Following on from these very successful Free Webinars in September 2020, each of our speakers are offering either face-face workshops or additional more in-depth webinars on their specialist topics.  

Visit our Upcoming Events page for full information. Spaces are limited - so book now to ensure your place.

The programme

We are fortunate to be working with some very inspirational people who are pleased to offer these stunning FREE webinars during Mental Health Awareness Week: 21- 27 September 2020.

Did you miss the webinar? Go to: , or go to and search for Grow Ltd, or visit our Facebook Page to view each recording.

Monday 21 September - 12.00 pm - 12.40 pm

Pūrakau - Understanding Maori Perspectives with Tipene Pickett

Maori are said to have a different perspective on wellbeing and mental health – so join Tipene Pickett in getting an insight into the place of story telling, myths and legends in building individual maps of meaning. 

Tipene has been a practitioner of Motivational Interviewing (MI) for the past 17 years and trainer of trainers for the past 6 years. A significant part of his training involves training health professionals in various organisations in health, employment and justice settings with an emphasis on embedding MI training within organisations by creating sustainable MI learning communities to ensure their health practitioners maintain proficiency. His special interest is in the relationship between MI and Cultural practices that facilitate change and he has developed a framework for framing the journey of MI within the context of Maori practices (Tikanga) particularly the Powhiri process of engagement.

Monday 21 September - 7.00 pm - 7.40 pm

A Solution Focused Approach To Severe Trauma & Stress Recovery with John Henden

This webinar is for health and social care workers and, for those who are having their own struggles with stress or trauma. The various techniques of the solution focused approach will be referred to for dealing with stress and trauma. These are classified into six categories:  dealing with triggers, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, sleep disturbance, ‘the lows’ and living life to the full.  These techniques have proved to be effective and transferable across many severe trauma and stress areas, which include sudden death, mass shootings, terrorist incidents, military combat, road traffic incidents, rape and near-death experiences.  

John has a background in psychology, is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He regularly presents on a range of solution-focused topics and his book 'What It Takes To Thrive: Techniques for Severe Trauma and Stress Recovery' deals with all aspects of severe trauma and stress recovery by offering tools and techniques to manage triggers, flashbacks or intrusive thoughts, helping survivors to regain control of their lives.

Tuesday 22 September - 12.00 pm - 12.40 pm

Depression Unmasked with Dr Giresh Kanji

Depression is like a broken arm. There is a timeline and at least five structural changes in the brain and body. The structural changes can be healed to prevent a lifetime of recurrent episodes. This seminar will look at the role of childhood trauma, the stress system, and structural changes to examine how we can manage depression for life. 

Dr Giresh Kanji is a Musculoskeletal Pain Specialist and Researcher. He is the author of four books including a NZ Bestseller: Brain Connections How to Sleep Better, Worry Less and Feel Happier. He is the Chairman of the NZ Pain Foundation and editor of Australasian Musculoskeletal Medicine journal. He is an honorary Associate Professor and is supervising research at Auckland

Wednesday 23 September - 12.00 pm - 12.40 pm

Building Resilience with Edmond Otis

Resilience is the ability to bounce back – and move forward – from periods of change and adversity, stress and trauma, loss, disappointment, and perhaps most importantly, the strain and intensity of just doing the “day-to-day” in today’s world. Skills for greater resilience are achievable for those who are vulnerable – they can be learned and developed – like any other skill.

Edmond is a health educator, licensed psychotherapist, and speaker who works with businesses, public and private organisations, individual clients, athletes and sport teams, in New Zealand and the US, to improve communication, reduce conflict and stress, increase resilience, and facilitate positive change. Edmond and his family moved to New Zealand in 2008, and became citizens in 2015. He is a senior lecturer in Health and Sport Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and prior, a senior lecturer in Humanities and Physical Education at the University of California, Riverside, where he was twice recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award. As director of UCR’s nationally known martial-arts program, Edmond coached numerous individuals and teams to national (USA) and international karate championships. Edmond developed ‘Let’s Make Me Resilient’ with Health Hawke’s Bay – the primary health organisation in Hawke’s Bay.

Wednesday 23 September - 1.00 pm - 1.40 pm

Conversations That Create Hope – An Introduction to the Solution Focused Approach with David Hains and Emma Burns

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an approach which is forward-focused rather than looking backwards to analyse the past. It is based on solution building and explores strengths, personal resources and future hopes rather than problems, illness, weakness or deficits. Applicable and effective in a range of clinical, social, educational and corporate settings, it can be used in virtually any situation where people want to improve something in their lives. One of the great things is that you don't have to be a therapist to use it, and this presentation will highlight that anyone can use SFBT in any situation where a person wants something to be better, but may not know how to go about doing it. 

David is a mental health Nurse Consultant working in a hospital emergency department in Adelaide, and his job is to have people leaving the ED in a better state than when they arrived - but he may only have a short time to do this. He is the President of the Australasian Solution Focused Association, and has been awarded the Achievement Award from the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, and the South Australian Premier's Nursing Scholarship. His private business ‘Left Turn’  brings his knowledge, experience and passion for the solution focused approach out of the hospital and into the real world.

Emma is a registered psychologist who immediately fell in love with the Solution Focused approach when introduced to it in 2011. Emma has worked in mental health, education, traumatic incident response and was the national clinical advisor for suicide bereavement. Since 2010 Emma has been working within the justice field, supporting families experiencing violence and abuse, and has a special interest in suicide prevention. She is also the vice president of the Australasian Solution Focused Association, and has a small part time business delivering training, supervision and counselling.

Wednesday 23 September - 7pm - 7.40pm

Dealing with Toxic Personalities with Aly McNicoll

Dealing with difficult personalities or toxic behaviours in the workplace is unfortunately a part of too many workplaces. This webinar will provide strategies for dealing with the 5%ers in the workplace whose difficult personalities cause 95% of the problems.

Aly McNicoll is a Director of both the NZ Coaching & Mentoring Centre and LEAD Centre for Not For Profit Governance & Leadership and has been involved with coaching, mentoring and leadership in New Zealand and Australia for the last 12 years. She has refined techniques for both introducing coaching as a skill set and promoting learning as a way of being in teams and organisations.
Aly is a regular presenter at international conferences (American Society for Training & Development Conference, European Mentoring & Coaching Council Conference) where her specialist skills in peer learning techniques have led to her spending increasing proportions of her time working with clients in Australia, the UK and the USA.
Prior to her corporate training role, Aly has led leadership and management programmes at Unitec Institute of Technology where she was a senior lecturer on the Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management.

Thursday 24 September - 12.00 pm - 12.40 pm

Three Tips for Getting Clients Unstuck with Dr Bruce Arroll

People can feel stuck for a number of reasons. The FACT model is a therapy where clients focus on accepting the feelings for what they are, and committing to making a change they can realistically make, and that will enable them to move on and passed this feeling of being 'stuck', to living a more thriving life again. Bruce will share some techniques that you can use with clients almost immediately.

Bruce is a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland New Zealand and a practising GP at Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa in South Auckland. He does regular general practice at that clinic and also does special consultations using Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) for people who are feeling stuck in their lives by stress, pain or low energy. He does this work with his own patients and those referred from his clinic colleagues as well as for people outside of the clinic.

Friday 25 September - 12.00 pm - 12.40 pm

Overcoming Bullying with Dr Suzanne Henwood

Bullying is a sensitive topic to tackle.  And there are no easy answers.  What is clear though, is that for targets of bullying (or even perceived bullying) the impacts can be huge. Suzanne will offer some suggestions for how to take care of yourself in the workplace, get support and look after your mind and body physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and socially.  This is a practical session to give you tips and tools to take away and use immediately.

Suzanne started her working life in healthcare – moving from being a practitioner, to educator and to Associate Professor. She has 30 years’ experience of teaching and training at an advanced level and is qualified in ACT, FACT, Mindfulness, NLP, mBraining, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Map of Meaning, Refocusing Counselling, Existential Coaching, Heart Math for Stress and Anxiety and continues to train in new tools to add to her tool box to ensure clients get the best possible options for change. She largely focuses now on stress and anxiety and deep self belief change work.  In organisations she works in Psychological Safety and Health and Wellbeing.

Friday 25 September - 1.30 pm - 2.10 pm

Professional Wellness Seminar - by Julie Steward

Compassion fatigue and burnout can be serious occupational hazards for those working in the helping profession. Whilst there is gradual recognition within the profession that workers are impacted by the work they do, it is important we increase awareness, understanding and dialogue about the issues facing our very valuable caring professionals. 
This seminar will provide information that will help you to identify the signs/symptoms of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout. There will be an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the work you engage in and help identify ways to retain/reclaim your wellness as a helping professional.  

Julie Steward is a registered Social Worker with 25 years experience in child protection, youth work, addictions and mental health, family violence and education. Following further study in the field of supervision, Julie established her own practice as a Professional Supervisor in Whangarei 8 years ago. Her own experience in the helping profession over the years coupled with her current role as a supervisor has created a passion for supporting practitioners to maintain their professional wellbeing. Julie also regularly facilitates workshops in Northland covering topics around Professional Wellness, Best Practice in the Helping Professions and Maximising your Supervision Experience (a workshop for supervisees).