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Dealing with Disclosures of Sexual Violence Workshop 13 June 2012

Sexual violence impacts the lives of many in New Zealand. It is essential for our communities to know how to support people who have experienced sexual violence

Are You Confident in Dealing with Disclosures of Sexual Violence?

In this one day interactive workshop you will learn about…

  • Historical perspectives, myths and societal beliefs of sexual violence.
  • The prevalence, dynamics and effects of sexual violence.
  • The legal aspects of sexual violence.
  • The practical implications of dealing with disclosures for your client, and you as a professional.
  • Effective, safe pathways to responding to a disclosure.
  • Services available in your area for survivors and people working with them.

ONE DAY WORKSHOP: 13th June 2012
$224.25 inclu GST (Private workshops available for groups as requested)

*** Receive a 50% discount on any of our half-day workshop when you book on a full day and half day workshop at the same time ***

Please see attached flyer for any additional information or the website www.rpe.co.nz.  For further enquiries or to register please email training@rapecrisis.org.nz for a registration form or contact Marama Hetaraka on 361 2730

Free Writing Workshops Christchurch 26 & 27 May 2012

Kick start the creative process with free writing workshops – Christchurch

Give quake-brain the boot and kick start your writing with a weekend of free workshops from some of the country’s leading authors, poets and publishers. Sponsored by Copyright Licensing Ltd and The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc), the weekend will include tips to writing film scripts, how to craft a play, the steps to self-publishing on Kindle and exploring the hero’s journey.

Event organiser, Jenny Haworth of New Zealand Society of Authors, says both Copyright Licensing Ltd and The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) realised the importance of getting Cantabrians writing again.  “The impact of stress on the creative process can stop writers in their tracks,” she says. “I’m hearing from writers across the city that many feel they’ve hit a brick wall and don’t know how to get started writing again.”  Ms Haworth says the 90-minute workshops will be a chance for writers to re-boot their creative brain.  “With writing talents such as Gavin Bishop, Press feature writer Martin Van Beynen and poet Karen Zelas on hand, it will be a weekend that fires up imaginations and will have Cantabrians putting pen to paper in no time.  “Best of all, thanks to the sponsorship from Copyright Licensing Ltd and The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) the workshops are all free,” she says.

The workshops will explore the impact of the earthquakes on creative work and will include writing exercises to stimulate creativity and the expression of inner emotions.

The line up of presenters includes:

Saturday 26 May
10:15am  Kathleen Gallagher (How to Write a Film Script) or Kathryn Taylor (Fiction Writing)
11:45am  Gary Henderson (How to Craft a Play – how to write using the vocabulary of theatre, and translate from prose into theatre) or Karen Zelas (Writing Poetry)
1:15pm  Gavin Bishop (Making Pictures that Tell a Story)
1:30pm Jenny Haworth (The Business of Writing – Planning your work for publication)
2:25pm  Jillian Sullivan (The Hero’s Journey – the importance of archetypes in fiction writing)

Sunday 27 May
10:15am Martin van Beynen (Writing Non-fiction)
11:45am David Roys (How to Self-Publish a Kindle Novel)
1:30pm Rachel Scott (The World of Publishing)

Where:  Community Meeting Room and Learning Centre Room 3, Upper Riccarton Library, 71 Main South Rd, Sockburn (check times and venue for Saturday workshops)
When:  Saturday, 26 / Sunday, 27 May from 10:15am
What: Free writing workshops for Christchurch writers, new or established. Bring writing materials.

Click here for full programme details.

Recovery from PTSD on Take It From Us radio 15 May 2012

The guest on Take It From Us Tuesday 15 May  tells a traumatic story of personal survival, and eventual healing. Her diagnosis of complex post traumatic stress disorder led to discrimination from specialists, however, Sharron found her own path to recovery. Hear her story on PlanetFM 104.6FM  @ 12.30pm Tuesday 15 May.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget their new Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box; our email is takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

Nationwide Ministry of Health Resources

for your information and reference – Nationwide resources….provided by Ministry of Health across New Zealand

Support and help for individuals

Helplines

  • Lifeline 0800 543 354
  • Lifeline’s Suicide helpline 0508 TAUTOKO
  • Youthline 0800 376 633
  • Kidsline 0800 543 754 (weekdays 4-6 pm)
  • What’s Up 0800 942 8787 (one to 11 pm 7 days, for young people aged 5 to 18)
  •  Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
  • Samaritans 0800 826 666 (lower North Island and Upper South Island) provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support through their telephone helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to people in distress and at risk of dying by suicide.
  • Healthline 0800 611 116

Websites

  • The Lowdown (for young people) www.thelowdown.co.nz or freetext 5626
  • The Depression website www.depression.org.nz  which provides information about depression and an online depression self-management programme ‘The Journal’ presented by John Kirwan, which is backed up by online and phone base personalised support services.
  • Samaritans www.samaritans.org.nz

Services

  • Primary care professional or general practitioner
  • Community mental health service through the local district health boards (contact details in the white pages or at www.moh.govt.nz/districthealthboards

Support for families and friends

General Information Sources

  • Ministry of Health www.moh.govt.nz/suicideprevention – information about suicide and suicide prevention, facts, and Ministry publications
  • Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand www.spinz.org.nz – the national information service to provide high quality information to promote safe and effective suicide prevention activities.
  • The Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.nz provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whanau and friends.

Call for Govt Recognition of Past Abuse in Psychiatric Institutions

Sign the on-line petition: An Acknowledgment of historic injustice against former patients of NZ psychiatric hospitals

Between July 2005 and April 2007 a Confidential Forum was held for former In-patients of psychiatric hospitals. Over 400 former patients spoke about their experiences. The final report of the Confidential Forum Te Aiotonga (2007, available from the Department of Internal Affairs) outlines the themes that emerged including occurrences of physical violence and sexual misconduct; and de-humanising environments. The report remains formally unacknowledged by the government.

A United Nations report on New Zealand’s compliance with the UN convention against torture in 2009 recommended that the NZ government should take appropriate measures to ensure that allegations of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in the “historic cases” are investigated promptly and impartially, perpetrators duly prosecuted, and the victims accorded redress, including adequate compensation and rehabilitation.”

Phoenix Group, a Wellington group of people who have experienced mental distress are using the publicity surrounding the release of Jim Marbrook’s Mental Notes to call on the government to make a formal apology.

How can you help? 

Print this postcard and send it to parliament – and give a copy to a friend so they can do the same. Postage is free. 

confidential forum protest postcard for print

And share this notice around!

 

Ma te whakatau, ka mohio

When we are shown, we come to know

Ma te mohio, ka marama

When we know, we come to understand

Ma te marama, ka ora ai tatou

When we understand, we all achieve wellness

ACC Threatens Blogger with Legal Action

Legal row over ACC blogger

from Off the Couch: Kyle MacDonald on April 15, 2012. This article appeared on the Stuff website on Sunday the 15th, 2012.

A senior medical officer in ACC’s sensitive claims unit has made legal threats to a blogger who posted information about his employment history, in the wake of a mass privacy breach.

Peter Dodwell, the branch medical advisor of the unit that deals with rape and abuse victims, was fired from his previous job in Australia over a privacy issue.

Both Dodwell and ACC’s senior medical advisor, Peter Jansen, have threatened legal action against blogger Kyle Macdonald, a psychotherapist who regularly speaks out against the corporation… (Click here for the rest of this blogpost)

 

Dealing with Disclosures Workshop 26 April 2012

Sexual violence impacts the lives of many in New Zealand.
It is essential for our communities to know how to support people who have experienced sexual violence

Are You Confident in Dealing with Disclosures of Sexual Violence?

In this one day interactive workshop you will learn about:

•   Historical perspectives, myths and societal beliefs of sexual violence.
•   The prevalence, dynamics and effects of sexual violence.
•   The legal aspects of sexual violence.
•   The practical implications of dealing with disclosures for your client, and you as a professional.
•   Effective, safe pathways to responding to a disclosure.
•   Services available in your area for survivors and people working with them.

ONE DAY WORKSHOP
26th April 2012
$195.00 plus GST
(Private workshops available for groups as requested)

*** Receive a 50% discount on any of our half-day workshop when you book on a full day and half day workshop at the same time ***

For any additional information visit the website www.rpe.co.nz.  For further enquiries or to register please email training@rapecrisis.org.nz for a registration form or contact Marama Hetaraka on 361 2730

Changes to the Crimes Act from March 19

The following is an excerpt from Margret Barnett-Davidson’s recent article in Kai Tiaki Nursing NZ, February 2012, Vol 18 No 1, p 31.

“…The changes expand the legal duties of those caring for children and increase the maximum penalty for this offence. As part of the recent changes, however, from March 19, the Crimes Act includes a new offence against a new group defined as “vulnerable adults” who, like children, for various reasons are not able to remove themselves from a risk of serious harm.

The changes to the Act include the repeal of the offence of Cruelty to a Child (section 195), replacing this with Ill-treatment or Neglect of Child or Vulnerable Adult (s195), and the new offence of Failure to Protect Child or Vulnerable Adult (s195A).

It is the latter new offence which nurses, midwives and caregivers need to be aware of, as it creates potential criminal liability for a failure to protect a vulnerable person from the potential actions of others – a crime of omission – rather than the more usual crime of commission.

The elements of the new offence have wide reaching implications for health-related institutions and practitioners.”…

Off the Couch by Kyle MacDonald 22 March 2012

Where there’s smoke…

by Off the Couch: Kyle MacDonald on March 22, 2012

When all this ACC carry on about Sensitive Claims kicked off in 2009, and I started this blog, I had no idea that three years later I’d still be banging on about the problems and difficulties claimants and professionals encounter.

I’ve become one of those people who have become embattled with ACC, albeit for a much different reason and with none of the the consequences experienced by many claimants.

Stories that have begun to break about Bronwyn Pullar that suggest she has been fighting for ten years.  There are also many, many others who don’t have such powerful friends.

And this reaction to the ACC has been of interest to me as a psychotherapist, and I believe in many ways unique to the ACC.  So what is it about ACC that means that people fight and keep fighting with them?…(Click here for the rest of this blog post.)

Family Violence Prevention Hui 2 March 2012

Regional Hui on Family and Sexual Violence Prevention

  • Friday 2 March, 9 – 3:30pm
  • Orākei Marae, 59b Kitemoana Street
  • Registrations from 8:45am
  • Pōwhiri: 9:15am

This is the first time the Auckland region has come together to discuss the role of Auckland Council in the prevention of Family and Sexual Violence. This hui is being held to support submissions into the Auckland Council’s Long Term Plan.

This hui is led by Māori and the Family and Sexual Violence intervention sectors and hosted by Auckland Council and the Ministry of Social Development.

The Hui will include presentations from Whanau Tu Rangatira (Maori), Pasifika and Ethnic communities, the Sexual Violence intervention sector and the Family Violence networks.

Please RSVP by Thursday 23 February to Kelly Maung Kelly.Maung@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz with any catering requirements (e.g. vegetarian, halal) or access requirements (e.g. NZSL interpreters, format of documents etc).

The venue has step-free access and accessible toilets. Personal assistance dogs are welcome. NZSL interpreters have been booked but please indicate if you require this.