3, 10 and/or 17 August

A three day workshop, you can choose to attend all 3, 2 or 1 day
9am - 3.30pm

The fields of neurobiology, neuropsychology, molecular biology and the latest interdisciplinary research on how the mind and body interact are revolutionizing how we understand and perceive what ‘mental illness’ is all about.

This workshop aims to deconstruct some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding mental health conditions, diagnoses, and treatments and provides practical, useful, leading-edge information about several common mental health conditions.

This 2-day online workshop is designed for anyone who works with, knows or lives with someone coping with a mental health condition. No matter what your setting, it is essential that you have a fully informed, practical understanding and a balanced perspective regarding the full range of mental health conditions.  

Participants can choose to attend Day 1 only, Day 2 only, or attend both days (recommended).

This workshop will cover:

  • Perspectives on how we think about “mental health”, what a “diagnosis” means and how it is determined
  • What it means to have a recovery focus
  • Contemporary understandings of some commonly occurring mental health diagnoses
  • Current assessment and treatment approaches
  • How to conceptualise and formulate collaborative care plans for people presenting with these problems.

​Understanding Mental Health – Day One (3 Augst)

Day One of this series of three-day workshops includes a look at both traditional conceptualisations, as well as new-found understandings regarding how three well-known mood disorders are related, emerge and evolve.  We consider both the experience of, and treatment options for these mood states including comprehensive information on treatment considerations.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bi-polar Disorder

Understanding Mental Health – Day Two (10 August)

In Day Two of this series of three-day workshops we look at the role of physiology, behaviour and evolutionary psychology in leading edge understandings of the following mental health conditions:

  • Trauma and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Psychosis

Understanding Mental Health - Day Three (17 August)

The third day in this series of three workshops takes a comprehensive look at the full range of substance abuse and addictive behaviours (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, shopping and spending, social media and gaming, etc).  We also look the development of and treatment options for  Eating Disorders. Finally we consider some of the emerging research and understanding regarding the role of the microbiome – the gut – and our mind, mood and behaviour.

  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • The Body and The Brain: Psychobiotics, Microbes and Mood

A New Understanding of Mental Health is currently offered in three full-day Zoom workshops.  Each day can stand alone therefore, you can choose to attend either the first, the second or third day only. 

Dr Louisa Walker

Louisa, along with her husband Grant, is a Director of Walker Psychology and Consulting Ltd. 

Louisa received her Doctorate in psychology from the University of Idaho with a research emphasis on both cross-cultural and biological psychology. She has 25 years of clinical experience working extensively with GPs and specialists in efforts to build innovative treatment models integrating psychological services into general practice medicine. She developed a Department of Behavioural Health for a regional US medical clinic and has worked with primary mental health care projects in New Zealand since 2002.

Since moving to New Zealand Louisa has worked in private practice, was a consultant to the Hawke's Bay DHB acute mental health service, and has worked with several PHOs in ongoing efforts to further develop strategies to improve mental health treatment in primary care.
Louisa served as the Clinical Manager for a Ministry of Health funded suicide bereavement service delivered by Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA).  She has worked in the areas of suicide prevention and postvention both in the US and New Zealand.  She has worked with the NZ Coroner’s office developing psychological autopsy services investigating deaths by suicide. Louisa currently consults with a wide variety of organisations regarding suicide prevention and has been instrumental in the development of both online and face to face suicide prevention training programmes in New Zealand. 

Who Should Attend

This workshop is recommended for anyone who regularly works with and/or encounters individuals with mental health conditions, including: Physicians, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, support workers, occupational therapists, crisis team professionals, teachers, school counsellors, human resource managers, etc.

What others say about Dr Louisa Walker

"The range of topics covered with excellent description of conditions, therapies etc, really enhanced my learning in this area", March 2022

"I enjoyed Louisa's approach, she was an engaging trainer who was able to answer our questions and made lots of space available to ask questions", March 2022

"Louisa is a great speaker, easy to understand & provided great resources", March 2022

"I found the training really useful – especially a new way of viewing assessment instead of solely medical model. I was able to take lots of interesting and relevant notes, and I appreciated the opportunity to ask questions. I’d definitely recommend this training for anybody who works with young people. Even for people who have more experience in the field, it is an excellent opportunity to gain a different perspective on suicide and provides a great basis for becoming more comfortable and confident with working around suicide. Many thanks", November 2021

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the skills and knowledge that you passed onto me in training. The week following your programme I was able to assist in saving the life of a 14-year-old girl. Without this training, I’m not sure that things would have unfolded as straight forwardly as they did. I felt so empowered to know that I had done everything I could. Thank you, thank you, thank you”  Kellie Priest, Public Health Nurse

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.


Day 1: 3 August, 9am - 3.30pm
Day 2: 10 August, 9am - 3.30pm
Day 3: 17 August, 9am - 3.30pm

This workshop will be delivered via ZOOM. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive the login details 1 week prior to the workshop.

Price & Registration

All three days: $850, incl GST, per person, save $47pp
Day 1 OR Day 2 OR day 3: $299 incl GST, per person, per day

Registration process

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 021 066 9811 or email: nathalie@grow.co.nz

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email nathalie@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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For further details, please contact:
e: nathalie@grow.co.nz
p: 021 066 9811