Training & Education

Metro Central Training

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Stanwell Tops25/01/14 - 27/01/14

Pacific Communities Carers CampSynopsis:06-Dec
Miranda17/02/14

10am-1pm
RestorationSynopsis:Restoration If a child's home is safe, the best place for them to live is with their birth family. Connecting Carers NSW has developed a series of resources that explain why restoration is important and the process that families, children and carers go through when a child in out of home care is returned to his or her birth family.03-Feb
La Perouse19/02/14

10am-1pm
RestorationSynopsis:Restoration If a child's home is safe, the best place for them to live is with their birth family. Connecting Carers NSW has developed a series of resources that explain why restoration is important and the process that families, children and carers go through when a child in out of home care is returned to his or her birth family.03-Feb
Burwood 20/02/14

10am-1pm
RestorationSynopsis:Restoration If a child's home is safe, the best place for them to live is with their birth family. Connecting Carers NSW has developed a series of resources that explain why restoration is important and the process that families, children and carers go through when a child in out of home care is returned to his or her birth family.03-Feb
Croydon12/03/14 - 11/09/14

10am-12:30pm
Reparative Parenting Program (10wk course)Synopsis:This is a unique course written by the Alternative Care Clinic, Redbank House Westmead Hospital. What is Reparative Parenting? It is what you as Foster, Relative and Kinship Carers do every day – looking after a child who has suffered trauma and attachment disruption! Reparative Parenting is an attachment based group that focuses on getting the most out of your relationship with your child, while implementing appropriate and easy to understand behavioural management tools.

The programme is run over nine 2.5-hour sessions run fortnightly, with one follow-up session.
  • Understanding the impact of trauma and attachment difficulties.
  • Skills in building a firm relationship foundation with your child such as “special play” and emotion coaching.
  • Developing safety plans and plans to look after you.
  • Problem solving techniques and strategies to optimise compliance
  • Using limits to manage anxiety.
  • Relationship repair
19-Feb
Pittwater17/03/14

10am-1pm
ContactSynopsis:Contact with our immediate and extended family is important in shaping our understanding of who we are and how we fit into the world. For children in out of home care, safe contact with their birth families provides them the opportunity for forge their identity. These resources on contact, developed by Connecting Carers NSW, explain the processes involved in contact, explore parents', carers' and childrens' perspectives on family visits and provide practical strategies for carers who facilitate contact.03-Mar
La Perouse19/03/14

10am-1pm
ContactSynopsis:Contact with our immediate and extended family is important in shaping our understanding of who we are and how we fit into the world. For children in out of home care, safe contact with their birth families provides them the opportunity for forge their identity. These resources on contact, developed by Connecting Carers NSW, explain the processes involved in contact, explore parents', carers' and childrens' perspectives on family visits and provide practical strategies for carers who facilitate contact.03-Mar
Burwood 20/03/14

6pm refreshements for 6:30pm-8:30pm
Navigating social media and cyber ethicsSynopsis:This talk will explore how young people are using social media, the various ethical and safety dilemmas which arise, and what you can do to support young people in your care.03-Mar
West Ryde19/05/14

10am-1pm
Kinship Care Project and ResourcesSynopsis: Connecting Carers NSW is proud to share with Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, Kinship and Relative Carers a dedicated program that recognises the unique circumstances of kinship and relative carers. The interactive books tell the story of all the kinship carers out there, lovingly & gently parenting again. The books provide an amazing interactive reading experience for Kinship Carers, grandparents and their children. You will spend hours sharing your journey with your children through its beautiful story line, fascinating animated scenes and engaging interactions.
  • Top Reading app for Grandparents, kinship carers to share with their kids
  • This is a totally new reading experience, the books have beautiful animation with a rich narrative on each page
  • Automatically reads each page to you and allows you to control the reading
  • Enjoy the Original music, sound effects, interactive and animated features
  • Narration by Kinship carers for kinship carers
  • These remarkable stories to come to life and gives opportunity to grandparents & kinship carers to engage in open conversations with their children
05-May
Miranda21/05/14

10am-1pm
Stress Less - creating a work and life balanceSynopsis: This seminar is designed to promote greater wellbeing. The program covers time management strategies, effects of grief, relationships, parenting, burnout vs. stress and features an experiential Laughter Yoga session proven to reduce both physical and emotional stress using a guided process. 05-May
Burwood 22/05/14

6pm refreshments for 6:30pm-8:30pm
Understanding Adolescents in OOHCSynopsis:Adolescents in OOHC present carers with a wide range of challenges as they navigate this turbulent period of development.  This presentation will look at some of the more common emotional and behavioural challenges during adolescence along with some practical solutions for carers and families.  We will explore the ways in which trauma and OOHC experiences shape adolescent development and discuss ways in which these experiences can inform our care of vulnerable young people.  Finally we will conclude with a review of common adolescent mental health problems and targeted therapeutic supports.05-May
Peakhurst16/06/14

10am-1pm
Homework tips and keeping kids and young people engaged at schoolSynopsis:Growing up is a time of fun and experiencing new opportunities. For children and young people growing up also presents opportunities to build their identities for social lives, a commitment to learning and being academically capable. However it can also be a time when their motivation decreases, they start to take risks. If you find it difficult to keep kids engaged at school? Come and hear some tips from The University of Western Sydney, and share your tips on how you can assist children with their homework and help them remain engaged in education. 26-May
Woollarhra18/06/14

10am-1pm
Helping children to make sense of their lives: getting comfortable with tricky conversationsSynopsis:Helping children to make sense of their lives can go along way to supporting their resilience. This is a workshop aimed at exploring the tricky and challenging questions kids who no longer live with their birth family can ask or wonder about. "Why am I here?, Why can't I live with my real parents?, What really happened?, Why do I look different to you? Why don't I live with my brothers and sisters? Why is my sister living with mum, but I am living with you?" are all questions that can come our way. Getting comfortable in talking about the uncomfortable can help our children to know that no issue is too big to talk about. This workshop allows for an opportunity to consider our answers, explore age appropriate honesty, reflect on how to respond when a child discloses, and share ideas that have supported children to understand their experience.26-May
Burwood 19/06/14

6pm for 6:30pm-8:30pm
Sexuality and RelationshipsSynopsis:This workshop explores healthy and unhealthy relationships, the issue of sexual consent, and ways to help young people deconstruct cultural messages around relationships and sex.26-May
Galston01/08/14 - 03/08/14

Met Central CampSynopsis:1-3 Aug
Burwood10/09/14

10am-1230pm
OOHC Adoption Process - an overviewSynopsis:This information session will provide a general overview of the OOHC Adoption process – assessment, draft adoption plans, case meetings, casework tasks, approval process, consents, court report, preparation for court, Minister’s consent and filing at Supreme Court.20-Aug
Pittwater20/10/14

10am-1pm
Kinship Care Project and ResourcesSSynopsis: Connecting Carers NSW is proud to share with Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, Kinship and Relative Carers a dedicated program that recognises the unique circumstances of kinship and relative carers. The interactive books tell the story of all the kinship carers out there, lovingly & gently parenting again. The books provide an amazing interactive reading experience for Kinship Carers, grandparents and their children. You will spend hours sharing your journey with your children through its beautiful story line, fascinating animated scenes and engaging interactions.
  • Top Reading app for Grandparents, kinship carers to share with their kids
  • This is a totally new reading experience, the books have beautiful animation with a rich narrative on each page
  • Automatically reads each page to you and allows you to control the reading
  • Enjoy the Original music, sound effects, interactive and animated features
  • Narration by Kinship carers for kinship carers
  • These remarkable stories to come to life and gives opportunity to grandparents & kinship carers to engage in open conversations with their children
15-Sep
Miranda22/10/14

10am-1pm
Kinship Care Project and ResourcesSynopsis: Connecting Carers NSW is proud to share with Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, Kinship and Relative Carers a dedicated program that recognises the unique circumstances of kinship and relative carers. The interactive books tell the story of all the kinship carers out there, lovingly & gently parenting again. The books provide an amazing interactive reading experience for Kinship Carers, grandparents and their children. You will spend hours sharing your journey with your children through its beautiful story line, fascinating animated scenes and engaging interactions.
  • Top Reading app for Grandparents, kinship carers to share with their kids
  • This is a totally new reading experience, the books have beautiful animation with a rich narrative on each page
  • Automatically reads each page to you and allows you to control the reading
  • Enjoy the Original music, sound effects, interactive and animated features
  • Narration by Kinship carers for kinship carers
  • These remarkable stories to come to life and gives opportunity to grandparents & kinship carers to engage in open conversations with their children
15-Sep
Burwood 23/10/14

6pm for 6:30-8:30pm
Fostering ResilienceSynopsis:Childhood trauma and entry into OOHC fundamentally shapes the way in children understand themselves and interact with the world around them.  This presentation will look at the key role carers have in helping children develop a greater sense of ability and agency.  We will explore the term ‘resilience’ and the different ways in which this concept can be understood and applied in OOHC.  We will conclude by looking at ways in which resiliency can be fostered through a trauma informed approach, scaffolding and reparative experiences of care. 15-Sep

Sandra Kessler
Regional Coordinator

Phone: 0409 989 344
Email:metcentral@connectingcarersnsw.com.au