Transgenerational trauma Newcastle November 2021

Are we there yet? Understanding transgenerational trauma, cumulative trauma and mindful practices that improve outcomes for children and their families.

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Date: Friday, 19 November 2021
Time: 9:15am to 2:30pm
Location: Club Macquarie, 458 Lake Road, Argenton, NSW (free onsite parking for all attendees).
Ticket price: $240 per person, including GST. This will include morning tea, lunch and refreshments.
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This conference will contribute 4.5 hours of teacher elective PD identified within the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This professional learning is suitable for all educators, teachers and support staff who work with children, young people and families.

Presentations and speakers

Speaker: Mel Brown, Ngunnawal Aboriginal woman and CEO of Spirit Dreaming Training & Education Solutions

Topic: What’s up with my mob?

Presentation: What’s up with my mob? Is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational resource, designed to help people better understand the effects of transgenerational trauma on Aboriginal Peoples as a result of colonisation.

This presentation will discuss cultural realities and challenge and test past perceptions of Aboriginal Peoples and their culture whilst encouraging participants to develop a more respectful understanding of Aboriginal children, young people, families and co-workers within educational organisations. It will address The Stolen Generations, reconciliation, past government policies, historical and social health factors, cultural transgenerational trauma and lateral violence.

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

Transgenerational trauma – how traumatic experiences impact both biology and behaviour. What we are seeing now and the implications on future generations who will attend our early learning, primary, high school and care facilities.

Presentation: Attendees will be provided with the latest psychological research regarding not only single traumatic events, but also more complex cumulative trauma and transgenerational trauma, the impact it has on the learning outcomes of children and young people and how these experiences impinge on the development of secure partnerships with the children, young people and families within your organisation. Unresolved trauma has an impact on forming trusting relationships, behaviour and secure attachment that can affect learning outcomes of children and young people.

Attendees will gain a greater understanding of helpful and practical ways of working and engaging with the children, young people and families within their community and care who are affected by transgenerational and cumulative trauma.

This is an important issue for all Australians, as it covers, not only our indigenous history, but also the impact of more common traumas. This includes the impact family violence, sexual assaults, motor vehicle accidents, serious illness and sudden death can have on generations of children and their families. It will also cover the ongoing traumatic experiences of refugees and asylum seekers.

About the speakers

Mel Brown
Ngunnawal Aboriginal woman and CEO of Spirit Dreaming Training & Education Solutions

Mel Brown is an Australian Aboriginal Ngunnawal woman with a Masters in Aboriginal Healing and Trauma.

Mel started her career in child protection and has 10 years’ experience in the field, including managing the Aboriginal Child Protection Unit in ACT.

Mel is an experienced Family Group Conferencing Facilitator, Aboriginal Cultural Trainer and Lateral Violence Expert and develops and delivers workshops for government, non-government organisations and corporate businesses.

As a professional speaker, Mel presents workshops and papers in relation to family group conferencing. Mel also presents Aboriginal cultural competency, lateral violence and wellbeing programs at conferences and training workshops nationally and internationally.

Mel was recognised for her work in the area of service provision for Aboriginal families and was awarded an ACT Public Service Award for the “Most Improved Services to Aboriginal Children and Families in the ACT”, by the ACT Chief Minister. In 2011, NSW Industry & Investment recognised Mel as one of the top 3 Aboriginal businesswomen in NSW.

Heather Irvine-Rundle
Senior clinical psychologist, Conjoint Professor of Practice, School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle and director of The READ Clinic

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 over two decades 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.

In 2019, Heather was appointed as Conjoint Professor of Practice in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, NSW.


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Registration policy

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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.

You may transfer your ticket to another person at any time by notifying the event organisers at the email address listed below.

There are no refunds given for cancellation. We are happy to provide you with a complimentary ticket to another of our events.

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If cancellation, of any of the above, is forced by a party other than the management of Committed to Childcare Conferences, the event will be rescheduled or relocated.

These changes will be communicated to you, in a timely manner, through the contact email address that you have provided with your booking.

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