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Building effective relationships with parents of children with disabilities
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​Program Outline:

This program aims to lead participants towards a compassionate understanding of the possible impacts on a family following the birth of a child with a disability. The key concept of continuing (non-finite) grief is discussed, and participants are led to understand that the challenging ways parents can sometimes present may be linked to their complex feelings about their situation. The foundations of effective relationship-building strengths-based practice are discussed and a range of relationship-building communication skills are outlined. The important area of professional boundaries includes:  avoiding compassion fatigue, managing friendship with parents and confidentiality issues. The program is highly interactive and partner activities are used for skills practice.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn how to:

  • Gain an understanding of non-finite and other types of grief experienced by parents of children with disabilities.

  • Gain an understanding of possible personal and relational impacts on a family, following the birth of a child with a disability

  • Gain an understanding of the foundations of effective relationship building skills

  • Experience practice in the communication skills which facilitate effective support to parents


Presenter

Peter Cronin is a former Director of Children's Services at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. He currently conducts training programs for specialist schools on Relationship Building with Parents, Teacher Resilience, Leadership Effectiveness and Feedback. Peter has conducted leadership programs at Bastow Institute and has presented at the annual conference of Principals of Specialist Schools (PASS) on the topic of non-finite grief.

FISO:

Community Engagement in Learning

AITSL Standards:.

Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

Audience:

Educators and professionals working with parents of children with disabilities.


Dates and Times

Monday, March 19, 2018

9:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Add to Calendar3/19/2018 9:00 AM3/19/2018 4:00 PMAustralia/MelbourneBuilding effective relationships with parents of children with disabilities​Program Outline:This program aims to lead participants towards a compassionate understanding of the possible impacts on a family following the birth of a child with a disability. The key concept of continuing (non-finite) grief is discussed, an...Victorian Deaf Education Institute - 597 St Kilda Rd, MelbourneVictorian Deaf Education Institutevdei@edumail.vic.gov.au

Audience
Educators and professionals working with parents of children with disabilities.
Cost

Standard

$100

Location
Victorian Deaf Education Institute - 597 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne