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- Friday, 29th September 2017 -
This week, the first of the Purposeful programming in residential care workshops was presented by Martha J. Holden in Brisbane. Feedback from the workshop participants included:
  • Excellent session
  • Bridges the gap between knowledge, understanding and practice
  • … really liked the theory of change progression…
  • Great workshop
  • … I am keen to expand my knowledge in all areas of the Hope and Healing strategy
The workshop will be repeated to a ‘full house’ in Townsville on 9th October followed by Rockhampton on 12th October.

Stay tuned for further information about the next in our series of Hope and Healing Masterclasses – Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours that might be harmful to themselves and others, in a residential setting to be presented by Ian Nussey in Cairns (2nd November), Hervey Bay (9th November) and Ipswich (16th November). Registrations will open soon!

‘Just Ice?’ Symposium videos – new releases

Click on the following to view the latest releases in our series of ‘Just Ice?’ Symposium videos – The interface between mental health and ice use presented by Carmel Ybarlucea, Executive Director, Queensland Mental Health Commission and Domestic and family violence and the impact of ice presented by Belinda Cox, Communities and Partnerships Program Manager, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects.

Consent, right to information and privacy: a half-day workshop for community services 

PeakCare, QCOSS and the Quality Collaboration Network are hosting a half-day workshop on Wednesday, 18th October in Brisbane to explore common tensions and dilemmas surrounding consent, right to information, and privacy management in community-based services that work with children, young people and families. The target audience is workers with responsibilities for accreditation, certification, or information and privacy management. The flyer includes further information about the workshop venue, format, presenters, and how to register. Or just click here to register by the closing date of 12th October. Early registration is essential as places are limited.


Changes to Blue Card forms

As of Saturday, 30th September previous versions of Blue Card Services forms will no longer be accepted. The most current versions of the forms have been available on Blue Card Services website since 1st July. The most current versions of the forms state in the top right corner that they are valid for lodgement until 30th June 2018.


More than safe

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released the More than safe statement outlining the principles behind how each of us can play a part in keeping children more than safe. Print and sign a copy of the More than Safe certificate to display commitment to the campaign, and use the commitment form to reflect on what actions each organisation can take to keep children more than safe.

Youth Voices - data can only say so much

Join young people and adults who care about them to actively engage with the findings of the Youth Voices survey at the Anglicare Southern Queensland Youth Voices Workshop on Tuesday, 24th October, 10am - 3pm, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Fortitute Valley. The workshop is open to all young people aged 10-25 years, those who work with young people, those involved in policy development and delivery, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, peak body representatives and researchers. View the invite for more details and RSVP by 18th October by email to Leanne Wood.


Evidence based guidance for playgroups

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) has developed a suite of resources designed to provide evidence-informed guidance to policymakers and those planning, delivering and coordinating playgroups. The resources can be accessed here and include evidence based principles supporting the development of playgroups and evaluation guides.

Review on the evidence for early childhood education

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has produced a critical review of the leading evidence on the value of preschool for three-year-old children, especially for those from Indigenous or disadvantaged backgrounds, and the applicability of international evidence to the Australian context. The review found very limited evidence on the benefits for Indigenous children specifically, but suggests high quality preschool for sufficient hours per week would provide significant benefit in “closing the gap”. The review found that high quality early childhood education was most beneficial for the most disadvantaged children. The review concludes with seven key recommendations for improving Australian programs, including a minimum of 20-30 hours per week of participation, linking preschool curriculum through to primary school, and embedded ongoing evaluation. Access the review here.

Free youth justice webinar

Legal Aid Queensland will be delivering a free webinar on the Queensland youth justice system for community, health and education workers on Friday, 6th October at 10am. The webinar will be delivered by David Law, principal lawyer at the Youth Legal Aid team and will include an opportunity for questions. View the flyer for more details. Register here or view previous Legal Aid webinars here. To subscribe to the distribution list for upcoming webinar announcements, click here and scroll down to the "subscribe to webinars" link.

Launch of Anti-Poverty Week 2017

Australian Council Of Social Service (ACOSS) will launch Anti-Poverty Week 2017 on Sunday, 15th October at Weave Youth & Community Services in Waterloo, Sydney. The event will include a press conference and feature former Minister for Social Security, the Honourable Brian Howe AO, who led the Hawke Government’s Family Package, Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass and Professor Peter Whiteford. Register online by Wednesday, 11th October.

Registrations open for First 1000 Days Summit

Registrations and scholarship applications are now open for the First 1000 Days Australia Summit to be held Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th October at Riverside Receptions, New Farm, Brisbane. The Summit explores the importance of the first 1,000 days from pre-conception to two years of age in shaping future health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Apply for a scholarship by Monday, 4th October, or register to attend by Wednesday, 11th October. View the flyer for more details.

Applications open for Queensland Women's Week Grants 2018

2018 Queensland Women’s Week celebrations will be held from 3rd to 11th March. Applications are now open for grants of up to $3,000 for events and activities that inspire women of all ages, linguistic and cultural backgrounds to improve their health and wellbeing, and raise awareness in the community that improving women's wellbeing has benefits for families, children and the wider community. Applications can be lodged online and close 5pm Friday, 27th October.

HESTA Community Sector Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards have been announced, with fifteen finalists recognised over four categories. Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 24th October at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Buy tickets to the event here.

Gearing up for Transition to Independence Month 2017

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month) is held in November each year. It aims to raise awareness in the child protection sector and the broader community about the needs of young people as they transition from out of home care to independence each year. 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.

The mental health of trans young people in Australia

Trans Pathways is the largest study ever conducted on the state of mental health and care pathways of trans young people aged 14 to 25 years living in Australia. The study found that trans young people were at a very high risk for poor mental health, self-harming and suicide attempts. Over 90% reported experiencing body dysphoria as the most prevalent driver of poor mental health. A number of protective factors that support resilience were identified: social activities with peers and friends including volunteering and activism, recreational pursuits such as music and art, and spending time with pets. The research identified further study into the specific experiences of gender diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people is needed. Recommendations for government, service and education providers, parents and carers and peers are included. Importantly, the study acknowledged that having conversations around the issues affecting trans young people and hearing their voices are crucial ways of validating experiences and supporting needs. Access the report.

Professional development sessions for teachers
Brisbane - Monday, 16th October
Presented by Act for Kids

Act for Kids will be delivering two professional development sessions especially targeted to teachers at Wooloowin. The morning session, Social and Emotional Learning: Tools to increase student engagement in the classroom, will explore how to best support children who have experienced trauma get the most out of structured learning environments. The afternoon session, The Ins and Outs of Occupational Therapy, will explore the developmental needs of children from a trauma-informed perspective. View the flyer for more details and to register.

Consent, right to information and privacy
Brisbane - Wednesday, 18th October
Presented by PeakCare, QCOSS and the Quality Collaboration Network

This workshop explores common tensions and dilemmas surrounding consent, right to information and privacy for workers responsible for accreditation, certification or information and privacy management in community-based services working with children, young people and families. Registration is essential so make sure you don't miss out! View the flyer for more information, or register here.

Weaving the Tapestry - applying relationship based parenting approaches in family support
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th October

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

The focus of this workshop is to equip workers providing support to families with relationship-based parenting strategies and tools that can be implemented with parents to bring about safer and more secure parent-child relationships. Participants will take away practical resources to use with parents that will ultimately promote safety and  decrease risk. Find out more or register online.

Distressed or deliberately defiant?
Townsville - Friday, 27th October
Presented by Compass Seminars

This workshop for educators will explore best practice for managing student behaviour due to trauma and disorganised attachment. Grounded in attachment theory and neuroscience research, this seminar will explore why these children and young people often defy rules and authority, can sabotage even the most supportive of relationships and can continually put themselves at risk. Find out more or register now.

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

Registrations will soon be 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. Watch out for further advice about the date on which PeakCare will commence receiving expressions of interest to attend the workshop!
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.

2017 Mental Health Super Summit
Webinars -
Thursday, 5th October to Sunday, 8th October

One of Australia’s largest mental health professional development providers in collaboration with Act for Kids is hosting the 2017 Mental Health Super SummitThe Summit will be delivered via 20 live webinar sessions and as on-demand event (i.e. you can watch recorded versions of the live sessions) until Sunday, 22nd October. Attendees decide how much they want to pay to attend, with all proceeds donated to charity. This year's target is to raise $150,000 to support Act for Kids provide therapy for children who have been abused or neglected. View the full program or register now to ensure you don't miss out!

FECCA 2017 Conference
Darwin - Sunday, 8th October to Tuesday, 10th October

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) will be holding their 2017 Conference Challenges and Possibilities for Multicultural Australia at the Darwin Convention Centre. The Conference will provide opportunities to share knowledge and identify best practice and explore possibilities with a network of organisations and individuals who share the vision of a harmonious multicultural Australia, with equity for all communities regardless of cultural, linguistic, racial or religious background. View the program or register online.


Working with migrant and refugee communities in a mental health setting
Brisbane - Tuesday, 10th October

Inala Community House in partnership with JK Diversity Consultants will present this workshop to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to engage effectively with adults, children and youth from diverse backgrounds experiencing mental health issues. Click here for more details and to register.

CATSINaM National Professional Development Forum
Gold Coast - Tuesday, 10th to Thursday, 12th October

The CATSINaM Professional Development Conference will be held at the Sofitel, Broadbeach. The conference aims to work towards an integrated approach to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and highlights the difference being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by CATSINaM members. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Launch of YANQ research report
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th October

Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ) will be launching the findings of research conducted into what works to engage marginalised young people facing very difficult life circumstances back into learning. The launch will be held at the Premier’s Hall of Parliament House from 1:00 till 2:00pm. RSVP by return email to attend.

Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
Albury - Wednesday, 11th to Friday, 13th October

The 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held during Mental Health Week, and aims to explore ways to effectively prepare mental health and other rural human service professionals to meet future challenges. The symposium will feature keynote speakers including Professor James Bennett-Levy, Professor of Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing, University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast), University of Sydney, Dr Sue Hodgkin, Senior Research Fellow, John Richards Initiative, Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, La Trobe University and Ms Georgie Harman CEO, beyondblue. Click here to view the full program or register now.

Inclusive practice for children with disability
Webinar - Thursday, 12th October

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will be hosting a webinar on inclusive practice for children with disability from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, to be delivered by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn. The webinar will outline current understandings of disability and present recent research findings on the prevalence, risk and prevention of abuse for children with disability, with practice strategies for inclusive practice and creating child-safe organisations. For more details and to register, click here.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference
Brisbane - Sunday, 15th to Monday, 16th October

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference aims to respond to issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. Keynote speakers include: Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson from We Al-li Trust, Dr. Chris Blodgett from Washington State University, Professor Michael Gregory from Harvard Law School, Associate Professor Phil Riley from Monash University, Professor Pamela Snow from La Trobe University, and Dr Judith Howard from Queensland University of Technology. View the program for further details on topics and speakers, or register online.


Supporting people with disabilities experiencing mental health issues 
Caboolture - Monday, 16th October

Community Living Association and WWILD-SVP Association will be delivering a workshop for professionals, support workers and social work/psychology and human services students interested in improving their knowledge and skills in supporting people with intellectual and learning disabilities experiencing mental health issues and disorders. The workshop utilises the bio-psycho-social and community-based mental health model to support people experiencing dual disability. View the flyer for more details. The workshop will also be held in Townsville on Thursday, 26th October.

Guiding children's behaviour webinar
Webinar - Wednesday, 18th October

In Safe Hands Educators in Safety will be presenting a webinar for dealing with aggression and behavioural issues for children aged 2-5 years and their parents. Find out more and register here.

Child Inclusive Practice Forum
Adelaide - Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th October

Less than a month to go until Family and Relationship Services Australia's 2017 Child Inclusive Practice Forum to be held Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. This year's theme is We’re all in this together, recognising the journey that parents and children and practitioners from across the field take through the process of resolving separation disputes. View the full program here or register to attend.

I Care 2: Leading groups for the sons and daughters of carers
Richmond - Friday, 20th October
Berry Street Childhood Institute and Salvation Army Westcare are presenting a workshop for services wanting to facilitate 'I Care 2' groups in their foster care programs. 'I Care 2' is a preparation and training course for children of families who wish to foster. The program has been developed to better equip the sons and daughters of foster carers with the responsibilities associated with caring. Find out more or register here.


ACOSS National Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 24th to Wednesday, 25th October

The ACOSS National Conference will provide an opportunity for community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience to come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. Indigenous writer, actor and director, Nikkiah Lui will host the event, which will also announce the winners of the HESTA Community Sector Awards. Entertainment will include The Baker Boys Band. View the program or book tickets now to attend.

International Life Course Conference 2017
Sydney - Tuesday, 24th to Thursday, 26th October

The second International Life Course Conference brings together policy makers, international experts and researchers to showcase the latest ideas, theories and interventions for tackling the problem of social disadvantage over the life course. This conference presents a unique opportunity for anyone working in or reporting on the area of social disadvantage to bring themselves up to date with the latest research. Find out more or register to attend.

Promoting Attachment and Resilience in Home Based Care - An introduction to the secure based model
Richmond - Wednesday, 25th October

The secure base model of therapeutic caregiving was developed by Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr Mary Beek from the Centre for Research on Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, UK. Based on attachment and resilience theory and research, the model provides a positive and practical framework for understanding and assessing children’s needs, and for enabling and supporting carers to meet those needs. During this workshop, Professor Schofield will explain the Secure Base model and its applications to practice and there will also be opportunities for participants to discuss how the model could be useful in their work with children and carers. Find out more or register online.

Disaster recovery forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is hosting the Queensland Community Recovery Forum to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for building resilience in communities following natural disasters. The Forum aims to explore the economic relationship of business investment in community wellbeing strategies and the social and economic impact disasters have on community wellbeing. The Forum will be held  at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find out more and register.


Rob Jackson volunteer management workshops
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th October

Volunteering Queensland will host UK Volunteer Management expert Rob Jackson for two workshops and a networking lunch. Workshop 1 will look at some of the key ways in which society is changing and how these changes affect volunteerism and discuss what leaders of volunteers can do to update their practices to accommodate these changes, further enhancing their engagement and retention of 21st century volunteers. Workshop 2 will look at the phenomenon that is social media and how it can be used to strategically communicate to teams and recruit new volunteers. Discounted pricing is available for attending all three events. Find out more or register online.

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.


QCOSS 2017 State Conference
Brisbane - Tuesday, 31st October to Wednesday, 1st November

The 2017 QCOSS State Conference – Dream it. Do it. will be held at The Gabba. The conference will shine the spotlight on people who have reached their goals by thinking ‘outside the box’. Keynote speakers include Belinda Bell from Cambridge Social Ventures at Cambridge Judge Business School in the UK and Richard Dennis of The Australia Institute. Day one will offer plenary and concurrent sessions focusing on QCOSS’ four focus areas of place-based approach; citizen-led policy development; cost-of-living advocacy; and sector capacity and capability building. Day two will offer a choice of masterclasses. Visit the conference website for details and to register.

Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 1st November to Thursday, 2nd November
Early bird 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.
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.
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. Early bird prices end Friday, 6th October. 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.
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'. Take part in the biggest family and relationship services sector conference and register and fully pay for registration before 5pm Saturday, 30th September to go into the draw to have your registration refunded so you can attend the conference for free! For more details, visit the website.

AASW National Symposium 2017
Hobart, TAS - 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 Convention and Exhibition Centre. Read more or register now.

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

The official program has now been launched for the 3rd annual 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference with over 120 workshops, speakers and presentations. The program is recognised by many organisations for Continual Professional Development (CPD) points, and all attendees will be able to view all speaker podcasts and PowerPoint presentations after the conference. Confirmed 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. Scholarships to attend the conference are open until Monday, 30th October. Register to attend the conference now; early bird prices end Monday, 23rd October.

AIFS 2018 Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July 2018

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. The 2018 AIFS Conference will be held  at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference is accepting abstracts until Friday, 8th December. Register here or sign up to the Conference newsletter to receive all the details as they become available.


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