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Building Parents’ and Carers’ Reflective Capacities

Working to develop a person’s parenting skills can be a slow and sometimes frustrating process. Parents may lack empathy for their children, or even blame their children for their problems, and they may struggle to implement new parenting strategies. At times this can also be true for foster carers, who may find it difficult to understand the needs underpinning a child’s difficult behaviour. The research is clear: changes in parenting behaviours arise from improvements in the... [More]
$240 Limited GST free / $220
Building Parents’ and Carers’ Reflective Capacities

<p>{image name:“AASW CPD Endorsed Logo” align:“right” width:“100” height:“100”}</p><p>Working to develop a person’s parenting skills can be a slow and sometimes frustrating process. Parents may lack

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Maximising Parent/Carer Strengths and Resilience

A ‘strengths-based approach’ is a term referred to commonly within the community sector. This course will explore the benefits of, and evidence for these approaches. During this workshop you will also discover how to conduct assessment using strengths-based approaches such as motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry and web of connection. Practical activities will give you opportunities to use a range of assessment tools that explore clients' strengths and qualities. This... [More]
$480 Limited GST free / $440
Maximising Parent/Carer Strengths and Resilience

<p>{image name:“AASW CPD Endorsed Logo” align:“right” width:“100” height:“100”}</p><p>A ‘strengths-based approach’ is a term referred to commonly within the community sector. This course will explore

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Difficult Conversations with Resistant Parents

This 3-day course is based within a human rights framework that focuses on child protection and respectful engagement of parents who are often classified as involuntary. The participants will be introduced to a conversational style that utilises both a psychobiological and curiosity approach to engaging parents. Participants will walk away with a framework that provides a clear pathway to engage parents. The course is an experiential-based workshop and therefore will involve... [More]
$480 Limited GST free / $440
Difficult Conversations with Resistant Parents

<p>{image name:“AASW CPD Endorsed Logo” align:“right” width:“100” height:“100”}</p><p>This 3-day course is based within a human rights framework that focuses on child protection and respectful

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Assessing Children: Autism, ADHD or Trauma?

Many traumatised children present with symptoms similar to autism (for example difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and repetitive patterns of behaviour), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (for example the inability to concentrate, hyperactivity and impulsiveness). This presents a challenge to those assessing and working with these children: how can one determine whether the child’s presentation relates to trauma, ADHD or autism?... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Child Development and Attachment: Impact from Early Years to Adulthood

Over thirty years of attachment research has helped us to understand how crucial early childhood experiences are to the entire spectrum of a child’s development; affecting social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. This understanding has been enhanced by brain development research which illustrates how reliant children are on sensitive caregiving for optimal development. However, all too often children don’t receive the care they need in their early years. Issues associated... [More]

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Engaging Parents: Establishing a Working Alliance with Parents/Carers of Children and Young People at Risk

Engaging parents/carers while working with children and adolescents has been shown as invaluable in creating and supporting the change process. This course will help participants develop skills in positive engagement of parents from the outset. Participants will learn ways to recruit parents and the existing expertise they hold, thereby gaining a vital ally in participants' work. This course will equip participants with best practice skills and strategies, leading them to feel more... [More]

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Engaging with Families: Using Questions as an Intervention – Appreciative Inquiry and Solution-Focused Questions

This 2-day course provides participants with an introduction to solution focused questioning and appreciative inquiry when working with families in the early intervention and child protection space. A key component of this work is assisting families bring about change to promote safety for their children. The solution focused approach assumes that people and families are competent and expert in their own lives and can initiate and maintain change if they have a hand in developing... [More]

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Domestic and Family Violence: Understanding the Impact on Children

For many years children were viewed as silent witnesses to the trauma which was going on within their homes. Some even considered that children could live in these homes and not be impacted. Research indicates an alarming prevalence of domestic violence in our society and a potentially harmful impact on children. For these reasons it is important for those workers who encounter children in their work roles to have some insight into domestic violence and its impact on children. The... [More]

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Culturally Responsive Family Work with Migrant and Refugee Communities

As Australia’s population increases in diversity the area of working across cultures is no longer a specialist skill but central to all our practice. Currently one in four Australian’s were born overseas and up to 50 % of children are being raised by at least one parent who was born overseas (ABS, 2011). This means different approaches to parenting, different social norms and different ways of approaching and viewing life generally. This one day interactive course will: Develop an... [More]

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