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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Creating the New Dream!, Treating the Trauma of Domestic and Family Violence - A Feminist Strengths Based CBT Approach - Melbourne

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th July 2017 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWThis workshop is targeted at advanced practitioners either working in a specific counselling role within the family violence field or endeavouring to move into this work. This workshop aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated treatment framework for work with victims and survivors of domestic and family violence trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Violence in the home is like living in a war zone with no escape and the enemy both beside you and within. This experiential two day skills based workshop will combine feminist and strengths based practice and principles with the Cognitive Trauma Treatment (CTT). Learning modules include: trauma history exploration;, negative self-talk monitoring; stress management; P.TSD education; exposure to trauma triggers; overcoming learned helplessness; challenging "supposed to" beliefs; building assertiveness; managing distrust; identifying potential abusers and avoiding revictimisation; managing contact with former partners; managing anger; decision making; self advocacy and; trauma related guilt. This highly structured intervention is deliverable to survivors like no other form of treatment with its procedures being explored in great step by step detail over the two days

Learning outcomes

Participants will: * Develop an understanding of the treatment modality of C.T.T. * Understand how and why C.C.T. as a form of exposure works to effect change in trauma response and traumatic memory * Explore Trauma Assessment and Planning for C.T.T. work * Develop skills and knowledge to the application of C.T.T treatment to PTSD including managing complications and potential difficulties Have fun!

Price: $410.00
AASW CPE approved,APS Members & Students price: $390.00

Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

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'Unlocking Childhood Trauma!' - Keys to Transforming the Body and the Mind - Sydney

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Wednesday 16th of August 2017 (1 day)

Time: 9:30 am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWTrauma in childhood has a significant impact on the developing brain and locks itself down in the body. Children and young people show us this in their behavior and their relationships with others. This one day workshop explores: the most recent research on the impact of trauma on the brain development of children and young people; provides a framework for understanding the effects of trauma for a child's cognitive, social, physical and emotional development and functioning and; explores implications for practice. Participants will explore specific and practical strategies for promoting transformation for children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this workshop you will be able to: * Develop an understanding of normative brain development through childhood, adolescence and early adulthood * Be able to understand and assess the difference between type 1 and 2 trauma * Understand the way that trauma affects the brain's architecture and functioning and how it can lock itself down in the body * Identify ways that trauma shapes children and young people's memory and attentional processes, arousal states and their emotional experiences * Explore strategies to unlock the trauma load from the body and mind of the child or young person who has experienced it * Explore strategies to strengthen parents, caregivers and others to understand the world of the child or young person who has experienced trauma.

Price: $240.00
AASW CPE approved,APS Members & Students price: $220.00

Venue: To Be Advised

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

'Unlocking Childhood Trauma!' - Keys to Transforming the Body and the Mind - Brisbane

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Thursday 17th of August 2017 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWTrauma in childhood has a significant impact on the developing brain and locks itself down in the body. Children and young people show us this in their behavior and their relationships with others. This one day workshop explores: the most recent research on the impact of trauma on the brain development of children and young people; provides a framework for understanding the effects of trauma for a child's cognitive, social, physical and emotional development and functioning and; explores implications for practice. Participants will explore specific and practical strategies for promoting transformation for children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this workshop you will be able to: * Develop an understanding of normative brain development through childhood, adolescence and early adulthood * Be able to understand and assess the difference between type 1 and 2 trauma * Understand the way that trauma affects the brain's architecture and functioning and how it can lock itself down in the body * Identify ways that trauma shapes children and young people's memory and attentional processes, arousal states and their emotional experiences * Explore strategies to unlock the trauma load from the body and mind of the child or young person who has experienced it * Explore strategies to strengthen parents, caregivers and others to understand the world of the child or young person who has experienced trauma.

Price: $240.00
AASW CPE approved,APS Members & Students price: $220.00

Venue: To Be Advised

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

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

Presented by: Donna Zander and Apakuki Qura

Date: Wednesday 11th October 2017 (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: $230.00
AASW CPEapproved,APS & APPTA Members/students price: $210.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

GST inclusive

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

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Tuesday 17th - Wednesday 18th October (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: $410.00
AASW CPE approved,APS Members & Students price: $390.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

'Unlocking Infant and Early Childhood Trauma!' - Melbourne

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Tuesday 14th - Wednesday 15th November 2017 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWThis is a specialized two day workshop focusing on unlocking trauma presentations in children in infancy and the early years. Trauma in this period has a significant impact on the developing brain and locks itself down in the body. Infants and preschoolers show us this in their behavior and their relationships with others. This workshop provides a neurobiological and relational framework for understanding the effects of trauma on cognitive, social, physical and emotional development and functioning and; explores implications for practice. Evidenced based models of intervention will be presented utilizing research in the areas of attachment, parenting, parent-child relationship difficulties, diagnostic assessment of infant and preschool children, neurobiological correlates of psychiatric disorders, outcome prediction, and for preschoolers the development of short term protocol-driven therapies. A preschool PTSD Treatment (PPT) model will be presented. This 12-session manualised protocol uses a strategic combination of cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) and parent-child relational treatment suited for the developmental needs of very young children. The principles of CBT and parent-child relational treatment will be briefly overviewed. The CBT techniques are developmentally adapted for younger children with limited cognitive and verbal skills. Clinicians will learn from this training how to implement the CBT techniques and how to assess and intervene in salient parent-child relational dynamics. They will also learn the systematic use of weekly checklists to ensure: therapist integrity; child compliance; parent compliance, reluctance, and acceptance of the treatment. Participants will explore specific and practical strategies for promoting transformation for infants and very young children who have experienced trauma.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this program you will be able to: * Develop an understanding of normative brain development through infancy and early childhood. * Be able to understand and assess mental health conditions in infants and very young children in particular: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); infant and preschool state, behaviour, cues, state modulation, and feeding interaction. * Understand the way that trauma affects the brain's architecture and functioning and how it can lock itself down in the body * Identify ways that trauma shapes infant and early years memory development attentional processes, arousal states, emotional experiences and later cognitions * Explore models and strategies to unlock the trauma load from the body and mind of the infant and preschool child who has experienced it * Explore strategies to communicate and strengthen parents, caregivers and others to understand and respond to the infant and early years child who has experienced trauma.

Price: $410.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $390.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive