.

Price: $150.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $130.00

Venue: ZOOM

GST Inclusive

Advanced P.L.A.Y. 'Let's Get Physical!' - Music & Movement, Drama & Dance in Transforming Trauma - MELBOURNE

Presented by: Donna Zander - with panel of experts

Date: Monday 14th of December 2020 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWFollowing on from the huge success of the experiential P.L.A.Y. workshop is 'Let's Get Physical' with its focus on the use of drama and dance in therapy for children and young people who have experienced trauma. The program integrates a neurobiological model of trauma with experiential activities that can be used which promote healthy brain development, body growth and unlock trauma as it manifests itself in the body. It draws from the modalities of: sensory motor psychotherapy; mindfulness; massage music, dance and drama therapy. Dance heals the mind, body and the soul and drama allows the trauma narrative to be acted out thereby creating new meaning and story.

Learning outcomes

Participants will: 1. Understand the impact of trauma on the development of the child and young person's brain and subsequent behavioural responses and therapeutic enrichment and intervention strategies. 2. Develop dance and drama strategies to confront avoidance behaviours and educate children and young people about the purpose these behaviours serve for them. 3. Learn about music, dance and drama as the language to transform trauma in the body and find solutions to its behavioural manifestations. 4. Develop music, dance and drama based practice skills for use in trauma assessment, and neurobiological and body intervention in a range of work based contexts. Have fun so come in clothes suitable to move in!

Price: $250.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $230.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive