Dealing with family violence is a social priority in Australian society. Those who attend this session will hear from professionals from the Mallee Domestic Violence Service who work in the field.
It will explore family violence, its causes and various responses. The session will provide its audience with both the theory and practical aspects of the family violence continuum.
Presenter: Metaxia Tsoukatos, Mallee Family Violence Executive Co-ordinator.
Enriching family relationships
Family history plays a significant role in how we learn, grow and relate in the world. However, we rarely take the time to focus on the lessons we learnt growing up and how we have carried these into our daily lives.
This session will encourage participants to consider the lessons from the past - the strengths we have developed, patterns of communication, managing emotions and things we would like to change in the future.
Presenter: Gerard Kelly, Centacare
Having the suicide conversation
As a society we have moved a long way from suicide being a taboo subject and an illness which only trained experts can deal with. This session will include research which shows timely conversation can prevent self-harm and lead to meaningful support being gained. When some one is experiencing feelings of self harm, self doubt and suicide, they will often turn to those they trust the most to talk about their feelings. We do not have to be trained experts to lead those we care for, to the support they need.
Presenters: Jane Matotek and Rebecca Reale, Centacare
Building trust / listening
This is a practical workshop concentrating on the crucial skills of paying attention and building trust in the family.
Presenter: Frank Smith, C.S.S.R.
Keeping children the focus following family separation
Following a family separation it is challenging for adults to manage the many emotions they are experiencing, and to stay focused on their children’s experience. However, research tells us clearly that when parents are able to focus on their children’s experience and consider their feelings and wishes, the outcomes for the children are a lot more positive.
This session will focus on why it is important to “walk in children’s shoes” during family breakdown, how children can inform the decision making process and the impact on their wellbeing into the future.
Presenter: Ann Conroy, Centacare
Holyoake alcohol and drug support service is a not for profit agency operating in Western Australia.
Holyoake developed the drumbeat program following extensive research and evidence which shows a person’s resilience can be strengthened through rhythm.
Developing alternatives to “Talked based support” is important in the welfare field as it provides a range of tools we can draw from when supporting families. It is also an effective group based program which can be shared with many client groups in the location of their choice.
As a result, Centacare has invested significant resources into the development of our drumbeat team and would love to share some simple, yet effective, rhythms with you.
Presenter: Sharlene Johannssen, Centacare