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.

Download the 2020 course calendar in PDF format.

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

Presented by: Donna Zander & Jeanette Shepherd FocusAbility

Date: Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of December 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

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

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 10th and 11th of December 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

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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

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