Sydney – Last weeks in August 2019
Newcastle – First week in September 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to inform you about an opportunity to attend a Building Attachments Workshop, facilitated by with Anne-Marie Tipper, Director and Founder of The Annex Project, Play Kenya and Rafiki Mwema. Participants to will gain a better understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experience (ACE) and how to connect to children and young people who show complex, and often, difficult and challenging behaviours.

This workshop brings the participants a rare and unique opportunity to explore the impact of trauma on young children and teenagers, through the relationship of one of our boys, Peter, from Rafiki Mwema and Anne-Marie.

Peter will bring to life what it’s like to survive extreme circumstances and will demonstrate how your brain can be changed through connection, therapeutic parenting and love.

Peter is articulate, funny, and totally honest about living through trauma and how to improve your life by being brave enough to accept love. He would also like you to know he has big muscles!


Anne-Marie, Director of The Annex Project, is in Australia to deliver an interactive workshop where the participants will be helped to better understand the impact of early developmental trauma for children and young people, and how to improve the outlook for these young people who display complex and challenging behaviours.

The model is based on the work of Dr. Daniel Hughes, Dr. Julie Hudson and Dr. Kim Golding and is embedded strongly in attachment theory. It will also bring in the work of Pat Crittenden who has an attachment model (DMM) that supports Carers understanding the meaning behind the behaviors they demonstrate.

The proposed structure of this workshop will include three modules; Attachment and Trauma, Neuroscience, Developmental Norms & Attachment History and Shame and Blame. You will also hear about how the work Anne Marie does in the UK has inspired the therapeutic model, now adapted to working directly with abused and traumatised children and young people at Rafiki Mwema, in Kenya.


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Building Attachments Workshop 
Building Attachments Workshop

Friday, 12 July 2019
Friday, 2 August 2019
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Friday, 9 August 2019
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Sydney TBC – Proposed last week in August 2019
Newcastle TBC – Proposed first week in September 2019


Those interested in attending the workshop must complete the Expression of Interest Application Form at the end of this document. We will accept applications until Friday, 2 August 2019, 5.00 pm Sydney time.


The proposed workshop duration is 3-days, though we understand that it is sometimes hard for workplaces to have their staff out of the office for this period. Therefore, we welcome feedback, on the Expression of Interest Application Form as to whether having an option to attend 1 or 2 days (for specific modules) OR the full 3-day workshop would be suitable for you and/or your organisation.

Please note that Anne-Marie can also facilitate this workshop exclusively for your organisation within your office/s. If this is something you are interested, please note this on the Expression of Interest Application Form and we will contact you directly.

All person/s who submit an Expression of Interest Application Form will be contacted by Wednesday, 5 August 2019 with further information regarding the Building Attachments workshop. If the interest is there in this amazing workshop opportunity, we will provide confirmed dates, cost and location of the workshop.


The primary target audience for this event is professionals, including but not exclusive to, Foster Carers, Social Workers, Teaching Staff, Early Years Professionals, Health Professional, Youth Workers, Youth Criminal Justice Support Workers and Adoptive Parents.

However, if there are other professionals, parents or interested parties that would like to attend, they are also welcomed to submit an expression of interest.


The fee for the 3-day training will be finalized once the EOI applications have closed and the venue has been confirmed. The workshop fee will include the provision of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, sponsor pack and all necessary equipment. All participants are responsible for their own travel or accommodation costs. The cost information will be provided when you are contacted by our team on or after Wednesday 5 August 2019.

We are currently looking for corporate sponsors for this event. If this is something your organisation is interested in discussing with our team, please contact us or note this on your Expression of Interest Application Form.


The Expression of Interest application is available in several formats to meet the accessibility needs of applicants. You can:

  1. Fill in the below application form
  1. Or complete your form verbally by phone. Contact Gail on 0434726963 to organise a time to discuss and complete the form verbally well before the closing date of 2 August 2019.


Anne-Marie has an MSc in Attachment Studies from Roehampton University where she studied a variety of assessments for attachment and trauma including, Story Stems, School Age Attachment Interview, Teenage Attachment Interview, Adult Attachment Interview and Parent Development Interview. She is a Play Therapist (PTUK) and Filial Therapist (Advanced Filial Therapy Training), holds a CASCADE Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and related professions, is a Level 1, 2, & 3 Dyadic Developmental Practitioner and Board Member (along-side Dr Dan Hughes), Trauma and Attachment Specialist and Clinical Supervisor.

Anne-Marie has worked within the UK local authority tier 2 CAMHS service with children; young people and families with complex emotional needs. Her therapeutic work has been with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. These have included diagnosed and undiagnosed ADHD, ASD, ODD, anxiety and complex mental health conditions. She also works independently and as the senior member of a team delivering Play and Filial Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Sandplay to children and young people both individually and in groups. Part of this work is carrying out bespoke attachment assessments with babies, children and young people to ensure the support that is given is the right support.


Anne-Marie has delivered group training for adoptive parents and foster carers, as well as  also delivering training for whole teams of Social care staff where they have learnt how to understand and recognise attachment behaviours in families and to use creativity to engage with families who find it difficult to participate with professionals.

Anne-Marie is also the co-founder of Play Kenya and Rafiki Mwema, charities in Kenya, where they have four therapeutic houses. These houses are for sexually abused girls and for boys who have survived on the streets. Under Anne-Marie’s training and guidance they model a whole staff approach to dyadic developmental parenting with great results! Anne-Marie trains local staff to develop attachments with the children in their care through play which she loves with a passion!

Anne-Marie says ‘I guess the one thing that keeps me buzzing about the work I do is that every family or young person I work with has a want or needs to improve relationships and my job is to support them for this to happen. I love working with and training groups, especially parents and carers, as they are such a great support to each other.’

 If you have any questions about this amazing opportunity, please contact us at [email protected] or on 0434 726963.