Tuning into Teens Facilitator Training

Tuning in to Teens is a 2day professional development workshop that gives trainees a grounding in the concepts of Emotional Intelligence and Emotion Coaching as well as useful information about teenage brain development. The workshop blends lecture style and experiential learning modules. This workshop is suitable for all experienced and qualified workers in the youth and community sector whose client base includes adolescents and pre – adolescents (approximately 11 years and up) and their parents. Participants who complete the workshop receive a certificate that authorises them to deliver the Tuning in to Teens 6week parenting program to parents and carers as well as a training manual per service.

Registrations here: https://tuningintoteenscydp.eventbrite.com.au

Tuning into Teens Facilitator Training Poster

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High

You are invited to attend a one day professional development workshop for “Staying Connected When Emotions Run High” facilitated by Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Team/Clinical Coordinator Family & Carer MH Program ISLHD).


“Staying Connected When Emotions Run High” an introductory workshop for Professionals. This professional version workshop is aimed at those working with people across the life span from adult mental health, child and adolescent services, generalist health, drug and alcohol and key community professional agencies e.g. FACS, school counsellors, teachers, Headspace and NGO’s. This workshop was developed alongside the family and carer intervention to introduce the concepts to activate a “Staying Connected” Community of professionals. Equipped with shared frameworks and a common language, professionals can work collaboratively alongside families and carers, in providing a cohesive “System of Safety and Support” acting together as an optimal resource for safety and hope for a distressed person in their recovery.

The frameworks and ideas can underpin and strengthen collaborative partnerships for best outcomes. Participants will have the opportunities to apply the Five Key Relationship Strategies in various scenarios, alternatively walking in the shoes of a carer and professional. The workshop is a mixture of didactic, film, workbook exercises, small group activities and role plays (enacted by the facilitators). The workshop highlights frameworks for thinking about the brain and distress, “quick fix” (maladaptive coping strategies) and the relational processes and strategies for turning “contagious distress to contagious calm”, optimising safety and clear thinking. The concept of triangles is also introduced. A workbook and certificate recording 6.5hrs for CPD evidence is provided.


Date: Thursday 2nd May 2019


Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm (Registration from 8.00am)

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.


Venue: Education Room, Maitland Hospital, High Street, Maitland, NSW, 2300.

Workbook and certificate of attendance will be provided.


Cost: $77 per person


RSVP: Registration essential as places are limited.


Please feel free to encourage colleagues and fellow professionals to register for the “Staying Connected When Emotions Run High” professional development day. See the attached flyer for further information and learning outcomes.


Please fill in this registration flyer and return to Sally-Anne Smith via email: sallyanne.smith1@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au by Thursday 25th April 2019.


Creative Kids

The NSW Government has just launched the Creative Kids program. It gives one $100 voucher each year to all school-aged children to help with the cost of creative classes and activities.

Vouchers can be used for music, dance and drama lessons, language classes or visual arts, coding and design.

Creative Kids is one of more than 40 rebates and savings available to help ease the cost of living pressure on households.

Check out the website for details.

Mentor Support Network Events

Tuesday 19 February – MSN Educational Scholarships
Thirty local students will be presented with educational scholarships to assist them with their educational expenses in 2019.
Friday 22 February – MSN Refugee Student Education Program
Ten local refugee students will be presented with education program awards.

Take Action is Live!

Young people want to make their world a better place but too often we hear and see the barriers young people face when they try to get involved. 

When Youth Action asked young people what would help, they told us they wanted clear information and more ideas for ways to act, without always relying on adults to for help.

So they created Take Action with young people.

Check out the resource here.

Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Community Forum 2019

On February 7, 2019 Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network is hosting a Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Community Forum to:

  • Provide information on accessing available Youth Mental Health Services in our region
  • Highlight youth mental health issues amongst local young people
  • Give an opportunity for young people to share their journeys with mental health
  • Improve the health literacy and education within our community around youth mental health and wellbeing issues.



  • Dan Cox- ABC Newcastle
  • Jason Trethowan- CEO, headspace
  • Professor Patrick McGorry- Executive Director, Orygen- The National Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health
  • Jaela Skehan- Director, Everymind



REGISTER HERE: https://peoplebank.hneccphn.com.au/youth-wellbeing-forum


Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Community Forum 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Newcastle Town Hall

5.30pm – 8.30pm