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Our Courses for Autumn 2017

We have a fantastic space for running groups in our new premises and we are putting it to good use. Our team of experienced group facilitators have been working together to produce a range of group courses. 

Course registration via phone, email or drop is essential. Get in early to avoid disappointment

If you are a WINZ client you can now apply to access the Course Participation Allowance to cover your course fees. Pick up a form from the Women's Centre.

Living with Loss

Has sudden change been forced up on you by, for example, a partner leaving, death of someone close to you, earthquake or fire damage, loss of a job, loss of health, relocation? Would you like support and skills to deal with the range of feelings this brings up?

  • Acknowledge what you’ve lost 
  • Learn about the grief process
  • Understand your feelings with the intention of getting to a place of acceptance and renewed enjoyment
  • Individual and group reflections, with a focus on learning and self support
  • Safe and supportive environment where you can explore your responses, your feelings and your options

Develop skills for maintaining goals for employment, study and personal well-being in the face of loss. 

Day: Tuesday (4 sessions)
Date: 2nd May - 23rd May
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Facilitators: Ali Watersong, Susan Kooy
Maximum number: 8 participants
Cost: $40 waged ($35 waged member), $25 low/unwaged ($20 low/unwaged member)

I Like Me: Building Healthy Self-Esteem and Confidence

This course aims to improve your self-confidence, build healthy self-esteem and help you gain a stronger sense of self-worth and self-acceptance.

We will explore what self-esteem is, how low self-esteem develops and how it is maintained.

In the course you will:

  • Learn to become aware of what you are thinking and feeling and learn how to change negative thought patterns and self-talk
  • Gain an understanding of how the brain works and how to create new brain pathways
  • Learn strategies and practices to help you live your life with more confidence and self-belief

Discover your full potential and develop confidence in your ability to fulfil goals of employment, life and interpersonal relationships. The course will involve some group work and discussion, experiential learning and individual exercises.

Day: Thursday (3 sessions)
Date: 4th May - 18th May
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Facilitator: Ali Watersong
Maximum number: 8 participants
Cost: $35 waged ($30 waged member), $20 low/unwaged ($15 low/unwaged member)

Looking after YOU! Learning Mindfulness and Practising Relaxation
This is a group for women interested in developing a range of skills and techniques to achieve relaxation and mindfulness and thereby improving well being and self-care. You will learn techniques to help manage stress, anger, anxiety, to improve interpersonal relationships and to understand your thought patterns. You will develop self care skills which increase your ability to manage life's commitments such as work, study, parenting and relationships.

Day: Friday (5 sessions)
Date: 26th May - 23rd June
Time: 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Facilitators: Nikki Evans, Freddie Duncan
Maximum number: 8 participants
Cost: $45 waged ($40 waged member), $30 low/unwaged ($25 low/unwaged member)

Parenting Children with Worries

Children develop “worries” for a range of reasons and these worries can have a significant impact on that child as well as other members of the family. This group is for women interested in developing their understanding of childhood anxiety, along with strategies that can help them to parent a child who is struggling with “the worries”.

You will learn techniques to help minimise the effect of anxiety on your children and family, especially during times of upheaval and change such as a parent's return to work, relocation of family, or loss of a loved one. 
The course will focus on:

  • Helping you to understand the effects of anxiety on children and parents
  • Supporting you to learn how anxiety affects family dynamics
  • Skills needed to parent children who are being impacted by anxiety
  • Simple but effective techniques, tips and ideas to help reduce anxiety in families

Day: Friday (5 sessions)
Date: 2nd June - 30th June
Time: 10.00 am – 11.30 am
Facilitators: Nikki Evans, Erna Jackson
Maximum number: 8 participants
Cost: $40 waged ($35 waged member), $25 low/unwaged ($20 low/unwaged member)

Introduction to Feminism: Lunchtime Discussion Group

What is feminism? Know a little bit but want to know more? Come along to this lunchtime discussion group and learn about feminist history, theory and practice so that you can engage confidently in verbal and written communication.

Each session will be organised around a particular theme such as:

  • Feminist history
  • Intersectionality and class
  • Identity politics
  • Local politics

No previous knowledge is required. Come along and join the discussion and work towards the production of a group zine at the conclusion of the sessions. This course may develop into a regular discussion group if there is interest.

Date: 12 June – 3 July
Day: Monday    Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Facilitator: Sionainn Byrnes
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Registration by: Monday 26th Jun

Proposed New Courses for Girls in 2017!

Expect more details soon. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Website or contact us at the Women’s Centre.