MHERC's workshops are delivered by specialists in their fields

Alan Fayter, Dr

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.

Alison Ogier-Price

MSc(Psych), B.Com, BA(Hons), C.AT, MNZAPP

Alison specialises in the application of the science of Positive Psychology to optimise human functioning. She brings extensive cross-sector experience including health services, education, community, and organisations. Alison is actively engaged in conference and workshop presentation and facilitation for positive mental health and sustaining emotional wellbeing. Alison effectively bridges the gap between academic knowledge and practical application with programmes that have a firm research and evidence basis, and are both richly informative and deeply experiential.

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.

Brendan Sillifant


Brendan works for Pegasus Health in the General Practitioner Mental Health Liaison Team. He has practiced mindfulness for 30 years, and trained for 13 years with Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s foremost proponents of mindfulness. Brendan received transmission from him to teach mindfulness in 2003. He is interested in psychotherapeutic uses of mindfulness and completed his Master’s thesis on the applications of mindfulness in cognitive and behavioural therapies. Brendan has been involved in the integration of mindfulness based therapies into treatment programmes and individual psychotherapy. He is an experienced mindfulness trainer and has run workshops for the NZ Psychological Society, NZ College of Clinical Psychology and many other organisations.

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.

Christina Bond

Intern Psychologist, BA, PGDipHSc, MBM

Christina is driven by her desire to help people lead happy and healthy lives. She has worked in the mental health sector since 2011 and currently works with children aged 10 -18 providing individual therapy. Christina’s personal and professional development workshops offer evidence-based research information and strategies to support people to make positive behaviour changes.

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