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, prison staff, educators, youth mentors, attendance officers, Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour, Alternative Education providers 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, young people and adults’ 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, young people and adults find talking and understanding others’ talk challenging. Spotting who those people might be, and having a tool box of practical strategies to help are the aims of our workshops. Case studies of children, young people and adults, 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 others, and also provide clinical speech-language therapy services in education, care and protection and youth and adult 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 groups all around Aotearoa NZ. Please contact us to discuss your needs or to request a proposal.

Public general workshops

We sometimes deliver public workshops that individuals can register for. If you think one would be popular in your area, let us know and we will organise one.

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 have attended previous general workshops 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.

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