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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Intensive Small Group Play Therapy Supervision with Josephine Martin In FIJI

Presented by: Josephine Martin RPT-S APPTA (Australia)

Date: Options 5th, 8th or 9th August 2018 (.5 day)

Time: 9-12 or 6-9pm over 2 days

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWIntensive play therapy small group (maximum of 3) supervision for 3 hours for Provisional and Registered Play Therapists(RPTs) from Australia and NZ with Josephine Martin (RPT-S with APPTA). The Intensive will require attendee's to have some play therapy experience to draw on and to want to share within the sessions.

Learning outcomes

The session will allow attendee's to discuss: their individual play therapy practise methods; the challenges they have in moving from theory to practice and using play therapy language, setting limits etc; experiences of working with parents and professionals and; discussion play therapy benefits and progress.

Price: $375.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

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Intensive Small Group Play Therapy Supervision with Dr. Brandy Schumann In FIJI

Presented by: Dr.Brandy Schumann U.S.A. R.P.T.-S

Date: Options 5th, 8th and 9th August 2018 (.5 day)

Time: 9-12 or 1:30-4:30 or 6-9 pm over 3 days

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWIntensive play therapy supervision for Provisionals and RPTs from Australia, N.Z. and the U.S.A. These 3 hour small group supervision (3 members) will provide attendees with an intensive supervision opportunity with Dr. Brandy Schumann who is a Registered Supervisor with the U.S.A. Association for Play Therapy . The diversity of the supervision intensive will require attendee's to have some play therapy experience to draw on and to want to share within the sessions.

Learning outcomes

The 3 hour session will allow attendee's to discuss: their individual play therapy practise methods; the challenges they have in moving from theory to practice; of using play therapy language, setting limits etc.; the experiences of working with parents and professionals and; discussion play therapy benefits and progress.

Price: $375.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

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Play Therapy and Trauma Master Class (3 hrs) with Dr. Brandy Schumann and Josephine Martin

Presented by: Dr. Brandy Schaumann and Josephine Martin

Date: 5th August 2018 (.5 day)

Time: 1:30-4:30

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWThis amazing three-hour Master Class will provide participants with a unique opportunity to hear about what it is like to undertake Play Therapy with significantly traumatised children. To hear firsthand from the presenters about their complex case experiences of working with children from diverse backgrounds that include trauma as a result of natural disaster, terrorism and child abuse. Participants will gain an understanding of what the play behaviours of victims of trauma can look like within a play therapy room. What it means to work with other stakeholders and carers of these children. The master class will be limited to just 20 attendees' so interested participants should book early. Attendees will need to have clinical play therapy experience.

Learning outcomes

An understanding of how to work clinically with children whom have experienced trauma. The need for diversity within and external to the play therapy space. The ability to explain the benefits of Play Therapy to key stakeholders and carers. Building on the capacity for the child and the stakeholders to reduce the likelihood of further trauma for the child.

Price: $100.00
Local Fijian & Pacific Island Resident Price price: $20.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

G.S.T. Included

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CONFERENCE: 'Come Play with Me Fiji!' - Trauma Is The Fun Killer - Educate, Invigorate and Capacity Build - SUVA, FIJI

Presented by: Donna Zander & Associates & Nazareth Centre

Date: 6th and 7th of August 2018 (2 days)

Time: 8:30am - 10:30pm FIJI TIME

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWJoin us for our first ever conference in Suva, Fiji where an engaging collection of Australian and international presenters will explore the world of trauma and play therapy. Donna Zander Qura & Apakuki Qura (Australia/ Fiji), Josephine Martin (Australia), Dr.Brandy Schumann (U.S.A), Yael Livneh (Israel), Claudio Mochi(Italy), Isabella Cassina (Switzerland), Dr.James Lucas (Australia), Antoinette Braybrook (Australia), Sister Lorraine Garusso (Bougainville) and Rosie Catherine (Fiji) will present over the two days with a two day workshop series to follow on specialised topics. The Conference Dinner on Monday evening is included - it will be traditional Fijian Lovo with a Meke celebration and entertainment by local artist Liam Rae.

Learning outcomes

To learn the knowledge and skills to respond to trauma of natural disasters, war, family violence, suicide and marital affairs including: understanding the neuro biological response. To learn creative play therapy skills to use to respond to trauma including the methods of: filial (caregivers and children) and water based. To understand the relationship between spirituality and trauma. To incorporate western and traditional islander practices into responses to mental health and trauma. We will aim to engage participants in developing innovative, culturally sensitive and evidence-based responses to traumatic natural and human-made events. Email us for the full Conference Program & Workshop Outline. This event is an A.A.S.W C.P.D. endorsed activity.

Price: $600.00
Fijian & Pacific Islander Residents price: $150.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

Includes: G.S.T.; Morning, Afternoon Tea, Lunch (2 Days); Conference Dinner & Entertainment (Day 1)

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'THE SECRETS OF WATER' - Water Play Therapy 2 Day Workshop with its developer from Israel YAEL LIVNEH in SUVA , FIJI

Presented by: Yael Livneh MA, Art Therapist, Isreal

Date: 8th and 9th of August 2018 (2 days)

Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWWater Play Therapy (WPT) is an innovative approach to play therapy and art therapy, utilizes water as an expressive medium with which children can express their feelings and project their personal narratives in an accessible and non-threatening manner .This method uses symbols, objects, colors, creation, playing, storytelling, as away to express the inner filling and thoughts, which bridging the gap between the inner and outer world of the child. The use of WPT method has been successfully applied with children who suffer from sensory processing disorders, communication problems, attachment deficits, social anxiety and trauma. The workshop will demonstrates how water therapy comes about in a therapeutic setting and how it heals.

Learning outcomes

The 2 Day Workshop's main goals for a maximum of 24 participants are: 1) Demonstrate knowledge regarding 5 steps of the WPT procedure. 2) To apply the protocol with a case provided by the instructor. 3) To analyze water- related symbolic narratives in a clinical case they provide. 4) To combine this method with other therapeutic methods which they use at a daily basis. 5.Water Play Therapy (WPT) is an innovative approach to play therapy and art therapy, utilizes water as an expressive medium with which children can express their feelings and project their personal narratives in an accessible and non-threatening manner. This method uses symbols, objects, colors, creation, playing, storytelling, as away to express the inner filling and thoughts, which bridging the gap between the inner and outer world of the child. The use of WPT method has been successfully applied with children who suffer from sensory processing disorders, communication problems, attachment deficits, social anxiety and trauma. The two day workshop will demonstrates how water therapy comes about in a therapeutic setting and how it heals . The workshop's main goals for participants are: 1)To demonstrate knowledge regarding 5 steps of the WPT procedure. 2)To apply the protocol with a case provided by the instructor. 3)To analyze water- related symbolic narratives in a clinical case they provide 4)To combine this method with other therapeutic methods which they use on a daily basis. 5) To understand how to use WPT when the trauma has involved water for example; drowning, floods, tsunami.

Price: $400.00
Fiji and Pacific Island Residents price: $150.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

GST, morning, afternoon tea and lunch

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Introduction to Play Therapy-The Basics! with Josephine Martin in FIJI

Presented by: Josephine Martin RPT-S APPTA (Australia)

Date: Wednesday 8th August 2018 (.5 day)

Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWIntroduction to Play Therapy - the basics. If the conference got you motivated this introduction to Play Therapy workshop will support you with continued Play therapy learning. While 3 hours won't make you a Play Therapist it will start to give you an understanding of some of the basic skills that Play Therapists utilize within clinical practise to support them when with working with children and families. Attendees do not need to have clinical experience to attend this workshop. It is focus on supporting participants whom are invigorated and want to learn more about Play Therapy.

Learning outcomes

An understanding of what basic skills play therapists utilise with children. what skills you can utilise from Play Therapy to help you with challenging behaviours. To support you with the how-to language and basics of limit setting across all situations.

Price: $100.00
Fiji and Pacific Island Residents price: $20.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

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Play Therapy with Teenagers-Adults Dr. Brandy Schumann (U.S.A.)

Presented by: Dr. Brandy Schumann

Date: 8th August 2018 (.5 day)

Time: 1:30 am-4:30 pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWIncorporating Play Therapy with Teenagers/Adults will cover: Therapy on the Square which offers multiple approaches to counselling teens and adolescents to best suit the needs of the individual client. Approaches may include traditional talk therapy, group therapy, and activity therapy. Activity Therapy allows the teen to explore their thoughts and feelings with the distance of a metaphor of the activity, decreasing the threat of talking about the concern. With the safety of the activities, they are free to explore and ultimately resolve their issue. It will explore: Awkward Moments in Therapy Counselling with a Sensitivity to Family & Cultural Diversity Discovering Themes in Your Sessions Dealing with Difficult Behaviors in Session: Limit Setting The Other Client: Involving Parents into Therapy

Learning outcomes

1.To understand the approach of Therapy on the Square with adolescents and adults. 2. To increase skills and knowledge of working with play activities with teenagers and adults.

Price: $100.00
Fiji and Pacific Island Residents price: $20.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

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Advanced Play Therapy Workshop (3 hrs) for Registered/Accredited Play Therapists with Dr. Brandy Schumann & Josephine Martin

Presented by: Dr. Brandy Schumann & Josephine Martin

Date: 9th August 2018 (.5 day)

Time: 9:30pm- 12:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWAll too often we begin to get into bad practitioner habits. This workshop is for registered Play Therapists who want to improve and revisit their clinical skills in the areas of language, limit setting skills and reflective skills. Within the three hours there will be role plays and opportunities for participants to utilise and revise their own skill sets. Participants are advised to bring phone or audible recording device to support with enhanced longer-term outcomes and review the language revision undertaken within the workshop. Attendees will need to be registered play therapists.

Learning outcomes

Participants will review and revise their clinical skill sets in the areas of language, limit setting and reflection.

Price: $100.00
Fiji and Pacific Island Residents price: $20.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

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Come Play With Me Fiji! VILLAGE LIFE EDUCATIONAL TOUR

Presented by: Donna & Apakuki Qura

Date: Friday 10th August 2018 (1 day)

Time: 8:00am - 8:00pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWThis is a full day educational tour designed to meet the interests and learning needs of Conference Participants. We will leave the Novatel Lami hotel in Suva and make our way by bus over the Rewa river via Nausori to our village of Ovea, Bau. There we will attend the local kindergarten, undertake a tour of the village- participating in a traditional kava entry ceremony and meeting our Fijian family. Following this we will make our way to visit the Primary School and the Dilkusha Children's Home in Nausori Town. We will then make our way back over the mountain stopping for drinks at Colo-I-Suva Rainforest Eco Resort (Raintree Lodge) in the heart of the beautiful Colo-i-Suva Rainforest. From there we will enjoy a walk to the waterfall in the National Park where we can swim and wash off the tropical heat. We will then return to Suva city to visit the local market and end the tour with sunset drinks at the historic colonial Grand Pacific Hotel before being returned to Lami. Those who wish to make there own arrangements back to Lami or alternative accommodation can at their own expense. Special thanks for the support of the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children to assist with this tour. You are welcome to bring items to donate to the services and or the village such as; books, art supplies, pencils, stationary, sports equipment. Lunch will be en route and at your expense.

Learning outcomes

1. Educate 2. Invigorate 3. Capacity build 4. Cultural and goodwill exchange 5. Have fun!

Price: $90.00
Children under 16 price: $45.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

G.S.T. & National Park Entry Fee

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

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 23rd and 24th of August 2018 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am - 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: $460.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $440.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

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P.L.A.Y. - "Play, Laughter, Art, Animals & You!" - MELBOURNE

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 17th of October 2018 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am - 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 CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $220.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

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

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 1st and 2nd of November 2018 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am - 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: $460.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $440.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

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'Unlocking Infant and Early Childhood Trauma!' - MELBOURNE

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 14th and 15th of November 2018 (2 days)

Time: 9:30am - 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: $460.00
AASW CPE approved, APS Members & Students price: $440.00

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

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