Workshop Examples

Listed below are just some of the Workshops that we offer. We are also able to tailor make Inhouse training sessions. For further information, email 

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 and responding to 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

De-Escalation Workshop

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” 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.

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.

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

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


  • Are they the same thing?
  • Are they different? 
  • If so how?

So much stigma is attached to BPD, is that fair? What is the role of Trauma?

Join us at this workshop to learn more about these conditions and how we can help people who suffer from the symptoms whatever the label that is used.

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is a significant illness that is often minimized and under recognised. Unmanaged or untreated anxiety often leads to truancy and poor academic outcomes in youth.

This workshop is a must for anyone working with young people and will cover:

  • What is the difference between feeling anxious and having anxiety
  • What happens in the brain of someone with anxiety
  • Understanding the Fight, Flight, Faint and Freeze response
  • The link between aggression and anxiety
  • How does anxiety affect school attendance and performance
  • How to support someone with anxiety and how to find help for them.

Young People and Technology

Are you worried about a young person that never seems to take their eyes off a screen? Is it affecting their social life and school work? Do you know young people who becomes
violent when someone tries to take away their device? This workshop will equip you to:

  • Understand the warning signs of problems starting to occur with screen time.
  • Understand the changes that occur in the brain as a result of too much screen time.
  • Understand how you can prevent problems.
  • Understand the challenges.
  • Discover supports that can be put in place for the family.


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