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New Family Connections Leaders Two Day Training in Auckland

 This training will give participants an understanding of the Family Connections programme  and practical skills to deliver it to whānau.

Date: Thursday 27 – Friday 28 February 2020, 9am – 4:30pm each day.

Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre, Ellerslie Racecourse, 100 Ascot Ave, Remuera.

Trainers: Dr Tessa Brudevold-Iversen and Dr Maria Sampson. See their bios below on this page.

Cost: $250 incl. GST (Covers lunches, morning afternoon teas, training materials.)

Who can attend Family Connections Leaders training?

  • Staff who are committed to co-facilitating a 12 week FC group for whānau in their local area and have the support and approval of their service manager to do so. It is recommended they attend with at least one other colleague from the service. Prior knowledge of DBT skills is an advantage though not a prerequisite.
  • Whānau members who have completed a 12 week Family Connections group in last 2 years and have endorsement from their FC group facilitator to co-facilitate future FC groups.

What will you get from attending the Family Connection Leaders training?

  • A certificate that will enable you to deliver FC groups alongside an experienced FC group leader.
  • Access to resources on the international NeaBPD website as a FC Leader.
  • As a FC group leader you will be involved in facilitating positive change for whānau with flow-on positive effects for the person who experiences hard to control emotions and their relationship.

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Trainer Bios

Dr Tessa Brudevold-Iversen is a clinical psychologist who specialises in DBT for adolescents and has more recently been involved in treatment development of DBT for eating disorders.  She was a co-researcher on a treatment development project utilising DBT to treat adolescents with eating disorders and emotional dysregulation and provides DBT trainings for mental health services, NGOs, and universities.  She is a also part of the training team at DBTNZ. Tessa facilitates Family Connections groups and has been involved in this since it first started in New Zealand.  She did DBT-specific post-doctoral study in Seattle, Washington, USA working with Marsha Linehan and other Behavioral Tech clinicians.  Tessa provides DBT supervision and consultation to both individual clinicians and teams and is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician.

Dr Maria Sampson is a clinical psychologist who specialises in DBT for adults within a busy central specialist adult mental health service, where she provides all modalities of the treatment  Her research has focused on the effects of adverse experiences on mental health and clinical assessment practices.  She has been facilitating Family Connections groups since 2015 and she provides DBT supervision and consultation.  She has also been involved in developing innovative group interventions for psychosis and adaptations of DBT skills group curriculums for the DHB.