National Conference

We are looking forward to this year’s conference in October.  Plans are well underway and we are putting together a great line up of international and local speakers.  

International Speakers Announced

Lisa Dion – Synergetic Play Therapy Institute™

Lisa is an international teacher, clinical supervisor, author, coach and entrepreneur from Colorado, USA.  She is a Licensed Professional Counsellor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field creating new and innovative models of therapy with children and adults.

She is the founder and Executive Director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy. She is also a Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR Practitioner and Senior Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™.

For more information about Lisa and the amazing work that she does; |

Brandon Mock – KidsTLC

For more than 20 years, Brandon has worked in clinical and administrative capacities for organizations serving youth in psychiatric residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient behavioural health. In addition to overseeing psychiatric residential programming, he provides individual, family, and group therapy as well as consultation, education, and training for parents and mental health practitioners in working with youth who suffer from the effects of childhood trauma such as mood dysregulation, disrupted attachment, and challenging behaviours. Brandon received training and direct supervision by Daniel Hughes, PhD, the originator of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and is a certified DDP practitioner and consultant. Outside of work he spends most of his time enjoying his children’s sports activities. When time allows he likes to bike, run with his dog, and write/record music in his home studio.

Brandon is currently the Associate Vice President for Phoenix Programming at KidsTLC in Olathe, KS. In addition to overseeing “attachment-focused” residential programming, he provides assessment, individual, family, and group therapy as well as education and training for parents, educators, and mental health professionals in working with youth who suffer from the effects of childhood complex trauma.

For more information about KidsTLC and the great work that they do –

Dr Grant Sinnamon, PhD

Dr Sinnamon is a self-confessed “neuro-nerd”, and divides his time between clinical practice, teaching, and an extensive research program. With qualifications in psychology, medicine (psychiatry and psychiatric neuroscience), counselling, and adult education; Grant’s passion is in the areas of the clinical aspects of both developmental neurophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology. His cutting edge understanding of developmental neurobiology the clinical neurosciences, combined with his clear and enthusiastic presentation style make this a training opportunity not to be missed.


Registrations are now open – click here

Full 2 Day Registration:

Early bird
(before 31 Aug 2019
(after 1 Sep 2019)
Full Member$220.00
(incl dinner ticket)
(incl dinner ticket)
Associate Member$315.00
(incl dinner ticket)
(incl dinner ticket)
Non Member$375.00$400.00

1 Day Registration:

Early bird
(before 31 Aug 2019
(after 1 Sep 2019)
Full Member$125.00$150.00
Associate Member$175.00$200.00
Non Member$205.00$230.00

All prices include GST.


Waipuna Hotel has rooms set aside for our delegates. The cost for these rooms are $200.50 (gst incl) for one person and $228.50 (gst incl) for twin share including a full buffet breakfast. To make a reservation please call Waipuna Hotel directly on 0800 924 786 and quote the booking code FOST1510.


If you are booking flights, conference will be opening at 9am on Wednesday and closing at 4pm on Thursday. Waipuna Hotel is approximately 17km from Auckland airport, but this can take up to an hour by car. If possible we recommend coming the night before. We will put a bus on to return delegates to Auckland airport when conference finishes. If you would like to use this free bus service, please book your flight home after 6pm.

For more information please contact Jennifer Kinsella, Marketing and Communications Manager – or call 0800 693 323.

Presentations from previous Conferences:

A special thank you to our speakers who freely give their time to share their expertise with us.  Many of them cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Some of our presenters were happy for us to share their presentations. Please note that these presentations remain the copyright of the presenter.  If you would like to reproduce any parts of the presentation please contact the presenter and ask for their approval.

Workshop Presentations, National Conference 2017:

Re-awaken the Capacity to Connect in Hurt Children – Dr Courtney Rennicke

Who am I? Understanding and Promoting Resilience in Foster and Kinship Care – Dr Jill Worrall

Supporting Children with Dyslexia – Thelma Costain

Our Vision for Care, Fostering Kids New Zealand – Linda Surtees

Keynote Presentation, National Conference 2017:

Surprise! Using the Brain as our Guide to Heal “Blocked Trust” – Dr Courtney Rennicke

Protecting Children from Online Child Abuse – Detective Sergeant John Michael 

Video – Megan’s Story