Kathryn Berkett
Kathryn has her Masters in Educational Psychology, and has certified as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner with Dr Perry. Kathryn has extensive experience in this area. She has worked and trained, nationally and internationally, on the subject of neuroscience for over fifteen years, delivering to a variety of organisations including Primary and Secondary Teachers; the Police; Child Youth and Family; Prisons; Kindergartens; Parents; Recreation Groups; Mental Health Professionals; Politicians; and Corporates.

However, all development is influenced by the early years, still known as such an essential developmental stage. By covering the early development and the reorganisation that occurs in adolescent, these workshops will give you a better understanding of what is going on for the children or the young people you work with. This up to date information will arm you with more tools and options for your interactions with them.

Through understanding the brain and how we neurologically and physiologically develop and react, we can become more adept at working with and inspiring our children, youth, colleagues, and whanau. New knowledge in brain development is being produced and published at astonishing rates. It is difficult to know where to start. This training will work with the aspects of brain development most applicable to your work, helping you to comprehend the basics, and then supporting you to translate it into practice.

Building Resilience:
Neuroscience can help us understand many factors about ourselves, and therefore help us become more aware and controlled in our actions.
We are constantly hearing that we want our children to build resilience, which is an exceptionally important goal. However, what we need to understand if we want to increase resilience, is how this concept is built in the brain. What does it really mean to build resilience. What do we, as adults, need to provide to support this learning?
This workshop will help you understand the fundamental neuroscience aspects of building resilience. The concept of supporting our children into ‘tolerable moments of feeling’ will be introduced and unpacked.
This information will make complete sense to all those who are involved with children. True change requires consistent, appropriate and repeated modelling and feedback. This is why it is best that all those in the community who wish to support this move towards increased resilience, understand the information in this session.
This training will be delivered in easy to understand language with examples that will ensure attendees will leave with a full understanding of how to move forward with the information.

Working with Teams
Self Care
This workshop will unpack the neuroscience of Self-Care. This is essential information for anyone who feels that their job or home life activates their stress response maybe a little too often!!
We will talk about what actually happens for us when we get stressed. This workshop will explain the activations that occur in our brain and our body? When we enter stress, a phenomenal level of activation occurs that alters the function of our physiological systems, as well as our neurological systems. This means our body changes and so does our brain.
When we go into stress, our ability to think and focus is affected. We can become tired, sick, more prone to infections. This can all be due to experiencing stress. Sleep is one thing that can be severely affected, so we will unpack more around sleep and the reasons for it.
This workshop is packed full of fascinating information for Self-Care, but also for ensuring we can help our family members and colleagues stay well.

Increasing Team Engagement
This workshop will unpack the neuroscience around how to increase engagement in the workplace. Fantastic workshop for those who manage teams. We all know how difficult some people’s behaviours can be, and we also know how detrimental negative attitudes can be to our goals. But seriously, how do you work with them?
This workshop will unpack the neuroscience around what triggers a ‘reactive’ response. This will help you gain more of an understanding of that person in your team who may be creating a blockage for your production through their behaviour. We will also talk about how to activate the ‘rational’ response, which will give you an understanding of how to create an environment that neurologically engages the creative, productive areas of the brain.

Ultimately, this identification and strategising will lead to more time in a productive space. This workshop will be infinitely helpful to teams who wish to work in a more collaborative, productive and ‘rational’ way.

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