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Child Focused Supervision on the Run – A Time Efficient Framework for Teams

We all experience a busy workload and the pressure to do more. In a busy workplace, time reserved for supervision can be unintentionally eroded. Supervision being important for wellbeing, information sharing, and professional development. Learn to implement a time-efficient framework that enables team members to: 

  • Describe skills and knowledge they currently use with their team or a co-worker   
  • Focus on their knowledge of the child’s experience and how that shapes their work practices  
  • Extend their skills in culturally accountable child focused enquiries   
  • Describe with confidence resonant dilemmas and challenges in the work they require more input about questioning styles that invite reflective practice.  

Highly relevant for team leaders and Managers providing or wanting to provide more group and dyadic supervision for dedicated teams in the community, Domestic Violence and homelessness sector.

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Recognise and Respond to Developmental Delays in Children

When working with families and children in adverse situations, you may meet children under five years old who are potentially missing developmental milestones. Learn how to let parents or caregivers know what they can do to support their child, in a timely and respectful way, when you notice developmental delays.

This introductory course provides front line workers with knowledge, skills and resources to recognise and respond to child development concerns for families in homelessness services. Co-facilitated by a Together4Kids senior therapeutic worker and Occupational Therapist from The Benevolent Society, this training is for workers who are supporting families in emergency and supported accommodation.

In this interactive half day session you will:

  • increase your knowledge of childhood developmental milestones
  • learn how to use simple observational checklists
  • gain skills to talk to parents about how they can support their child by recommending and providing appropriate play activities and other resources
  • provide appropriate referral for children to receive professional assessment and support.

 

 

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The Garden: Train the Facilitator Therapeutic Program

Join ‘The Garden Group Program’ as a facilitator and provide opportunities for parents to share positive experiences with their infant or toddler.

Over two days, you will learn how to facilitate The Garden Group Program and apply The Garden Dyad Program. You will be provided with tips and advice on how to successfully run these intentional therapeutic child-led programs. Training includes time to practice exercises and familiarise yourself with the sessions.

Garden Group Programs, developed for parents and their infant or toddler (ages 0 – 4), use themes and activities to explore the natural environment through art, shared sensory activities, movement, play, relaxation and reflective opportunities. These programs   support parents to develop their relationship with their child through playful attachment and attunement activities. They form part of a suite of evidence-based therapeutic programs designed, by Together4Kids, for parents and their children.

This facilitator training is suitable for professionals working therapeutically with children and caregivers, including frontline and specialist workers in homelessness and family and domestic violence services, therapeutic children’s workers, and reunification and intensive family support practitioners.

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Conversations at the Kitchen Table

Build your skills in the art of talking to parents, so children can heal and thrive, as you explore seven reflective parenting conversations over two days.

Learn how to have conversations with parents or carers that enable them to focus on the child, build connection and intentionally help them to heal. Improve parents’ knowledge and skills to increase their parenting choices. Use practical exercises to help regulate ’big feelings’, such as breathing exercises designed to move children and their parent into a ‘regulated’ zone that strengthens conversations and relationships.

All participants receive a Conversations at the Kitchen Table handbook for guidance and easy reference. This A5 sized handbook is designed for front line workers to carry with them, so that at any time they can, through respectful conversation, provide information and tips to strengthen parent’s ability to focus lovingly on their children. It draws on Therapeutic Parenting Program content developed by Relationship Australia South Australia’s Post Adoption Support Service. This reflective parenting resource was designed and developed by the Together4Kids team to support for workers in the homelessness and family and domestic violence sectors.

Conversations at the kitchen table is a free course for workers from specialist homelessness and domestic violence services.

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Working Better with Nunga Kids

Working better with Nunga kids instils a deeper understanding of how to adapt your thinking and better support Aboriginal (Nunga) children. It will help build your confidence and understanding of how to support Aboriginal children and make a positive difference to families.

This full day course was developed by Aboriginal workers. Facilitators share their knowledge and skills to help you develop a culturally appropriate approach to working with Aboriginal children. They introduce participants to Healing the Aboriginal Way; the concept of spheres of Mind, Body and Spirit, the interconnectedness of these spheres, and the importance for Aboriginal people of healing all three.

Working through a trauma lens, participants develop their understanding that children’s behaviour is communication and responses to Nunga children, and their parents, must be therapeutic. Additionally, worker responses must consider the effects of intergenerational trauma and support connection and pride in culture.

Working better with Nunga kids training is free for workers from specialist homelessness and domestic violence services.

 

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