Racism, bias and well-being in social services work

We are now accepting registrations for individual sessions (2nd and 9th March) at a cost of $55 (excl GST) per webinar for SSPA members and $65 (excl GST) for non-members.

Anton Blank (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) has developed a training programme in partnership with an Auckland based SSPA member, ATWC. This programme is designed specifically for social service organisations and is offered as a series of 3 one-hour webinars plus a 4th review session covering:

1. The impact of racism and bias in the social services setting, and using tools to identify and mitigate personal and organisational attitudes
2. Kaupapa Māori well-being theory and its practical application
3. Applying the theory, models and tools in a practical way within our organisations
4. Developing a strategy to embed the model across your organisation.

The positive, non-confrontational approach to racism moves beyond grievance to focus on the capabilities and potential in workers and whānau. It takes a whole of organisation approach and is open to and encourages participation from all staff.

The first three webinars will be held on consecutive Tuesday mornings from 10-11.00am
• Tuesday 23 February 2021
• Tuesday 2 March 2021
• Tuesday 9 March 2021

The fourth session, a review webinar, will be convened 4th May to explore how your organisational strategy is being implemented.

There is a cost of $190 (excl GST) for SSPA members and $220 (excl GST) for non-SSPA members for participation in the full programme of three webinars plus a review session. We encourage registration in all sessions to gain the full benefit. 

Click here for the flyer which contains session content and learning outcomes.

Event Properties

Event Date 09-03-2021 10:00 am
Event End Date 04-05-2021
Registration Start Date 26-01-2021
Capacity 100
Cut off date 22-02-2021
Individual Price $190.00

Past events

Events Archive

Dr. Nicola Atwool from Otago University presenting on child-centred and trauma-informed practice as two examples of current practice issues. 

15 February in Westport. 

Event Date 15-02-2019 8:45 am
Event End Date 15-02-2019 3:45 pm
Cut off date 14-02-2019 5:00 pm
Capacity: 60
Individual Price $70/ $80

Unfortunately due to the facilitator no longer being available on this date we have regrettably had to cancel this workshop.  We sincerely apologise for this.


Event Date 08-02-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 08-02-2019 3:30 pm
Cut off date 16-01-2019 5:00 pm
Capacity: 50
Individual Price $100/ $120

Engaging with Trauma is a practical, interactive workshop that uses a range of awareness and sensory modulation tools to aid in the development of resilience, emotional processing skills and safe grounding when working with people who have experienced trauma.

Led by Dr Janine Joyce, social worker and lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, this is a skills-development workshop that builds on Nicola Atwool’s popular series of seminars on trauma-informed practice.


Event Date 05-02-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 05-02-2019 3:30 pm
Cut off date 04-02-2019 5:00 pm
Capacity: 50
Individual Price $100/ $120

RASNZ is a specialist mental health agency that works with former refugee clients based in Auckland.

Keeping with our goal of supporting services working with former refugee clients, we are delivering a one-day training for health and allied professionals who support clients from a former refugee background.


Event Date 30-11-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 30-11-2018 4:30 pm
Cut off date 29-11-2018 5:00 pm
Capacity: 50
Individual Price $70/ $90

The purpose of service design is to design according to the needs of customers or participants, so that the service is user-friendly, and relevant to the customers.

Service design is the activity of reviewing, planning and organising the components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between service provider and customers. 


Event Date 15-11-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 15-11-2018 12:30 pm
Cut off date 14-11-2018 5:00 pm
Capacity: 20
Individual Price $50/ $60