We offer high-quality workshops and training in topics related to grief, loss, trauma and resilience

Each session is designed to enhance knowledge and skills, and provides practical ideas that attendees can take away and feel confident in using themselves. Our workshops are delivered by experienced facilitators who are specialists in their field, and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with others.

Some examples of topics we have done in the past:

  • anxiety and stress
  • grief and loss - whatever the cause
  • family violence
  • resilience
  • anger
  • bullying
  • trauma.

Upcoming Workshops

January 2019

Getting Stronger

"Getting Stronger" Game Workshop - Christchurch

Facilitator: Gae Neill (LLB, ATCL)

A resilience building game for young people (8-14 years) who are facing tough times and a relationship building tool, for the professionals supporting them.

Date Thursday, 24 January 2019
Time 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm (3 hours)
Location The Redwood Hotel (340 Main North Rd, Redwood, Christchurch)
Cost $130.00 for one person (includes 1 game, 1 set of topic cards, and handouts)
$225.00 for two people (from the same organisation) (includes 1 game, 2 sets of topic cards, and handouts)

Skylight is offering a hands-on training session on ways to use this innovative game, in a variety of settings.We will explore the various interpersonal dynamics that may arise when the game is played and ways to help young people through difficult, sensitive situations. At the end of this workshop, participants will have played the game and developed facilitation skills that will assist children and young people to gain the most from Getting Stronger.

Download the game's overview

Download the flyer and registration form

February 2019

Understanding Trauma in Children - Wellington

Facilitator: Wendy Kelly (DipClinPsych, PhD)

Date Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time 9.00 am - 4.30pm (7.5 hours)
Location All Saints Conference Centre (90 Hamilton Road Hataitai) Wellington
Cost $200.00 (a reduced rate is available for Skylight partners and community organisations. Please contact us for further details.)

Supporting children who have experienced complex trauma, comes with its own set of challenges. The wide-ranging, harmful effects, can disrupt many aspects of the child’s development and can last well into adulthood. In this workshop, participants will have opportunities to explore case studies and engage in a 1-hour, hands-on, exercise to understand the Relational Learning Framework (RLF), for working with traumatised children. At the end of this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • Complex trauma and its effects on children’s development (incl. attachment)
  • Adverse childhood experiences (incl. maltreatment) and complex trauma
  • Internal working models and the Relational Learning Framework (RLF)
  • Intervention strategies and therapeutic techniques 
  • Practical strategies and techniques for effectively supporting children who have experienced trauma

This workshop is aimed at professionals working with or supporting children; including counsellors, clinicians, youth workers, school staff, teachers and anyone in the social service sector.

Download the flyer and registration form

April 2019

55 Resilience

Compassion Fatigue - Wellington

Facilitator: Gae Neill (LLB, ATCL)

Date Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Time 9.30 am - 12.30 pm (3 hours)
Location Skylight Trust - Level 3, 5-7 Vivian Street, Wellington
Cost $95.00

Compassion fatigue has been described as the ‘cost of caring’ for others. It is an occupational hazard. This means that almost everyone who empathises with their patients or clients, will eventually develop it, to some degree. This workshop explores compassion fatigue, its impacts, and better strategies to manage it, so that you can be the most resilient in your work.

This workshop will cover:

  • Definitions of compassion fatigue and the differences between burnout, vicarious trauma, and secondary trauma
  • How to recognise signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue
  • Risk factors that trigger compassion fatigue in your practice or workplace

At the end of this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • Differences between compassion fatigue and other types of stress and trauma
  • Practical tools and tips for managing compassion fatigue
  • Self-care strategies for building resilience in your work

Download the flyer and registration form.

Registrations are essential. Email the completed form to [email protected] 

or call 0800 939 6767

More workshops will be scheduled throughout 2019. Check back or email [email protected] if you would like to be added to the professional development mailing list.

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