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The Collaborative Trust Update: July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Training, workshop, young people, mental health

Treating a Broken Leg like Mental Illness.

Watch Part 3 of Michael Hempseed's informative video on Understanding Depression.

Research Reflection: Building Trust With Children Who Have Experienced Developmental Trauma

By Candace Bobier

I recently came across the special issue in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy from 2017: Relational Trauma and Family Therapy. Linda MacKay’s descriptions of the articles contained therein had me so enticed I couldn’t decide which article to read first.

Having heard Jonathon Baylin speak in Christchurch a few years ago, I started with his brief article - Social Buffering and Compassionate Stories: The Neuroscience of Trust Building with Children in Care. The article is presented in Dr Baylin’s easy to digest engaging style which makes one wish it was more than five and a half pages long, but packs a lot into those pages.

Read more of this reflective article on building trust with children dealing with developmental trauma.

Upcoming Christchurch Workshops

Was Winnie the Pooh on Drugs? - Thursday 26 July

He seems such a loveable bear, a little overweight, but that’s just cuddly right? How dependent is he on his honey? Do the other characters in A.A. Milne’s classic stories have something to tell us about life and the realities of a society that needs its stimulants?

Join this workshop where we will focus on how to help young people make wise choices about alcohol and other drugs.

Find out more about this workshop.

The Alphabet Jungle: Understanding Complex Mental Illness - Tuesday 7 August

FASD - BPD - CPTSD - ASD - nosLD - are you confused by the alphabet jungle?

There is a growing understanding that often mental illness is much more complex than straight anxiety and depression. Often a young person will present with several mental illnesses or challenges. They may experience joblessness, homelessness and isolation. This can often be overwhelming for many professionals.

In this practical workshop we will look at new research around co-existing problems and look at some practical steps that professionals can take to help clients who are often put in the "too hard" basket. We will also look at some screening tools as well as discussing ways to build resilience in young people.

Get more information on this Alphabet Jungle workshop.

In a Relationship: It's Complicated - Thursday 23 August

In our rapidly changing social media landscape helping young people to navigate relationships is more important than ever.

In this interactive workshop we will look at the diversity, relationships and consent.  We will help you understand the world your young people are living in and how to support them develop strong and healthy relationships.

Find out more about this workshop on relationships.

Involve 2018: Programme Announcement

The announcement you've all been waiting for!
The programme for this year's largest youth development event Involve 2018 is now LIVE!

Early bird registrations have been extended until Friday 20th July to celebrate.

Next month's conference in Pōneke will bring together hundreds of youth development experts to share their skills and knowledge - don't miss out!

Community News

Strengthening the Youth Sector Forum #3 - Wednesday 18 July

This forum will have a focus on how can Youth Organisations and the Youth Development Sector can create safe and accepting spaces as well as learning to identify and reduce barriers for our LGBTQIA+ young people.

Find out more about this Strengthening the Youth Sector Forum.

Child, Family & Whānau Mental Health Training Forum - Thursday 19 July

Associate Professor Vanessa Cobham will provide an overview of childhood trauma and interventions for children and whanau who have experienced trauma.

Get more information on this mental health training forum.

Be sure to keep up to date with What's On on the Collaborative website.

Contact The Collaborative Trust for more information (info[at]

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

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