Healed Not Held In Care – it takes more than love

We know that what we have been doing for the past 50 years is not working – this is evidenced by our poor statistics for children and young people in care. There is a better way and we are very pleased to share with you what is lifting outcomes across the globe. Where children are being healed not held in care.

Hurt children communicate through their behaviours, we need to be able to interpret what they are saying and what they need. We cannot continue to punish them for their behaviour.  We need to support those that spend the most time with them, their caregivers and teachers, to provide the right responses that will help them develop new neuro pathways.

They say, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ – it takes a team of professionals to work together to ensure children and young people have the best possible chance to meet their potential. We believe all professionals working with children and young people in care need to be on the same page – we need to change our practice so that we can truly make a difference. If you are a social worker, youth worker or other professional working with children and young people in care then this one-day information/training day is for you.

" I smile (inwardly) now because I can clearly recognise that Attachment Disorder is the foundation for most behavioural issues.  Being able to recognise the cause of numerous behavioural issues enables one's abilities to better manage and support the child / adult's healing processes".

Karen Browne, Caregiver Social Worker, Nga Puhi Iwi Social Services

We would like you to know what we have found works, what Caregivers are learning, so that you too can really support children and young people in care.  In this one day workshop, we will provide honest reflections from caregivers and professionals. Explore why attachment and therapeutic parenting is the way forward. Bring in international voices from those who have worked in this field and also introduce you to Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) and the PACE attitude – models of practice that we are using and evaluating.

The main learning objectives of this full day workshop are:

  • To understand Developmental (Complex) Trauma.
  • To understand why we need to change what we are doing - connection before correction.
  • For professionals to better support caregivers so they are able to heal children in care.
  • To understand the why behind children's behaviour.
  • To understand what you can do to support impacted children/young people.

How it will improve your everyday practice? 

  • Knowledge to truly understand Developmental Trauma and how this trauma has impacted on brain development for children in care.
  • Enables professionals to make informed decisions around healing for children in care.
  • Having relevant knowledge and skills to change the trajectory of children in care.
  • Being able to support caregivers to manage challenging behaviour while also staying emotionally connected to the children.
  • To develop healthy patterns of relating and communicating.

Building of relationships is important for healing trauma. This is particularly important from a bi-cultural perspective where ngā hononga (relationships) are valued for children to learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things. Central to this training is relationships, and attachment with a focus on developmental or complex trauma. This sits well within a Māori framework.

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Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre

58 Waipuna Rd Mt Wellington, Auckland

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58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland