2017 Conference: International speakers announced

Fostering Kids NZ is proud to announce two of the keynote speakers for our 2017 conference: “Celebrating Foster Care,” to be held on September 28 and 29 in Christchurch.

We’re excited to have secured the speaking talents of two Psychologists from the United States. Both have extensive experience in the process of healing children who have experienced trauma as a result of broken attachments.

We look forward to the insights they will share with us this September.

Dr David Cross

Dr. David Cross is Professor of Psychology and Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP-ICD) at Texas Christian University in the United States.

Dr. Cross and Dr. Karyn Purvis co-authored The Connected Child, co-created Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and co-founded the KP-ICD.  The KP-ICD has produced the award-winning Healing Families video series, which includes titles such as Attachment: Why It Matters, Trauma and the Brain, and Trust-Based Parenting.

The ICD is also a world-wide leader in trauma-informed programs and trainings, including the TBRI Practitioner Training, the TBRI Educator Training, and the TBRI Camp Training.  TBRI itself is a whole-child, attachment-based, trauma-informed, multi-systemic, and evidence-based intervention for children who have experienced relational trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence,  institutionalization).

Dr. Cross and his staff at the ICD are actively engaged in research that not only demonstrates the efficacy of TBRI as an evidence-based intervention, but also in research about how to grow and sustain trauma-informed organizations and communities

Dr Courtney Rennicke

Courtney Rennicke, Ph.D. is a Columbia University trained Clinical Psychologist who runs a psychotherapy group practice, Rennicke & Associates, focusing on family therapy for children in foster care, adoptees and their families in New York City.  Dr. Rennicke is the current Board Member at Large for the United States and Treasurer of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI; ddpnetwork.org) founded by Daniel Hughes, Ph.D. In addition, Dr. Rennicke is also the Co-Founder and President of the Adoption Foster Care Therapist Network (AFCTN; afctn.org). Lastly, Dr. Rennicke serves as a research consultant to the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia University founded by Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.

In addition to certification as a Trainer, Consultant, and Practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Dr. Rennicke has received advanced training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for relational and attachment work with adults, as well as Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Dr. Rennicke has also supervised and taught psychology externs, social workers, post-doctoral fellows and psychiatry PGY-III residents in a range of treatment modalities at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, Teachers College/Columbia University, and Yeshiva University.

Dr Rennicke will deliver her presentation: Surprise! Using the Brain as Our Guide to Heal “Blocked Trust” & Re-awaken the Capacity to Connect in Hurt Children. 

Keep watching our website and looking out for email alerts. We will let you know as soon as conference registrations open.

Discretionary Funding

Fostering Kids NZ has limited funds to assist in the cost of attending the conference – for those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

To be eligible for this funding you need to be a member of Fostering Kids NZ, currently be a caregiver and have never attended our conference.

All applications are due by Friday 23rd June and will be reviewed by a panel. Successful applicants will be advised by Wednesday 28th June.

For more information and/or an application form –  email events co-ordinator Jennifer Kinsella.

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