Workshops – Old

Brain-Based Therapy

A two-day seminar for clinicians integrating science with theory and practice
Wellington. 7 and 8 February, 2011.
Dunedin. 14 and 15 of February, 2011.
Recent advances in the neurosciences, developmental psychology and psychotherapy research have altered our understanding of how and why people change. This two day training examines a new model that incorporates these recent findings and integrates them into psychotherapeutic practice. Using this ‘brain-based therapy’ paradigm, the training explores evidenced-based treatment strategies for depression, anxiety, and ADD, and treatments for the many patients who present with significant distress but no DSM diagnosis. Participants will learn a new system for case formulation that moves beyond the traditional theoretical approaches. Teaching methods include: power point lecture, discussion, video demonstrations and case presentation.

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Dr Marc Strauss: “The Affected Body”

16 February 2011: Public lecture 7pm-9pm
17 February 2011: Seminar 9am-3pm

Auckland University of Technology, City Campus, Auckland
WS114 St Paul Street

Event organised by the Centre for Lacanian Analysis in conjunction with the New Zealand Forum of the International School of Psychoanalysis in the Lacanian Field.This event is being sponsored by the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund.

Dr Marc Strauss is a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst in Paris. He is a founding member of the School of Psychoanalysis in the Lacanian Field and a Senior Lecturer with the ‘Collège Clinique de Paris’.
Dr Strauss will discuss the place of affects in psychoanalysis and more specifically how affects, which are to be distinguished from emotions, have an unconscious effect on the body. This question will be discussed by articulating clinical material with theory.


Public Lecture: 7.30-9pm The Unconscious, the Body and the Affects
Seminar: 8.15am Registration
9.15am-10.30am Session 1: Language and Affects
10.30am-11am Morning tea
11am-12.15pm Session 2: Anxiety, Shame and Guilt
12.15-1pm Lunch
1pm-2pm Session 3: Satisfaction
2pm-2.30pm Discussion


S. Freud (1975[1925]) Negation. In J. Strachey (Ed & Trans). Standard Edition Vol. 19. London: Hogarth Press
J. Lacan (1998[1975]) The Seminar Book XX. On Feminine Sexuality: the Limits of Love and Knowledge (Encore). Trans. B. Fink. Ed J-A Miller, New York, W.W. Norton & Co.

Public lecture: $30 (including wine and cheese)
Seminar: $150 (including morning tea)
Both events: $160
Students: $10 $50 $55
Please note: lunch will not be provided however there are several cafes at a walking distance from AUT
Registration payment may be made by cheque to the Centre for Lacanian Analysis, addressed to : Mark Jackson 36 Brown Street Ponsonby, Auckland or by direct transfer to the CLA account 12-3066-0204464-00 (please include your name in the transfer and email registration details to Mark Jackson:

For more information, contact Chantal Degril: or Irene Lee:

NZ College of Clinical Psychologists National Conference 2011

Homespun Wisdom
19-20 March, 2011
Quality Hotel Barrycourt, Parnell, Auckland

with Post Conference Workshop, Neuropsychological and Cognitive Assessment Training and Update, 21st March 2011

and Satellite Workshop, Imago Relationship Therapy, 21st and 22nd March

CONFERENCE BROCHURE AND REGISTRATION FORM and Register for the NZCCP 2011 Conference: Homespun Wisdom

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Effective Relief from Stress and Trauma

Affect Regulation Therapy using Neuroplasticity
Event One Lessons for effective psychotherapists from recent neuro science. 1 April, 2011.
Event Two Master Brief Affect Regulation Therapy. 1, 2 & 3 April, 2011.
Event Three Master Long Term Affect Regulation Therapy. 5, 6, 7 & 8 April, 2011. Venue Rydges Harbourview Auckland

Successful recovery from stress and trauma requires a body and mind therapy. Learn practical ways to use implicit and explicit memory and discover how Affect Regulation Therapy has these essential benefits for clients: ¦ Rapidly improves mood ¦ Creates effortless change ¦ Achieves a broader range of personality development To register on-line, download brochures and read articles, go to or contact us on 61 2 9418 3692 (Sydney, Australia)

Welcome to Creating Connections

International Conference on Attachment, Neuroscience, Mentalization Based Treatment and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands April 19 – 20, 2011

Nobody can survive without attaching to others. However, we still don’t understand the essence of this phenomenon.

Twenty years after John Bowlby’s “A Secure Base”, prominent researchers and clinicians from all over the world are gathering in The Netherlands to discuss with you how to make a connection between the scientific basis of attachment and the treatment of psychological and relationship problems. First they will meet for two days in an attempt to advance the available knowledge, then they will address the congress on these matters to share with you the latest scientific and practical outcomes.

In their lectures and workshops speakers will show interactions between various psychotherapeutic opinions and current trends. They will show the relation between Attachment and Mindfulness, between insight oriented and behavioural therapies. All this will be linked to the latest scientific research and knowledge.

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Johnella Bird – Auckland 2011

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Johnella Bird is a counselling practitioner and co-founder of The Family Therapy Centre in Auckland, NZ. Johnella is also author of The Heart’s Narrative (2000), Talk That Sings (2004) and Constructing The Narrative In Super-vision (2006). Johnella has recently completed a new teaching resource of three DVDs and a workbook titled Constructing Narratives To Make A Difference (2008).

Working with Couples: We Talk, We Listen But Do We Understand?

April 11 & 12
We often meet couples who are struggling to find any common ground in respect to understanding past events. Consequently, we can find ourselves managing a conversation shaped by accusation and counter-accusation. In this workshop I will discuss and demonstrate a conversational process that allows us to step away from accusation in order to find a third way. The third way incorporates each person’s experience while exploring the sometimes complex and contradictory moments which occur within relationships.

By using a process that emphasises a relational perspective, we can explore and renegotiate the taken-for-granted notions which act to shape relationships. Throughout this presentation I will demonstrate a therapeutic process where I engage couples in addressing serious concerns such as, significant betrayals of trust, long-standing conflicts, the impact of losses and grief, and the negotiation of change in relationships.

Change-Making Conversations With Couples

April 14 & 15 This workshop will interest practitioners who have previously attended couple workshops or intensives with Johnella. There will be a focus on developing the skills to do the following: • Effectively use whatever is said or experienced in the room. • Explore intentions rather than believing in or disbelieving these intentions. • Generate a narrative platform with the discoveries we make while also actively negotiating conversation direction. • Explore everyday ‘truth’ assumptions. • Move discoveries into everyday practices.

Vital Reflections for Life – Finding the Measure that Works for People’s lives

April 28
If the questions below resonate for the people you work with, then it’s likely that at one time or another they have been captured by those invisible taken-forgranted ‘truths’ that surround all of us. • Have you ever held a view about yourself that seemed to be contradicted by the external evidence? • Have you ever been surprised when others held a positive opinion about an ability or skill you had? • Have you ever acknowledged a positive comment and then moved into a discussion about the deficits or struggles you have? • Have you ever been publicly acknowledged while feeling a fraud? • Have you succeeded in meeting every life goal you ever set and yet you still feel a failure? • Have you ever found yourself repeatedly doing things that you want to stop? In this workshop I will demonstrate ways to expose and explore these truths while at the same time accessing people’s resources. This process will give you and the people you work with a perspective where the construction of ‘truths’ becomes apparent.

Talk That Sings: Extending The Narrative Tradition

May 2, 3 & 5, 6
This workshop brings to life the various texts I’ve written about therapy. Throughout this workshop I will draw on examples of individual, couple and family work. I will demonstrate those practical skills that enable us to discover people’s resources, strengths and abilities while also incorporating their struggles, disappointments and despair. Over this week participants will become familiar with the following: • Finding and utilising people’s resources. • Developing questions that effectively research people’s experience. • Noticing and utilising change-making possibilities. • Using direct experience to extend personal narratives. • Holding new discoveries in a narrative form, e.g. summarising and letters. Prerequisite Viewing the 3 DVDs Constructing Narratives To Make A Difference (3 tutorial DVDs with a detailed workbook) before attending the workshop.

Reinventing the Therapeutic Relationship

May 23 & 24
When we consider the question, ‘What contributes to successful therapy?’ there has been considerable evidence that the experience within the therapeutic relationship significantly influences the outcome. I believe the therapeutic relationship provides us with an important experiential resource. Exploring this experiential resource will enable us to discover and create life-resourcing narratives. Central to this exploration is the understanding of a therapeutic relationship boundary that surrounds participants in therapeutic conversations rather than sits between participants. Within these bounds, the experiences we (therapist/ client) have can be identified and re-searched in order to reflect collaboration, respect and trust as relational enactments. In this presentation I will demonstrate how to dynamically and effectively engage with people within therapeutic relationships.

Vital Reflections For Managers – Finding Creative Solutions To Problems

May 12 & 13
Everyone would agree with the premise, ‘People are an organisation’s greatest resource’. Yet in practice, this expensive resource is frequently squandered as managers and organisational leaders struggle to successfully resolve conflict and meet goals. Consequently I’ve developed an easy to use practical process to address this problem. This ‘Vital Reflections’ process will enable managers and organisational leaders and clinical supervisors to step back from a conflictual situation and discover new perspectives that are generative of creative solutions. During the workshop I will do the following: * Demonstrate and assist others to use the ‘Vital Reflection’ process. * Reflect on and practice the skills of facilitation. * Discuss practical strategies to effectively manage the relational environment. * Discuss decision-making processes.

‘Isn’t This A Leading Question?’ Noticing and making the difference in conversations with young people and their families

June 13 & 14
In many institutions this question, ‘Is this window bullet proof?’ will be collected and used as evidence of a disorder. In contrast, I consider this question offers us an opportunity to discover the world the young person is inhabiting. Through a discovery process that emphasises agency, movement and relational subjectivity we (young person and therapist) can find and generate story-lines that are lifeenhancing. I believe the experiential nature of therapeutic conversations can provide us with many opportunities to transform the narratives that are limiting young peoples lives. In this workshop I will demonstrate the skills that help us shift the way we listen, enquire and interact with young people and their families.

Advancing Therapeutic Conversations

September 12, 13, 15 & 16
The ‘Advancing Therapeutic Conversations’ workshop is orientated toward enhancing participants therapeutic skills. Consequently, people can and have attended this workshop many times with the intention of extending and developing particular therapeutic practices in a safe environment. Participants will become familiar with the following: • Discovering new possibilities through a focus on present-moment experience. • Creating the experience of movement and thus change through the therapeutic conversation. • Exposing the binary positions that trap people within pathologising narratives. • Negotiating ethical positions with people (clients), e.g. therapeutic relationship boundaries. • Working with stuck places in the therapy. Prerequisite Participants of this workshop will have previously attended an intensive with Johnella. Participants will also be familiar with the practices outlined in Constructing Narratives To Make A Difference (3 tutorial DVDs with a detailed workbook)