Workshop Examples

Gender Diversity and Rainbow Awareness

There has been a shift in the gender landscape, how gender is expressed and experienced has changed significantly in the last five years. How we are able to respond to these changes has a direct impact on our ability to support our young people and those who work with them. Currently our gender diverse communities are facing barriers in the areas of education, income, health and well-being.  This workshop will identify barriers and some strategies to provide support young people and those who work with them.


‘Inclusivity’ has become a buzzword that is tossed around often, but what does it mean and what does it look like in practice? If we define inclusivity as a healthy wellbeing practice where we consciously and actively include many different types of people (those with varying abilities, beliefs, ethnicities, experiences and preferences) and work on treating each person fairly and equally, we have a clear sense of inclusive direction. However, our best-intentioned direction can become murky with our own conscious and unconscious biases. Today we will focus on how we can cultivate inclusivity both personally and professionally through an awareness of our own biases and by addressing these biases.

Managing Big Emotions

With a focus on the significant mentors in the lives of young people, this workshop aims to provide a basic understanding of the role of ‘big feelings’ in development. The aim is to develop an understanding of how to best support people with difficult emotions. There will be some general introductory information about how to be a regulating force for others, and then walk through specific examples of anxiety, frustration/anger, sadness, etc.)

Understanding Mental Illness

Anxiety and/or depression affects around 1 in 6 young New Zealanders. This workshop will give you a solid understanding of mental illness in young people based on the latest scientific evidence, presented in a way that is easy to understand. This evidence based, best practice workshop will empower you to help a young person with a mental illness. Key learnings: 

  • An understanding of brain development in young people and maintaining mental health
  • A basic understanding of mental illness
  • What is the difference between normal human emotions and mental illness
  • How to help a young person who is struggling with a mental illness
  • Where to find help and how to make sure they get there.  

Understanding Self Harm and Suicide

Self-harm and suicide are major issues amongst young people. Both issues need to be taken extremely seriously. There are a lot of myths about both topics that prevent a lot of people from getting the help they need. This evidence based, best practice workshop will empower you to help a young person who is self-harming or suicidal. Key learnings:

  • What is self-harm and why young people do it
  • Common myths and misconceptions will be addressed
  • How to spot the warning signs of someone who is suicidal
  • Are they just “seeking attention?”
  • Empower professionals to have the confidence to manage a suicidal crisis.
  • Looking at suicide prevention with complex mental illness such as PTSD, childhood trauma and psychosis.
  • The teenage brain and preventing copycats


One of the most difficult parts of working with young people is when they become angry or upset. Many professionals often encounter this behaviour but they don’t know what to do about it. This Workshop covers:

  • What causes young people to “lose their temper,” to become angry or violent.
  • What are the stages that lead up to an angry out-burst.
  • How to ensure your safety.
  • How factors like depression and other mental illness can play a role.
  • How to deescalate the situation as quickly as possible.


  • Have you heard of this tool for working with young people?
  • Ever wondered what the letters stand for?
  • Have you had trouble communicating with young people? 

The brains of young people are mysterious- how do you know what is going on? Have you had that feeling I want to help these young people but they are so exasperating! If you would like to understand young people and be able to communicate with them better whether you are a teacher, police officer, counsellor, parent, administration worker, social worker or youth worker you need to come to this interactive workshop. This workshop will equip you with:

  • An understanding of adolescent brain development
  • An understanding of why HEEADSSS is an essential tool to use in youth health
  • Skills to conduct a HEEADSSS assessment

H.E.A.D.S.S. - A Pyschosocial Interview for Adolescents. While a fellow at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Dr. Cohen refined a system for organizing the psychosocial history that was developed in 1972 by Dr. Harvey Berman of Seattle. The system has been used successfully around the world, in the adolescent health care field. This method structures questions so as to facilitate communication and to create a sympathetic, confidential, respectful environment where youth may be able to attain adequate health care. The approach is known as the acronym HEADSS.

Supporting Young People's Wellbeing: A Resource-Building Workshop

Wellbeing is a word that has been interpreted and experienced in many different ways.  This workshop will address how wellbeing is researched and theorized in academia, and discuss ways that findings can inform our work with young people.  A variety of activities, resources, and strategies will be shared and participation will be encouraged to support resource sharing among participants.   

OMG They're Teenagers?!

Many parents approaching their child’s teenage years are filled with dread. There is good news it doesn’t have to be that bad! This workshop will help you to prepare for teenage times, and cope if you are already there, by giving you the latest research knowledge about what happens in the brain and body as your wonderful child changes. It will provide some tips on how you can help nurture that development by giving support, and some ways you can role model coping through all the changes that happen culturally, physically, socially and spiritually.