The Organising Committee is pleased to announce a number of pre-Conference workshops to be held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. These have been planned to complement the full program and are available to registered delegates of the Conference. We encourage you to book early as places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please register for the below workshops via the Registration Form.


WORKSHOP ONE: Therapeutic Life Story Work

PresenteD BY Richard Rose

Time: 0900-1700hrs (full day workshop)
Cost: $295 inc GST for standard delegates / $195 inc GST for trainees/allied health staff
Inclusions: Workshop sessions and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Workshop details...

This workshop provides an introduction to ‘Therapeutic Life Story Work’, an approach that assists children and young people who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect, or who are struggling with other pain of past experiences. The approach enables them to reflect, develop compassion for themselves and move on. Richard will provide participants with an in depth understanding of the Life Story process and how they can utilise this approach to help young people make sense of the past, so that what has happened to them does not dominate, control or inhibit the present.

Some of the key content areas Richard will present include:

  • The theoretical underpinnings of Life Story Therapy
  • A range of tried and tested techniques that have been proven to be successful in assisting children to communicate their trauma
  • Working with the ‘stuck child’
  • The importance of identity and meaning and the significance of ‘magical thinking’
  • Techniques for developing a Life Story Book
  • Ideas for integrating Life Story work with existing practice models and traditional ‘talking therapies

Richard Rose (MBA, BPhil, PQCCA, PGSWE, CQSW) is the Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services in the United Kingdom and Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Richard is the author of ‘Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children- A Model for Practice’ and undertakes consultancy and training internationally on Life Story Therapy and working with ‘hard to reach’ children and adolescents. Richard continues to work with children and their carers in out of home care and family placements with the aim of helping these placements to become healthy and nurturing for all involved.

WORKSHOP TWO: Managing Co-Morbid Mental Health Challenges among Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Time: 0900-1230hrs (half day)
Cost: $170 inc GST for standard delegates / $100 inc GST for trainees/allied health staff
Inclusions: Workshop sessions and morning tea

Workshop details...

The objective of this workshop is to review recent evidence on the presentation, assessment and management of co-morbid mental health challenges among children and youth with ASD. We will discuss in detail the management of ADHD, anxiety disorders and depression across the life span. There will be ample opportunity for participants to present particular cases and for the group to discuss treatment options.

WORKSHOP THREE: Good Quality Education in Early Childhood: Examination of Evidence and Discussion of how to Implement Best Practices

Presented by Edward Melhuish