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Separated families

Legal and Therapeutic Considerations when Working with High-Conflict Separated Families

Workshop 17th February 2022

Full-day in person training for clinicians who will gain important skills to help work more confidently with high-conflict families that often cause clinicians sleepless nights. Paul will join Sacha and Rose for a Q&A panel discussion to answer all your questions about the legal aspects of working with these families and the impact of this on the therapeutic process.

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KAP

Introductory Workshop on Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

2-Part Online Webinar, March 2022

Integrating pharmacological, psychological, and archetypal/transpersonal elements, KAP represents a new synthesis (or hybrid model) of psychotherapy. This short introductory course will cover a wide range of topics to help clinicians understand the potential use and efficacy of KAP as well as other psychedelic medicines and will present the current state of the art clinical models for these treatments. Recent promising lines of research in the field will also be briefly covered.

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ADOS Training

ADOS-2 Training

January 2022 for 4 days

The ADOS-2 requires formal and specific training. Supported by an experienced Clinical Psychologist, Stacey Hosking, from the Child Development Team, Hunter New England Area Health Service. The ADOS-2 DVD Training Package covers all 5 modules, featuring case examples for all modules. Participants must purchase their own ADOS kit seperately.

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Drug & Alcohol Addiction 6-part Series

Recorded October -  November 2021 x 6 sessions

We've brought together 6 experts on treating Drug & Alcohol Addiction. This 6-part series presented live during October and November 2021 can be purchased as a set of 6, or individually and is suitable for all health professionals.

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Part 4: Motivational Interviewing

Recorded 12th November 2021,  with Dr Kylie Bailey

Motivational interviewing is an essential and evidence-based tool that all health professionals need to learn so that they can maximise appointment times and improve treatment outcomes. Motivational interviewing is applied in therapy sessions, brief interventions and is effective in short appointment times, busy wards, pharmacy settings and emergency departments. This therapy approach emphasises the importance of listening to the patient and hearing their reasons for change and working through the barriers to achieving their goals. 

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Part 5: Relapse Prevention

Recorded 19th November 2021, with Dr Julian Keats

Addiction is often described as a chronic relapsing and remitting disorder in which patients fluctuate between periods of heavier and more problematic substance use and periods of more controlled substance use, including abstinence for some. The challenges of preventing and/or managing relapse are therefore a core component of the long-term treatment approach needed for substance use disorders.

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Part 6: Substance-Induced Psychosis

Recorded 26th November 2021, with Dr Tarun Yadav

This webinar will provide a thorough overview of Substance-Induced Psychosis, including epidemiology; neurobiology, Clinical formulation to differentiate from other disorders and a thorough summary of the latest evidence-based treatment recommendations. This webinar is a must for anyone working with substance addiction and dependence.

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Part 1: Substance Use Assessments: Platforms for Change

Recorded 22nd October 2021, with Kynan Cliff

Structural issues such as stigma and a fractured and under-resourced service system limit access to quality, evidence-based and effective care for this vulnerable client population. The assessment process represents an opportunity for clinicians to have curious conversations with clients; explore the function of their substance use; and open up conversations about change.

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Part 2: Pharmacotherapies in Addiction Medicine

29th October 2021, recording included, with Dr Craig Sadler

In the treatment of addiction, medications are used to reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, reduce alcohol and other drug cravings, and reduce the likelihood of use or relapse for specific drugs by blocking their effect. The primary goal of medication-assisted treatment is for the patient to achieve fully-sustained remission.

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Part 3: Overview of Key Evidence-Based & Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Treatment & Practice for Drug and Alcohol Clinical Care

5th November 2021, recording included, with Dr Natasha Perry

This webinar will provide an overview of key evidence based therapeutic treatments and trauma informed practice for drug and alcohol clinical care. The importance of treatment processes fundamental to any drug and alcohol treatment will be described, targeting client engagement, retention in therapy and substance use outcomes. 

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Brainspotting Phase 1 Training - 4 day conference

POSTPONED to 2022

Dr Roby Abeles and Nina Diamantopoulos present this 4 day in-person training. Through lecture, live demonstration and small group practice participants will learn to define the components of Brainspotting; utilise the techniques of “Inside window” and “Outside window”; define how Brainspotting can be applied to Trauma, Dissociation, Sports psychology, Somatic conditions; and Demonstrate the theories and practices of Brainspotting.

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Kathy Steele Webinars 2021 - 7 Topics - 25 hours of Webinars

Webinar Recordings from 2021 - 60 day access

Seven interesting topics pertaining to the Assessment and Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders in adult clients who have been exposed to developmental trauma. Purchase individual topics or purchase them all for a 20% discount PLUS an extension of the recording viewing time!

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Treatment of Traumatic Memory in Dissociative Disorders (Advanced)

Recorded April/June 2021, 3 sessions, 30 day viewing available

Explore how to organise the work with dissociative parts of the client, what to look for to ensure adequate pacing, how to decide whether the client as a whole or only certain parts of the clients should participate, how to titrate experience and time to pace the work, how to pendulate to the present moment from memory, how to bracket memory work with positive experiences, among other interventions.

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Series 7

Working with Resistance in Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Recorded October 2021 - 4 sessions - 30 day access

In these sessions, chronic resistance will be discussed as a co-creation of therapist and client. We can compassionately understand resistance as inevitable and an essential focus of psychotherapy, and as a phobic avoidance of what is perceived to be intolerable by the client.

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International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness

The two-day International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia. This will be based on current promising research in the treatment of depression and PTSD in the US.

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Emotion Coaching Training

This training is for adults working in education and community settings and provides participants with theory, research and practice of emotion coaching for professionals.
Participants will be prepared to begin practicing emotion coaching in their setting.

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NFB

School-based Neurofeedback Clinic

with Elise Rowland

The Hummingbird Centre provides a specialised Neurofeedback therapy service at Wakefield behavioural school to support emotion regulation.

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Newcastle Complex Trauma Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)

The Hummingbird Centre Director Alikki Russell has been the Coordinator of the Newcastle Complex Trauma MPHN since its inception in 2014. This MHPN offers free professional development and networking opportunities to over 500 local Medical and Allied Health Professionals who share an interest in Complex Trauma. 

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EEG - Enhanced Beginner Skills with Dr Mary Ammerman

From 6th February, 2020

8 week online webinar. Begin to understand what the EEG reveals, in terms of the client's internal experience, learn to assess client progress from it.

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Parent-Infant Therapy for Transgenerational Trauma

Psychiatrist Louise Newman presents a 2 hour webinar on Parent-Infant Therapy for Relational Trauma. Transgenerational attachment themes form a crucial part of the assessment of parent-infant psychodynamics. This approach to parent infant intervention focuses on supporting the parent in reflecting on their own early experiences and developing ideas about change and their wishes for a different form of relating with their own infant.

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Workshop: Yoga and the Traumatised Body

18th & 19th May, 2020 CANCELLED

This two day workshop is presented by Shirley Hicks from Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia. Ideal for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Rehabilitation Therapists, GP's, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists. Explore a range of simple practices from seated breathing to some gentle bending and twisting that will give you some in clinic tools to use.

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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with Pat Ogden

This workshop will examine how the body’s patterns forecast the future and look at the role of the body in the treatment of trauma and attachment disturbances. The second part of this workshop will look at the challenges of body therapy in an online format, addressing office set-up, use of props, tips to maintain an emotional connection and special considerations in working with posture and movement in a telehealth format.

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Understanding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - FREE WEBINAR

90 minute webinar recording from 6th May 2021

This 90 minute webinar provides an overview of what Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is and who can benefit. Explore the evidence for TMS, Australian clinical experience, and the practicalities for prescribing.

Presented by Dr Ted Cassidy, Chief Medical Officer at TMS Clinics Australia. 

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EMDR History Taking, Case Conceptualisation and Target Identification - FREE Webinar

15th July, 2020

Psychiatrist Dr Tom Flewitt approaches history taking from an Adaptive Information Processing perspective with regards to exploration of adverse life experiences as a therapeutic intervention in its own right.

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Relationships, Behaviour and an Integrated Brain with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

12th November, 2020 

In this 2 hour online training, based on her two New York Times BESTSELLERS, Dr. Bryson presents the latest scientific research—with a special emphasis on neuroplasticity and the changing brain—in a way that’s clear, interesting, and immediately practical. The focus is on better understanding the role of experience and focused attention on the ever-developing brain.

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T.I.P.S - Trauma Informed Practice Seminar

24th & 25th February, 2020

This two-day workshop will explore the impact of trauma on neurodevelopment in childhood and introduce the Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Presented by Gabrielle Duffy.

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Practical Strategies for Maximising Client Stability and Regulation - FREE Webinar

29th July, 2020

This is the perfect webinar if you’re finding it challenging to keep clients on track and for working with highly dysregulated clients. By introducing these practices in the session there is a greater possibility that clients will embrace and start to use these strategies outside the session as well.

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A Practical Integrative Approach to Treating Complex Dissociative Disorders:
A Training Intensive with Kathy Steele, MN, CS

6th - 9th November 2019

This four-day intensive will offer an introduction to working with complex dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). A practical and easily understandable integration of theory and treatment approaches will provide a solid foundation for offering effective therapy to highly dissociative clients.

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Group Consultations with Kathy Steele

The Hummingbird Centre is pleased to provide small group consultations with Kathy Steele. This opportunity can be used to discuss complex clients with an international expert in the field of complex trauma and dissociation along with a small group of your peers.

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Synergetic Play Therapy with Lisa Dion - 4 Webinars

October 2020

This Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy webinar series takes you on a journey to explore the neuroscience behind what is happening in the playroom, how to repattern a child’s nervous system, and what it means to become an external regulator in the playroom. This course is perfect for clinicians working therapeutically with children and their families.

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Webinar

Working with Infant-Parent Emotional Interaction

October 16th 2020, 9am - 11am

An Introduction to Relational Psychotherapy - This session will provide an introduction to the model of interactional attachment based infant-parent psychotherapy and the key focus on observable emotional interaction.

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Kathy Steele Webinar Series x 3

Concluded June 2020 - Recordings available for Viewing

Running over 5 weeks per series, these one-hour webinars are designed for mental health professionals working with, or interested in, complex developmental trauma.

Series One: Attachment and Dependency in the Therapeutic Relationship
Series Two: Working with Chronic Shame
Series Three: Working with the Inner Critic

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Attachment & Marte Meo with Dr Robyn Dolby

March 2021

When children and families bring their concerns to you, what is the emotional work that needs to be done? It requires a relational approach to enhancing child social and emotional development. Marte Meo is a method which focuses on the importance of connection and communication in the building of relationships and emotional connections.

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Exploring Drug and Alcohol Treatment from a Trauma-Informed Approach

Webinar: 30th March 2021, 10am AEDT

Sarah Etter from Odyssey House in Sydney explains the current approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment, skills to increase your knowledge, understanding and confidence when working with clients presenting with Drug and/or Alcohol concerns.

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Attachment-Aware Preschools

with Dr Rickie Elliott at Mulberry Cottage in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019; Also at The Glen Aboriginal Residential Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in 2019; Also at Cameron Park Preschool 2019; Also at Charlestown Preschool 2019.

This training is a way of thinking about children that enables carers and educators to look beyond the children's immediate behaviour and think about how to meet their relationship needs. This training covers Attachment, Relationships and Regulating Child Emotion in early education settings. This approach fits well with childcare practice, in which the quality of the relationships you make with children, the way you support their relationships with peers, and the partnerships you develop with their families, are crucial.

Workplace Wellbeing

Workplace Wellbeing

with Clinical Psychologist Dr Lisa Millar, 28th May 2020.

Suitable for any workplace in any health care field: Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Workplace. This presentation covers stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, trauma, promoting workplace wellbeing, working from home challenges and post-traumatic growth. One of our clinicians can attend your work place or conference event to educate staff and management on improving your work place well being.

Assessment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Recorded February 2021

Learn how to differentiate symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders.

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Treatment Trajectories and Prognosis in Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Recorded March 2021

What informs us of how long and challenging a treatment course might last with clients who have Complex PTSD or Dissociative Disorders?
Recorded in March 2021, this webinar series explores factors that affect prognosis and the length and course of therapy in complex trauma and dissociative disorders.

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Complex Families with Dr Rickie Elliott

2018 at the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute

Clinial Psychologist Rickie Elliott shares with the students at HPMI a trauma-informed approach to dealing with complex families.

Trauma Informed Practice in the Early years

with Deb Costa.

The Preschool Inclusion Program welcomed Deb Costa to discuss with early childhood educators an understanding of developmental processes during the early years, including brain development, and the role of attachment experiences and the impacts of trauma and neglect during this time; and a range of tools and approaches for supporting children and adults in early years settings.

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Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents

2 Day Certificate Course

The Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) model is a flexible framework proven to enhance effective trauma treatment by intervening with both the child and the caregiving system; allowing you to foster the supportive environment necessary for healthy development and lasting change. ARC gives you a roadmap to cultivate attachment in traumatised children, build the self-regulatory skills they need to identify and manage powerful emotions, and establish a positive sense of identity that will set the stage for a healthy and fulfilling adult life.

The Hummingbird Centre will offer our staff and affiliates the opportunity to participate in a 2 day certificate training with a group of likeminded clinicians who have been implementing the ARC model into their treatment over several years.

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Psychedelic Therapies: Why Innovation in Treatment is Needed Now More than Ever

Recorded 10th June 2021

Presented by Tania de Jong AM, this 90 minute free webinar will discuss the mental health epidemic dictating the urgent need for innovation in treatments. We will examine the evidence for psychedelic-assisted therapy and investigate the potential applications of this novel therapy and the way forwards for Australia.

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Gaming and YouTube Addiction - FREE Webinar

Clinical Psychologist Jordan Foster will explore why, for many Australian families, they face an ongoing struggle of getting children and teens off their devices. This session will aim to help parents understand why some young people can find it hard to get off their games, and explore some of the psychological tricks that game developers use to maintain player engagement. 

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Working with Self Injury and Suicidality in Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Recorded April 2021 - 3 recordings included

For one hour a week over three weeks, we will look at specific interventions will be addressed, including approaches for specific dissociative parts that are active in self-harm dynamics.

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Ethics and Boundaries in Complex Trauma & Dissociation

Recorded June 2021 for 4 sessions

Common ethical challenges are discussed, including reporting and confidentiality issues; ongoing abuse and revictimization; ethical issues related to self-harm, suicidality and danger to others; boundary issues; management of the therapeutic relationship and intense countertransference; ethical management of impasses.

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Special Babies with Dr Louise Newman:
Perinatal Mental Health after Traumatic Conception

Recorded 5th July 2021

Trauma around conception, pregnancy and birth can be a significant impact on the parent's capacity to acknowledge and accept the reality of the infant and understand their emotional needs. This discussion will outline the variety of situations encountered in clinical practice where the representation of the infant and early attachment can be distorted by the circumstances and conflicts in becoming a parent.

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Brainspotting

Brainspotting Explained: Free Webinar

12th July 2021, recording available for 30 days

Trauma is held in the brain and the body, so we have to be able to access both for full resolution of the trauma event to occur. Brainspotting does that. Join Dr Roby Abeles and Noula Diamantopoulos to understand the basics of this neuroscience-informed therapy developed by David Grand.

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Webinar

Perinatal Fears, Phobias and Obessions with Dr Louise Newman

Recorded 10th September 2021

This 90 minute webinar with Dr Louise Newman will outline the varied presentations of anxiety disorders in the perinatal period and discuss the situations where there is risk to both mother and fetus/baby. Clinical decision making is discussed and needs to incorporate an understanding of the impact of chronic anxiety on fetal development and birth outcomes and the disruption to emerging attachment.

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Transference, Countertransference and Erotic Transference in Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Recorded September 2021 for 4 sessions

We will explore challenging dynamics that pull us to act urgently or to reject the client in some way, and how to recognize and manage these in ourselves, how to recognize enactments from our own histories and how they intersect with the client’s own enactments.

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Client Events

Cool Kids - Kids and Parent Anxiety Education Groups - Term 3, 2021

The Cool Kids program is a 10 session Cognitive Behaviour based therapy group which specifically targets children aged 8 years to 12 years who meet criteria for an Anxiety Disorder or who have high levels of anxious symptoms.

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Dissociative Disorders Group

The Hummingbird Centre Director Alikki Russell will run a small 11 week group titled Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation - Skills Training. This group will focus on safety and stabilisation strategies for managing dissociative disorders, and cover psychoeducation and skills development at an introductory level. Opportunity for other groups that focus more on intermediate and advanced skills development will be offered in the future.

Skills Training for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

This 10-week skills program will focus on skills development and psychoeducation for managing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PostNatal Anxiety and Depression Group

The Hummingbird Centre Director Dr Rickie Elliot will facilitate an 8 week group program for people who experience Post Natal Depression and Anxiety

The Art of Chill-Axing

Join The Hummingbird Centre's Occupational Therapist Leah Gencheff in this fun interactive 8-week group therapy program where we will practice mindfulness, yoga, and breathing techniques. 11-13 year olds.

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Circle of Security Parenting - Term 1, 2021

An 8 week program for parents and carers with family Psychologist Phil Bird on helping your child to develop resilient relationships.

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Gaming and YouTube Addiction - FREE Webinar

Clinical Psychologist Jordan Foster will explore why, for many Australian families, they face an ongoing struggle of getting children and teens off their devices. This session will aim to help parents understand why some young people can find it hard to get off their games, and explore some of the psychological tricks that game developers use to maintain player engagement. 

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Mums & Bubs Get Wet for Wellbeing - Term 1, 2021

The Hummingbird Centre together with Macquarie Shores Swim Club/First Splashes Swim School are partnering to improve the emotional wellbeing of new parents and their babies, by providing free baby swim classes that focus on improving parent and baby wellbeing, bonding, community engagement and social support.

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Calm Kids May 2019

This is a two-hour interactive workshop for parents and carers wanting to further develop holistic strategies for supporting their children’s emotion and behaviour regulation. We'll talk about how to build your child's resilience, and manage their anger, anxiety, social difficulties and behavioural issues.

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Relationships, Behaviour and an Integrated Brain with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

12th November, 2020 9am - 11am (AEST)

In this 2 hour online training, based on her two New York Times BESTSELLERS, Dr. Bryson presents the latest scientific research—with a special emphasis on neuroplasticity and the changing brain—in a way that’s clear, interesting, and immediately practical. The focus is on better understanding the role of experience and focused attention on the ever-developing brain.

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Transforming Teen Anxiety - Term 1, 2021

8 week group therapy session with Psychologist Allira Sazdanoff. This program will incorporate a range of modalities from CBT to interpersonal therapy, psycho-education, and yoga-based concepts. Within this supportive environment your teenager will be able to explore anxiety issues and have a little fun at the same time!

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Transforming Anxiety: Yoga Group - from July, 2021 - POSTPONED

8 week group therapy session with Psychologist Allira Sazdanoff. Suitable for girls 15 - 17 or 18 - 21 years. This program will incorporate a range of modalities from CBT to interpersonal therapy, psycho-education, and yoga-based concepts. Within this supportive environment you will be able to explore anxiety issues and have a little fun at the same time!

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Future Training & Workshop Requests

The Hummingbird Centre can design a Training specific to the needs of your Organisation please complete the training enquiry form below.

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