Grief and trauma can come in many forms, from the death of a loved one, to family breakdown, family violence and natural or human disasters. It is critically important for professionals working with children and young people to understand the impact of loss and trauma, and to develop the skills to create a safe environment to support them to heal.
On 31 October and 1 November 2019, MacKillop Family Services is hosting a two-day conference – Lead the Way Towards Wellbeing – as part of its commitment to supporting children, young people and families to find ways to heal from adversity.
Keynote Rosie Batty AO – in the past five years, Rosie has engaged in an unrelenting pursuit for social change around the issues of family violence. We are very proud to have Rosie join us to share the impacts of family violence and the need to address the stigma of grief, as well as taking part in a panel session. Rosie was awarded an officer of the Order of Australia in 2019 and 2015 Australian of the Year in recognition of her work raising awareness about the impact of family violence on women and children.
Conference participants will also hear from Isaiah Dawe, a Butchulla and Garawa saltwater Murri man, who entered the child protection system when he was two months old. Isaiah is currently the CEO/founder of ID. Know Yourself, the first Aboriginal mentoring company to support Aboriginal young people in out-of-home care. He will share his experience of growing up in care.
Dr Robyn Miller, CEO of MacKillop Family Services, sees the long-term impact on children who have been affected by trauma – either directly or as witnesses to distressing events – nearly every day.
“Traumatic experiences in childhood can initiate strong emotions and physical changes that can persist long after the event. The journey to recovery can be long and involves comprehensive, high-quality interventions, understanding and treatment services.”
The conference will feature keynote presentations from eight experts who will discuss strategies that can be integrated into organisation and education wellbeing practice. These presentations will be complemented by interactive workshops to that explore strategies to support the emotional wellbeing of children, young people and adults.
Other keynotes include Professor Anne Graham AO (director of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University and author of Seasons for Growth, which has reached in excess of 300,000 children and young people and is delivered in seven countries across the globe) and Associate Professor Judith Murray, who will draw on her research and her experience as a secondary school teacher, counselling psychologist and registered nurse to explore how the power of story can ensure we attend to the “whole” experience of children and young people with a lived experience of grief and trauma.
Our Lead the Way Towards Wellbeing conference is relevant for professionals working in schools, allied health and other organisations, who are eager to work for better wellbeing outcomes for the children, young people and families they support.
Lead the Way Towards Wellbeing takes place on Thursday 31 October and Friday 1 November 2019. It will be held at Waterview, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park.
Register here: www.cvent.com/d/f6qbkp