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Looking forward to 2022

  It is a truism that life often throws us curveballs. At HMA, we have certainly experienced a few curve balls over 23 years of business. The 2011 Christchurch earthquake saw the floor we owned in a high-rise building come crashing down. Thank goodness none of our team were injured. I almost lost my shirt […]

Workshop – The role of Motivational Interviewing in working with Family Violence

“Resolving ambivalence and developing motivation is a key aspect of engagement into Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs.”​ Given that most men referred to programs are mandated either formally or informally through pressure from family, friends or significant others in their lives, then this is even more critical. Even those who appear willing at the start […]

HMA 2018 Round-Up

We have had a fantastic year. Heartfelt thanks go to the agencies and organisation that have placed trust in HMA to work with their staff. From large delivery and design projects to working with dedicated staff on the front line, we have been very pleased to work with passion and integrity to bring out the […]

Disrupting Family Violence Programme Launch!

Disrupting Family Violence & Moving Closer to Family Wellbeing An 18+ session family violence intervention programme for men Family violence has emerged from behind closed doors since the second wave of feminism during the 1970’s. Family violence now accounts for around of 40% of policing time, is prevalent across the population and often follows intergenerational […]

Winner! Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management

At HMA we tend to get around a bit. Given the large amount of work that we do throughout New Zealand and Australia, this is not surprising, but it comes at a cost. That cost being a lot of travel. While our commitment to sustainable growth is a principle that sits behind our company’s aim […]

And the winners are…

We had a great response to our post ‘Motivational Interviewing Resources – OARS Tokens and MI Rulers’. Thanks to all of those people who got back to us expressing interest in receiving a free pack. Originally we intended to give away five resources packs, but because the interest was so high we have increased that […]

Wanting to be SAFE within your relationships – a free website for men

  Many years ago when I wrote a self-help book for men titled ‘Feeling angry, playing fair’. It was written for men struggling with patterns of abusive practice in their relationships, a not uncommon pattern of behaviour that has detrimental impact of everyone; their partner, children and the man himself. Few men in my experience […]

HMA launches new website

We are excited. Today we launch our new website ( Over the past three months we have been working with Wired Internet Group to rebuild our website so that it now operates across a number of platforms including desktop, tablet, and other mobile devices such as smart phones. We invite you to go and have […]

MI Oceania presentations now online

Thanks to everyone who attended either the MINT sponsored TNT, MITI4 coding workshop and/or the 4th International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing that was held in Melbourne during August. These events provided a rich and diverse opportunity for practitioners using motivational interviewing in a range of settings to come together to share ideas and enhance practice. We were incredibly […]

Case study on HMA features on Totara site

As you will know Hall McMaster & Associates (HMA) is a niche consulting agency. HMA provide programme design, training and mentoring to New Zealand and overseas governments in the important areas of criminal justice, family violence prevention, motivational interviewing and parenting. We are excited to be mentioned in a case study around the use of Totara, the learning management system that we use to host our online learning […]

Last chance registrations for ISMI

Registrations for the International Symposium of Motivational Interviewing (ISMI) close this weekend! The 4th ISMI will be held in Melbourne on Friday 7 August at the Treacy Centre in Parkville. The line up of international and local speakers is impressive and it’s shaping up to be a stimulating day. Presenters include: Dr Terri Moyers (US): Beyond […]

Time running out to get on the MINT Training for New Trainers Workshop: 4-6 August 2015

Is MI a core part of your practice? Do you love MI? Share MI? Train others in MI? Want to join like-minded colleagues? The MINT Endorsed TNT is the first of it’s kind in our region. This entry workshop opens up membership of MINT and the chance to connect with and share the rich MI […]

Spotlight on the International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing: 7 August 2015

Do you use MI? Have conversations about change in your role? Want to know more? Go beyond the basics with this stimulating one day program on applications of MI. When we first meet MI, we often meet a user-friendly, accessible method that makes a lot of common sense. However, the more we play with MI […]

Spotlight on the MITI4 Workshop: 4-6 August 2015

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the elements of MI? Review how you’re going? Coach others MI? Conduct research on MI? Then the MITI 4 workshop could be the perfect professional development for you. The Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity coding manual is one of the leading methods for assessing MI fidelity and providing […]

Online enrolments for Melbourne MI events now open

You are now able to enrol online with the early bird rate for the upcoming Melbourne Motivational Interviewing events here. The two events currently open are: Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity coding workshop (MITI4) with Denise Ernst (4th – 6th September) – places are limited 4th International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing (7th September) For those wishing […]

A lot happening in the Motivational Interviewing space

We are delighted to confirm three exciting professional development opportunities will be held on 4-7 August 2015 by the newly formed MI Oceania, a not for profit group interested in promoting excellence in MI and supporting those interested in this practical communication approach. All events will be held at the Treacy Centre in Parkville, Melbourne. […]

MI Oceania website goes live

MI Oceania was formed by the local members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). This non-profit group covers Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. The founding members of MI Oceania are all passionate about representing an evidence-based, up to date face of MI. We love MI but we don’t expect you […]

Stephen Rollnick Free MI resource online

The British Medical Journal has a free one hour module on MI with Steve Rollnick. This is a nice introduction to MI that anyone can access. Register first here: Then access the module here:

Practitioner Interview Video Series – Male Sexual Assault

In support of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Living Well are pleased to release a new Practitioner Interview Series of videos for those meeting and working with men sexually abused in childhood and their partners, families and friends. Check out the entire 14 practitioner videos at the Living Well website. Rationale Living Well are aware that men who […]

Motivational Interviewing Intermediate Workshop Auckland 19 – 20 November 2014

This rare opportunity to attend a public workshop with Ken is limited to 20 participants. This workshop is for participants who have been using MI for a time and are ready to extend their skill base. By the end of the course, you will be able to:    Assess, evaluate and revise your own personal, […]

Two workshop opportunities with Ken McMaster

These days I spend most of my time running learning and development workshops for organisations across Australia and New Zealand. I therefore haven’t had time during the past year to offer public workshops. As a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) I am keen to create opportunities for people to explore the power […]

Exciting developments around motivational interviewing

Over the past six months the group of us MINTees (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers members) from Australasia have been busy on several projects to bring greater awareness and accessibility of motivational interviewing (MI) to the region. Over the next 12 months we will be bringing opportunities that will support workers to develop competency in […]

A restorative justice approach to family violence: Changing tack

This volume provides an essential update on current thinking, practice and research into the use of restorative justice in the area of family violence. It contains contemporary empirical, theoretical and practical perspectives on the use of restorative justice for intimate partner and family violence, including sexual violence and elder abuse. Whilst raising issues relating to […]

App for men who have been sexually abused or sexually assaulted

I am always impressed by the fantastic work that the team at Living Well in Queensland are doing to support men who have been sexually abuse or sexually assaulted. This app, which can be downloaded to a smart phone or iPhone, has information and tools to support mental health and well-being. It includes MP3 mindfulness, relaxation […]

“Will they do it again” (new stock arrived)

We have had renewed interest in this book around risk assessment and management. We decided to do another small print run. Every day we are bombarded with the reality that people do bad things to each other as well as to themselves. Those of us who work in the human services are increasingly being asked […]

Effective Interventions with Offenders – New Stock has arrived

The view of the 1970s and ’80s – that in terms of rehabilitation programmes, nothing works – continues to exert an influence that is no longer deserved. Over the last twenty years more than 2,000 published evaluations and 75 meta-analyses have shown that carefully designed and delivered interventions, supported by good supervision, at their best […]

Registrations now open for the 3rd International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing

ISMI offers a rare opportunity to engage with the latest thinking, challenges and opportunities in Motivational Interviewing and the broader field of effective communication and behaviour change. The event offers a friendly, stimulating environment to examine our practice, share ideas and sharpen skills. The driving curiosity behind ISMI is to ask “Is what we are […]

International Award for NZ Probation – well done

I picked up this story in the latest Corrections News. You will see our connection with it at the end. Late last year New Zealand Corrections received the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Community Corrections Award for their Community Probation Change Programme. Chief Probation Officer Astrid Kalders, whose name appears on the award, was […]

3rd International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing – Melbourne May 2013

Fancy a trip in May to the lovely city of Melbourne? Last year HMA hosted the 2nd International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing in Auckland which was a great success. This year we are heading across to Melbourne for two days of thoughtful and stimulating dialogue about new ideas in motivational interviewing. Come and join us. […]

Motivational Interviewing in Groups – in our bookshop now

A unique clinical resource, this book shows how to infuse the methods and spirit of  motivational interviewing (MI) into group-based interventions. The authors demonstrate how the four processes of MI with individuals translate into group contexts. They explain both the challenges and the unique benefits of MI groups, guiding practitioners to build the skills they […]

Dr. Stephen Rollnick visit to New Zealand in May 2013 – Mark your diary now!

We are delighted to let you know that HMA will be hosting a three city visit to New Zealand with Dr Stephen Rollnick, who along with Dr. William Miller developed the thinking around motivational interviewing. The dates will be: Auckland 2nd May 2013 Wellington 6th May 2013 Christchurch 8th May 2013 Workshop Title: “Motivational Interviewing: Overview […]

PACCOA 2013 conference Alice Springs 23rd – 25th October – Call for papers

I have been a supporter of PACCOA (Probation and Community Correctional Officers’ Association) for many years, having attended and presented at a number of their conferences. This Australian based association promotes thoughtful and inclusive probation practice. The theme of this years conference, ‘One Country, One People’, provides a time for reflection on the diverse practice […]

Living Well – check this out

As you know I have been a supporter of the work of Living Well, a Queensland based service working with men who have been sexually abused. To promote sexual violence awareness this October, Living Well has released a collection of new posters. In 2011, in order to raise awareness and increase support for men who […]

December Level 2 Motivational Interviewing Course – places still available

Building on the latest thinking from Miller and Rollnick, this workshop is open to people who have had previous training and real life practice with MI. In the absence of extended coaching and supervision, attending an intermediate level  MI training is a helpful way to assess your training needs and refine your MI skills. The […]

Family violence programmes goes open source

Two years ago HMA brought together representatives of key family violence provider groups from around New Zealand/Aotearoa to talk about what should be included in a contemporary intervention for men who were using abusive practices within their relationship and family/whanau. Despite the disruption of the Christchurch earthquake, we have continued to develop three different programmes […]

Motivational Interviewing in Groups – a new publication on its way

For those who attended the Motivational Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand (March 2012), you will remember the great presentation by Chris Wagner on adapting MI to group interventions. Chris and Karen Ingersoll have edited this unique clinical resource which shows how to infuse the methods and spirit of motivational interviewing (MI) into group-based interventions. The […]

3 day training in Motivational Interviewing – Hong Kong

Want a trip to Hong Kong in January? Dr William Miller is running a New Directions in Motivational Interviewing (2-day workshop) which is focused on the clinical method of Motivational Interviewing for facilitating change. Bill Miller is a renowned psychologist who introduced this method in 1983. The workshop is organized around a new conceptual and teaching model from the […]

Breaking news – Now available Motivational Interviewing 3rd edition – Helping People Change

We are pleased to announce that early next week that we will be receiving the first shipment of the new Motivational Interviewing (3rd Edition) into the HMA Bookshop. We have a number of pre-orders which will be out the door the day we receive them. I suggest that if you want a copy then you […]

50 ways to say no to abusive behaviour within relationships

I have finally found time over the past few weeks to get this new book out the door. My last self-help book, Feeling Angry, Playing Fair is now out of print and I have noticed there is little out there in the way of written practical support for men struggling to overcome abusive practices that have  […]

Motivational Interviewing e-learning course goes live

We indicated earlier in the year that we had been working on an e-learning Motivational Interviewing course. We are now proud to launch this for practitioners who want to develop their skill sets around motivational interviewing practice. The modules are designed around the HMA e-learn framework: Learn it, Do it, Test it, and form a […]

MI DVD gets great response

We have been mightily pleased with the great response we have had to the new MI DVD we recently launched. We have therefore decided to put more of it online so you can see the quality and richness of the resource. We really appreciate those who have taken the time to provide feedback as this […]

‘Let’s talk…’ Poster/Visual Media Competition

  Living Well (Australia) and 1in6 (USA) are asking for your assisting to promote and contribute to the ‘Let’s talk…’ Poster/Visual Media Competition. The ‘Let’s talk…’ competition invites artists, graphic designers, film makers, anyone, where ever you are in the world, to create a unique and meaningful poster or video that will increase public discussion, […]

Motivational Interviewing DVD now available

After many months of hard work our new motivational Interviewing DVD is now available. This 420 minute learning resource provides a starting point in understanding the underlying theory and practice of Motivational Interviewing. This resource includes interviews with accomplished trainers, knowledgeable researchers and skilled practitioners covering a wide range of topics. Along with learning about MI, […]

Are we there yet – almost

I know it seems like this is taking forever, but as they say good things take time. We are really pleased with the rich material demonstrating MI from a range of New Zealand based practitioners on this locally produced DVD. We also have a number of international people reflecting on MI from a range of […]

Motivational Interviewing (3rd edition) out soon

It is nearly here. The third edition of Motivational Interviewing:  Helping People Change (3rd edition) by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick is due for release from Guilford Press in October 2012. This book will explore the most contemporary thinking in the area of MI, what the current evidenced based research indicates in terms of effectiveness, […]

Welcome to Ken’s blog

Thanks for stopping by. I have been working in the human services for a fair while, particularly in the area of abusive practices such as family violence, sexual offending and addictions work. I started this blog for the simple reason of sharing both my thinking about issues of interest (‘What Ken thinks’) and practical skills […]

From Ken’s desk January 2012

We have finally found a new home, after ten months of looking, being ‘pipped at the post’ by bigger companies with more financial muscle, and not being able to afford the outrageous and long-term leases people are seeking in Christchurch. Well, at least temporarily for the next one to two years. As you will be […]

Our Public Training Calendar

We have been providing professional development to various organisations and individuals since 1985. Locating our work in evidenced based practice has ensured that we are current with our thinking which enables us to deliver quality learning opportunities. Our public training calendar for the year ahead is grouped into three main areas: Motivational Interviewing Skills Family […]

Living Well Art Competition

Late last year I was in Brisbane and visited with Dr Gary Foster, Manager of Spiritus Sexual Assault Services. Gary has long been a strong advocate for men who have experienced sexual abuse and assault. We advertised this great competition in an earlier newsletter to support Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) that best expressed the […]

Motivational Interviewing Symposium

Beyond an Effect Size: Innovations in Thinking & Practice 7-9 March 2012, Auckland, New Zealand We are having a fantastic response to this event from both within New Zealand and internationally to the symposium. One organisation booked 18 staff within a few days of enrolments opening. The three day programme includes pre-Symposium 1-day Professional Development […]

From Ken’s desk October 2011

It is amazing to see we are now well into the final quarter of 2011. Since the disruption of the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch and subsequent aftershocks (they remind us constantly that we are on shaky ground), it feels like we have been running flat out, managing without our office and training room all […]

Motivational Interviewing Symposium

Beyond an Effect Size: Innovations in Thinking & Practice 7-9 March 2012 Auckland, New Zealand Enrolments are now open for the second International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing (ISMI). The event will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on 7-9 March 2012. The three day programme will include: Pre-Symposium professional development workshops (7 March 2012): • […]

From Ken’s desk September 2011

A friend to our work will be sorely missed    On July 24th 2011 Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson died (aged 64 years) after a short illness. Judge Johnson was known for his commitment to the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence – the study of the effects of law and the legal system on the […]

Call for papers now open for Motivational Interviewing Symposium

Beyond an Effect Size: Innovations in Thinking & Practice, 7-9 March 2012. Auckland, New Zealand HMA is pleased to announce the second International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing (ISMI). The event will be held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel located in the heart of Auckland City, New Zealand. We are fortunate to have keynote addresses by […]

Online Poster/Visual Media Competition

We received this information from Dr Gary Foster, Manager of Spiritus Sexual Assault Services in Brisbane. Gary has long been a strong advocate for men who have experienced sexual abuse and assault. This is a great competition to support Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM). A prize of $500 will be awarded by the Competition Panel […]

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing with Joel Porter

This entry level 2-day workshop will be held in Auckland on 8-9 December 2011. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a clinical counselling method to help people make decisions about change. It involves the use of empathic listening and other counselling skills to elicit and consolidate a person’s motivation to change.

From Ken’s desk July 2011

The challenges just keep on coming. Recently, Suzanne Hall and myself as directors of HMA, met with the other floor owners of Westpark Tower to discuss the fate of our lovely new offices. Built in 1986 (and as you can see from the photograph) it is a relatively modern building. The word at this stage […]

On the road throughout Queensland training sentence planners

Sentence planners are critical to assessing and managing the thorough care of prisoners within the Queensland prison system. Sentence Management Training was a two day program conducted at the Queensland Corrective Services Academy, Townsville Correctional Centre, Capricornia Correctional Centre, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre and Maryborough Correctional Centre. The program consisted of:   • Interview Skills […]

Mark your diaries now: Motivational Interviewing Symposium

We are excited to provide you all with advanced notice of the second MI Symposium, to be held in Auckland 7-9 March 2012.Terri Moyers from the USA is going to participate as a speaker and offer a professional development workshop. Terri has been investigating the processes that occur within MI sessions. Specifically, she is linking […]

From Ken’s desk June 2011

The events of 22 February 2011 continue to challenge us here in the Garden City of Christchurch. We are through the immediate rescue and stabilising phase (ensuring people are safe and have shelter, food and warmth). We now move into a very challenging phase of rebuilding Christchurch and working out best how to undertake that. […]

‘Effective interventions with offenders: Lessons learned’ out now

Edited by Ken McMaster & David Riley, RRP $34.95In this book we asked contributors to reflect upon their practice and identify lessons learned that can increase the effectiveness and reach of rehabilitation. We believe that despite the attacks upon the notion of investing in rehabilitation, to not do so leave those who have offended little […]

Motivational Interviewing news

Motivational Interviewing has been practiced in New Zealand for decades. Until last week, there were only a handful of people who could provide accurate and objective feedback and coaching to practitioners about their ability and practice development. HMA sponsored the first ever training on the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity skill code (MITI) facilitated by Dr […]

‘Effective Interventions with Offenders – Lessons Learned’

Edited by Ken McMaster & David Riley, RRP $34.95Despite the glitch with the recent Christchurch earthquake we are back on track with the release of our most recent publication. We make the argument that interventions with those who offend are a worthy investment for any civil society. To not invest in intervention is to run […]

From Ken’s desk April 2011

We didn’t see thiscoming. I am referring of course to the earthquake that decimated most of Christchurch on 22 February. We were starting to rebuild after the September earthquake. No one died in that earthquake, so the shock at the significant loss of life and destruction of the CBD this time around has had many […]

Western Australia interventions

March in Perth. 35 degree days (every day).Since 2008 we have had a strong working relationship with WA Department of Corrections. We have been involved in the ongoing development of competency for programme intervention staff in both facilitation skills training and training around specific programmes. On this trip we were really privileged to work on […]

New book due out shortly – ‘Effective Interventions with Offenders – Lessons Learned’ Edited by Ken McMaster & David Riley, RRP $34.95

Interventions with those who offend are a worthy investment for any civil society. To not invest in intervention is to run the risk of maintaining patterns of behaviour that impact significantly upon the wellbeing and safety of our families, neighbourhoods and communities. This book will be of interest to counsellors, psychologists, social workers and policy […]

Updated figures on Police Safety Orders

Significant changes to the Domestic Violence Act saw Police granted with the ability to issue on-the-spot Safety Orders (PSO) from 1 July 2010. These orders which require perpetrators of family violence to immediately leave their residence for a period of up to 5 days, can be issued regardless of ownership or tenancy of property and […]

From Ken’s Desk February 2011

At the end of 2010, despite the Christchurch Earthquake delaying our fit-out by two months, we moved into our new premises on Level 4, Westpark Towers, 56 Cashel Street, Christchurch. For a long time we have wanted our own dedicated training space where we can host training events run by both our team members and […]

Book review – The Happiness Advantage

Author: Shawn Achor 2010 288 pages Virgin Books: UK ISBN-13 9780753539460Reviewed by Sam Hall-McMaster

From Ken’s Desk December 2010

A week ago another tragedy hit the South Island of New Zealand. This is of course on top of the 7.1 earthquake that shook Christchurch on 4 September. I am referring to the Pike River coal mine explosion that was responsible for the death of 29 miners on the West Coast. Pike River is located […]

Development of a General Stopping Violence Programme – DVA approval

HMA is taking the initiative to develop a National Domestic Violence Programme to meet the criteria for programme accreditation under the Domestic Violence Act 1995. I am aware over time programmes become stale, integrity drifts, methodologies change, and research points us in new directions. Maintaining practice currency and ensuring we are delivering the best quality […]

Military Activity Camp (MAC3) Criminogenic Programme Update

Last Monday I had the pleasure of supporting our two intervention workers (Matt and Lawrence) at the graduation of the MAC3 programme at Te Puna Wai youth justice residence near Christchurch. As indicated in last month’s newsletter, HMA was contracted to provide the criminogenic intervention aspect of the programme alongside the military, cultural work, and […]

We’ve moved!

From 13 December 2010 you will find us in our new premises – Level 4, 56 Cashel Street, Christchurch 8013. Update your records with our new contact details: PO Box 604, Christchurch 8140 ph 64 3 374 9347 fax 64 3 374 3537 Our website and e-mail addresses remain the same: web: e-mail: […]

From Ken’s Desk November 2010

Whenever I meet people, and talk about the work that I do in designing intervention programmes and training people in programme delivery for those who offend, the question is, “What makes people stop?” The sub-text is, “Can they stop?”. The question is never straight forward, but there is a growing body of knowledge that if […]

MAC3 Criminogenic Programme

During October, November and early December, HMA is delivering the criminogenic section of the MAC3 programme for Te Puna Wai (Child, Youth & Family). Our two people working on this project are Lawrence Seinafo and Matt Williams, and we hope this will be the first of many programme deliveries for Youth Offenders.The programme caters for […]

From Ken’s Desk August 2010

Imagine this. It is 4 April 2010 and you are having a party. As things happen someone at another party said that you had stolen a car (a mistaken belief) so a 17 year old bourbon-fuelled young man arrives with his mates to sort things out. You refuse to let him on to the property […]

“Working With Challenging Clients” seminar gets a great response

In a joint venture between Hall McMaster and Associates (HMA) and the Creative Learning Network (CTN), seminars on ‘Working with challenging clients’ with American speaker, Michael Clark, have been held around the country. Michael is the Director of the Centre for Strength-Based Strategies in Michigan. (Photo: Michael Clark flanked by Suzanne Hall and Ken McMaster, […]

Issuing of Police Safety Orders

Last month we ran a story on the new Police Safety Orders that came into effect on 1 July. These provide the police with additional powers to intervene in family violence call-outs. By the end of the first two weeks, around 74 safety orders have been issued nationally, with eight of them issued in Canterbury […]

Parenting for a Peaceful World by Robin Grille

ISBN 978-1-921004-14-8 May 2005 Lougueville Media: New South Wales “Universal care for children’s emotional health is the key to creating a more peaceful and just global community that lives sustainably, in harmony with its environment”. Robin Grille Robin Grille is an Australian Psychologist and psychotherapist with a long history of work in the fields of […]

Motivational interviewing partnership is born

Many of you will know that staff at HMA have real interest and experience in motivational interviewing. Ken McMaster (one of HMA’s directors) was awarded an ALAC scholarship to attend training at the Addictions Research Foundation in Toronto back in the mid 1980s when the approach was in its infancy alongside the relapse prevention ideas. […]

Another step forward in protecting victims of family violence – Police Safety Orders

From 1 July the New Zealand Police will have additional powers to intervene in family violence call-outs. They will be able to utilise what is known as a ‘Police Safety Order’. Legislation was passed in October 2009 which amends several acts including the Domestic Violence Act 1995. This new legislation gives Police the ability to […]

Celebrating turning up or helping the helpers

Every week throughout New Zealand/Aotearoa, men and women sit in agencies working with men who have been abusive within their families. Think of all those facilitators heading out the door on cold winter nights, off to agencies to run stopping violence programmes. Of course they don’t just turn up. They bring to this endeavour a […]

From Ken’s Desk, April 2010

We are developing a new project capturing the narratives of programme facilitators from New Zealand and Australia who are doing interesting work in areas of working with those who offend (family violence, general offending, sex offending). These stories will be captured and put into a book that HMA Books will publish. If you know someone […]

From Ken’s Desk, March 2010

HMA is pleased to launch a fresh look website. After feedback from you, we have made it more user-friendly and accessible. A big thanks to Stuart and the team at Wired Internet Group for their superb work. They have hosted our site for the past six years and have always delivered on time and with […]

Triple P now well established in New Zealand

Suzanne Hall, one of the directors at HMA, has been a trainer for Triple P International for the past three years. In that time Suzanne has delivered Triple P training and accreditation in Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. HMA is fully supportive of the work that Triple P provides in supporting parents, practitioners […]

Internal Affairs Launch Confidential Listening and Assistance Service

The Department of Internal Affairs has launched the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service for people who have been subject to abuse or neglect whilst in state care prior to 1992. The service is intended to provide assistance for people and a forum for their experiences. This service has grown out of the Confidential Forum for […]

From Ken’s Desk, February 2010

The year has started with a flourish of projects including development of an Enhancing Parole training, developing an online and in-room training programme for group facilitators from the Department of Corrections Services (South Australia), designing a family violence training package for Community Probation Services, progressing our new HMA learning site (Moodle based), and preparing for […]

Advanced notice Michael Clark visit (12th – 16th July 2010)

During the week of July 12th – 16 we are pleased along with Creative Training Network to bring Michael D. Clark to New Zealand. Michael is well known as a trainer and consultant to organizations working with mandated clients and is a national faculty member (contractual) for the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health […]

Coping, Resilience & Hope Building – Brisbane 9-11 July 2010

Strengths based practice is an approach to people rather than a fixed model of practice. It is primarily dependent on the attitudes and beliefs of the worker and the assumptions they make about the client and their experiences. It is based on core assumptions that change the nature of the client – worker relationship, and […]

HMA goes carbon neutral

Hall McMaster & Associates Ltd have become the first professional human service teachers and practitioners in New Zealand to be certified carbon neutral through Landcare Research’s carboNZeroCertTM programme.

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