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Parent Trail 1: Train the Trainer

Parent Trail 1: Train the Trainer

Date: 14th February 2018

Facilitator: Trish Landsberger, Maggie Wilson

Workshop Duration:

2 Consecutive days  (Wednesday and Thursday, 14 - 15 February 2018)

Workshop Time:

09:00 – 16:30


Early bird rate: $300.00 for registration and payment received by 14 January 2018

Fee: $350.00 including all associated handouts, a certificate of attendance and an instruction manual.

BYO lunch

Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

Professionals working with parents who live with Mental Health issues. Professionals interested in the application of Art Therapy and movement processes in group work.



Workshop Outline:

The two day training will cover how to deliver to a group that:

  • Facilitates the hearing and sharing of group member’s stories of parenting
  • Uses art, creative writing, music and discussion when working with this group of parents
  • Explores parenting pictures through the use imagery and movement
  • Uses three-dimensional art to further think about the provision of safety for both parents and children
  • Assists group members to debunk some of the myths that surround mental health diagnosis
  • Provides opportunities to be creative, have fun and relax.

Trish and Maggie will use the metaphor of a bush walk to highlight the stresses, unexpected events and fulfilment involved in parenting when a family member lives with mental health concerns. Participants will be encouraged to participate in several of the interactive experiential group work sessions.

The didactic presentations look at:

  • Inter-agency culture and collaboration
  • The engagement and interview skills of P.W.M.I.
  • Why the Parent Trail uses art and metaphor
  • Evaluation and follow up.

Workshop Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the two day training participants will be equipped with enough experience and confidence to facilitate their own Parent Trail group. Each participant will receive his or her own Parent Trail Group instruction manual.

Workshop Format:

2 Day




Some of the great feedback we received about this event:

“loved it – the best professional development that I have attended in years”

“I now have lots of new ideas and confidence to run a course”

“It was interesting to see the theory in practice”

“Everything was amazing – thank you”

“Over the next few days I look forward to reviewing the sessions and reflecting on the enormous benefit of the parent trail”

“I really enjoyed the experiential learning and relaxed atmosphere”

“The resources, manual, tools are great”

“Very well presented, you both worked very hard to provide excellent training”

“I hope that you run training for parent trail 2 and invite the group back-thank you”

“I enjoyed talking to past participants and the practical demonstrations”

Facilitator Bio:

Trish Landsberger is employed by Kyabra Community Association, as Manager of an Early Intervention Team. In this role Trish connects local families who experience marginalization for all sorts of reasons, mental health issues being one. Trish started her working life as a primary/infant teacher and more recently moved into the early year’s education. Over the last ten year’s Trish has trained as an Experiential and Creative Arts Therapist and completed a Masters in Gestalt Therapy. Trish started working collaboratively with Maggie several years ago when they co-created The Parent Trial with colleague Cathy Renkin. 

Maggie Wilson Trained at Goldsmiths London University in Art Psychotherapy. She has worked for thirty years as an art therapist. Her private practice interests are currently cross-cultural Art Therapy group work, creative debriefing and supervision for mental health teams and practitioners. She has worked in CYMHS Queensland for 14 years as the KOPMI program co-ordinator for seven. Maggie is an Australian Registered Art Therapist and lecturers in The Masters of Mental Health Art Therapy Program at the University of Queensland and has a private art therapy practice in Northern NSW.

Workshop Cancellations:


By completing and submitting this registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend this workshop and you will be liable for the full fee as indicated.

If you are unable to attend the workshop for any reason, fail to attend without notice or cancel your registration payment will not be refunded.

Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.