The Garden Therapeutic Group – Train the Facilitator (NAHA)

The Garden Therapeutic Group is for infants and toddlers aged 0-4 years accompanied by a parent, who have experienced homelessness or domestic or family violence.

The Garden promotes shared positive experiences and supports the relationship between a parent and their child. The group sessions use child focused, evidence-based theories and themes including music, relaxation, cooking, exploring and puppetry.

Over two day you will learn how to facilitate the program and be provided with tips and advice on how to achieve therapeutic outcomes for parents and their children. Time to practice and familiarise yourself with the exercises and sessions is included in this two-day workshop.

As part of this training, you will receive a comprehensive facilitator’s manual required to run The Garden successfully. Click here to view the manual.

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Trauma Informed Practice for Frontline Workers (NAHA)

Trauma Informed Practice for Frontline Workers is an introductory course for workers in the homelessness and domestic violence sectors.

This one-day program emphasises physical, psychological and emotional safety and provides insight into supporting a sense of control and empowerment for survivors of childhood trauma.

Topics include:

  • brain development and the impact of trauma on development
  • the neuroscience of trauma impact
  • childhood trauma and the impact on attachment
  • creating a sense of safety for children with experiences of trauma
  • trauma triggers and effective responses


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Therapeutic Group Programs for Children: Train the Facilitator (NAHA)

Running group programs for children can be challenging. Together4Kids have developed three group programs specifically for children who have experienced homelessness or domestic or family violence. Each program has a comprehensive facilitator’s manual with all the information and resources needed to run a group program.

In this two-day training, you will learn theories that underpin group processes and be given tips and advice on how to successfully run a children’s group with therapeutic outcomes.

There will be time to practice some of the exercises and familiarise yourself with Together4Kids’ group programs: The Pirates Group (boys 5-9 years), Caterpillars to Butterflies (girls 5-9 years) and The Garden (parent and infant 0-3 years).

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Deactivating the Buttons: A trauma-informed workshop with Dr Laurie MacKinnon

Integrating a trauma lens with a counselling framework: A two-day workshop for counsellors, psychologists, social workers and mental health professionals

This workshop outlines and critiques common therapeutic approaches to working with trauma and demonstrates how Radical Exposure Tapping (RET) can be used quickly and effectively to resolve memories of disturbing events that fuel PTSD, anxiety, fears, emotional reactivity and patterns of escalating conflict.

Participants receive hands-on clinical training for integrating Radical Exposure Tapping (RET) into a counselling framework.

About Dr Laurie MacKinnon PhD

For over 30 years, Laurie MacKinnon PhD has provided counselling for individuals, couples and families, supervision and training of therapists and mental health professionals and consultation to many of Sydney’s counselling organisations. She has published widely within the field of couple and family therapy and is the author of Trust and Betrayal in the Treatment of Child Abuse.

For more information about RET and Dr Laurie MacKinnon click here

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