Level One Auckland—15–18 November 2016

Duncan Babbage, PhD
Duncan Babbage, PhD
Professor Barry Willer
Prof. Barry Willer

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. ALL AVAILABLE PLACES ARE FULL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL REGISTERED ATTENDEES ON TUESDAY. Duncan and Barry have announced that the November 2016 course is the last time that this course will be offered in New Zealand. We have a great group of people coming for the course in November.

We are pleased to again offer this opportunity to study with two experts in the area of rehabilitation, Professor Barry Willer from Buffalo University, USA and in partnership with Associate Professor Duncan Babbage from the Centre for Person Centred Research in the School of Clinical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology. Our Level One course will run from Tuesday 15–Friday 18 November 2016. The course will be held at the Auckland University of Technology city campus, just off Queen Street in the Auckland CBD. Course registration and support are provided by Wavelength Psychology. The registration form follows below.

Learn about the course 

Level One Course Objectives

To explore:
• The link between the brain and behaviour and the consequences of brain injury.
• Behavioural and cognitive interventions for dealing with the most common issues presented by individuals with acquired brain injury.
• Significant issues that interfere with successful rehabilitation such as alcohol dependence, sexual inappropriateness, family conflict.
By the end of the course, participants will have the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare Individual Development Plans for their clients using a multi-disciplinary based model.


• Introduction to the brain.
• Mechanisms and consequences of brain injury.
• Misconceptions of brain injury.
• Acquired brain injury as invisible disability.
• Principles of home and community-based rehabilitation: The "Whatever It Takes" model.
• Functional assessment (ICF) and goal setting.
• Cognitive rehabilitation.
• Mobile technology in rehabilitation.
• Behavioural interventions.
• Rehabilitation with Maori tangata whaiora/whanau.
• Community integration.
• Vocational outcomes.
• Circles of support.
• Issues of risk and competence.
• Family issues.

Who Should Attend

Registrations are invited from all practitioners and professionals working in the area of brain injury. This includes speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors, nurses, psychologists, rehabilitation counsellors, social workers, case managers and service managers. However, this course is not limited to those with professional training. Each year we have a number of people with brain injuries and family members on the course. They provide a wonderful addition to the class discussions and tell us the courses are highly beneficial for them too. If you're in this category we have a special rate for you that just covers our consumable costs and catering.

Additional Information

The course will run from 8.30am to 4pm on Tuesday through Thursday, and from 8.30am to 2pm on Friday. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Fees and payment 

Fees and payment


Registration is open now. For venue and parking information, see the parking and maps tabs at the top of this page. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you bright and early for the course start at 8:30am on Tuesday.


  • Registration is $1,700 incl. GST. (There is a small further discount for payment by internet banking.)
  • We offer a discount for Registered Not for Profit organisations, of $1,480. (This rate applies to employees and representatives of Registered Trusts and Incorporated Societies. To be eligible, organisations need to be listed in the societies.govt.nz database, or a similar database overseas. This is the rate applicable for Brain Injury Association/Head Injury Society staff. Government departments and Crown entities do not fall under this category.)
  • If paying by installments would enable you to attend, contact us on support [at] levelone [dot] org [dot] nz to discuss.
  • People with brain injuries, and their family members, attend for a deeply subsidised cost, if they are not in paid employment in the brain injury field. This rate is set to cover direct costs such as meals and materials: $400 per attendee. For any family members or people with brain injuries who still cannot attend at this rate due to financial hardship, please make contact with us (support [at] levelone [dot] org [dot] nz) to discuss further possible financial support.

The course fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.


Payment is available by internet banking. Credit card payment is not currently available via this site. Register selecting invoice if this is your only means of payment, and in the notes please request we contact you to discuss. If you have requested that your organization be invoiced for your attendance at the course, this will be forwarded to your accounts department. You are considered to be registered and are liable for the appropriate registration fee once you have requested an invoice is dispatched.


For all course enquires, email us at support [at] levelone [dot] org [dot] nz