We have delivered both generic and bespoke workshops for a broad range of professionals including social workers, lawyers and judges, police, fire service practitioners. youth health nurses and doctors, educators, youth mentors, attendance officers and researchers.
Our workshops are about listening, talking, vocabulary, getting across thoughts and ideas, expressing emotions, making friends and learning. They help professionals ensure children and young people’s voices are heard during interventions designed to help them, and assist professionals to consider how they might adapt their own communication, processes and resources to enable participation.
Oral language is part of what we all do every day and plays a key role in successful participation and learning at school and in the community. It is the foundation needed to develop literacy and it is also a protective factor for well-being and successful relationships. Some children and young people find talking and understanding others’ talk challenging. Spotting who those children and young people might be, and having a tool box of practical strategies to help are the aims of our workshops. Case studies of children and young people of a range of ages, practical examples, activities and videos are used.
Our workshops are facilitated by speech-language therapists from Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ (TTANZ). They are involved in research at The University of Auckland, provide training to professionals who support vulnerable children and also provide clinical speech-language therapy services in education, care and protection and youth justice settings and deliver court-appointed Communication Assistant roles.
Custom workshops and training
We frequently deliver workshops tailored to the specific needs of a service or professional group. We can travel outside the Auckland region if required. Please contact us to discuss your needs or to request a proposal.
Public general workshops
We ran some general workshops in 2016 and 2017. Since then we have devoted our energies to delivering bespoke professional development sessions. We are running four more workshops across the country in the next few months, please see the information below and contact us if you would be interested in attending one.
- Thursday, 2 August 2018 in Takapuna, Auckland
- Thursday, 6 September 2018 in Island Bay, Wellington
- Wednesday, 12 September 2018 in Dunedin
- Friday, 26 October 2018 in Ōtara, Auckland
Workshops for SLTs
Speech-language therapists: Please note that we are planning a workshop specifically for SLTs. SLTs may also be interested in the Special Interest Group for SLTs that we coordinate on topics relating to children/youth and behaviour, emotions and mental health.
Testimonials from previous workshops
Participants attended the general workshops held in 2016 and 2017 from a broad range of professional backgrounds including social work, law, police, teaching, youth mentoring, corrections probation staff, youth health nursing and research. Written feedback at the end from participants about what they liked about the workshop included these comments:
It provided clear strategies. Very clear flow of information. Activities were very relevant.
The content was relevant to the field we work in and provided practical tools.
The interactive practice, the presenters, the location, practical content, lunch.
The practical presentations, clear slides, comments of participants, obvious skills of presenters.