E Bulletin No. 22, February 2016
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Productive Beginning

We are off to a very busy start at the Werry Centre, 2016 looks like being a very productive year!  Some of you may have been to the “Supporting Parents, Healthy Children” workshops. These have arisen from the work done on COPMIA over the last few years, and it is great to see the plans put into action at last. Congratulations to Bronwyn Dunnachie, Jo Chiplin and team for doing a great job.  We have had a lot of positive feedback on the workshops and hope that this will result in better support for parents and children.

We have also hosted Incredible Years training and a CAPA workshop, with thanks to Tania Anstiss and team, and Luci Falconer and team for their good work.  On the teaching side, scholarships for CBT training have led to an increase in people enrolling, and we are running the first postgraduate training in Youth Forensics this year.

The Youth Forensic training is supported and costs covered include university fees and support for travel for those out of Auckland.  Dr Craig Immelman and Assoc Professor Susan Hatters Friedman have consulted widely, have lined up some excellent speakers and put together an excellent course.  There are a few places left – hurry hurry if you would like to take up this opportunity. Email Clair Davidson for further information.

On the research front the National Science Challenge, E Tipu E Rea, a Better Start, was launched by the Honorable Minister, Stephen Joyce at the marae at Tamaki College.  More details below in the research section.  Finally our thoughts have been with all those in Christchurch.  Reports of the ongoing challenges faced by this community and the impacts of these, coincided with the latest earthquakes.  I am always impressed with the resilient approach from all those I know in Christchurch, but such a prolonged process takes its toll and we wanted to let you know we are thinking of you. 


Sally Merry


Workforce Mahi whakapakari

The Incredible Years Aotearoa National Forum
The Werry Workforce team are delighted to be working with the Ministry of Education and Massey University to present the Incredible Years Aotearoa National Forum on March 1 in Wellington at Te Papa.

This action-packed and interactive day will feature the innovation, impact and inspiration of The Incredible Years! To find out more about the forum, click here.

Teaching Whakaakotanga    

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training
PCIT is an evidence-based, short-term, family-behavioural therapy designed to support parents and their young children (2-7yrs) who have severe behavioural challenges or where there are extreme difficulties with parenting, e.g. a history of physical abuse or neglect. PCIT is designed to improve parent-child relationships and to reduce difficult child behaviours (such as non-compliance, aggressiveness, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour). The Werry Centre will be subsidising more PCIT training this year. To register your interest and read more. Read more...

Research Mahi Rangahau

National Science Challenge
On 19 February 2016 the Science and Innovation Minister Stephen Joyce launched a large research initiative under funding from the National Science Challenge. Youth mental health will be a major part of this new Better Start Challenge, E Tipu e Rea. Read more...

Journal Club Pukapuka rataka


This month's new articles include: 

  • Attention problems in very preterm children from childhood to adulthood: the Bavarian Longitudinal Study (Breeman LD, JCPP, February 2016)
  • Clinical effectiveness and patient perspectives of different treatment strategies for tics in children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome: a systematic review and qualitative analysis (Hollis C, Health Technol Assess, 2016)
  • Risk factors for repetition of a deliberate self-harm episode within seven days in adolescents and young adults: A population-level record linkage study in Western Australia (Hu N, ANZP, February 2016)
  • Can adaptive treatment improve outcomes in family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa? Feasibility and treatment effects of a multi-site treatment study (Lock J, Behaviour Research and Therapy, October 2015)
  • A systematic review of approaches to refeeding in patients with anorexia nervosa (Garber AK, Int J Eat Disord. 2015)
And many more….

Jobs Mahi

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