Upcoming Events

The 2019 Their Futures Matter Conference

The 2019 Their Futures Matter Conference will share new and thought-provoking insights into a future service system that will deliver improved outcomes for vulnerable children, young people, and families. Read more

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

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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.