Pre-Conference Day Wednesday 20 April 2016 Mind, Body and Spirit: Children and Adolescent Therapists’ Gathering

Pre-Conference Day Wednesday 20 April 2016

Mind, Body and Spirit: Children and Adolescent Therapists’ Gathering

Last year we had a very successful one-day pre-conference workshop in Christchurch, reflecting the growing interest in children and adolescents and bringing considerable energy and enthusiasm to discuss issues relevant to the therapeutic needs of children, adolescents and their caregivers. Thus, it was decided it would be worthwhile to have another gathering at this year’s conference.

Within NZAP there are a significant number of us who work with children and adolescents, or who work with parents whose mental health issues affect their relationships with their children. When working with all adults, we are mindful of their life experience as the infant and young child.

This day is for everyone who has an interest in the wellbeing of children and in reflecting about and discussing how we can make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and their families. The day is presented by the Children’s Issues portfolio of NZAP but open to any counsellor, family therapist, social worker, youth worker or psychologist who wishes to attend.

Venue:                         Room A101, EIT, Taradale

Times:                         9.30 for 10.00am start

3.00pm finish, followed by afternoon tea and networking

Registration for those attending full conference

Cost:                                     $20 (to be paid on the day)

Refreshments:             Light morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea with home-baking

There will be two presentations with discussion time in the morning. One speaker will be Trudy Charman Love, graduate of AUT, who will present “Pigment of Imagination” – a short film (29 mins) tracing her navigation of racial hybidity and her search for cultural identity. Matt Harward, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, will examine the use of the Squiggle Game through an experiential workshop.

In the afternoon, there will be small group discussions and large group planning for the future, followed by afternoon tea and the opportunity for networking.


Please contact Nikky Winchester on by Thursday 14 April 2016, with your email address, mobile number and dietary needs.


Trudy Charman Love
Te Atiawa and Ngati Kahungunu, is a Registered Nurse, with 35 years experience in various health disciplines. She is additional graduate and post-graduate diplomas in counselling, and in art & design – and film-making of her personal journey of identity as Maori/pakeha woman.

Trudy was born to a British father and a Maori mother and raised between two cultures. Her 30 minute film, “Pigment of the Imagination”, tells the story of her subjective experience and her siblings, of mixed ethnicity being raised in a pakeha culture and the navigation of ambiguous cultural landscape. Trudy’s film includes footage from her father’s Super8mm of the 1950-60’s.

Matt Harward
Is a member of NZAP and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in Wellington. Trained with Arbours Association (London), he has worked in a variety of settings. Returning to NZ in 2008, where he works with adults and young people in private practice and at Hutt Valley DHB CAMHS.

Matt Harward will present The Squiggle Game as formulated by British psycho-analyst Donald Winnicott as a means of assessing and undertaking “therapeutic consultations” with children and young people. Taking an experiential approach Matt will convey the basic procedure, explore what can happen using the game, and discuss some of the theory that informs it. This will he of interest to clinicians already working with children, of help engaging with younger adolescents, and be of interest to anyone who otherwise has heard of the Squiggle Game.