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 Complex Trauma in Adults Traumatised as Children-Keys to Transforming the Mind, Brain and Body! - MELBOURNE

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 23rd of February 2018 (1 day)

Time: 9:30 - 4:30

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWUnlocking Complex Trauma in Adults Traumatised as Children - Keys to transforming the mind, brain and body Some of the most difficult to support and treat people we see have histories of profound trauma, which can often get lost when a diagnosis is made. This workshop will focus on effective trauma assessment which is paramount to the development of effective intervention/treatment plans and yet so often is either missed or minimised and the focus is on the effects- the depression, anxiety. Practitioners will become trauma detectives and be given the tools to assist in this process, both in frameworks and testing- learning how to implement and score a rage of relevant psychometric tests and integrate them into their practice. The conceptualisation and treatment of complex trauma and its many variants and Axis II diagnoses, namely Borderline Personality Disorder will then be uncovered. Complex trauma is defined as involving traumatic stressors that are: 1) repetitive or prolonged; 2) occur at developmentally vulnerable times in the person's life and 3) are relational-often perpetrated by caregivers. The effects and journey through such experiences will be addressed, including difficulties with identity and personality development; interpersonal and emotional dysregulation, as well as symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a range of other comorbidities. This foundational, theoretical skills-based training will provide you with the skills necessary to successfully case manage, support, treat, advocate for, and refer people. Through the use of a range of case studies, the principles of safe trauma therapy and evidence based approaches to treatment will be discussed and reviewed.

Learning outcomes

1. To appropriately assess and intervene in relation to complex trauma presentations. 2. Understand the links between core theoretical knowledge and therapeutic intervention utilising the three phase trauma treatment model. 3. Increased confidence and competence in dealing with these complex presentations and transforming the embedded trauma load and related shame and self loathing. 4. Gain knowledge of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, the W.O.T. and how to use such strategies. 5. Recognising the current evidence based approaches in this area of work and where there current learning and self care gaps are.

Price: $240.00
AASW CPDapproved,APS & APPTA Members/students price: $220.00

Venue: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology- RMIT

GST inclusive

Unlocking Complex Trauma in Adults Traumatised as Children-Keys to Transforming the Mind, Brain and Body! - SYDNEY

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 9th of March 2018 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWUnlocking Complex Trauma in Adults Traumatised as Children - Keys to transforming the mind, brain and body Some of the most difficult to support and treat people we see have histories of profound trauma, which can often get lost when a diagnosis is made. This workshop will focus on effective trauma assessment which is paramount to the development of effective intervention/treatment plans and yet so often is either missed or minimised and the focus is on the effects- the depression, anxiety. Practitioners will become trauma detectives and be given the tools to assist in this process, both in frameworks and testing- learning how to implement and score a rage of relevant psychometric tests and integrate them into their practice. The conceptualisation and treatment of complex trauma and its many variants and Axis II diagnoses, namely Borderline Personality Disorder will then be uncovered. Complex trauma is defined as involving traumatic stressors that are: 1) repetitive or prolonged; 2) occur at developmentally vulnerable times in the person's life and 3) are relational-often perpetrated by caregivers. The effects and journey through such experiences will be addressed, including difficulties with identity and personality development; interpersonal and emotional dysregulation, as well as symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a range of other comorbidities. This foundational, theoretical skills-based training will provide you with the skills necessary to successfully case manage, support, treat, advocate for, and refer people. Through the use of a range of case studies, the principles of safe trauma therapy and evidence based approaches to treatment will be discussed and reviewed.

Learning outcomes

1. To appropriately assess and intervene in relation to complex trauma presentations. 2. Understand the links between core theoretical knowledge and therapeutic intervention utilising the three phase trauma treatment model. 3. Increased confidence and competence in dealing with these complex presentations and transforming the embedded trauma load and related shame and self loathing. 4. Gain knowledge of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, the W.O.T. and how to use such strategies. 5. Recognising the current evidence based approaches in this area of work and where there current learning and self care gaps are.

Price: $240.00
AASW CPDapproved,APS & APPTA Members/students price: $220.00

Venue: To Be Advised

GST inclusive

"Between a Rock and a Hard Place!" - Parenting after Trauma - MELBOURNE

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 21st of March 2018 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWThis workshop will focus on effective assessment and treatment in families where trauma has impacted on parenting. Let's go beyond parent-blaming, safety and parenting skills and move into the complex realm of assessment and transformation of parenting in the context of ghosts in the nursery and trauma. We will explore the best practice parenting models and principles of Gottman, Seigel and Hughes and traverse the territory of therapeutic parenting so that Social Workers can make a real difference. It presents practical strategies on attachment and sensory regulation strategies, PACE, parenting and trauma interventions.

Learning outcomes

1.Gain knowledge of the research underpinning the evidence base of trauma on parenting capacity and the principles and structure of effective intervention. 2.Explore the impact of trauma (including non-relational and relational) on the parent-child relationship and capacity to parent. 3.Develop skills in teaching trauma psycho education, effect management, distress tolerance and the rationale for exposure to parents and families. 4.Increased confidence and competence in undertaking parenting assessments and treatment work with traumatised families. 5.Develop an enhanced practice framework for therapeutic trauma assessment and intervention when working with children, young people and their parents to transform their traumatic experiences and relationships. 6.Explore the role of group work with parents and children exposed to trauma.

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

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

GST Inclusive

"Unlocking Childhood Trauma!" - Keys to transforming the Body and Mind - MELBOURNE

Presented by: Donna Zander

Date: 18th of April 2018 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am - 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 can lock itself down in the body. Children show us this in their behaviour and their relationships with others. This 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. This is a practical workshop utilising experiential activities and case studies.

Learning outcomes

Participants will: * Develop an understanding of normative brain development through childhood and adolescence * Understand the way that trauma affects children's brain architecture and functioning and can lock itself down in the body * Identify ways that trauma shapes memory states and emotional experiences * Explore non verbal, creative, playful and sensorimotor approaches to enable children to communicate and process their experiences of trauma * Explore practical strategies to strengthen parent's, caregivers and others to understand the world of the child or young person who has experienced trauma * Use participant knowledge to place this information in their own work. * Have fun!

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

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

GST Inclusive

'The Roller Coaster Ride of Private Practice!' - MELBOURNE

Presented by: Donna Zander & panel of experts

Date: 2nd of June 2018 (1 day)

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

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Course overview

Donna Zander & Associates courses are endorsed CPD by AASWThis workshop aims to explore the challenges and triumphs of private practice for those who are contemplating the roller coaster ride and those who are on it. It will explore everything from: business planning and development; Medicare, ATAPS, VOCAT and other business revenue opportunities; financial management and recommended fees schedules; legal issues; marketing; to isolation and networking. The ride is one of being a Jack and or most likely a Jill of many skills and areas of expertise that our training did not prepare us for. Beyond the lure of money, private practitioners agree on the non-tangible rewards of working with people, unencumbered by the bureaucracy of an agency setting. "It's very challenging in terms of getting a reputation and building on that. But it's incredibly rewarding. And there will always be people who are looking for good therapy and service" So come along for this workshop ride and let's see where we all end up as the professions compete for a seat!

Learning outcomes

Practitioners contemplating entering the field of private practice will be provided with information to assist them to make the decision to take the ride and the skills for it whereas this is an opportunity for experienced private practitioners to network and resource each other with the challenges and pitfalls of this area of practice. Develop the understanding of structures, processes and issues involved in establishing a small business including business and financial plans and legal issues Develop understanding of marketing and marketing plans To explore business opportunities and challenges of these systems To network with others in private practice

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

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

GST Inclusive

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

Presented by: Donna Zander and Adj Prof Dr.Stuart Armstrong

Date: 12th and 13th of June 2018 (2 days)

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

Venue: To Be Advised-Central Melbourne

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: 20th and 21st of June 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

GST Inclusive

CONFERENCE: "Come Play With Me Fiji!" - Play the key to transform Child Trauma - SUVA, FIJI

Presented by: Donna Zander and expert presenters

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

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

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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 child trauma and play therapy. More details to come.

Price: $460.00
Fijian Residents price: $100.00

Venue: Novatel Suva, Lami Bay

GST Inclusive

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

GST Inclusive

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

GST Inclusive

'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

GST Inclusive