Events and Training

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For Mental Health Professionals

A Practical Integrative Approach to Treating Complex Dissociative Disorders:
A Training Intensive with Kathy Steele, MN, CS

6th - 9th November 2019

This four-day intensive will offer an introduction to working with complex dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). A practical and easily understandable integration of theory and treatment approaches will provide a solid foundation for offering effective therapy to highly dissociative clients.

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Advanced Beginner Skills in Neurofeedback
with Dr Mary Ammerman

17th January 2019 for 10 weeks
Nerofeedback training

This course is designed for people who have already been through the 4-Day Introductory Neurofeedback Course. Whether some time has passed between attending the introductory course and receiving your neurofeedback equipment or if you’ve had a few months to practice on friends and family, this class distills the most important points of the introductory course in terms of applying neurofeedback.

We will review 4 common EEG patterns associated with over and under arousal, ensure proper placement of 10-20 sites, and walk through each step of training a client, including explaining neurofeedback and setting realistic client goals, assessing symptoms, recording and interpreting 2 site mini maps, selecting and adjusting protocols, using effective coaching strategies, managing training thresholds, and evaluating client progress. 

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Newcastle Complex Trauma Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)

The Hummingbird Centre Director Alikki Russell has been the Coordinator of the Newcastle Complex Trauma MPHN since its inception in 2014. This MHPN offers free professional development and networking opportunities to over 500 local Medical and Allied Health Professionals who share an interest in Complex Trauma. 

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Newcastle Mental Health Professionals Network

The Hummingbird Centre Director Dr Rickie Elliot looks forward to taking over as the Coordinator of the Newcastle MPHN in 2019. This MHPN will cover a variety of topics related to mental health and wellbeing. If you are a mental health professional, or are interested in this field, and you would like to be informed of any upcoming Newcastle MHPN professional development and networking opportunities, please contact Dr Rickie.

For Clients

The Hummingbird Centre will be offering several groups and training opportunities for clients and their carers in 2019. For more information on these groups, please message Alikki Russell.

coping with trauma-related dissociation

Dissociative Disorders Group

The Hummingbird Centre Director Alikki Russell will run a small 11 week group titled Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation - Skills Training. This group will focus on safety and stabilisation strategies for managing dissociative disorders, and cover psychoeducation and skills development at an introductory level. Opportunity for other groups that focus more on intermediate and advanced skills development will be offered in the future.

Skills Training for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


This 10-week skills program will focus on skills development and psychoeducation for managing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PostNatal Anxiety and Depression Group


The Hummingbird Centre Director Dr Rickie Elliot will facilitate an 8 week group program for people who experience Post Natal Depression and Anxiety.

For Affiliates and Staff

At The Hummingbird Centre, it is our belief that to provide the best possible assessment and treatment to clients, our staff and affiliates need to work in a supportive and encouraging environment, where they are given plenty of opportunity to develop their skills and experience. In 2019, the Hummingbird Centre will offer multiple exclusive professional development opportunities for our staff and affiliates.

Training Opportunities

It can be difficult to organise and attend the training required to effectively provide our services. At The Hummingbird Centre, we endeavour to reduce the time and costs associated with travel and training registrations, by bringing the training to you. In 2019, some of our training opportunities include:

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2)

ADOS2 training

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a semistructured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, play, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. By observing and coding these behaviours, clinicians can obtain information that informs diagnosis, intervention, treatment planning, and educational placement.

The ADOS-2 requires formal and specific training. The Hummingbird Centre will offer our staff and affiliates the opportunity to participate in the ADOS-2 Training Package, which contains training videos on DVD and a Training Guidebook, in addition to the opportunity to work with, and be supervised by, several clinicians who have previously completed this training and performed autism assessments over several years.

We will discuss complexities of Autism diagnoses, the differences between Autism and other similar presentations (such as those on the trauma spectrum) and provide plenty of opportunity for hands-on practice.

Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents - 2 Day Certificate Course

The Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) model is a flexible framework proven to enhance effective trauma treatment by intervening with both the child and the caregiving system; allowing you to foster the supportive environment necessary for healthy development and lasting change. ARC gives you a roadmap to cultivate attachment in traumatised children, build the self-regulatory skills they need to identify and manage powerful emotions, and establish a positive sense of identity that will set the stage for a healthy and fulfilling adult life. 

The Hummingbird Centre will offer our staff and affiliates the opportunity to participate in a 2 day certificate training with a group of likeminded clinicians who have been implementing the ARC model into their treatment over several years. 

Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) - 20 Hour Foundation Workshop

20 hour workshop

This official TCTSY workshop will introduce you to the core concepts and applications of the highly regarded, evidence-based yoga intervention of PTSD and Complex Trauma. This workshop is intended to support those working in the mental health field to bring the body into treatment when working with people affected by PTSD, developmental and/or complex trauma.

Facilitated by TCTSY Facilitator, Supervisor and Licensed Trainer Edwina Kempe, this workshop is accredited by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment and David Emerson. You will learn:
  • The latest trauma theories and neurophysiology
  • Theoretical underpinnings and methodology of the TCTSY model
  • The research and evidence base involving  TCTSY
  • How to apply TCTSY principles to your practice

This workshop is an introductory course, and does not constitute certification in TCTSY. 

Supervision Opportunities

At The Hummingbird Centre, we endeavour to reduce the time and costs associated with supervision costs, along with link you in with likeminded colleagues who provide similar services. In 2019, some of our supervision opportunities include:

  • Regular supervision in neurofeedback with multiple international experts including Sebern Fisher, Mary Ammerman and Michelle Aniftos.
  • Regular supervision in the assessment and treatment of structural dissociation with international expert Kathy Steele. 
  • Regular supervision in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) 
  • Supervision and support from The Hummingbird Centre Director Dr Rickie Elliot on attachment, perinatal mental health, trauma.
  • Supervision and support from The Hummingbird Centre Director Alikki Russell on trauma, dissociation and neurofeedback. 

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