Grasping the Nettle:
A therapeutic approach to contact in out-of-home care
DATE: Friday 23rd March 2018
TIME: 9.30 am TO 4.30pm. Registration and Coffee from 9 am
VENUE: PARRAMATTA RSL CLUB, Cnr Macquarie and O’Connell Sts, Parramatta
COST: $352 (GST incl) Full time students receive a 20% discount - a copy of your current student card needs to be sent with your registration form.
SUPER EARLY BIRD: 20% discount for those people registering and paying in full by
23rd January 2018 NOW EXTENDED TO 26th JANUARY
EARLY BIRD: 10% discount for those people registering and paying in full by 23rd February 2018
Speaker: Dr Brendan New, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Brendan New has over 15 years’ experience working in the field of complex childhood trauma and has worked in a range of child welfare and mental health roles in Australia and internationally. He has extensive experience working with child protection and out-of-home care populations and is a passionate advocate for change in these fields.
Brendan works in a senior role as a Clinical Psychologist in a CAMHS service in Sydney and has authored a number of workshops, resources and models of care for use with complex trauma populations.
This workshop will look at the often confounding topic of contact within out-of-home care (OOHC). It is widely accepted that children in care benefit when contact with birth families goes well. However, there is very little consensus as to what ‘good enough’ contact looks like.
This workshop aims to help practitioners develop a therapeutic approach to contact that reflects the complex parent-child relationships and professional systems present within OOHC. The day includes self-reflective and small group exercises and incorporates a structured supervision tool for participants to adapt training to their day-to-day practice.