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The Collaborative Trust Update: November 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, young people, Training, workshop, conferences, suicide, mental wellbeing


The Collaborative Trust is proud to be partnering with Ara Taiohi, SYHPANZ and the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network to bring you INVOLVE 2018. INVOLVE grew out of the annual conferences run by the New Zealand Association of Adolescent Health and Development and became a biennial event which pulled together workers in the youth development sector.

It has provided a space where the youth sector comes together to connect, share, learn, grow and celebrate our diversity and strengths. This is enabled through a programme rich in contributions from across the sector.

Dates: Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th August 2018.
Location: Michael Fowler Centre (Wellington).

2018 brings back the INVOLVE conference - the first since 2010. It will be a time to connect and reflect together on where we have come from and where, collectively, we want to go. We at The Collaborative Trust are very excited to be continuing our long standing support of INVOLVE.  So come and join us and use this opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones and share and learn with others who share the vision of healthy well developed young people in Aotearoa.

The call for Applications to Present at Involve is Now Open.

Find out more about applying to present at INVOLVE 2018. Apply by Wednesday 28th February 2018. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation.

Research Reflection: The Use of Social Media

By Dr Sue Bagshaw

There has been much discussion in recent times about the destructive effect of social media on the development of young people, especially under 15 year olds. This ranges from the dangers of pornography to the disappearance of the skills of non-verbal communication and the rise of social phobia.

Read more of Dr Bagshaw's reflection on the use of social media and young people [PDF].

Traversing the Landscape: Supporting young people to navigate transitions

Transitions for young people seem to come thick and fast whether in education, training, employment, health, social or family settings. Research and practice tell us that these transitions can be complex and challenging for young people and that a wide range of factors are in play in any individual’s transition experience. Successfully navigating transitions can have a significant impact on a young person’s health and well-being and can also contribute to the success and profitability of the education, health and business sectors.

Come and join us and our three expert presenters for an evidence and practice based discussion:

  • Dr Jane Higgins—The Collaborative Trust;
  • Peter Young—Tertiary Education Commission; and
  • Adelaide Reid—Community Colleges and The Collaborative Trust.

Date and Time: Thursday 23rd November, from noon to 2pm.
Location: Abberley Park Hall (15 Abberley Crescent, Merivale).

Download the flyer for the Traversing the Landscape Forum [PDF].

Register online to attend the Traversing the Landscape Forum.

Upcoming workshops

De-escalation Workshop

Do you work with challenging, difficult or aggressive young people? 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.

Date and Time: Thursday 30th November 2017, from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Location: White Elephant Trust (442 Tuam Street).

Download a flyer on this De-escalation workshop [PDF].

Register online for this De-escalation workshop from The Collaborative Trust.

Understanding and responding to self harm and suicide in Youth: A developmental perspective

Self-harm and suicide are major issues among young people. Both issues need to be taken extremely  seriously. There are a lot of myths about both topics that prevent many 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.

  • Wednesday 6th December (6.30 to 9.30pm); or 
  • Thursday 7th December (9.30am to 12.30pm).

Register online for the Wednesday 6th December Self-harm and Suicide workshop.

Register online for the Thursday 7th December Self-harm and Suicide workshop.

Kaikoura Workshops

Michael Hempseed will be running a series of workshops in Kaikoura.

Monday 4th December

  • Understanding Mental Illness (9.30am to 12.30pm);
  • Understanding and Responding to Self Harm (1.30 to 4.30pm); and
  • OMG - They're Teenagers!! (7 to 9pm).

Tuesday 5th December

  • De-Escalation Workshop (9.30am to 3.30pm)

Email The Collaborative Trust to register for the OMG - They're Teenagers!! workshop in Kaikoura (info[at] - please include the number and names of the attendees.

Register online to attend the other Kaikoura workshops with Michael Hempseed.

Community News

Bounce Art Event: Friday 8th December

Bounce’s Youth Art Expo event is just around the corner. There will be 70+ young people who will be showcasing their artwork, whether it be music, painting, graphic design, 3D art, spoken word, makeup/hair artistry, film, photography, wood print, and much more! It is free to attend and there will be some exciting free giveaways during the evening!

Download a flyer on the Bounce Art Event [PDF].

Involve 2018: Save the Date!!

Involve is back in 2018. This event provides an opportunity for people who work with young people to gather together to enhance skills and strengthen connections to promote young people’s positive health and development to lead to wider sector development.

Get more details on INVOLVE 2018 including how to register.

Youth Health Literacy Online Course: Sure Skills

Youth Health Literacy supports everyone in understanding common youth health issues, identifying signs and symptoms of common youth health issues, and in knowing when and where to seek additional support for early intervention.

Find out more about online courses from Youth Health Literacy.

Positive Education Conference: 6th and 7th April 2018

Positive Education NZ represents the entire education spectrum (primary, secondary and tertiary) and is once again attracting world-class international authorities on the application of wellbeing science in education settings. This year we'll have more of our own academic experts and educators sharing their insights as to best-practice wellbeing promotion here in Aotearoa NZ.

Get more information on the Positive Education Conference.

Be sure to keep up to date with What's On on the Collaborative website.

Contact The Collaborative Trust for more information (info[at]

Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

The Collaborative Trust.

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