One-day Pre-conference Workshop related to Issues for Children and Adolescents 9 March

THE PROMISE OF HOME -Pre-Conference Workshop – Issues for Children and Adolescents

THE PROMISE OF HOME -Pre-Conference Workshop – Issues for Children and Adolescents

Thursday 9 March 2017


NZAP (New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists) has had a growing interest in children and adolescents and again this year, for the third occasion, we would like to bring some of this energy and enthusiasm together in a pre-conference workshop.

The theme of the conference, the Promise of Home, is very relevant to issues for working with children and adolescents, and work with families. The home as a secure base and safe haven is an essential foundation for establishing ‘good enough’ parenting with appropriate nurturing and boundaries for children and adolescents to grow and meet their potentials – to become everything that they can be.

The one day workshop will explore these issues in terms of the identity formation during childhood and adolescence, and the importance of the parent-child relationship for optimal development. The format of the day will be the same as the previous two workshops, with two presenters in the morning, and the opportunity for small group discussion in the afternoon.

Lunch will be available at a café next door, so that participants have the opportunity to network with other professionals working with children, adolescents and their families.

9.45​​Welcome ​​​Burke Hunter
10.00​​Presentation 1​​​Dr Denise Guy
11.15​​Morning tea
11.30​​Presentation 2​​​Elaine Spark
1.45​​Discussion and questions with participants
3.00​​Where from here? ​​Collating ideas from discussion
3.30​​Farewell and afternoon tea​Lynne Holdem and Judith Morris

Venue: ​​Jaycee Room at Founders Theatre, Nelson
Cost:  ​​​$65.00
Refreshments:​Morning and afternoon tea will be provided
Lunch available to purchase at the café next door

Presentation 1:
Identity and Early Environments – An Infant Mental Health Perspective

The “facilitating environments” of home and intervention in promoting or derailing the infant’s developing sense of self will be explored.  This will include looking at assessments of early relationships, where observations may indicate developing difficulties for the infant.

Intervention to support shifting development to an improved pathway for the infant will then be discussed with particular reference to the Watch, Wait and Wonder® Intervention.

Assessment and intervention will be embedded in current understandings of the early caregiving environment including attunement, regulation, repair, fear and mentalization.

Final thoughts will be directed to the therapists and what is required to support maintaining a facilitating therapeutic environment. How might we provide ‘The Promise of Home?’

Dr Denise Guy is a Child Psychiatrist working predominantly in the field of Infant Mental Health [IMH] as a supervisor, clinical advisor and educator. She is currently the President of the New Zealand IMH Affiliate [IMHAANZ], Trustee of Incredible Families and from this coordinates training in Australasia of the Watch, Wait and Wonder® Intervention. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine Christchurch, OtagoUniversity.

Presentation 2:
A Kaupapa Māori approach to supporting early relationships and whānaudevelopment

Strengthening the parent-child development relationship within ‘the home’ through our home visiting and group work underlies our early intervention service work. Families are referred for support with their children who have developmental issues, or they may themselves have issues that impact on their ability to build and maintain healthy relationships with their children and others.

Hoki ki te Rito – Ōranga Whānau is one programme under development, for facilitating early whānau relationships where there has been disruption. This may be the result of chronic illness or developmental issues that impact on communication, or it may involve past intergenerational trauma where parents own struggles prevent healthy attachment with their child. Narratives from this work will be shared.

Elaine Spark is of Ngati Kahungunu and Te Aupouri descent, is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and works predominantly as an early intervention teacher and parent educator with Ohomairangi Trust. She was part of the team of colleagues who established Ohomairangi Trust nearly 20 years ago in order to more fully support Māori whānau.

Any enquiries please contact Judith Morris by email:

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Child and Adolescent Therapists Gathering

Thursday 9 March, 9.30am–4pm
Venue: Jaycee Room, Founders Theatre, Nelson
Cost: $65.00

Payment options are:
• Direct bank transfer into the NZAP Kiwibank account: 38 9001 0124655 <tel:38 9001 0124655>  00. Please provide your surname as a reference with your deposit so that we can identify your payment.
• Send a cheque to NZAP, PO Box 57025 Mana, Porirua 5247.
Please email your registration to:
Nikky Winchester <>  by Friday 3 March 2017

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Lynne Holdem Registered Psychotherapist
Ph: 0274803523
PO Box 6079, Moturoa, New Plymouth