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Parent Trail 1: Train the Facilitator

Parent Trail 1: Train the Facilitator

Date: 16th June 2021

Facilitator: Trish Landsberger & Maggie Wilson


Workshop Duration:

2 consecutive days  - face 2 face

(Wednesday & Thursday, 16 & 17 June 2021)

Workshop Time:

9:00 – 16:30 each day


Fee: $350.00

Including morning tea, all associated handouts, a certificate of attendance and instruction manual.


Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

This workshop would be suitable for clinicians and therapists with advanced group work skills and some experience of working with parents with mental illness. The training will provide participants with experiential art-therapy and gestalt group work techniques and cover all technical aspects of how to deliver Parent Trail 1.



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 supportsed 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 this 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.


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 the Group Work and Training Team. Part or her role finds her connecting with local families who are struggling with aspects of their parenting and can also be experience marginalization for a range of reasons, mental health issues being one. Trish started her working life as a primary/infant teacher and moved into early years education. Over the last twelve years Trish has trained as an Experiential and Creative Arts Therapist and has completed a Masters in Gestalt Therapy. Currently Trish has a small private practice outside of her full time position where she works as a therapist and parenting coach and mentor. Trish started working collaboratively with Maggie several years ago when they co-created The Parent Trail 1 & 2.

Maggie Wilson trained at Goldsmiths London University in Art Psychotherapy. She has worked for twenty 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. Maggie is an Australian Registered Art Therapist and lecturers in The Masters of Mental Health Art Therapy Program at the University of Queensland.

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.


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