Auckland, New Zealand: September 2019

Auckland, New Zealand: September 2019

Forensic psychology.

September 1 – 8, 2019

Explore Forensic psychology aspects of diversity, reform, treatment and assessment.

26 CEU's for Psychotherapists

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Learning in the City of Sails

This course will be held in and around Auckland, New Zealand, in collaboration with The University of New Zealand, Massey University and Auckland South Correctional Center. The course will provide a unique opportunity to experience and learn with and in a unique and innovative prison in New Zealand. Participants will be exposed to native and immigrant individuals in the legal system and the governmental prison reform problems related to diversity. You will be actively engaged in clinical offender treatment and assessment, and you will learn about cultural specific psychopathy and how it relates to specific New Zealand populations and the legal system.

New Zealand is actively recruiting psychotherapists and you will have an opportunity to meet with psychotherapist recruiters for job and career opportunities in New Zealand through the recruitment process.

Auckland is a buzzing urban hub nestled between two contrasting coastlines and hosts a combination of metropolitan delights and natural landscapes. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is a beautiful harbor city located in the subtropical north of New Zealand. This gorgeous city is home to numerous black and white sand beaches, world-class museums, rugged mountains, verdant farmland, lush native bush, sun-drenched islands, award-winning wineries, leafy parks, charming country and coastal villages, Victorian architecture and some of the best food you will ever taste!

This series of in-depth seminars are designed for mental health professionals who want to become familiar with and apply Forensic Psychology. The seminars will be held both at at The University of New Zealand, Massey University and The Auckland South Correctional Center prison just outside the city. Your week in New Zealand will offer a very unique opportunity to work within the prison walls for in depth discussions, and an immersive on site seminar series within the prison. New Zealand has a very different view on multi- cultural harmony, and particular cultural and indigenous populations are at the forefront of our experience with various cultural issues being a part of our learning and dialogue.

You will spend two afternoons in small groups with members of the New Zealand psychology association for small group local tour experiences. A great way to share ideas, network and get to know the locals and the city!

You will culminate this fascinating program with a boat ride and Island food, nature and wine tour on our last day!

Who Is This For?

– Psychotherapists
– Mental health professionals
– World and life learners
– Those with an interest in forensic psychology
– Those with an interest in cultural implications of prison systems
– Professionals in other varied sectors interested in forensic psychology

*No prior experience or knowledge required!

What Will You Gain?

– Identify and apply aspects of research related to psychopathy and the legal system with a broad cultural perspective.
– Define and discuss world-view of the local culture within the context of psychology applicable to forensic systems.
– Identify and discuss the structure and function of differences between host culture and own culture.
– Identify and apply a forensic approach to Mental Health diagnosis and treatment planning.
– Identify and discuss key elements in the history and development of forensic psychology.
– Define and identify cultural aspects of the forensic system and how to apply this to various cultural psycho-therapeutic settings.
– Discuss and apply the concepts of forensic psychology in psycho-therapeutic and other settings.

What’s Included?

– All seminars
– 4-star shared accommodations (single room supplement available for additional cost)
– 3 Lunches
– Welcome Dinner
– Farewell Dinner
– Excursion to Waiheke Island with lunch, wine tasting, 5-hour food and wine tour, a round-trip ferry ticket, and Waiheke Island bus pass
– Small group tours with local members of New Zealand Psychology Association

Itinerary Highlights

  • Interactive Forensic Psychology seminars and discussions at Auckland South Correctional Center.
  • Interactive seminars on various topics of Forensic Psychology at Auckland’s Massey University.
  • Small group tours with members of The New Zealand Psychology Association.
  • Native and Cultural Implication in forensic psychology and in New Zealand.
  • Active recruitment on psychotherapy employment opportunities in New Zealand.
  • Excursion to Waiheke Island for a 5-hour food and wine tour, including a sampling of wine, beer and olive oils. Nestled in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke has the ideal micro-climate for growing grapes and olives.


Dr. Leslee Brown, PhD

Dr. Brown is President and Director of Mind Body Passport Inc. designing and leading international trips for adult professionals, offering continuing education credits worldwide. Dr. Brown’s interests are multi-faceted, engaging topics of psychology, culture, art, psychoanalysis and social dreaming. She is passionate about weaving many disciplines and interests together and creating an atmosphere of growth and learning. Travel opens ones mind and creates change bringing new perspectives on living life. She also served as The Director of International Seminars and Gastprofessor at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna. International psychology and developing “psychologists without borders” has become her focus. Dr. Brown has been in private practice for over twenty years, has been a research psychologist for The Neurological Institute and has served on faculty at UCLA Medical School teaching psychology and rapport building techniques to medical students. Dr. Brown was also assistant professor at The Chicago School and Director of Centers for International Studies. Leslee lives and works part time in in Los Angeles, part time in Paris, and the rest of the time is traveling the world.

Dr. Debra Warner, Psy.D

Dr. Debra Warner is a leading forensic psychologist, popular speaker, trauma expert, training professional and author. She addresses diverse topics including PTSD, multicultural therapeutic techniques, gang intervention, prison reform, human trafficking, violence, substance abuse, relationships and mental health. She currently is a Professor and a sought out expert witness, psychological evaluator, and consultant. Dr. Warner completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University in Fresno, California.. She received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City, and has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. Warner has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead Faculty for the Forensic Psychology department for Los Angeles and Irvine. Some of her other professional assignments have included the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections and Regional Center. For these assignments she designed the program elements related to mental health and evaluation. Moreover, she served and clinical supervisor relating to human trafficking, trauma, PTSD and multicultural therapeutic techniques.

Dr. Benita Stiles-Smith, PhD, MSN

Dr. Stiles-Smith is a Clinical Psychologist (NZ/USA) and Nurse Practitioner (USA). She has a Post Graduate Diploma Psychological Practice Programme where she is Senior Professional Clinician/Supervisor. She studied at Albany Campus, School of Psychology and College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University.

Francois Meyer, Phd.

Assistant Director: Rehabilitation Registered Psychologist Serco Asia Pacific


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