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MHERC's workshops are delivered by specialists in their fields

Alan Fayter

Neuro-Semantic NLP Master Trainer ISNS, Coach IANLP, Fellow Member Trainer IANLP, Licensed Meta-Coach (ACMC)

Alan is a Master Trainer specialising in the Neuro-Semantic Self-Actualisation Trainings, based on self-actualisation psychology. He trained under the tutelage of psychologist Dr L. Michael Hall PhD, the developer of Neuro-Semantics. He has a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy (Distinction) and runs a private therapy and coaching practice in Christchurch. In 2015 Alan published his first book; "How To Chill Out", a book on stress management and communication techniques based on coaching and training he developed after the Christchurch earthquakes.

Alex Bartle, Dr

MB BS, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP MMed(Sleep Medicine)

After 30 years as a general medical practitioner in New Zealand, Dr Bartle left to develop Sleep Well Clinics throughout New Zealand. He completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine through the University of Sydney in 2009. Dr Bartle is on the Education Sub-Committee of the Australasian Sleep Association, and is an inaugural member of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Alliance, investigating children’s sleep. He regularly presents seminars on sleep to international and national conferences, industry, medical practitioners, and the general public.

Annette Beautrais, Dr


Annette is New Zealand's most experienced suicidologist, an academic who has been studying suicide research and prevention, and teaching about suicide prevention, for the past 27 years. She has worked in New Zealand and internationally, has published extensively and has won international awards for her research. Annette is Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, and Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the South Canterbury DHB. In addition, she works as an educator and consultant to a range of organisations, and runs training programmes in suicide prevention throughout the country. Annette has worked with the World Health Organisation and served on the board of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

Brian Deavoll, Dr


Brian is a Consultant Psychiatrist of Old Age with the Canterbury District Health Board. He is currently a consultant psychiatrist in the Older Person Mental Health Service, Canterbury District Health Board working part-time in the Community Team based at The Princess Margaret Hospital and part-time in ward BG Burwood Hospital. He has a long history of service provision, leadership and involvement with training in the mental health sector in Christchurch.

Catherine Gallagher

Registered Clinical Psychologist, MNZCCP, MA(Hons)

Catherine has worked in both public and private work settings, primarily focused on child and family issues. Currently she has a small private practice and is also the clinical practice manager at START.

Chris Bowden, Dr

BA (Hons), MA, PhD Candidate (Health)

Chris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. He lectures in child, adolescent and lifespan development and in youth issues including suicide, grief, loss, change and trauma. His research has focused on risk and resiliency, adolescent suicide and his PhD is on young men’s experiences of losing a close friend to suicide. Chris designed and co-facilitates the Waves psycho-educational programme for suicide bereaved adults in conjunction with Skylight and has worked in the area of suicide prevention and postvention for the past 15 years working with young people, families and providing professional development and education in the community.

Chris Taua, Dr

PhD, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around New Zealand and Australia.

Di Sargent

Masters of Hlth Sci., PG Dip. Addiction, PG Dip. Social Work, PG Dip. Management, B.A. Psych

Di is passionate about working with people to support hauora/wellbeing and health, and also teaching and mentoring people for their professional development and growth. She has been working in the mental health and addictions sector for 27 years as a social worker/counsellor. Di was the clinical manager of Stepping Stone Trust (mental health NGO) for 13 years and is in her sixth year at the Bridge addiction service in Christchurch. Di loves learning and is qualified with a Masters of Mental Health, Post Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Gail Moore


Gail is the Senior Social Worker at Christchurch Resettlement Services. She has been working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities for the last seven years and finds it both rewarding and challenging. Since working with Christchurch Resettlement Services, Gail has developed a broader knowledge base and she is constantly being challenged around her world view and she is constantly reminded of the resilience and strengths of individuals and families.

Gail Phillips

Dip.N, MN (Merit), PGDip (Mental Health), PGCert Alcohol and Other Drugs

Gail is a registered nurse with over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of mental health nursing and education roles within the Canterbury region. She has a special interest in psychopharmacology and has undertaken education in pharmacology and prescribing as part of her Masters in Nursing. Her current clinical position is Psychiatric Consult Liaison Nurse in a busy Emergency Department.

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