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

Presented by: Donna Zander & Adjunct Prof Stuart Armstrong

Date: Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th July, 2016 (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

Donna is delighted to co-present this workshop with the esteemed Adjuct Prof Stuart Armstrong who graduated from the University of London with a BSc in psychology and zoology, and from La Trobe University with a PhD in psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience). He was Reader and Associate Professor in the Dept of Psychology at La Trobe and also worked in research institutes in Germany and the USA. His research work focused on the neuroscience of the sleep-wake cycle with particular emphasis on the role of the pineal hormone melatonin and bright light on the timing of the biological clock and their use in treating sleep and mood disorders. He published over 100 research articles, including in the prestigious journal Science, and was co-author of the first international patent for using melatonin for alleviating jet-lag and other circadian rhythm disorders. He became actively involved in treating the insomnias in the mid-1980's, establishing insomnia clinics first at the Melbourne Clinic in Richmond, followed by the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg then Epworth Medical Centre, Richmond and East Melbourne. His health work specialises in: (a) Psychophysiological Insomnia (learned/stress induced), (b) Idiopathic Insomnia (childhood onset), (c) Circadian Insomnias (Advanced and delayed sleep phase syndromes, jet lag, sleep in the blind, non-24hour sleep-wake disorder, irregular sleep-wake pattern, some shift work schedules) (d) nightmares and anxiety dreams, (e) withdrawal from Sleep Medication, (f) Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter depression). He took early retirement from La Trobe in 1995 to work as chief consultant (external) to the international pharmaceutical company Servier International [France]) for chronobiotic efficacy of S20098 (now marketed as Valdoxan), and (Eli Lilly [USA] for chronobiotic efficacy of its melatonin analog. Concomitantly he became Professorial Fellow (honorary) then Adjunct Professor at the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University for two years. He continued his clinical health work at the Epworth Sleep Centre and Heidelberg Repatriation hospital where he became Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic in the Veterans Psychiatry Unit. He resigned from these positions in December 2013 and relocated to Cairns FNQ where he is Adjunct Professor, College of Health Sciences, James Cook University. 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: $410.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $390.00

Venue: Mercure Darwin Airport Resort

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

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

Presented by: Donna Zander and Adjct Prof Stuart Armstrong

Date: Wednesday 20th July - Thursday 21st July 2016 (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

Donna is delighted to co-present this workshop with the esteemed Adjct Prof Stuart Armstrong who graduated from the University of London with a BSc in psychology and zoology, and from La Trobe University with a PhD in psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience). He was Reader and Associate Professor in the Dept of Psychology at La Trobe and also worked in research institutes in Germany and the USA. His research work focused on the neuroscience of the sleep-wake cycle with particular emphasis on the role of the pineal hormone melatonin and bright light on the timing of the biological clock and their use in treating sleep and mood disorders. He published over 100 research articles, including in the prestigious journal Science, and was co-author of the first international patent for using melatonin for alleviating jet-lag and other circadian rhythm disorders. He became actively involved in treating the insomnias in the mid-1980's, establishing insomnia clinics first at the Melbourne Clinic in Richmond, followed by the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg then Epworth Medical Centre, Richmond and East Melbourne. His health work specialises in: (a) Psychophysiological Insomnia (learned/stress induced), (b) Idiopathic Insomnia (childhood onset), (c) Circadian Insomnias (Advanced and delayed sleep phase syndromes, jet lag, sleep in the blind, non-24hour sleep-wake disorder, irregular sleep-wake pattern, some shift work schedules) (d) nightmares and anxiety dreams, (e) withdrawal from Sleep Medication, (f) Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter depression). He took early retirement from La Trobe in 1995 to work as chief consultant (external) to the international pharmaceutical company Servier International [France]) for chronobiotic efficacy of S20098 (now marketed as Valdoxan), and (Eli Lilly [USA] for chronobiotic efficacy of its melatonin analog. Concomitantly he became Professorial Fellow (honorary) then Adjunct Professor at the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University for two years. He continued his clinical health work at the Epworth Sleep Centre and Heidelberg Repatriation hospital where he became Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic in the Veterans Psychiatry Unit. He resigned from these positions in December 2013 and relocated to Cairns FNQ where he is Adjunct Professor, College of Health Sciences, James Cook University. 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: $410.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $390.00

Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

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

Presented by: Donna Zander and Adjct Prof Stuart Armstrong

Date: Tuesday 2nd - Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 (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

Donna is delighted to co-present this workshop with the esteemed Adjct Prof Stuart Armstrong who graduated from the University of London with a BSc in psychology and zoology, and from La Trobe University with a PhD in psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience). He was Reader and Associate Professor in the Dept of Psychology at La Trobe and also worked in research institutes in Germany and the USA. His research work focused on the neuroscience of the sleep-wake cycle with particular emphasis on the role of the pineal hormone melatonin and bright light on the timing of the biological clock and their use in treating sleep and mood disorders. He published over 100 research articles, including in the prestigious journal Science, and was co-author of the first international patent for using melatonin for alleviating jet-lag and other circadian rhythm disorders. He became actively involved in treating the insomnias in the mid-1980's, establishing insomnia clinics first at the Melbourne Clinic in Richmond, followed by the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg then Epworth Medical Centre, Richmond and East Melbourne. His health work specialises in: (a) Psychophysiological Insomnia (learned/stress induced), (b) Idiopathic Insomnia (childhood onset), (c) Circadian Insomnias (Advanced and delayed sleep phase syndromes, jet lag, sleep in the blind, non-24hour sleep-wake disorder, irregular sleep-wake pattern, some shift work schedules) (d) nightmares and anxiety dreams, (e) withdrawal from Sleep Medication, (f) Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter depression). He took early retirement from La Trobe in 1995 to work as chief consultant (external) to the international pharmaceutical company Servier International [France]) for chronobiotic efficacy of S20098 (now marketed as Valdoxan), and (Eli Lilly [USA] for chronobiotic efficacy of its melatonin analog. Concomitantly he became Professorial Fellow (honorary) then Adjunct Professor at the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University for two years. He continued his clinical health work at the Epworth Sleep Centre and Heidelberg Repatriation hospital where he became Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic in the Veterans Psychiatry Unit. He resigned from these positions in December 2013 and relocated to Cairns FNQ where he is Adjunct Professor, College of Health Sciences, James Cook University. 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: $410.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $390.00

Venue: To Be Advised - Perth WA

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

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

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Wednesday 17th - Thursday 18th August 2016 (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

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

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Wednesday 14th - Thursday 15th September 2016 (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: To Be Advised - Gold Coast

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

P.L.A.Y. - 'Play, Laughter, Art, Animals & You!' - Melbourne

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016 (1 day)

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 one 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, animals 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: $240.00
AASW CPEapproved,APS Members & Students price: $220.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive

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

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: Wednesday 16th - Thursday 17th November 2016 (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 Member & Students price: $390.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch & GST Inclusive