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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]

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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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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]

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Case Management for Clients with Complex Needs

Clients with Complex Support Needs Clients with Complex Support Needs can have difficulties that span a number of areas, including some or all of the following: disability, trauma, health, education, behaviour as well as social issues within their lives – a product of their life situation and the potential failure of the structures that support them. Working with clients with Complex Support Needs involves a planned, strengths-based approach, building a working relationship that... [More]

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Mental Health and Substance Use in the Child Protection Context

This two-day workshop seeks to increase understanding of the impact of mental health and substance use in the context of child protection. It also aims to improve the capacity of workers to provide effective services for families who live with the impacts of co-existing mental health and substance use issues. Content of the workshop Introduction to mental health and substance use Impact of alcohol and other drugs on mental health Foetal effects of alcohol and other drugs Impact of... [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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Family Group Conferencing Facilitator Training

Family Group Conferencing is a process that brings families together to develop solutions for the issues that children and young people are facing. In NSW it is increasingly being used in the out of home care system to support decision making processes about where children and young people in care can find a permanent placement. This course will provide you with the mediation skills needed to successfully facilitate a family group conferencing process. It is presented in a blended... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015.

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Difficult Conversations with Resistant Parents

This three 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 course comprises an initial two day program, followed by a third day held six weeks later, to allow for some homework between the two sessions. The participants will be introduced to a conversational style that utilises both a psychobiological and curiosity approach to engaging parents. Participants will... [More]

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