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Save the Date: 8th Service User Academia Symposium

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The 8th Service User Academia Symposium is on it’s way 

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th November 2018

The University of Melbourne, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street Carlton AUSTRALIA 3053

Contact Dr Sarah Gordon for more information sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Last year’s event in Wellington was a full house that saw service-user academics from across New Zealand, Australia and the UK come together to share ideas.

Call for Abstracts: 13th International Mental Health and Addiction Conference

The 13th Biennial Asia Pacific (AsPac) International Mental Health and Addiction Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on 31 October to 1 November 2018. The theme is Healthy Futures – Inspiration, Inclusion and Integration and the conference committee is now looking for abstracts for presentations, including those that share lived experience perspectives.

Find out more here: www.cmnzl.co.nz/healthy-futures/welcome/ 

Transgender Awareness Week 2015: Nov 14-20

Transgender awareness week starts on November 14th and finishes up on November 20th, the ninth annual Trans Day of Remembrance.

Trans on Campus  from The University of Auckland, Rainbow Youth and GenderBridge (pdf), have teamed up to organised two Trans Awareness Week events in Auckland, including a one-day symposium, Transacademia.

Learn more for Transgender Awareness Week…

Inside Out

Rainbow Youth: Queer and Trans Info Pages

 

The Mindfulness Summit: free and online from 1-31 October 2015

The Mindfulness Summit is an ONLINE and FREE event running the entire month of October 2015. Melli O’Brien of MrsMindfulness.com has gathered over 30 of the world’s leading experts on meditation and mindfulness for a series of online interviews, practice sessions and presentations taking place for free from October 1 – 31, 2015. Register online and receive an email everyday with a link to watch. Each day, a new free interview or keynote presentation will be available on that day only. Keynote speakers include Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ruby Wax, Russ Harris and more.

Find out more and register to take part at themindfulnesssummit.com/

DAY 1  Professor Mark WilliamsAn Introduction To Mindfulness

DAY 2  Joseph GoldsteinPractical Guidance On Mindful Living & Overcoming Common Obstacles

DAY 3  Dan HarrisFrom Sceptic to Meditator. Dan Shares How He ‘Tamed The Voice In His Head’ & How You Can Too

DAY 4  Jono FisherMindful Masculinity, Conscious Capitalism and Kindness

DAY 5  Dr. Susan AlbersHow to Practice Mindful Eating

DAY 6  Tami SimonHow Does Mindfulness Relate To Spiritual Awakening? An Interview & Meditation

DAY 7  Dr. Rick HansonThe Neuroscience Of Mindfulness

DAY 8  Elisha GoldsteinHow To Integrate Mindfulness Into Everyday Life

DAY 9  Ruby Wax: How Mindfulness Can Transform Depression, Overcome Performance Anxiety & Create A ‘Sane New World’

DAY 10  Tara BrachHow To End ‘The Trance of Unworthiness’ & Move Through Fear

DAY 11  Shamash AlidinaPractical Tips on Becoming More Mindful (Submit Questions for Day 17 Today)

DAY 12 Sam HarrisWaking Up. A Powerful Talk About Spirituality Without Religion

DAY 13  Jack KornfieldIntegrating ‘Spiritual’ Life With Everyday Life

DAY 14  Vidyamala BurchMindfulness For Chronic Pain & Suffering

DAY 15  Professor Paul GilbertHow To Practice Mindful Compassion

DAY 16  Dr. Dan Siegel & Caroline WelchThe Effects of Technology + Mindfulness Business & Leadership

DAY 17  Question and Answer Day 1

DAY 18 & nbsp;Lori DescheneMindfulness With Technology & The Power of Authenticity

DAY 19  Dr. Russ HarrisHow To Observe Your Thoughts & Feelings Without Getting Caught Up

DAY 20  Arianna HuffingtonHow To Thrive In This Information Age

DAY 21  Timothea GoddardThe Insights & Realisations That Develop Through Mindfulness

DAY 22  Mirabai BushMindfulness In Business (Submit Questions for Day 30 Today)

DAY 23  Dr. Kristen RaceMindful Parenting

DAY 24  Dan GolemanWhy Focus Is The Hidden Driver Of Excellence

DAY 25  Katherine Weare – Teaching Mindfulness To Children

DAY 26  Michael ChaskalsonMindfulness For Peak Performance

DAY 27  Richard BurnettMindfulness In Schools

DAY 28  Mindfulness Apps, Tools & Tech Day

DAY 29  Dr. Judson BrewerMindfulness For Addiction

DAY 30  Question & Answer Day 2

DAY 31  Jon Kabat-Zinn: LIVESTREAM October 31st 5:00 PM EDT/ 2:00 PM PDT/ 8:00 AM 1st November AEDT

Scholarships to attend the 2015 Service User Academia Symposium in Auckland

“Attendance at this symposium is ‘soul food’ for me on an intellectual, physically and emotional level providing me with an opportunity to connect with, and learn from, my peers. I find that being there with ‘my people’ and our allies affirms, encourages and challenges me in my work.” – Lyn Mahboub, 2014 scholarship recipient.

The Service User Academia symposium has been run annually since 2011 for the purposes of advancing the discipline of service user academia – the meaningful involvement of service users in mental health and addiction research and teaching.

The 5th Service User Academia symposium will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on the 30th November/1st December 2015 with the theme being ‘Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer’.

The co-hosts are pleased to announce the availability of 2 scholarships to support service users to attend.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident
  • identify as a service user/survivor/consumer
  • currently involved (in some capacity) in mental health research and/or teaching
  • have an interest in developing yourself as a service user academic
  • not currently in paid employment of more than one day per week
  • be unable to attend without the support of a scholarship.

VALUE

Each scholarship has a value of $1750 to go towards the travel and accommodation expenses associated with attendance; and a registration (valued at approximately $250).

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants are asked to prepare a 500-750 word essay explicating how you fit the criteria and:

  • what you anticipate getting out of the symposium
  • how you intend contributing to the symposium
  • how you will use the symposium to build service user academia capacity

All essays must be received by Dr Sarah Gordon no later than no later than 30th June 2015.

Recipients of the scholarships shall be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the University of Otago (NZ), the University of Canberra (Australia), ACT Health (Australia), Central Queensland University(Australia), and Auckland University of Technology (NZ).

For more information or to submit an essay:
Contact Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number: 0064 7 8235025
Email Address: sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Mind and Body Consultants: upcoming workshops

Mind and Body is running some of its most popular workshops across the country, and they thought your networks may be interested in these upcoming professional development opportunities in Auckland, Christchurch, Raumati, Hamilton and New Plymouth.

The interactive ‘reTHiNK Madness’ one-day workshop is useful for anyone wanting to gain a broader, destigmatised, understanding of mental ‘illness’. Previous attendees have come from a variety of industries including film, manufacturing, health, professional services, sports, retail, and the arts, and been family/whanau, colleagues, friends and people with personal experience of mental ‘illness’. This workshop sold-out within 3 days of promoting it last time so please don’t wait to book.

The ‘Introduction to Peer Support’ two-day workshop is popular with people who have lived experience of mental ‘illness’ and/or addictions and recovery, who are interested in learning about peer support. Peer support involves using your own experience of mental health challenges and recovery positively, to walk alongside others who are struggling with their mental health. This workshop gives participants a good overview of the topics and subjects covered in the Certificate of Peer Support (Mental Health) NZQA level 4 should you wish to further your studies.

Tickets for these events can be booked via Eventfinda by clicking on this link and selecting the workshop you are interested in.

The full Mind and Body training calendar for 2015 is now available on their website.

Nāku noa, nā
Taimi Allan – Communications – Mental Health Promotion Lead
Mind and Body Consultants
Ph: (649) 630 5909
Mob: 0224 TAIMI A (82464 2)
Fax: (649) 630 5944
www.mindandbody.co.nz
www.rethink.org.nz

Changing Minds panel: Virtues or Vices – The Social Constructs of Addiction

Changing Minds is the Auckland Regional Consumer Network for mental health and addictions.  They support self-determination and strive to work innovatively to encourage positive social change following a mission statement: “Leading brave conversations to redefine mental health and addictions in Aotearoa”.

Here are some of the issues and concepts which will be the focus of their upcoming panel discussion: how society contributes to the development of addictions; who and what defines an addiction; effective approaches to addressing addictions, community led versus ‘top down’ approaches; the legal implications of addiction; and the question “Can there be a ‘positive addiction’?”

Changing Minds is excited to announce their panelists:
Catherine Healy: CEO Prostitutes Collective
Peter Adams: Professor, University of Auckland
Alexander Stevens: Counsellor, social worker, lecturer, smokefree clinician
Brody Runga: Consumer Advisor Odyssey House
CADS: TBC
Facilitated by James King.

Where and when:
4th June 2015
7.00pm – 9.00 (the discussion will begin 7pm sharp); nibbles available prior and post discussion.
Jubilee Hall; 545 Parnell Road,  Parnell, Akld 1052
RSVP: margaret@changingminds.org.nz ; 09 623 1762 (places are limited so prompt reservations are suggested)

Contact for enquiries:
Ainslie Gee
Manager
PH: 09 623 1763 // 022 697 4884
PO Box 10256, Dominion Rd, 1446
www.changingminds.org.nz

Te Pou: Peer support competencies ‘sandstone to sharpen practice on’

The following is a press release from Te Pou, from their website:

The resource Competencies for the mental health and addiction service user, consumer and peer workforce were launched on November 11 at Te Pou in Auckland.

Dr John Crawshaw, director of mental health, gave an opening address to the mental health and addiction sector people from across the North Island. He acknowledged the pivotal role the service user, consumer and peer workforce has in informing service development and working alongside clinical services, supporting people to self manage and drive their own recovery.

Dr Crawshaw was followed by two peer support workers who spoke about their experience and what peer work meant for them. Elton Hakopa, addiction peer support worker from the drug court, gave a stirring and entertaining outline of his experiences. Elton gave the quote of the day, or even the year when he said “these competencies are the sandstone I will sharpen my practice on”.

Ahmad Al-Ali, mental health peer worker from Mind and Body, also entertained the crowd with his self-deprecating wit and story of courage. Both exemplified the state of gratitude they were in to be able to use their powerful experiences to support other people’s self-determination and wellbeing.

Robyn Shearer, Te Pou chief executive, talked about the power of people from across mental health and addiction co-designing and co-developing the competencies.

Two documents created to support the competency framework were also launched: The Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for managers and employers and the Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for planners and funders. These are available to download alongside the competencies. These documents provide information and sound direction for people managing and employing peer workforce members and for planners and funders investing in this exciting growth area in the mental health and addiction workforce.

To contact Te Pou or for further information:

http://www.tepou.co.nz/

Email: info@tepou.co.nz

Te Pou phone numbers online here.

Disability Rights New Zealand Law and Legislation | Auckland 12 Dec 2014 and 28 Jan 2015

CCS Disability Action has an exciting opportunity for Disabled people or their family/whanau.

They are looking for people with disabilities who are emerging leaders who want to strengthen their leadership skills. They want people who want to strengthen their knowledge of their rights. These workshops are being run by Auckland Disability Law and are being hosted by CCS Disability Action. There are two half-day workshops, and they both cover different material, so it would be great if people who register could come to both. The morning workshop is open to disabled people or family members of disabled people, however ADL have kindly given up their time to facilitate afternoon sessions for professionals and any other community groups who would like to attend.

People who require support during the morning sessions are welcome to bring their support workers.

Workshop dates are

  • Friday 12 December 2014 – 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 28 January 2015 – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Please Register by Friday 28 November 2014

For more information contact:

Kylie Elsbury-Dawson, Resource and Support Coordinator

CCS Disability Action, Northern Region

www.northern.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Online Mental-Health and Happiness Summit | 10 Oct 2014

At the online Mental Health and Happiness Summit on October 10th, 2014, you will hear from leading experts around the world sharing their knowledge, point of view and tips on mental health and happiness.

Speakers include

  • Peter Breggin
  • Robert Whittaker
  • Nancy Buck
  • Rick Hanson
  • and 20 more…

It is free to register to watch the symposium. Everyone who registers will receive the opportunity to purchase recordings of their favourite presentations for future use.

Note: Presentation times are reported in GMT, which is one hour behind NZ time.

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