October 2021 Wollongong

Informed, sensitive and responsive trauma practices within your educational setting and community.

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Date: Thursday, 14 October and Friday, 15 October 2021
Time: 9am to 3:15pm both days
Location: Sage Hotel Wollongong, 60-62 Harbour Street, Wollongong
Ticket price: $375 including GST
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This two-day conference will focus on supporting you in creating an environment that is both trauma informed and trauma sensitive for the children and young people in your care.

It is suitable for educators, teachers, support workers and other professionals who work with children and young people. 

This conference will contribute 11 hours of PD towards 6.2 and 7.4 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Day one: 14 October 2021

Speaker: Mary Jo McVeigh, director and founder of Cara House
Topic 1:
Ordinary magic in everyday opportunities

During this session, we will examine the concepts of resilience and resistance in trauma-informed practice. Together we will explore the latest evidence on resilience factors and how children resist the totality of trauma in their lives. Our discussions will look at the practical application of resilience factors and how to harness the potential for survival that occurs in resistance. We will celebrate the healing power of the ordinary magic that can happen in the day-to-day lives of children who have or are currently suffering trauma.

Topic 2: Small steps and moments in time

In the afternoon session, we will deconstruct the socio-ecological model of trauma in relation to both the education and the support environment. We will look at how to recognise children’s behaviours as the signposts of their suffering and how the trauma experienced by children and young people affects the way they relate to others. We will discuss how small, but important steps, you as educators, teachers and support workers can make (e.g. changing the physical environment) and the importance of crucial moments in time (ways of talking to and with children) can be utilised in responding effectively to children who have or are experiencing trauma.

Day two: 15 October 2021

Speaker: Heather Irvine-Rundle, clinical psychologist and director of The READ Clinic

Topic 1: Causes, impact and intervention

During this session, we will explore and discuss unhelpful and traumatic family systems and attachment disruptions. We will look at the impact they both have on the biology and brain function of the children and young people within your care, support and educational organisations.

We will explore ways that you can use this knowledge to ensure that the best intervention and support systems are implemented. These informed systems will aid the recovery of the children and young people within your care, support and educational organisation, who are or have experienced trauma.

Topic 2: The resilient teacher – finding the balance

This presentation will focus on the importance of your health and wellbeing. Teachers, educators and support workers, who work with children and young people affected by trauma and challenges, often experience compassionate fatigue and symptoms of secondary trauma. During this presentation and workshop, we will help you understand how to be at your healthiest and how to create a supportive community. This includes how to promote and create health and wellbeing practices for all staff within your educational and support community who work with and support children affected by trauma.

About the speakers

Heather Irvine-Rundle

Heather is a senior clinical psychologist and the director of The Read Clinic, which is one of the largest psychology practises in Australia. As well as practising in Australia, Heather has also spent three years in the UK working with some of the most deprived families in Liverpool and London. She also led a service providing advice and consultations on mental health to all the schools in the South London area.

As well as practicing for 19 years Heather has also found time to become a published author with her latest book Hello Baby. Heather speaks regularly on local ABC radio, has appeared on a number of television shows including 60 Minutes, and writes regular articles for print and digital media.

Mary-Jo McVeigh

Mary Jo is acknowledged as an expert in her field in child protection, trauma therapy and leadership coaching. She has been sought on advisory panels such as NSW domestic violence reforms and the Royal Commission into institutional abuse. She has presented at national and international conferences, been published in professional journals, written numerous training journals, is an author and published three innovative social work journals with her Wrapped in Angels receiving both national and international praise.


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If the event is cancelled by Committed to Childcare Conferences, a full refund for the cost of the ticket will be reimbursed to the buyer. The organiser will not be liable for accommodation or travel costs incurred by the buyer to attend the event.

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