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  • 2013-02-21
    Febuary
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 21 February 2013
    Time: 9.30am-3pm

  • 2013-03-01
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday 1 March 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-03-07
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 7 March 2013
    Time: 9.30am-3pm

  • 2013-03-13
    March
    RAVE™ Frontline (Regulating Aggressive & Violent Emotions)

    RAVE™ Frontline (Regulating Aggressive & Violent Emotions)

    This training will provide staff with knowledge of how to prevent aggressive and violent situations, and how to respond to them if they occur. Participants will learn practical strategies to manage aggressive incidents and will discover the key aspects of assessing aggressive behaviour.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Day 1: 13 March 2013
    Day 2: 20 March 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-03-19
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 19 March 2013
    Time: 9.30am-3pm

  • 2013-04-17
    April
    The Part-Time Counsellor - Counselling Skills for Non-Counsellors

    The Part-Time Counsellor - Counselling Skills for Non-Counsellors

    You’ve got their attention in the chair / corridor / car - but what do you say next? This skill bite will explore how to respond to children, young people and adults in a way that demonstrates your understanding. Learn what to say, when to say it, how to say it… and when to say nothing at all.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-04-18
    April
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 18 April 2013
    Time: 9.30am-3pm

  • 2013-04-30
    April
    Seeing, Thinking, Doing

    Seeing, Thinking, Doing

    ‘Seeing, Thinking, Doing’ provides a personal framework to stay calm and ‘stay the course’. Working with children who can be extremely reactive to the world around them and in particular to those adults who are committed to them, can be very confronting for carers, case workers and teachers. Maintaining your role as the ‘captain of the ship’ or the ‘driver of the school bus’ can take an enormous amount of energy when children and young people are threatening, spitting, swearing, and running away.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Tuesday 30 April 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-05-02
    May
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 2 May 2013
    Time: 9.30am-3pm

  • 2013-05-03
    May
    Bringing Stories to Life

    Bringing Stories to Life

    In this interactive workshop, participants will unfold the oral storytelling tradition and explore the powerful role that storytelling can play in both supporting and enriching the lives of children, with particular reference to assisting children in care who have experienced trauma, abuse and family dysfunction.

    Speaker: Beth Cregan
    Date: Friday, 3 May 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-05-06
    May
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Schools

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Schools

    Join us to explore the foundations of creating a healthy & thriving school community where staff and students work together in a safe and inclusive learning environment. Our SMARTER Schools Program will provide a pathway to help you achieve this and more.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Monday, 6 May 2013
    Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • 2013-05-15
    May
    The Interpreter - Making Sense of Senseless Behaviour

    The Interpreter - Making Sense of Senseless Behaviour

    Children and young people who have experienced trauma often reveal their internal world through their behaviour, this is their language. Adults who support their healing process must become ‘interpreters’ of this behaviour in order to effect positive change. Children and young people’s behaviour often represents the opposite of what they need and being able to identify and respond to what lies “underneath their skin” is critical.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2013-05-17
    May
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 16 & 17 May 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-05-17
    May
    Early Childhood Trauma and its Impact on Adolescent Drug Misuse

    Early Childhood Trauma and its Impact on Adolescent Drug Misuse

    The training will cover the areas of pharmacology of drug use within a traumatised population, the purpose, meaning and function of drug misuse amongst adolescents and define the normative patterns of adolescent drug use as opposed to that which is considered dependent and problematic. We will also explore the impact of trauma on adolescent brain development and its link to drug use, as well as the alcohol and other drugs service system responses to this population. Interventions and practices that are more likely to bring about positive behaviour change and recovery will also be explored.

    Speakers: Peter Wearne
    Date: Friday 17 May 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-05-24
    May
    Introduction to Practice Rhythm™

    Introduction to Practice Rhythm™ - The wisdom of care

    This training will introduce participants to the key foci of the Practice RHYTHM model being ‘Regulating Emotional States’, ‘Homely and Safe Environment’, ‘Yummy Food’, ‘Therapeutic Treatment Plans’, ‘Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit’ and ‘Maintaining the Rhythm’. The Practice RHYTHM™ philosophy will guide participants through a process of ensuring that children and young people are cared for in the best possible way with particular emphasis on meeting their psychological, physical and spiritual needs.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday 24 May 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-05-28
    May
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 28 May 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2013-06-04
    June
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 4 June 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2013-06-05
    June
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 5 June 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-06-18
    June
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 17 & 18 June 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-06-21
    June
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 20 & 21 June 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-06-28
    June
    Counting Sheep - What's so hard about going to sleep?

    Counting Sheep - What's so hard about going to sleep?

    Taking us away from our everyday world, sleep is a mysterious thing. While its healing power is recognised worldwide, many children and young people continue to miss their daily dose. This seminar will explore the underlying causes of sleep difficulties, while providing practical strategies that will support the sleeping patterns of your child or young person. Sleep isn’t as easy as just closing your eyes; but it doesn’t have to be much harder than that either.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 28 June 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2013-07-17
    July
    Punishment Vs. Discipline - The Consequence of Consequences

    Punishment Vs. Discipline - The Consequence of Consequences

    When children are ‘misbehaving’ what should we do?
    Punish, discipline, use consequences or give them an ice cream?

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 17 July 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2013-07-18
    July
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 18 July 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2013-07-26
    July
    An Introduction to Mental Health

    An Introduction to Mental Health

    Mental Illness will most likely affect us all at some point in our life - be that directly or indirectly through our clients, friends or family members. Join Bryan as he clarifies the symptoms, causes and treatments for some of the major mental illnesses.

    Areas covered will include: What is mental wellbeing? When does it become mental illness? Categories of mental illness (mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis), causes of mental illness and treatment options - what really works?

    Speaker: Bryan Jeffrey
    Date: Friday, 26 July 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-07-31
    July
    Making Art, Building Relationships

    Making Art, Building Relationships

    Many carers and professionals in the out of home care sector can see the benefits of, and the natural way that children and young people use visual arts to express themselves. However many adults feel unsure how to use art materials, art directives or how to communicate about the art work created by children and young people. This skill bite provides an opportunity to explore a wide variety of art materials, directives and themes in a supported learning environment with a trained Art Therapist. Participants will gain a basic understanding of Art Therapy and explore ways to bring creative art making into the lives of children and young people in their care. No artistic skills required and all art materials will be provided.

    Speaker: Mary Utter
    Date: Wednesday 31 July 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-08-07
    August
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 7 August 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2013-08-09
    August
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 8 & 9 August 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-08-14
    August
    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Communicating Change

    Swearing, violence, withdrawing, tantrums and lying are but a few behaviours traumatised children and young people use to tell their ‘story’ and stay in control. Developing communication skills that enable a worker or carers to translate the meaning of the behaviour and make it transparent, promotes healing. Further it assists the child or adolescent to create a ‘language’ that enables those around them to more easily understand what it is they need.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2013-08-23
    August
    The After Hours Assesment - Being on-call

    The After Hours Assesment - Being on-call

    The phone doesn’t ring in the middle of the night for no reason. What you do next can be the difference between the person on the other end of the phone managing the situation well, or the crisis escalating. Providing the right level of on-call support, a broad assessment and an appropriate response can be crucial to effectively managing on-call issues. This seminar explores phone-based on-call assessments, effective phone communication, responding appropriately and managing yourself as a full-time, rostered or occasional on-call worker.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday, 23 August 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2013-08-26
    August
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Schools

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Schools

    Join us to explore the foundations of creating a healthy & thriving school community where staff and students work together in a safe and inclusive learning environment. Our SMARTER Schools Program will provide a pathway to help you achieve this and more.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Monday, 26 August 2013
    Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • 2013-09-06
    September
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 5 & 6 September 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-09-13
    September
    At the Cutting Edge - Self-Harming Behaviours, Understanding Why & What To Do

    At the Cutting Edge - Self-Harming Behaviours, Understanding Why & What To Do

    Self-harming behaviours can be extremely confronting to workers and carers. One can be left with very mixed feelings including powerlessness. Understanding the reasons why traumatised children and young people wish to harm themselves and how to respond, will ultimately promote change and healing. For such children and young people, an understanding adult who is responsive rather than reactive can be life changing.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday, 13 September 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2013-09-19
    September
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs.

    Speakers: Nick Grainger
    Date: 19 September 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2013-10-11
    October
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday, 11 October 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-10-16
    October
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 16 October 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2013-10-18
    October
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 17 & 18 October 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-10-21
    October
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Monday 21 October 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-10-22
    October
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Tuesday 22 October 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-10-24
    October
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Thursday 24 October 2013
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2013-10-24
    October
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 24 October 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-10-25
    October
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 25 October 2013
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2013-11-04
    November
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Monday 4 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-11-07
    November
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-11-08
    November
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 8 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2013-11-11
    November
    Dangerous Liaisons

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Intimate relationship building with children and young people who are non-trusting of adults is a tricky path to walk. An adult’s ability to stay calm in the chaos is critical along with their ability to give meaning to the child's behaviour even when it may be of a sexual, manipulative or violent nature.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Monday, 11 November 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-11-13
    November
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 13 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2013-11-13
    November
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 13 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-11-14
    November
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 14 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2013-11-15
    November
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 14 & 15 November 2013
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2013-11-19
    November
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Tuesday 19 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2013-11-20
    November
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 20 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-11-21
    October
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Thursday 21 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-11-28
    October
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 28 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2013-11-29
    November
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 29 November 2013
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-01-21
    January
    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff

    Therapeutic Approaches to Care for Kinship Staff - Making Sure That Healing Doesn't Just Happen by Chance

    Kinship Carers can often rely on their ‘gut feeling’ to get things right, but this doesn’t always work out best. Knowing how to plan effective therapeutic interactions can turn a kinship care placement into a truly therapeutic household. We understand the challenges of supporting kinship care households and make our sessions supportive, practical and stimulating to suit.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: 20 & 21 January 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-02-05
    February
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2014-02-06
    February
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 6 February 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-02-24
    February
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: 24 February 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-02-25
    February
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: 25 February 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2014-03-05
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday, 5 March 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-03-14
    March
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 14 March 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-03-28
    March
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: 28 March 2014
    Time: 2pm-8pm

  • 2014-03-28
    March
    The Part-Time Counsellor

    The Part-Time Counsellor: Counselling Skills for Non-Counsellors

    You’ve got their attention in the chair / corridor / car - but what do you say next? This skill bite will explore how to respond to children, young people and adults in a way that demonstrates your understanding. Learn what to say, when to say it, how to say it… and when to say nothing at all.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Dates: Friday, 28 March 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-04-01
    April
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Tuesday 1 April 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2014-04-02
    April
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 2 April 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-04-03
    April
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 3 April 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-04-15
    April
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Tuesday 15 April 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-04-28
    April
    At the Cutting Edge - Self-Harming Behaviours, Understanding Why & What To Do

    At the Cutting Edge - Self-Harming Behaviours, Understanding Why & What To Do

    Self-harming behaviours can be extremely confronting to workers and carers. One can be left with very mixed feelings including powerlessness. Understanding the reasons why traumatised children and young people wish to harm themselves and how to respond, will ultimately promote change and healing. For such children and young people, an understanding adult who is responsive rather than reactive can be life changing.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Monday 28 April 2014
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2014-04-28
    April
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Monday 28 April 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

    - Sold Out

  • 2014-04-29
    April
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Tuesday 29 April 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-04-30
    April
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2014-05-12
    May
    Homes That Heal

    Homes That Heal

    Never before have we understood so much about the power of the environment to support the healing and development of children and young people. Our brains are constantly asking the questions, “Am I safe?” and “Where am I?” Utilising the Practice RHYTHM™ framework of care, this seminar will explore the key components of developing a healthy household rhythm that ensures children and young people’s brains can answer, “Absolutely” and “Home sweet home” when they are in our care.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Monday 12 May 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-05-15
    May
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 15 May 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

    - Sold Out

  • 2014-06-11
    June
    Working with Children & Adolescents

    Working with Children and Adolescents who engage in Sexually Abusive Behaviours - Registration closed

    Whether you are a treatment provider, therapist, residential staff member or in another role where you work with youth exhibiting sexually abusive behaviours, it can be difficult to bridge the divide that exists between understanding the theory of trauma and attachment models and actually doing something with that theory. In this session we will look at what we can do to bring this understanding alive.

    Speaker: Dr. Russell Pratt
    Date: Wednesday 11 June 2014
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2014-06-27
    June
    Seeing, Thinking, Doing

    Seeing, Thinking, Doing - Registration closed

    ‘Seeing, Thinking, Doing’ provides a personal framework to stay calm and ‘stay the course’. Working with children who can be extremely reactive to the world around them and in particular to those adults who are committed to them, can be very confronting for carers, case workers and teachers. Maintaining your role as the ‘captain of the ship’ or the ‘driver of the school bus’ can take an enormous amount of energy when children and young people are threatening, spitting, swearing, and running away.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday 27 June 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-07-16
    July
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 16 July 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-07-30
    July
    The Magical Art of a Desperate Child

    The Magical Art of a Desperate Child

    Infants, children and young people who have experienced traumatic events, including cumulative harm and chaos in their lives often find it difficult to regulate their emotional states. Professionals and carers can find being in the presence of these children and young people extremely difficult to bear. They can be left feeling exhausted and sapped of energy. It does not have to be this way. Professionals and carers need to learn how to bear the pain in order to develop a trusting alliance that in turn will facilitate healing and change. Where this does not occur, toxic stress over time can impact both the professionals’, carers’ and child’s physical, psychological and spiritual health leading to poor outcomes. This keynote address will explore the place of mindfulness, reflective practice and rooting as important skills for carers and professionals to develop in order to provide environments and relationships that will heal.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-08-15
    August
    Dangerous Liaisons

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Intimate relationship building with children and young people who are non-trusting of adults is a tricky path to walk. An adult’s ability to stay calm in the chaos is critical, along with their ability to give meaning to the child’s behaviour even when it may be of a sexual, manipulative or violent nature.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday 15 August 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-08-27
    August
    Cyber Wars

    Cyber Wars

    The electronic age is upon us and we must adjust to keep up. Whatever the device being used, there’s a fair chance it can be connected to another device - which means being connected to another person, whoever they may be. Children and young people with trauma histories use the internet and electronic devices today for a range of reasons. This seminar will explore the needs that electronic devices are meeting for our children and young people, consider what the risks to their wellbeing can be, and provide strategies for managing their usage safely.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 27 August 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-09-10
    September
    Mindfulness: Why Attention Matters

    Mindfulness: Why Attention Matters

    This workshop will explore the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness with a particular focus on child health and development, education and practitioner performance and wellbeing. The first half will be an interactive presentation on the background, evidence and principles of mindfulness and the second half will explore the application of mindfulness based practices for personal and professional use. A series of mindfulness exercises will be practiced, and the principles of mindfulness-based therapies will be explored. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    Speaker: Craig Hassed
    Date: Wednesday 10 September 2014
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2014-10-01
    October
    Roadmap to recovery

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 1 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-10-06
    October
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing - Registration closed

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Monday 6 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2014-10-07
    October
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Tuesday 7 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2014-10-08
    October
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2014-10-14
    October
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-10-15
    October
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-10-16
    October
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 16 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-10-20
    October
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing - Registration closed

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Monday 20 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2014-10-21
    October
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2014-10-22
    October
    Trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorder

    At this session participants will be introduced to the key characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the facilitator will identify the similarities and differences between the behaviours and response required. This will include core strategies which are appropriate to ASD and why they may differ to a response when trauma is experienced.

    Speaker: Joanne Templeton
    Date: Wednesday 22 October 2014
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2014-11-05
    November
    Seeing, Thinking, Doing

    Seeing, Thinking, Doing

    ‘Seeing, Thinking, Doing’ provides a personal framework to stay calm and ‘stay the course’. Working with children who can be extremely reactive to the world around them and in particular to those adults who are committed to them, can be very confronting for carers, case workers and teachers. Maintaining your role as the ‘captain of the ship’ or the ‘driver of the school bus’ can take an enormous amount of energy when children and young people are threatening, spitting, swearing, and running away.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014
    Time: 10am-4pm

    - Registration closed

  • 2014-11-10
    November
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Monday 10 November 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2014-11-11
    November
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Tuesday 11 November 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3pm

  • 2014-11-13
    November
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 13 November 2014
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2014-11-14
    November
    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Promoting Positive Brain Change from the Inside Out.

    Speaker: Dr. Dave Ziegler, Jasper Mountain (USA) and Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday 14 November 2014
    Time: 9am-4pm

  • 2014-11-19
    November
    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Promoting Positive Brain Change from the Inside Out.

    Speaker: Dr. Dave Ziegler, Jasper Mountain (USA) and Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014
    Time: 9am-4pm

  • 2014-11-24
    November
    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Promoting Positive Brain Change from the Inside Out.

    Speaker: Dr. Dave Ziegler, Jasper Mountain (USA) and Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Monday 24 November 2014
    Time: 9am-4pm

  • 2014-11-26
    November
    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Promoting Positive Brain Change from the Inside Out.

    Speaker: Dr. Dave Ziegler, Jasper Mountain (USA) and Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014
    Time: 9am-4pm

    - Sold Out

  • 2014-11-27
    November
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 27 November 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2014-11-28
    November
    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Why Two Brains Aren’t Always Better Than One

    Promoting Positive Brain Change from the Inside Out.

    Speaker: Dr. Dave Ziegler, Jasper Mountain (USA) and Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday 28 November 2014
    Time: 9am-4pm

  • 2014-11-28
    November
    Developmental Implications of Early Trauma

    Developmental Implications of Early Trauma

    Trauma during critical periods of development impacts both neurological and psychological development. Early relational trauma establishes core difficulties with the regulation of feelings, coping with anxiety and interpersonal understanding. Lack of recognition and understanding of trauma issues can result in inappropriate ‘diagnosis’ of mental disorders and failure to address underlying trauma-related issues. A developmental framework is important in understanding the impact of early trauma and adversity on a range of core neuropsychological processes. Trauma-informed interventions focus on rebuilding sense of security, narrative and emotional regulation and are based on an integrated biological and psychological approach.

    Speaker: Louise Newman
    Date: Friday 28 November 2014
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2015-01-28
    January
    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 28 January 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2015-02-11
    February
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2015-02-23
    February
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Monday 23 February 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

    - Sold Out

  • 2015-02-24
    February
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Tuesday 24 February 2015
    Time: 9:30am-3:00pm

  • 2015-02-25
    February
    The Magical Art of a Desperate Child

    The Magical Art of a Desperate Child

    Infants, children and young people who have experienced traumatic events, including cumulative harm and chaos in their lives often find it difficult to regulate their emotional states. Professionals and carers need to learn how to bear the pain in order to develop a trusting alliance that in turn will facilitate healing and change.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 25 February 2015
    Time: Lunchtime: 12:30pm-1:45pm AEDT
               Evening: 7pm-8:15pm AEDT

  • 2015-03-12
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 12 March 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-03-17
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-03-18
    March
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Shifting the Paradigm from Surviving to Thriving

    This learning session will assist carers of children and young people who have been affected in any way by institutional child sexual abuse and complex trauma.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 18 March 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-03-18
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 18 March 2015
    Time: 10am-1pm

    - Sold Out

  • 2015-04-10
    April
    Mindfulness: Why Attention Matters

    Mindfulness: Why Attention Matters

    This workshop will explore the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness with a particular focus on child health and development, education and practitioner performance and wellbeing. The first half will be an interactive presentation on the background, evidence and principles of mindfulness and the second half will explore the application of mindfulness based practices for personal and professional use. A series of mindfulness exercises will be practiced, and the principles of mindfulness-based therapies will be explored. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    Speaker: Craig Hassed
    Date: Friday 10 April 2015
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2015-04-15
    April
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    It’s conclusive - childhood trauma caused by sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to form strong relationships and be the ‘boss of their feelings’.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 15 April 2015
    Time: 12:30pm-1:45pm AEDT & 7pm-8:15pm

  • 2015-04-24
    April
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 24 April 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-04-28
    April
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Tuesday 28 April 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-04-29
    April
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Shifting the Paradigm from Surviving to Thriving

    This learning session will assist carers of children and young people who have been affected in any way by institutional child sexual abuse and complex trauma.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 29 April 2015
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2015-05-05
    May
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Tuesday 5 May 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-05-06
    May
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Shifting the Paradigm from Surviving to Thriving

    This learning session will assist carers of children and young people who have been affected in any way by institutional child sexual abuse and complex trauma.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2015-05-07
    May
    The Magical Art of a Desperate Person

    The Magical Art of a Desperate Person: Exploring and Experiencing the Art of Counselling and Healing

    To be able to sit with clients’ pain does require us to know ourselves as people and practitioners. This is a workshop where participants will be guided to reflect upon their motivations for wanting to work with people in distress, and how understanding these motivations can assist them in working with clients. The workshop will be experiential in nature and rely on participants’ commitment and willingness to explore self and their own practice motivations.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Thursday 7 May 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-05-20
    May
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 20 May 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-05-21
    May
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Roadmap to Recovery - A Pathway to Healing from Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has emphasised the importance of giving voice to the experiences of survivors. This training will assist professionals whose clients may have been affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 21 May 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-05-22
    May
    The Magical Art of a Desperate Person

    The Magical Art of a Desperate Person: Exploring and Experiencing the Art of Counselling and Healing

    To be able to sit with clients’ pain does require us to know ourselves as people and practitioners. This is a workshop where participants will be guided to reflect upon their motivations for wanting to work with people in distress, and how understanding these motivations can assist them in working with clients. The workshop will be experiential in nature and rely on participants’ commitment and willingness to explore self and their own practice motivations.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 21 & 22 May 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-05-22
    May
    Beyond Survival

    Beyond Survival - Supporting People Affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    The Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has invited survivors to private and public hearings to share their experiences. This is important for survivors and their families, friends and colleagues as it provides the opportunity for support and healing. This learning session will assist people supporting those affected in any way by the findings of the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 22 May 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2015-05-22
    May
    Changing the Picture: Arts therapy and Neuroplasticity

    Changing the Picture: Arts therapy and Neuroplasticity

    The brain is adaptable and dynamic when provided the experiences to change and grow. In this workshop learn how to create and strengthen neuropathways by using arts therapy techniques to assist yourself and others to re-wire the brain. Participants will participate in arts therapy directives that help create new ways of feeling, thinking and doing.

    Speaker: Mary Utter
    Date: Friday 22 May 2015
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2015-06-05
    June
    The Magical Art of a Desperate Person

    The Magical Art of a Desperate Person: Exploring and Experiencing the Art of Counselling and Healing

    To be able to sit with clients’ pain does require us to know ourselves as people and practitioners. This is a workshop where participants will be guided to reflect upon their motivations for wanting to work with people in distress, and how understanding these motivations can assist them in working with clients. The workshop will be experiential in nature and rely on participants’ commitment and willingness to explore self and their own practice motivations.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 4 & 5 June 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-06-10
    June
    Divided Loyalities: Minimising the challenge of family access

    Divided Loyalities: Minimising the challenge of family access

    Many children and young people who live away from their biological families are able to ‘catch-up’ with them throughout the year. How positive these catch-ups are can be determined by how well we prepare and support children through the experience. It’s nature vs nurture on a whole different level - but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 10 June, 2015
    Time: Lunchtime: 12:30pm-1:45pm AEST
               Evening: 7pm-8:15pm AEST

  • 2015-06-17
    June
    Gee this is hard! - Complex trauma and attachment disruptions and the implications for diagnosis and treatment.

    Gee this is hard! - Complex trauma and attachment disruptions and the implications for diagnosis and treatment.

    Frequently mental health professionals are asked to assess, diagnose and treat children and adolescents who present with a variety of signs and symptoms of distress. Other health and welfare professionals are often struggling to understand what is going on for these children. The current seminar will look at the clinical research evidence in relation to complex trauma and its implications for human development. Why children who have experienced adverse events relate to their parents and caregivers the way they do is also baffling for those around them. The seminar will explore treatment approaches through the frame of trauma theory, and in particular the importance of working with parents/caregivers and others in the child’s life to assist recovery.

    Speaker: George Habib
    Date: Wednesday 17 June 2015
    Time: 1pm-4pm

  • 2015-07-15
    July
    Connect More: The Importance of Play in Relationships with Children

    Connect More: The Importance of Play in Relationships with Children

    Many children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma and attachment disruption have not had the opportunity to learn how to be in relationship. The use of play can assist to provide such learning. This training will focus on understanding why play is helpful and how to increase relational connection through play.

    Speaker: Mary Utter & Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Wednesday 15 July, 2015
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2015-08-19
    August
    Developmental Implications of Early Trauma

    Developmental Implications of Early Trauma

    Trauma during critical periods of development impact both neurological and psychological development. Early relational trauma establishes core difficulties with the regulation of feelings, coping with anxiety and interpersonal understanding.

    Speaker: Professor Louise Newman
    Date: Wednesday 19 August 2015
    Time: Lunchtime: 12.30pm-1.45pm

  • 2015-08-21
    August
    The Truth About Lying: Facts to help you deal with fiction

    The Truth About Lying: Facts to help you deal with fiction

    Hands up those who have never told a lie before…liars!!! The reality is, nearly all children and young people (and yes, adults) have told a lie at some time. However, being able to rely on what others tell us is such an important part of a healthy society. This seminar will help you to determine the underlying causes of children and young people’s lying and provide strategies that will help you to successfully intervene.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 21 August 2015
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2015-09-16
    September
    Understanding & Working with Children and Adolescents Who Engage in Sexually Abusive Behaviours

    Understanding & Working with Children and Adolescents Who Engage in Sexually Abusive Behaviours

    Whether you are a treatment provider, therapist, residential staff member or in another role where you work with youth exhibiting sexually abusive behaviours, it can be difficult to bridge the divide that exists between understanding and doing in other words, you know what it looks like but so what? How does the theory translate to the practice of working with a youth who is sexually abusive, in terms of not only managing potential behaviours, but also in treating the issue?

    Speaker: Dr. Russell Pratt
    Date: Wednesday 16 September 2015
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2015-10-16
    October
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Friday 16 October 2015
    Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

  • 2015-10-21
    October
    The Truth About Lying: Facts to help you deal with fiction with Nick Grainger

    The Truth About Lying: Facts to help you deal with fiction with Nick Grainger

    Hands up those who have never told a lie before…liars!!! The reality is, nearly all children and young people (and yes, adults) have told a lie at some time. However, being able to rely on what others tell us is such an important part of a healthy society. This seminar will help you to determine the underlying causes of children and young people’s lying and provide strategies that will help you to successfully intervene.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015
    Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm AEDT

  • 2015-10-29
    October
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Foster Carers

    A Pathway to Healing For Foster Carers - BOOKED OUT

    The path of a Foster Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday, 29 October 2015
    Time: 10am-3pm

    If you miss the opportunity, please email us and we'll place you on a waiting list.

  • 2016-02-19
    February
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau, Nick Grainger and Mary Utter
    Date: Friday 19 February 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-02-24
    February
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Wednesday 24 February 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-03-17
    March
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs. Each time you provide care, nurture and support to an infant, child or young person in your home you give a little bit of yourself to them. Over time, that adds up to a lot of you! This seminar will explore the ways that you can give something back to yourself.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau, Nick Grainger and Mary Utter
    Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-04-14
    April
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau, Nick Grainger and Mary Utter
    Date: Thursday 14 April 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-04-15
    April
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Friday 15th April 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-04-28
    April
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Thursday 28 April 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-05-19
    May
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs. Each time you provide care, nurture and support to an infant, child or young person in your home you give a little bit of yourself to them. Over time, that adds up to a lot of you! This seminar will explore the ways that you can give something back to yourself.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau, Nick Grainger and Mary Utter
    Date: Thursday 19 May 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-05-27
    May
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Friday 27 May 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-06-02
    June
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau, Nick Grainger and Mary Utter
    Date: Thursday 2 June 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-06-09
    June
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs. Each time you provide care, nurture and support to an infant, child or young person in your home you give a little bit of yourself to them. Over time, that adds up to a lot of you! This seminar will explore the ways that you can give something back to yourself.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau, Nick Grainger and Mary Utter
    Date: Thursday 9 June 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-06-16
    June
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Thursday 16 June 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2016-11-24
    November
    Self Management And Resilience Training

    Self Management And Resilience Training

    Resilience can be developed when we experience challenges, not avoid them. The key is how we understand, respond and ‘work through’ these challenges.

    Speakers: Liz Brnjak
    Date: Thursday 24 November 2016
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2016-12-02
    December
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing

    The path of workers & carers can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau and Liz Brnjak
    Date: Friday 2 December 2016
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2016-12-13
    December
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau and Nick Grainger
    Date: Tuesday 13 December 2016
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2017-03-02
    March
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau and Nick Grainger
    Date: Thursday 2 March 2017
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2017-02-08
    February
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs. Each time you provide care, nurture and support to an infant, child or young person in your home you give a little bit of yourself to them. Over time, that adds up to a lot of you! This seminar will explore the ways that you can give something back to yourself.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau and Nick Grainger
    Date: Wednesday 8 February 2017
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2017-02-10
    February
    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Who Cares Wins - Caring for Self in Order to Care for Others

    Caring for someone in need can be truly rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. We understand the challenges kinship carers experience every day and we will provide you with a supportive environment to explore how best to look after your needs. Each time you provide care, nurture and support to an infant, child or young person in your home you give a little bit of yourself to them. Over time, that adds up to a lot of you! This seminar will explore the ways that you can give something back to yourself.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau and Nick Grainger
    Date: Friday 10 February 2017
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2017-03-22
    March
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2017-03-30
    March
    Tracks to Healing

    Tracks to Healing

    Supporting kinship carers & workers to care for our Aboriginal children.

    Presented by: SNAICC and Australian Childhood Trauma Group
    Date: Wednesday 30 March 2017
    Time: 10am-3pm

  • 2017-03-31
    March
    Self Management And Resilience Training

    Self Management And Resilience Training

    Resilience can be developed when we experience challenges, not avoid them. The key is how we understand, respond and ‘work through’ these challenges.

    Speakers: Liz Brnjak
    Date: Friday 31 March 2017
    Time: 9:30am-4pm

  • 2017-05-18
    May
    Thinking Mind Reptilian Brain

    Thinking Mind Reptilian Brain - Registration closed

    The best tool we have as adults to create a healing environment for children and young people are our thinking minds. However, when we do not accurately assess what is happening in the internal world of the child or young person, our reactions may add to the child or young person’s trauma and sense that they are not good enough. This seminar will take the mystery out of very complex processes. We will explore how the theory of childhood trauma can be translated into practice, that is, the work you do in the face to face moments of care.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Thursday 18 May 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2017-05-19
    May
    Thinking Mind Reptilian Brain

    Thinking Mind Reptilian Brain - Registration closed

    The best tool we have as adults to create a healing environment for children and young people are our thinking minds. However, when we do not accurately assess what is happening in the internal world of the child or young person, our reactions may add to the child or young person’s trauma and sense that they are not good enough. This seminar will take the mystery out of very complex processes. We will explore how the theory of childhood trauma can be translated into practice, that is, the work you do in the face to face moments of care.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: Friday 19 May 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

  • 2012-02-01
    February
    Mad, Bad or Sad

    Mad, Bad or Sad? Foundation Training

    It’s conclusive - trauma caused by abuse ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to be the ‘boss of their feelings’ or to form strong and enduring relationships.
    Essential foundation training for new workers / teachers / carers

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 1 February 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-02-17
    February
    The Part-Time Counsellor

    The Part-Time Counsellor: Counselling Skills for Non-Counsellors

    You’ve got their attention in the chair / corridor / car but what do you say next? This skill bite will explore how to respond to children, young people and adults in a way that demonstrates understanding - what to say, when to say it, how to say it … and when to say nothing at all.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Dates: 3, 10 & 17 February 2012
    Time: 10am-12.30pm

  • 2012-02-22
    February
    Dynamic Supervision

    Dynamic Supervision - More Than a Chat

    This workshop covers the basic role, functions and skills needed to practice as a competent supervisor. It explores the partnership between supervisor, supervisee and the agency, offering practical examples and a space for reflective practice, enabling further development. Effective supervision can assist workers in developing resilience and managing the stresses of a multifaceted work environment.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Dates: 8, 15 & 22 February 2012
    Time: 10am-12.30pm

  • 2012-02-28
    February
    How to Raise Conflict

    How to Raise Conflict - Effectively and Appropriately

    When conflicts are allowed to grow, fester, and expand within professionals and teams it blocks our ability to work in the present. Most people tend to avoid conflict because of the pain and frustrations associated with it. In this seminar, you’ll explore conflict as a kind of new best friend when you discover that it’s the only path to growth and greatness.

    Speaker: Michael E. Thomas II
    Dates: 28 February 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-02-29
    February
    Introduction to Practice Rhythm™

    Introduction to Practice Rhythm™

    This seminar will introduce participants to the philosophy and framework of Practice RHYTHM™. Participants will explore the essential elements of a positive and healing household, including:  Regulating Emotional States, a Homely Environment, Yummy Food, Therapeutic Treatment Plans, Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit, and Maintaining the Rhythm.

    Speakers: Gregory Nicolau & Nick Grainger
    Date: 29 February 2012
    Time: 10am-12pm

  • 2012-03-16
    March
    Bringing Stories to Life

    Bringing Stories to Life

    In this series of interactive workshops, participants will unfold the oral storytelling tradition and explore the powerful role that storytelling can play in both supporting and enriching the lives of children, with particular reference to assisting children in care / suffering from trauma.

    Speaker: Beth Cregan
    Dates: 2, 9 & 16 March 2012
    Time: 10am-12.30pm

  • 2012-03-07
    March
    The Interpreter

    The Interpreter - Making Sense of Senseless Behaviour

    Children and young people who have experience trauma often reveal their internal world through their behaviour, this is their language, and adults who support their healing process must become 'interpreters' of this behaviour in order to effect positive change.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 7 March 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-03-28
    March
    Transition Planning for Success

    Transition Planning for Success

    There is an old saying, "if you fail to plan you plan to fail". For infants, children and young people transitioning between care environments is fraught with dangers. A successful transition can ensure the longevity of a placement. Determining the elements and length of a transition requires an understanding of the impact of broken attachments, and how new attachments are formed.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Dates: 14, 21 & 28 March 2012
    Time: 10am-12.30pm

  • 2012-03-23
    March
    Calmer Classrooms Plus

    Calmer Classrooms Plus

    For children and young people who have experienced trauma, or exhibit dysregulated behaviour - classrooms and playgrounds can be like a 'war zone' with daily experiences of hyper vigilance and unmanageable stress - it does not have to be this way!
    Essential for Teachers

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 23 March 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-04-19
    April
    The After Hours Assessment - Being On-Call

    The After Hours Assessment - Being On-Call

    The phone doesn't ring in the middle of the night for no reason, or does it? This seminar explores phone-based on-call assessments, effective phone communication and managing yourself as a full-time or occasional on-call worker.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 19 April 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-04-20
    April
    Just Borderline - Why the Prefix?

    Just Borderline - Why the Prefix?

    Join Bryan as he unravels the minefield that is Personality Disorders - who? what? why? when? where? How does self-harming behaviour fit in? And should young people who have suffered abuse have the diagnosis?

    Speaker: Bryan Jeffrey
    Date: 20 April 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-04-27
    April
    Mad, Bad or Sad? Foundation Training

    Mad, Bad or Sad? Foundation Training

    It’s conclusive - trauma caused by abuse ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to be the ‘boss of their feelings’ or to form strong and enduring relationships.
    Essential foundation training for new workers / teachers / carers

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 27 April 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-05-18
    May
    The Occasional Debriefer - Helping Children Make Sense of Trauma

    The Occasional Debriefer - Helping Children Make Sense of Trauma

    As workers and carers we understand the need to debrief following a critical incident. Many children and young people have difficulty communicating with unfamiliar people. Why would they share their inner thoughts with a stranger in order to debrief? You may be the best person to help them understand a difficult event that has taken place. This Skill Bite will introduce participants to methods of supporting the needs of children and young people following a critical event. You will learn how to help them understand their experiences and make sense of what has occurred.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Dates: 18 May 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-05-23
    May
    Making Art, Building Relationships

    Making Art, Building Relationships

    Many care-giving professionals can see the benefits of, and the natural way that, children and young people use visual arts to express themselves. However many adults feel unsure how to use art materials, art directives or how to communicate about the art work created by children and young people. This skill bite is the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art materials and directives / themes in a supported learning environment with a trained Art Therapist. Participants will gain a basic understanding of Art Therapy and explore ways to bring creative art making into the lives of children and young people in their care. No artistic skills required, and all art materials will be provided.

    Speaker: Mary Utter
    Dates: 23 May 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-05-25
    May
    Punishment Vs. Discipline - The Consequence of Consequences

    Punishment Vs. Discipline - The Consequence of Consequences

    When children are ‘misbehaving’ what should we do? Punish, discipline, use consequences or give them an ice cream?

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 25 May 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-06-07
    May
    RAVE™ Frontline (Regulating Aggressive & Violent Emotions)

    RAVE™ Frontline (Regulating Aggressive & Violent Emotions)

    This training will provide staff with knowledge of how to prevent aggressive and violent situations, and how to respond to them if they occur. Participants will learn practical strategies to manage aggressive incidents and will discover the key aspects of assessing aggressive behaviour.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 31 May & 7 June 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-06-01
    June
    Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Communicating Change

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Communicating Change

    Swearing, violence, withdrawing, tantrums and lying are but a few behaviours traumatised children / adolescents use to tell their ‘story’ and stay in control. Workers and carers must have the skills to translate the meaning of the behaviour to promote healing.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 1 June 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-06-15
    June
    Reflective Practice

    Reflective Practice

    Reflective practice is more than just thinking, it is the development of a personal practice approach that integrates one’s professional and life experiences into daily practice. It is a psychological training regime that is meditative in its focus, and ultimately provides best practice. Whilst at times it can be challenging it provides the best opportunity for excellence in practice.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 15 June 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-06-13
    June
    Dangerous Liaisons

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Intimate relationship building with children and young people who are non-trusting of adults is a tricky path to walk. An adult’s ability to stay calm in the chaos is critical along with their ability to give meaning to the child's behaviour even when it may be of a sexual, manipulative or violent nature.
    Essential for carers!

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 13 June 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-06-20
    June
    The Part-Time Counsellor: Counselling Skills for Non-Counsellors

    The Part-Time Counsellor: Counselling Skills for Non-Counsellors

    You've got their attention, in the chair / corridor / car but what do you say next? This skill bite will explore how to respond to children, young people and adults in a way that demonstrates understanding - what to say, when to say it, how to say it... and when to say nothing at all.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 20 June 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-06-29
    June
    Working with Children and Adolescents Who Engage in Sexually Abusive Behaviours

    Working with Children and Adolescents Who Engage in Sexually Abusive Behaviours

    This training session will focus on working with children and young people who exhibit sexually abusive behaviours, and their families and carers. This training will be developmentally focused to help practitioners and carers to be more informed and skillful in this area of practice.

    Speaker: Dr. Russell Pratt
    Date: 29 June 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-07-20
    July
    Preventing the long-term consequences of early trauma

    Preventing the long-term consequences of early trauma

    The biggest surge in brain growth occurs in the first 18-24 months. Attachment injuries and trauma during this time can have long-term consequences for the developing child. This seminar explores the foundational principles and practices of infant mental health so that those caring for, or working with children who have experienced trauma can use their relationship as a therapeutic tool to repair earlier ruptures to attachment and to prevent unconscious trauma symptoms from sabotaging their lives.

    Speaker: Timothy O´Leary
    Date: 20 July 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-07-25
    July
    Mad, Bad or Sad? Foundation Training

    Mad, Bad or Sad? Foundation Training

    It’s conclusive - trauma caused by abuse ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to be the ‘boss of their feelings’ or to form strong and enduring relationships.
    Essential foundation training for new workers / teachers / carers

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 25 July 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-07-27
    July
    Righting the Wrongs of the Right Way to Write

    Righting the Wrongs of the Right Way to Write

    The unfortunate Japanese translation that may have contributed to the dropping of atomic bombs during World War II demonstrates the need for clarity in our communication. When misinterpretation occurs, the consequences can be significant. This can affect not only ourselves, but also the most vulnerable children and young people we care for. Your strong report writing skills may just be the key to effective advocacy, better resources, stronger policy and procedures. This series ensures that your report writing will be clear, efficient and easily understood.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 27 July 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-08-03
    August
    Working with Children and Families who have experienced trauma

    Engaging and Leading - Working with Children and Families who have experienced trauma

    This training will focus on working with the multiple and complex needs of children and families who have experienced violence, abuse and neglect. Maintaining a positive and purposeful relationship to engage families to support children and young people towards healing and healthy development will be the focus.

    Speaker: Robyn Miller
    Date: 3 August 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-08-10
    August
    Conflicted? Raising & Resolving Conflict

    Conflicted? Raising & Resolving Conflict

    Conflict often gets a bad wrap as it can lead to heartache and tears. While most people see it this way, others view it as an opportunity for growth and change. When conflicts are allowed to grow, fester, and expand within professionals and teams it blocks our ability to work in the present. In this engaging and active workshop, participants will learn that the only way to resolve conflict is to learn and practice the art of raising it. In this seminar you will be challenged to explore conflict as a potential friend rather than the enemy within.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 10 August 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-08-15
    August
    At the Cutting Edge - Self-Harming Behaviours, Understanding Why & What To Do

    At the Cutting Edge - Self-Harming Behaviours, Understanding Why & What To Do

    Self-harming behaviours can be extremely confronting to workers and carers. Understanding the reason troubled children might wish to harm themselves and how to respond will ultimately promote change and healing.
    Essential for carers!

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 15 August 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-08-24
    August
    'Where Do I Come From, Where Do I Belong?' Examining Questions of Identity for Looked After Children, Their Biological Parents & Their Caregivers

    'Where Do I Come From, Where Do I Belong?' Examining Questions of Identity for Looked After Children, Their Biological Parents & Their Caregivers

    This training seeks to revisit the central importance of how caregivers and agencies support looked after children’s orientation to others and the world around them. Despite the importance of identity being recognised within the out of home care sector, issues of identity remain perplexing for children and their caregivers.

    Speaker: Dr. George Habib
    Date: 24 August 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-09-05
    September
    The Interpreter - Making sense of senseless behaviour

    The Interpreter - Making sense of senseless behaviour

    Children and young people who have experienced trauma often reveal their internal world through their behaviour, this is their language. Adults who support their healing process must become ‘interpreters’ of this behaviour in order to effect positive change. Children and young people’s behaviour often represents the opposite of what they need and being able to identify and respond to what lies “underneath their skin” is critical.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 5 September 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-09-21
    September
    Depression & Anxiety: Why Are People Sad & Anxious?

    Depression & Anxiety: Why Are People Sad & Anxious?

    Join Bryan in a journey through the causes of, symptoms of and treatments for two of the world’s most common mental illnesses. See how simple this is to understand and find out what YOU can do to help a child, adolescent or adult with a mental illness.  

    Speaker: Bryan Jeffrey
    Date: 21 September 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-09-26
    September
    Problem Solving & Decision Making for Senior Staff & Managers

    Problem Solving & Decision Making for Senior Staff & Managers

    Senior staff and manager often feel overwhelmed by excessive tasks and busyness. This drains their attention and energy needed for supervising and managing their teams. This workshop explores the art of shifting the leaders role from scattered doer to strategic thinker. Senior staff and manager will improve decision-making capabilities through critical thinking, structured reasoning, creative problem analysis and in the process, role model efficientork habits required of the whole team.

    Speaker: Michael E. Thomas II
    Date: 26 September 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-09-28
    September
    Self Care for Professionals

    Self Care for Professionals

    Helping professionals commonly suffer their own secondary feelings of despair, helplessness, burnout, and even sickness. But before we can effectively help anyone else, we must first be able to properly care for ourselves. Explore the simple but profound ways in which attention to self care becomes the most important fundamental in caring for others.

    Speaker: Michael E. Thomas II
    Date: 28 September 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-10-17
    October
    The After Hours Assesment - Being on-call

    The After Hours Assesment - Being on-call

    The phone doesn’t ring in the middle of the night for no reason. What you do next can be the difference between the person on the other end of the phone managing the situation well, or the crisis escalating. Providing the right level of on-call support, a broad assessment and an appropriate response can be crucial to effectively managing on-call issues. This seminar explores phone-based on-call assessments, effective phone communication, responding appropriately and managing yourself as a full-time, rostered or occasional on-call worker.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 17 October 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-10-19
    October
    Mad, Bad or Sad? Foundation Training

    Mad, Bad or Sad? Foundation Training

    It’s conclusive – trauma caused by abuse ‘changes the brain’ in ways that impact a child’s ability to be the ‘boss of their feelings’ or to form strong and enduring relationships.
    Essential foundation training for new workers / teachers / carers

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 19 October 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-11-05
    November
    The B.R.A.I.N Workshop - Changing difficult children from the inside out

    The B.R.A.I.N Workshop - Changing difficult children from the inside out

    Although there are hundreds of theories to work with difficult children, this new approach may be the best yet because it incorporates research, brain science, and treatment approaches that have been tested and found successful with the most difficult children. The B.R.A.I.N. Workshop will give participants the understanding and tools to be successful with children who do not respond or improve with usual approaches.

    Speaker: Dave Ziegler Ph.D.
    Date: 5 November 2012
    Time: 10am - 4pm

  • 2012-11-30
    November
    RAVE™ Frontline (Regulating Aggressive & Violent Emotions)

    RAVE™ Frontline (Regulating Aggressive & Violent Emotions)

    This training will provide staff with knowledge of how to prevent aggressive and violent situations, and how to respond to them if they occur. Participants will learn practical strategies to manage aggressive incidents and will discover the key aspects of assessing aggressive behaviour.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Day 1: 23 November 2012
    Day 2: 30 November 2012
    Time: 10am-4pm

  • 2012-11-28
    November
    Punishment Vs. Discipline - The Consequence of Consequences

    Punishment Vs. Discipline - The Consequence of Consequences

    When children are ‘misbehaving’ what should we do? Punish, discipline, use consequences or give them an ice cream?

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 28 November 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-11-28
    November
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 28 November 2012
    Time: 9.30am-3pm

  • 2012-12-05
    December
    Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Communicating Change

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Communicating Change

    Swearing, violence, withdrawing, tantrums and lying are but a few behaviours traumatised children / adolescents use to tell their ‘story’ and stay in control. Workers and carers must have the skills to translate the meaning of the behaviour to promote healing.

    Speaker: Gregory Nicolau
    Date: 5 December 2012
    Time: 10am-1pm

  • 2012-12-06
    December
    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    Mad, Bad or Sad? A Pathway to Healing for Kinship Carers

    The path of a Kinship Carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness. You are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

    Speaker: Nick Grainger
    Date: 6 December 2012
    Time: 9.30am-3pm

 

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