IY Mentors Meeting Seattle USA

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Where we’ve been: Incredible Years Mentors Meetings, Seattle, USA

Speakers at the IY Mentors event

Our Senior Advisor Tania Anstiss and Mentor-in-Training Lisa Herewini headed off to Bainbridge Island, Seattle USA alongside five other New Zealanders, to meet with 36 other Incredible Years trainer from all across Europe and America. However, this year Lisa Herewini brought an Incredible Years first, by representing an indigenous perspective on the programme.

As one of five valuable presentations throughout the event (presenters pictured left), Tania and Lisa (middle) spoke on the changing landscape of Aotearoa/New Zealand, our Māori workforce and how we at Werry are working to bring forward the Māori voice within programme delivery, which you can read by clicking here. They also shared Māori culture with the diverse international attendees, from opening with a Pepeha, and sharing a Waiata each morning to opening events which was said to create a great feeling of connection amongst all.

Lisa Herewini sharing a Hongi with Dr Carolyn Webster-Stratton


Both Tania and Lisa felt the support and endorsement of their hard work and the warm embrace of Māori culture throughout the event was extremely encouraging. You can read more on what we’re doing to support the Māori voice throughout Incredible Years programme by reviewing our recent consultation with the Māori and Pacific workforce completed earlier this year.

Incredible Years creator, Dr Carolyn Webster-Stratton, also spoke on the important issue of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) alter how children’s brain develop and increase the likelihood of health harming behaviours. You can see this presentation and read more about the IY Mentors meeting at Incredible Years website by clicking here. You can also read more about ACE including the landmark ACE study on our Resilience screening article.



Above: Lisa Herewini sharing a Hongi

with Dr Carolyn Webster-Stratton


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