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Live life here in Rotorua!

Rotorua has an abundance of natural resources: sparkling lakes and rivers,native and exotic forests, and geothermal features, naturally occuring hot springs and hot pools. There are over 100 parks, reserves and gardens and over 150km of first class mountain biking trails.

Rotorua's central location, public transport, and easy connection to the greater Bay of Plenty region and beyond are just some of the reasons Rotorua is the ideal place to live.  The demand for skilled labour is up in Rotorua and the median house price is well below the national average, making it the ideal place to live, work, bring up a family and enjoy a little piece of paradise.

Disruptive, Stubborn, Out of Control?

13

Jun 2019

Disruptive, Stubborn, Out of Control?

Helping professionals, carers, and educational professionals often struggle with children whose behaviour is confrontational, defiant, challenging or violent. Often such behaviour is attributed to the influence of traumatic experiences from the child’s past, the presence of a contributing developmental concern like Autism or Attention Deficit Disorder, or even innate individual characteristics . In this practically focused one-day seminar, dynamic Scandvanian neuropsychologist Dr Bo Hejlskov Elven will present a collection of effective and practical ideas for interpreting, managing and changing challenging behaviour, regardless of its diagnostic origins. Grounded in neuropsychology and affect theory, the Low Arousal Approach emphasises a range of behaviour management strategies based on the notion that a person needs self-control in order to cooperate, and that self-control depends on successful affect regulation. The practical methods discussed are targeted at assisting children and young people to gain and maintain self-control in order to manage and minimise challenging behaviour. Grouped under the broader themes of evaluation, behaviour management, and behaviour change, some of the specific content Bo will discuss includes: - The Low Arousal Approach: theoretical underpinnings and practical examples of its application. - Effective ideas for interviewing or communicating with difficult kids. Important considerations when establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships - Key components to consider when setting up an effective behaviour modification plan - Challenging behaviours are often triggered by unsuitable surroundings or unrealistic demands. - Identifying and adapting these problem areas can dramatically improve behaviour - Ideas for managing affect regulation and affect contagion. Regaining and keeping self-control - Stress factors: the effect of situational stress factors including common warning signs, and ideas for re-establishing calm - When conflict happens: effective techniques to use in the heat of the moment The workshop contains both theory and practical methods for behaviour change which will be of interest to helping professionals, educational professionals, caregivers from a broad range of professional contexts. Bo Hejlskov Elvén is a clinical neuropsychologist based in Sweden. He is an independent consultant, lecturer and author and his work centres on managing challenging behaviour’s across diagnostic boundaries. He has published a number of books on low arousal approaches to challenging behaviour, including No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming: How to make positive behaviour possible in autism and other developmental disabilities and Sulky Rowdy Rude? Why kids really act out and what to do about it. Bo’s engaging presentation style and delightful sense of humour, combined with his focus on sensible, well tested practical interventions mean this training is a must for anybody who encounters challenging behaviours as part of their work.

Overcoming Anxiety

9

May 2019

Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. Anxiety is a very normal human response, but for as many as 1 in 5 young people in New Zealand the symptoms become so intrusive so as to interfere with day to day living. The effects can ripple from children, to their families, to the classroom, and into friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. When recognised and properly managed, anxiety is very treatable. With the right support children can be empowered with the skills and knowledge to manage anxiety and move forward with courage and resilience. This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from, why they exist and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context. Key content areas Karen will discuss include: An overview of the most common anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence. Recognising behaviours suggestive of anxiety disorders,and differentiating anxiety from other problems with similar symptoms. Understanding the impact of anxiety on: - Peer and family relationships. - School performance, functioning and attendance. - The potency of co-existing concerns such as depression and self-harm. Building a therapeutic rapport with children with anxiety, including: - What all children need to know about anxiety, and how to support them in using this information to manage anxiety and build strength, courage and resilience. - Therapeutic interventions to help young people manage intrusive symptoms and difficult behaviours when anxiety is the fuel. - Practical, proven strategies to strengthen children against anxiety in the short and long term. - Pushing back against the negative. How to building self confidence, resilience and self concept with anxious young people. Understanding the ways loving parents might inadvertently feed anxiety and undermine resilience. How to work with this in a therapeutic setting. Karen Young is a Brisbane based Psychologist who has worked extensively with children, teens and families. She has worked in private practice and in educational settings. More recently, Karen founded ‘Hey Sigmund’, an Online resource that attracts millions of readers each year and provides accessible and contemporary information on anxiety. Karen is a sought after speaker and a regular contributor to a range of publications throughout Australia and internationally. Karen speaks with an ease and clarity on this topic which ensures this is a training opportunity not to be missed for all professionals looking to become effective allies for young people in overcoming anxiety. In 2017 Karen published ‘Hey Warrior’, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’. All participants attending this seminar will receive a complimentary copy of this book on the day.

Generation Homes Legend of the Lake (Ocean Swim Series)

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Mar 2019

Generation Homes Legend of the Lake (Ocean Swim Series)

5KM – 2.5KM – 1KM – 500M – 300M – 200M – 100M. AMPHIBIAN: 1.5KM SWIM + 3KM RUN + 500M SWIM. A weekend of action awaits at Rotorua’s spectacular Blue Lake so get ready for a totally new take on the only fresh water event in the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series… One day in the North Island’s adventure capital just isn’t enough, especially with such incredible terrain and stunning scenery on offer…so the Generation Homes Legend of the Lake now has two days’ worth of action at the Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu) across Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, a brand new event will be making its debut – The Amphibian! From the leisurely 500m swim to the 1km and 2.5km challenges, we’ve got you covered with a decent range of options, but what if you want more fresh water action? Get ready for the 5km ultra distance happening for the very first time. Launching this season, The Amphibian takes your personal pursuit to a whole new level with a 1.5km swim, 3km forest run followed by a 500m swim around the shoreline of the stunning Blue Lake. It’s an individual challenge like no other! Three distances in the The Banana Boat OceanKids Series means that young swimmers can have the swim of their life at six of our annual events! The 100m swim is perfect for those starting out or finding their flippers in the ocean aged 7 and 8 years old, and the 200m distance is ideal for 9 and 10 year olds. If your 11 and 12 year old tadpole is looking for a bit more of a challenge have a go at the 300m distance. The Jetstar Super Swim Squad has been an awesome fixture for the past 5 years as part of Jetstar’s sponsorship. Jetstar has chosen to move on this season so unfortunately there won’t be a Squad Camp but we still have loads of great rewards for swimmers in our Banana Boat OceanKids Series, including a finishers medal, photo and video!