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National Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Conference | Wellington 14/15 Nov 2013

Te Pou is pleased to sponsor the Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AnzaCBT) national conference and pre-conference workshop.

Taking place in Wellington on 14 and 15 November, the conference brings together experts in the field of CBT from New Zealand and Australia.

Conference Presentations: 

  • Cultural Competency in CBT The Role of Self-Practice/Self-Reflection, Dr Beverly Haarhoff, Massey University.
  • Hearing Voices: CBT group therapy for people who hear voices, Dr Clare Calvert.
  • Use of Metaphor in CBT:  Fiona Mathieson, Otago Medical School, Wellington

Conference Workshop: 

The Conference also includes a two-hour workshop with Dr Rob Shieff and Helen Perry, outlining the Ehlers and Clark (2000) model of PTSD, with special reference to the neuropsychological aspects of PTSD and the implications for CBT.

Cultural Competency Workshop Wellington 25 Nov 2013

An interactive workshop designed to assist your organisation to build cultural competency in staff.  The programme will give an overview of useful Maori language, insight into some fundamental Maori cultural beliefs, along with practical advice on how to engage with Maori.

The next public workshop is running in Wellington: Mon 25 November 9am – 4pm

To enrol online or view more workshop dates and locations visit www.awawhenua.co.nz

  •  Per Person Enrolment Fee: $395 (excl GST); 25% discount applies for community organisations

Awa Whenua can also run an in-house workshop for your organisation.

Contact Tania on tania@awawhenua.co.nz for more information.

Volunteers Sought for Buddies Peer Support Service

Buddies is a peer support service operating from the belief that people experiencing mental distress benefit from contact with other people with similar experience.

Buddies are people who know recovery is possible and are willing to share their experience. Volunteers spend time with people at Te Whare O Matairangi as well as participating in community events. Buddies are volunteers and are independent of the District Health Board.

The team is now seeking new volunteers to join Buddies. Please contact Buddies at Kites Trust for more information on how you can use your personal lived experience of recovery from mental distress to help.

Buddies Peer Support Service
04 3852104

Join Buddy Day: Campaign Against Child Abuse


15 November 2013

Child Matters’ campaign against child abuse started in Hamilton and is now coming to Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga, spreading its very important talking points against child abuse.

To join the campaign, sign up to to hang out with a cardboard cut out of a kid for a day at your Network / Service / Public Space.
Register for Buddy Day NZ before November… all you have to do is hang out and introduce your buddy to your peeps and share the information you’ll be given. 


Educating and supporting adults to keep New Zealand children safe from child abuse.

Like Minds Concert | Wellington | 12 Oct 2013

The Like Minds concert is a fundraising event for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, scheduled for Saturday 12th October at Bodega in Wellington during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The event will showcase multiple performers over the course of approximately six hours.

The line-up includes:

• Samuel Scott & Luke Buda (The Phoenix Foundation)
• Aaron Tokona (Cairo Knife Fight / AhoriBuzz)
• Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds / Fly My Pretties)
• Adam Ladley & Holly Beals (Family Cactus)
• Matthew Armitage
• Bikini Roulette
• What Noisy Cats

All the artists and crew involved will be giving their time and talents for free, meaning all ticket sales (minus promotion and production costs) will be going directly to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Tickets on sale now from undertheradar.co.nz

Find out more on Facebook.

Want to Know More About Drawing Therapy?

Interactive Drawing Therapy Ltd are an Australasian group that provide a range of Interactive Drawing Therapy workshops and training opportunities in New Zealand and Australia.

They are running a range of training events in New Zealand in the coming months. Click here to visit the IDT website and find out more about what is available and how to enrol.

If you are interested in knowing a bit more about drawing therapy, there is some good information available on the IDT website too.

IDT One-Day Retreats New Zealand 2013

  • Palmerston North Retreat: “Refresh and Restore”
    • Saturday 10 August, 2013
    • Facilitator:  Gillian Hunt
  • Auckland Retreat: “Draw Where it Hurts”
    • Saturday 28 September, 2013
    • Facilitator:  Russell Withers

New Zealand Foundation Courses 2013


Unit One Unit Two
Hamilton 5-6 July 8-9 July
Napier 16-17 August 6-7 September
Dunedin 6-7 September 9-10 September
Whangarei 3-4 October 7-8 October
Auckland 4-5 October 7-8 October
Wellington 11-12 October 25-26 October
  • Advanced Course; Auckland – 25-27 July




Wellington Children & Adolescents 19-20 September
Auckland IDT-based Supervision 11-12 October
Auckland Couples & Family 7-8 November

Another Complaint, Another Improvement Towards Better Disability Services

3RD National Disability Conference

  • Monday, 17 June 2013
  • Westpac Stadium, Wellington

The registration deadline for the conference has been extended – the registrations will now close on Friday, 7 June 2013.

Information for Individuals:
If you are a consumer and need assistance with conference cost, please contact our office as we may be able to find a sponsor for you. Please note that family members and unpaid carers may also be eligible for assistance with the conference cost.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit: www.hdc.org.nz/about-us/disability/events/3rd-national-disability-conference

Information for Organisations:
The conference offers a great opportunity to showcase your organisation and its products and services to the disability sector. It will be a unique gathering of disabled people, family members, consumer groups, professionals, service providers and government officials under one roof.

You can either register a trade booth at the conference, or advertise in the conference souvenir booklet, or both. Trade booth holders can also register their staff for the conference at a discounted rate.

Please note that the trade and catering are in the same room to ensure a heavy foot traffic at the booths during morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea breaks. In addition, we have an hour after lunch break where people will be encouraged to visit the trade booths.By hiring a trade booth or advertising in the conference souvenir, you will be supporting consumers to attend the conference at a subsidised rate – we thank you in advance for this support.

You can also support the conference by becoming a sponsor. It costs only $40+GST to sponsor a consumer. If you are able and willing to sponsor a few consumers to the conference please contact us. Your generosity will be acknowledged in the conference souvenir.

Please circulate the conference information to your members, service users, and other networks. It would be appreciated if you can add a word about the conference on your website, newsletters and/ or other circulations.

To register a trade booth or a souvenir advertisement, visit: www.hdc.org.nz/about-us/disability/events/3rd-national-disability-conference

10 Days Until Petition Presented at Parliament – Help Gather Signatures In Your Town


Click here to download a copy of the Paper Petition to collect hard-copy signatures from your community. Instructions on returning signed petitions are at the bottom of the page. The petition flyer is on one side so you have some background information to show people when approaching them for signatures.



Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Builds Up to Petition Presentation at Parliament


Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Makes it to the Final Month


Annie Chapman is walking the length of the North Island along the Te Araroa trail to raise awareness about the need for better mental healthcare options in NZ and gather signatures for a petition to parliament. She left Cape Reinga in December 2012 and is passing through every town on her way to Wellington. The Hikoi reaches the Beehive on the 11th of June. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the Hikoi events:  parents, family members, friends, professionals, town-planners and people with lived experience.

  • Fielding: 13 May, Community Hikoi Meeting, Manchester House Social Services, 68 Aorangi St, Feilding; Monday 13 May 9:00am
  • Palmerston North; May 15; Community Hikoi Meeting, Manawatu Supporting Families, Level 3 Westside Chambers, 151 The Square, Palmerston North, 1pm – 3pm Wednesday May 15th
  • Otaki 23rd May: Details Coming Soon
  • Coastal Track 25/26 June, Join Annie Walking: Walking Coastal Track Waikanae to Paekakariki: 25/26 May: Bring your banners!
    • Sat 25th meet 10am Waikanae bridge SH1
    • Sun 26th meet 10am Raumati Beach below swimming pool complex, end of Garden Rd
  • Wellington; 27 May, Open Dialogue Seminar with Jaana Castella featuring Annie Chapman, Newtown Community Centre, 6:30-8:30pm, $20 waged / koha unwaged
  • Wellington 29 May, Community Hikoi Meeting: Time and venue TBC
  • Raumati: 30 May, Community Hikoi Meeting, Te Ara Korowai, 1 Weka Rd, Raumati Beach, 12pm – 2 pm
  • New Plymouth: 5/6 June: Community Hikoi Meeting, Time and Venue coming soon
  • Mt Kaukau Walking Leg: Sunday 9 June: Join Annie Walking: Walk Mt Kaukau- Botanical Gardens with banner. Meet at Mt Kaukau viewing platform 10am
  • Wellington: Tuesday 11 June: The Home Run: Walk from Botanical gardens to Parliament with banner in morning (huge crowd very welcome!!).  Meet 10.30am Rose Gardens, arrive at parliament 12 noon for petition presentation 12.30pm lunchtime Hikoi picnic. Hooray!!!
  • Wellington: 11 June: Picnic at Parliament and Petition Presentation: Celebrate and support the Hikoi’s message to parliament by joining a lunchtime picnic on the lawn of the Beehive as Annie Chapman presents the Petition for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices  and supporting evidence to parliament. More details coming soon. 


Save and print a copy of the Paper Petition to help gather signatures!

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