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The Collaborative Trust Update: November 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Training, Community Groups

Research and Evaluation

Wow, what a year 2020 has been! Now, more than ever it is really important to keep up the mahi of supporting the healthy development and wellbeing of our tamariki and rangatahi. As we head towards 2021 we have some room in our schedule to take on new projects. Our experienced team of researchers and evaluators are available to take on your research projects and evaluation needs.

Get in touch with Janet if you have some research you are interested in working on, or you have a programme or project that would benefit from evaluation (janet[at]

Check out the range of research and evaluation work we do.

Lunchtime Seminar Series: Christchurch

Negotiating Multiple Identities: Intersecting identities and wellbeing among Māori, Pacific, Rainbow and Disabled young people

Date: Monday 7th December 2020.
Time: 12.30 to 1.30pm.
Cost: FREE.

Youth19 co-leaders Associate Professor Terryann Clark and Associate Professor Terry Fleming will focus on recent analyses regarding health and wellbeing of:

  • Youth19 Rainbow Rangatahi Māori;
  • Pacific Rainbow young people;
  • Rangatahi with a disability or chronic condition;
  • Pacific young people with a disability or chronic condition; and
  • Rainbow young people with a disability or chronic condition.

Find out more about this youth focused lunchtime seminar, including how to register. Registration is essential.

Upcoming 2021 Online Training

Supporting Young People's Development and Wellbeing: Tuesday 16th February 2021

Wellbeing is often portrayed in media and policy as equating with Health, Wealth and Happiness. Yet, anyone who works with young people knows there is much more to being well, and it doesn't look the same from one young person to the next.

Find out more about this youth development and wellbeing workshop.

Sowing and Growing the Seeds of Compassion and Kindness: Tuesday 9th March 2021

Research has found that compassion is a response that has ensured our survival. Putting compassion and kindness into action repeatedly with awareness, continues to ensure not only our basic biological survival, but it also optimises our physical and psychological wellbeing. How do compassion and kindness benefit us?

Find out more about this workshop on compassion and kindness.

Managing Big Emotions: Thursday 25th March 2021

With a focus on the significant adults in the lives of young people, this workshop aims to provide a basic  understanding of the role of ‘big feelings’ in development. Anxiety will be the main emotion that will be explored and those attending will gain knowledge, skills and confidence in managing anxious behaviours in a way that promotes a young person’s bravery and wellbeing.

Get more information on this workshop on managing big emotions.

Research Reflection: Social Communication Disorder is not Autism and gave me Great Learning!

By Cathy Cooper

This year I worked with a high school student with a diagnosis of Social Communication Disorder (SCD). I had no idea what this meant for the student, which meant the student unwittingly provided a great learning opportunity for me.

For example, I learned that SCD is characterised primarily by an impairment in pragmatics - the area of linguistics about how meaning is created and interpreted in verbal and nonverbal interactions. Therefore, the student I was working with was not impaired in understanding word structure or grammar, or in general cognitive abilities. They principally had difficulty using language in social situations, such as in greetings and sharing information, as well as in changing speech to fit different social contexts, understanding meaning that is inferred but not plainly stated, and functioning in conversation and storytelling.

Read more of Cathy Cooper's reflection on Social Communication Disorder.

Community News

Master of Health Psychology 2021

Applications are open for the inaugural year of the Master of Health Psychology at Te Herenga Waka/ Victoria University of Wellington. This new 240-point Master’s programme will provide you with an advanced understanding of the interactions between the biological, psychological, social, environmental, and cultural aspects of health and wellbeing. If you want to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of diverse communities in Aotearoa, the Master of Health Psychology could be an ideal pathway for you.

Get more information on the Master of Health Psychology programme.

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

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

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041