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THE ART OF FACILITATING SELF-DETERMINATION (AFSD) WORKSHOPS COMING SOON
Balance NZ, with Stephen Pocklington (USA), Magdel Hammond (NZ), Kori Hemi (NZ), are delighted to bring "The Art of Facilitating Self-Determination" (AFSD) back to New Zealand again this year where many of its defining concepts originated. This five-day seminar is about facilitating mutually supportive and respectful relationships.
Click on the live links below for more information:
The first will run from 16th February – 20th February 2015 at the Quaker Settlement in Whanganui
The second will be at Te Moata Retreat Centre in the Coromandel from 27th February – 3rd March 2015.
Introduction to AFSD
Balance NZ is continuously evolving in our understandings of mental health and addiction issues and also the things which truly support mental and physical well-being, recovery and resilience.
As we evolve, one of the obvious outcomes is an increasing interest in the power of language to determine our ways of thinking about and responding to all of above.
Words are powerful things. They can hurt and heal, persuade and negate. Words and the language they make up do things, make things happen, and as creatures that rely on language we make words work to our own ends. It is language that makes it possible for us to think certain things and not others and the meanings we attach to words are not static: they change over time and in different circumstances.