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Davaar offers workshops, groups, online training, professional supervision, tailor-made training and Webinars to Health Professionals, Police, Teachers, and all people working with people. To see details of our online training, select ‘Training’ from the navigation menu at the top of any page. All Davaar training is eligible for CPDs. To read further information about an event, click on the title of the item from this event calendar.

BRISBANE-…and that’s enough now. (1 Day Workshop) @ Psychodrama Australia - Training Room
Jul 24 @ 08:30 – 16:30
Bullying in the Workplace impacts us in so many ways and is entirely unacceptable.

Workplace bullying is a serious workplace health and safety concern, often with significant short and long term effects leaving individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and a range of medical issues.

And thats enough - Workplace Bullying workshop

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Workplace bullying is costly for the individual, for the team, for the organisation, for the profession, and for the community. In this one day workshop, the facilitator will take you through body exercises to assist you to manage yourself in those moments that take your breath away.

This new workshop is offered for the first time in Brisbane on 24th July, 2019 and will include discussion of a number of models.

Feedback from some of our workshop participants:
  • “…an opportunity to reflect on your actions, why you are drawn to certain behaviours and helps to realign your intentions” 
  • “The course was great, very informative, and presented in an enlivening way, doing the role plays and other action methods makes the work integrated into your being. I have found myself changing many things in my practice since attending” 
  • “Compassion fatigue & vicarious trauma. Being an empathetic person, it can be all too easy to get caught in another person’s emotions” 
  • “Boundaries; learning how to check yourself; how to let go of special clients”
  • Understand the range of definitions used re workplace bullying
  • Discuss the behaviours of workplace bullying
  • Explore the impact of workplace bullying – emotionally, psychologically, physically
  • Understand the way in which the body manages the experience of workplace bullying
  • Explore the impact of bullying on collegial and familial relationships
  • Discuss ways in which professional Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct can be used to give voice to unacceptable behaviours
  • Identify a range of body strategies that can be used to assist with managing the experience of bullying in the moment and beyond.
  • Rehearse how to find a professional voice challenging workplace bullying

Participants will leave the workshop with a number of strategies they can implement for themselves, and for the organisation for which they work.

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ROMA-Looking After Ourselves with Tenderness (1 Day Workshop) @ Training & Development Room, Roma Hospital
Oct 16 @ 08:30 – 16:30

ROMA: Looking After Ourselves with Tenderness – 1 Day Workshop 

Compassion fatigue is real and can affect our ability to be effective in our work with people in need of care. It can also cause us to want to withdraw from the very people we are working to support. This workshop will focus on ways to look after ourselves as we provide care for the clients we see.

Self-care and professional boundaries are important practices we can use to reduce the risk of this type of burnout.

Using experiential learning (psychodrama) a number of themes will be explored during the day including resilience and self-care. The content will be contained within the framework of professional boundaries.

Having clear boundaries with clients, family of clients, colleagues, and peers is one way of looking after self. In this workshop, the facilitator will integrate the importance of being tender with oneself in order to have tenderness for and with others—even when experiencing high levels of stress.

During this workshop our objectives will be:

  • To understand the link between professional boundaries and self-care
  • To explore how intrapsychic, interpersonal, organisational and broader systemic factors can influence the professional role you have with another
  • To discuss the importance of transference and counter-transference to guide self-care in professional relationships
  • To understand the link between resilience, stress and boundary transgressions
  • To understand how the experience of tenderness with self is an effective way to self-care
  • To identify strategies to assist and manage stressful situations and professional relationships.

6.5 CPD available for attendance where applicable.

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Professional Boundaries and Cultural Bias

Posted by on 15 Mar, 2016 in Boundaries, Dr Wendy's Blog, Workshops | 1 comment

Professional Boundaries and Cultural Bias

Professional Boundaries and Cultural Bias Sometimes the obvious connections slip to the edge of my consciousness. I had not made a specific link between professional boundaries and cultural bias until a couple of weeks ago. I was invited to facilitate a seminar for Interpreters on the theme of Cultural Bias. As I was researching content for the seminar, and more specifically, from the discussions during the seminar, light bulbs started going off in my brain. Neuroscientists would say it was the sparking of my neurons – however I like the...

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Why You Want Critical Feedback

Posted by on 7 Apr, 2015 in Boundaries | 0 comments

Why You Want Critical Feedback

Today I thought I would write about feedback, specifically what is known as critical feedback. I have experienced critical feedback that has had both a positive and a negative impact on me. In reflection what has made the difference has been the delivery style of the individual who has given me the feedback. Where I experienced that the individual giving the feedback actually did have my best interests at the centre of their interaction with me I took in what they said and allowed myself to digest and make my sense of what they were saying. I...

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Reflecting for a moment…

Posted by on 15 Jan, 2015 in Dr Wendy's Blog, Good reads | 0 comments

Reflecting for a moment…

A new year begins and with it endless possibilities and choices for the present and future. I received a lovely present in the post today. A calendar of photos which captured moments from a holiday I had in Italy last year, was hand delivered. Only twelve seconds were captured and yet so much more time, emotion, thoughts and friendships are held in those seconds. How many lifetimes do we humans live in a second? If we were to capture 60 seconds of delight, joy and enjoyment that we experienced in a day how much richer would we be, I wonder. I...

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Welcome to 2014

Posted by on 24 Jan, 2014 in Boundaries, Dr Wendy's Blog, Nursing | 0 comments

Welcome to 2014

Welcome to 2014 Welcome readers, to another year. What does 2014 hold for you, your family and your community? What specific plans have you made for the year in terms of holidays, study, changing jobs or developing a new skill for the job your currently hold? Is this the year to start that activity that you have been talking about for some time? That book you always wanted to read, has it been purchased yet? If so have you made the book visible to remind you of your wish to explore the writing held in the pages? I ask these questions of...

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Are you Crossing the Line?

Posted by on 8 Apr, 2013 in Boundaries, Dr Wendy's Blog, Nursing | 0 comments

Are you Crossing the Line?

Crossing the Line? I have just returned from Adelaide where Colleen and I ran a one-day workshop, “Crossing the Line”, on Professional Boundaries as part of the Nurses for Nurses Conference held there 14th & 15th March. Those who have been to one of our boundary workshops will know that this is an area of professional passion for me. I’m always delighted to meet with a group of participants and share what I have learned, and also to hear their professional stories of boundary intrigue and transgression. As part of my...

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Do You Inhabit The Third Space

Posted by on 26 Jan, 2013 in Dr Wendy's Blog, Recommended Reads, self-care | 0 comments

The Third Space I love encountering books that expand my understanding of my actions and specifically how I conduct myself in relationship to others. The Third Space, by Adam Fraser (Random House 2012), is such a book. For me, the main focus of the book was the importance of becoming thoughtful about transitioning.  This is the Third Space of the title – the time we spend switching between first and second space (where I am currently, to where I want to be). Each time I read another chapter in the book I observe an excitement in me...

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Local Editorial Love

Posted by on 19 Jan, 2013 in Dr Wendy's Blog, Lockyer Valley, Workshops | 0 comments

Hot off the press Our very own Laidley newspaper, “The Valley Weekender”, has kindly given us a local editorial feature in their first 2013 edition. The newspaper publishes each fortnight, and includes local news, events, and articles about Laidley and Lockyer Valley residents, and towns. The 18th January, 2013 edition includes features about the Laidley swimming pool, a pilot programme for a local bus service, mention of a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Laidley Library and some great ideas to celebrate Australia Day.  Where...

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The Times they aren’t a changin’

Posted by on 15 Jan, 2013 in Dr Wendy's Blog, Mental Health | 0 comments

They knew that, back then? Hello fellow travellers of interesting ideas and curious wonderment. I have included in this entry an extract from the inestimable The Times newspaper from 1853, cited in a book I am currently reading: The Times - 1853 Nothing can be more slightly defined than the line of demarcation between sanity and insanity. Make the definition too narrow, it becomes meaningless, make it too wide, and the whole human race becomes involved in the dragnet. In strictness we are all mad when we give way to prejudice, to vice, to...

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Hello, 2013

Posted by on 2 Jan, 2013 in Boundaries, Complex Trauma, Dr Wendy's Blog, Workshops | 0 comments

Hello, 2013 A hearty welcome to 2013 and I hope that you had a celebratory time over Christmas and New Year. Here at Davaar its time for us to focus on the year ahead, in terms of workshops and training for 2013.  If you’ve taken a look at our calendar you’ll be aware that we have a busy year already scheduled and there’s still more in the pipeline. Our two day workshops kick off in February with our Professional Boundary workshop, followed later in the month by our inaugural workshop on Complex Trauma. I look forward to the...

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Nursing News from Buffalo, NY

Posted by on 22 Dec, 2012 in Dr Wendy's Blog, Nursing | 0 comments

Exciting news for nursing, in Buffalo, NY I have a strong commitment to strengthening nursing identity and professionalism and where possible will inform you about achievements of colleagues with whom I have travelled in the world of nursing. I invite you to visit the link: www.buffalo.edu/news/13852 which provides nursing news about the opening of The Institute for Person-Centered Care (for the elderly) Buffalo University, New York. I encourage you to have a read and to warm up to the possibilities of how you could build a connection with...

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