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- Friday, 27th October 2017 -

PeakCare is pleased to announce the release of the ‘Over 1,000 Voices’ Survey report. Undertaken as part of the Hope and Healing Professional Development Strategy, the ‘Over 1,000 Voices’ survey was completed by 547 respondents or approximately 44% of Queensland’s residential care workforce. Almost 70% of respondents to the survey were frontline workers. The survey findings are important as they capture the voice of residential care staff on issues that matter.

The findings provide insight into:

  • qualifications of residential care staff
  • trauma-informed training attended by residential care staff
  • level of confidence of staff in implementing trauma-informed therapeutic practice, and
  • challenges faced by staff in working with trauma-impacted children and young people.

Results from the survey are being used to inform a range of workforce issues and to assist the Hope and Healing professional development strategy in meeting the identified training needs of workers. PeakCare sincerely thanks everyone who participated in the survey. These results provide a baseline understanding of trauma-informed approaches in residential care from which to build.

Read the report.

Release of two more ‘Just Ice?’ Symposium videos

PeakCare is pleased to release two more recordings from our ‘Just Ice’ Symposium Video Series. They include: · The personal journey to family drug support presented by Tony Trimingham, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Family Drug Support Australia, and · The opening address delivered on Day two of the symposium presented by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
 

New foster carer recruitment campaign

A new foster carer recruitment campaign has been launched. The government campaign profiles nine different foster carer families who share their experiences of the challenges and rewards that come from opening their hearts and homes to some of Queensland's most vulnerable children. Visit the website for more details.
 

Free breakfast event on contemporary trends in parenting support

The Parenting Research Centre will be running a free breakfast event for policymakers, researchers and practitioners in Brisbane on Thursday, 9th November covering contemporary thinking on parenting support and its importance to service delivery and policy development. RSVPs close today, Friday 27th October so don't miss out! Acting CEO Ms Annette Michaux and Executive Director of the Raising Children Network Associate Professor Julie Green will share their insights on ways of thinking about parenting support, types of parenting support practice and platforms and use of evidence in improving outcomes for children. For more details view the event listing or register now!
 

SNAICC National Conference 2017

The 7th SNAICC National Conference held in September focused on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to grow up safe, healthy and strong in their families and communities. The conference theme ‘Bring Them Home: Securing the rights of our children’ served to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them home report, which documented the experiences of the Stolen Generations. The conference was an opportunity to consider the progress made since the report’s release and to explore how outcomes can be improved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Read more.

 

New multilingual phone call service

Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC) in partnership with Red Cross is launching a new free service called I Speak Your Language for people who are feeling lonely or may be isolated across Queensland and would like to speak in their own language. Volunteers will be available to give a friendly open ended phone call about once a week to people who would like to receive one. Languages currently available include Spanish, Korean, Italian, Thai, Farsi, Turkish, Hungarian and others, subject to demand. To sign up to the service, email TroyN@mccgc.com.au or phone (07) 5527 8011 or visit the website.
 

Survey for practitioners on meeting the needs of young people with sexually abusive behaviours

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) are seeking to map the current service responses for adolescents (10–17 years of age) with sexually abusive behaviours to develop a detailed understanding of effective interventions and the contextual factors affecting implementation. AIFS are seeking program managers and service practitioners/clinicians to complete this online survey about how young people’s needs are being met through various therapeutic practices. Participants will have the opportunity to talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what could be done better. Complete the survey to have your input. 
 

NDIS Partners in the Community Program applications open

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced that applications are open for NDIS Partners in the Community in identified areas of Queensland. In Queensland the NDIA is seeking Partners to deliver Early Childhood Early Intervention services and/ or Local Area Coordination services. The funding round for Queensland closes at 2pm on Wednesday, 22nd November. Visit the website for more details and to apply.
 

Funding available for community organisations delivering Skilling Queenslanders for Work project

Funding is available under the First Start program for community-based non-profit organisations to offer opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally recognised qualifications and 12 months employment by undertaking a traineeship. First Start currently provides wage subsidies to local councils and community organisations to employ additional trainees. Visit the website for more details and to apply.


Abstracts closing soon for Doing School Differently Conference 2018

The Doing School Differently National Flexible and Inclusive Education Conference 2018 will be held at the Gold Coast 28th - 29th June 2018, and will bring together educators, researchers, policy makers and young people who are committed to developing and sustaining successful educational opportunities and pathways for young people who have experienced barriers to education. Abstracts are invited from anyone across Australia who has knowledge and insights about flexible and inclusive education to share with others working, studying or researching in this sector. This includes young people/students who wish to submit a proposal to present at the conference. Abstracts must be submitted online, and submissions close Monday, 6th November. 
 

Valuing masculine and feminine energies free event

The Health and Community Workforce Council is delivering a free event to discuss creative ways of thinking about how to balance and leverage the strengths of masculine and feminine energies in life and work, presented by Rebecca Livesey. For more details and to register, visit the website.
 

Working with Men Conference 2018

Working with Men to End Family Violence Conference 2018 will be held in Sydney 13th - 14th February 2018. Working with men is vital to ensuring the safety of women and children and, ultimately, ending family violence. This is Australia's only conference focused on working with men. The conference will explore ways to enhance primary prevention, optimise men's behaviour change programs, improve work with Indigenous men and communities, increase collaboration, coordination and integration. View the brochure for more information or register to attend and take advantage of early bird pricing.


HSQF implementation update on women's shelters

Responsibility for specialist homelessness services for women and children escaping domestic and family violence has transitioned from the Department of Housing and Public Works to the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in response to the Not Now, Not Ever Taskforce report. Services transferred will continue to operate under their current contractual arrangements until notified by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) about any changes to HSQF requirements. Find out more.
 

Keeping children safe this Halloween

In Safe Hands Educators in Safety have provided a brief guide for practitioners and parents to help children feel safe while participating in Halloween activities this year. The guide provides advice how to respond to young children feeling frightened and confused by the 'scary' atmosphere, how to discuss emotions with older children, and how to support children to identify risks when talking to strangers while trick or treating. Access the guide.

Initiatives in response to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause irreversible damage to the foetus, resulting in conditions referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is a non-diagnostic catch all term for the range of disabilities that result from alcohol exposure during pregnancy. Read more.

 
If you have contributions you'd like to donate to the Ice Bank, or know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the spotlight, please contact Lorraine Dupree.

Evidence on the first 1,000 days of life

The Centre for Community Child Health and Murdoch Children's Research Institute have published a research paper as part of the Strong Foundations: Getting it Right in the First 1000 Days Initiative on the latest evidence regarding the significance of the first 1000 days and the factors influencing development. A key finding of the research was that a foetus uses information from the mother’s physical and mental state to ‘predict’ the environment they will be born into, and adapts accordingly. This adaptation can be either beneficial or detrimental if 'programmed' to respond to prolonged adversity. The paper concludes that to reach their full potential, children need loving caregivers, safe communities, secure housing, access to green parklands, environments free from toxins, and access to affordable, nutritious foods, pointing to the requirement for a holistic social matrix to support their development. Access The first thousand days: an evidence paper.
 

Resource for talking to young people about suicide and mental health 

In response to the Netflix program, 13 Reasons Why, Headspace has developed a factsheet for educators and parents to guide conversations with young people about suicide and mental health issues. The program is about a young woman who commits suicide after outlining 13 ‘reasons’ for her death. The factsheet sets out some of the concerns that have been raised about the program and makes suggestions about how to respond to these appropriately. Access the factsheet.


Practitioner resource on institutional safeguarding for children with disability 

Child Family Community Australia has developed the practitioner resource Understanding safeguarding practices for children with disability when engaging with organisations, acknowledging that many children with disability live in or experience daily closed institutions away from the oversight of the broader community. The paper includes recommendations for achieving child-safe organisations, including ensuring that children with disability and their families are better informed and educated; recognising the importance of listening to children's voices; embracing a community of practice approach; addressing the need for change at an institutional level; scope for evaluation of programs; the need for national prevalence data; and policy implications. 
 

Addressing family violence in Indigenous communities

The policy paper Strong Families, Safe Kids: Family violence response and prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families was launched at the SNAICC Conference in September. The paper articulates guiding principles for practitioners attempting to understand and address the impact of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are significantly more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous people. The paper includes six recommendations for addressing family violence and the resulting individual and communal trauma, based on embedded cultural healing and actioned by community-controlled organisations.

Understanding Domestic and Sexual violence across Migrant and Refugee communities
Brisbane - Monday, 30th October
Presented by Inala Community House
and JK Diversity Consultants

This half day workshop will highlight the intersection between domestic and sexual violence and its impact on the lives of migrant and refugee women, examining how culture, ethnicity and religion impact on communities’ understanding of domestic and family violence. View the flyer for more details and to register.


Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours
Three locations - throughout November
Presented by Ian Nussey

Registrations are open for the Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours that might be harmful to themselves and others, in the residential care setting workshop to be presented by Ian Nussey as part of PeakCare's Hope and Healing Masterclass Series. The workshop will be held in three locations - Cairns (2nd November), Hervey Bay (9th November) and Ipswich (16th November). Click here to access and distribute a print-friendly flyer. Click here to submit an expression of interest to attend the workshop. Registrations close Thursday, 26th October or when available places are filled.

Digging Deeper - risk assessment and strengths-based family work
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd November

This workshop ‘digs deeper’ into the question of risk assessment, reviewing contemporary understandings of the concepts and skills critical to risk assessment and exploring how to successfully enact these in practice while working to engage with families around the safety of their children.  The complexities of this work are enormous, as is the responsibility to ‘get it right’. Find out more or register now.

 
The Forgotten Known Stage 2 - Further development of attachment theory in practice
Brisbane - Thursday, 9th November
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This full-day workshop is designed for those who have attended the core Forgotten Known workshop and who wish to further their skills and develop tools for working with clients who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions. The workshop will also examine how the workers own attachment history and self-knowledge impacts on the client/worker relationship. Attendance at the core ‘Forgotten Known’ workshop is a prerequisite for attendance at this workshop. This is relevant for social workers who have direct contact with clients who have experienced complex trauma and attachment disruptions. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge that is gleaned from attachment and trauma experts such as Dan Siegal, Bruce Perry, Bryan Post, Circle of Security and Karyn Purvis. Find out more.
 

The PASE model in your organisation
Brisbane - Tuesday, 14th November
Presented by Amovita

This forum considers a PASE implementation plan, the process of integration and how to evaluate the implementation framework. The forum includes a question and answer session, enabling organisations to gain further understanding about how to implement their supervisory program and provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the successes and review improvements. The forum reviews how to engage resources and tools over the first 12 months of implementation, how to evaluate successful supervision and build a culture that sustains quality supervisory outcomes. Find out more and register here.
 

Who is the client? Reflecting on the complexity of Child Protection and Family Support practice in the context of the intersection with Domestic and Family Violence
Brisbane - Friday, 17th November

Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers and PeakCare Queensland

This Forum by the AASW/PeakCare Practice Group aims to respond to the specific complexities involved in working within the context of child protection, family support and domestic and family violence. Forum presenters and participants will collectively unpack the questions of how we all respond to the complexities of a focus on clients whilst also considering the many associated relationships in each individual’s life. Find out more and register here.
 

Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Toowoomba - Monday, 27th November to Tuesday, 28th November
Presented by Compass Seminars

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) offers professionals an efficient, user-friendly and research-supported approach that is responsive to the practical realities of working with young people and adults. The role of counsellors, and other professionals rests largely on the ability to interact with people in ways that emphasises individuals’ strengths/resources, identifies possible solutions and supports movement to change. Find out more or register now. The workshop will also take place in Townsville on Wednesday, 29th November.

Enhancing Practice in Child Sexual Abuse Work: A Case Formulation Approach - a masterclass with Richard Rose and Robert Tucker
Richmond - Monday, 30th October

This masterclass hosted by Berry Street Childhood Institute will focus on using a case formulation approach when undertaking sexual abuse work in family contexts. Taking a practical approach participants will learn more about case formulation applied to case management, treatment planning and therapeutic care. Find out more and register here.
 

Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 1st November to Thursday, 2nd November

Registration is now open for the inaugural Queensland Gendered Violence Prevention Forum. The Forum is designed for practitioners working in the fields of gendered violence, including those who work with survivors, families, and children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, and perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence. Early bird prices end Monday, 2nd October. View the preliminary program or register online now.
 

Interagency Child Protection Symposium
Brisbane -
Thursday, 2nd November to Friday, 3rd November

The Child Protection Interagency Committee is comprised of a diverse range of agencies involved in child protection services in Queensland, including Children’s Health Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland Police, Department of Education and Training, Queensland Family and Child Commission, Office of the Public Guardian, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, PeakCare Queensland, CREATE Foundation, Foster Care Queensland, Life Without Barriers, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, and Legal Aid. This year's Symposium More than the Sum Of its Parts, Interagency Collaboration: Connecting the dots for our young people will focus on how best to support adolescents in out-of-home-care. Find out more or register now.
 
Child protection - the law and how Legal Aid Queensland can help
Webinar - Wednesday, 8th November

This is a free webinar for community, health and education workers delivered by Tamaryn Townshend, Skye Mackenzie and Sandra Mohr-Edgar in the Legal Aid Children and Young People team. The webinar will include an overview of the child protection system in Queensland, LAQ guidelines to increase access to legal representation for child protection matters and a live Q&A. Register now or for information on upcoming webinars, visit the Legal Aid Information for community workers and carers page.


Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach
Brisbane - Thursday, 9th and Friday, 10th November

The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative” of body language is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. This two-day workshop will explore the body as a target of therapeutic action and is delivered by Path Ogden, phD, who founded an internationally recognised school specialising in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. Read more or register now.

 
Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 13th November

Parentshop will be delivering this one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations had with parents in child protection. The workshop helps busy professionals to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where a clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. View the registration form for more details!


National Employment Solutions Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 16th November to Friday, 17th November

The National Employment Solutions Conference will examine the changing face of work and the workplace and its impacts. The conference will examine challenges, opportunities, trends and issues that relate to innovative employment solutions, featuring over 45 presentations from industry experts. The full program has now been released. All presentations will be available as podcasts after the Conference, ensuring no one has to miss out! Topics include: tomorrow’s digitally enabled workforce; the future of disability employment; how young is too old? the downward creep of ageism; spatial patterns and drivers of Australia’s future economic landscape; looking back to the future: Migrants working in Australia. Find out more and register at the website.

 
How to enjoy being on a committee
Toowoomba - Tuesday, 21st November 

Be involved and understand the legal and ethical requirements of being on a committee. This presentation will explore the structures of a committee or board, the roles people can undertake, legal and ethical compliance, strategic planning and meeting etiquette. View more information or book now.

 
2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd November

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. The 2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will focus on the importance of youth as champions for change. The breakfast will feature a panel of community leaders led by Kay McGrath OAM discussing the positive role men can play in preventing violence, the importance of teaching respectful attitudes and behaviours from an early age, and how we can educate today’s youth to champion change for future generations. Purchase your ticket now.


Authentic Engagement: The nature and role of relationships at the heart of effective practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 22nd November

ARACY will be hosting the second in a series of parent-engagement 'lunchtime learning' webinars, delivered by Dr Tim Moore, developmental psychologist at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The webinar will explore how best to achieve effective parent engagement by building strong relationships with educators, and will include an interactive Q&A session. Register here.


FRSA National Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th November

The 2017 Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference Connecting the Dots: Creating Wellbeing for All is an opportunity to promote creative ways to strengthen wellbeing across the family life course - by connecting the individual 'dots'. Senator Louise Pratt MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities will deliver the opening keynote address. For more details, visit the website.
 

QCOSS 2017 AGM
Brisbane - Wednesday, 29th November

The QCOSS AGM will take place over breakfast at Souths Leagues Club Head Office, Davies Park, Jane Street, West End. Guest speaker Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner will be speaking. Elections will also be held for two positions to the Board. Find out more and register to attend on the QCOSS website.

 

AASW National Symposium
Hobart - Thursday, 30th November to Saturday, 2th December

The Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium (AASW) 2017 will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. The theme of the symposium is ‘Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change.’ With over 25 professional development and networking sessions and delegates from all over Australia, the symposium will be a unique opportunity to share current practice knowledge and work experiences, and network with the social work sector’s peers. Registrations are now open.

 
Trauma, the Brain and Biology: Foundations and Treatment of Trauma
Brisbane - Friday, 30th November to Saturday, 1st December

Traumatised people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves. Learn about the neurobiology of traumatic stress and adaptations that hide the 'self' in this two-day workshop delivered by clinical psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MD at the Brisbane Convetion and Exhibition Centre. Read more or register now.
 

What works in therapy: Translating 40 years of outcome research into strategies for effective clinical practice
Melbourne - Saturday, 1st December

This training workshop will be hosted by Relationships Australia Victoria. The event will feature international guest Scott D Miller, counselling psychologist, author and co-founder of the International Centre for Clinical Excellence. Drawing upon 40 years of research, this workshop will offer evidence-based factors responsible for therapeutic success, empirically-supported practices and skills to enhance therapeutic outcomes, methods for assessing and enhancing therapeutic relationships with clients and progressing in treatment. Click here for more information and to register.


STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Melbourne - Monday, 4th to Wednesday, 6th December

The official program has been launched for the 3rd annual 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference with over 120 workshops, speakers and presentations. Day 1 Keynote speakers include Julie Inman Grant, Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Office of Children’s eSafety Commission, Ms Jennifer Hoffman, Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, Western Australia, Dr Rae Kaspiew, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Assistant Commissioner, Dean McWhirter, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police, Ms Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria and Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University. All attendees will be able to view all speaker podcasts and PowerPoint presentations after the conference. Scholarships to attend the conference are open until Monday, 30th October. Register to attend the conference now; early bird prices end Monday, 23rd October.
 

Yarning Up on Trauma
Richmond - Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th December

Yarning Up on Trauma is an intensive five day course presented by Berry St Childhood Institute for those who want to learn practical ways to better work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities that have experienced individual trauma, family trauma, community trauma and historical/cultural trauma. Yarning Up on Trauma uses a holistic model to understand trauma which is in contrast to many Western perspectives which focus primarily on the traumatised individual. In working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, it is necessary to consider not only the impact of trauma on the individual but also on their families, community and culture. Find out more or register now.
 

Visit the Events page on our website for other opportunities in the sector. You can also email your Professional Development opportunities so that we may promote them through future editions of eNews.

Immediate Supported Accommodation Worker – Kingston East Neighbourhood Group

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) are seeking an experienced Housing Support Worker to work with the local community within their integrated service model in the Immediate Supported Accommodation Program. The person for this position will have experience in providing holistic and individualised case management support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, possess excellent communication and IT skills, have a strong understanding of the housing and homelessness sectors, tenancy issues, relevant legislation and hold the appropriate tertiary qualifications. The position is permanent part time, 36 hours per fortnight and paid under the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Industry Award 2010, at Level 4.1. Find out more.
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