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Coping Resilience & Hope Building, Asia Pacific Regional Conference,

Brisbane 9-11 July 2010

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FROM MEDIOCRITY TO VALUED PARTICIPATION - Robyn Culver

Robyn Culver Executive Director Community Connections Inc Working with individuals in a personalized way requires a focus that moves from what funds can purchase to a framework of strengths that focuses on what each individual wants for their life including their dreams and goals. While focusing on broad dreams of living an independent life, the approach involves picking up readily achievable goals such as learning how to use an iron. By supporting individuals to achieve small, easily achievable goals, individual confidence is enhanced to strive further. Community Connections Inc, a Canberra based NGO introduced the Better Practice Project as the result of a review of the Mature Carers Project, instigating changes that enhanced agency role in the Canberra community. This paper presents outcomes of this review including a major cultural shift within the agency that resulted in staff being hired according to their value base rather than educational qualifications. As a management strategy, it is easier to broaden staff knowledge in respect of disability and its implications such as inclusion and valued participation, but is nearly impossible to develop values which are not aligned with those inherent to the work and the mission. The results of this project in the context of young people are significantly positive.
Biodata: Robyn Culver is the Executive Director of Community Connections Inc in July 2007. Robyn has worked in both the ACT and southern and Regional NSW . Robyn delivers values based training in the field of aged and disability sectors. robyn@comcons.org.au

SUPPORTING ADOLESCENT REFUGEES THROUGH MUSIC AND ART THERAPY - Jane Griffin, Claudje Lecompte

Jane Griffin  Arts Psychotherapist, HEAL ProgramThis session will present the HEAL Program (Home of Expressive Arts Learning). This is a school-based mental health service which offers Music and Art Therapy to adolescent refugee students. HEAL aims to provide therapeutic services, research and psychoeducation which increase the possibility of culturally diverse adolescents experiencing the good mental health necessary to participate fully in the learning experience, and to enjoy life without barriers.
HEAL was established in 2004 at Milpera State High School, in Brisbane, Queensland . An Outreach Service is offered to other schools.
HEAL clients have often experienced traumatic circumstances in their refugee journey. The adolescent refugee's need for psychological support often increases along with the complexity of their circumstances. HEAL answers this need for support. Outcomes for students involved in HEAL include: Improved engagement with school; increased ability to concentrate; improved social interaction; use of creativity for self-expression; relief of trauma symptoms; enhanced subjective well-being.
Biodata: Jane Griffin is an Arts Psychotherapist and the founder of the HEAL Program. She has a background in ESL teaching, Fine Arts and Creative Arts Therapies. B.Ed, Gr. Dip. TESOL, BFA, Gr. Cert. Creative Arts Therapies, Ma. Mental Health - Art Psychotherapy, UQ School of Psychiatry, ATR. janebill@optushome.com.au

Claudje is a Developmental Guidance Officer and an Art Psychotherapist. claudje@theopenstudio.com.au

MY OWN STORY OF RESILIENCE - Duncan Williams

Dunan William modules Mura Ama WakaanaDuncan Williams identifies himself as an aboriginal person. He is a diversity trainer offen presenting on the rich diversity of the aboriginal heritage of this country.
He has brought together a training module that sensitises both mainstream communities in Australia, especially public servants and also the rest of the communities that are interested in genuine and respectful interaction with the aboriginal communities in Australia. In this conference Duncan is looking at his own growth and development and reflects on the nature of coping and development of resilience within himself. Duncan is a deeply human and spiritual person developed abilities to see and draw the best in others. Duncan's mother was instrumental in seeing that Duncan kept his contact with his nativity, culture and his people from his father's side. Duncan's maternal heritage is part Irish.
Biodata: Dunan William wrote the modules for 'Mura Ama Wakaana' cultural sensitivity training. 'Mura Ama Wakaana' literally means 'people working together'. This training package is used to sensitise public servants in Queensland about the historical and social realities of the aboriginal communities in Australia. Duncan Williams is a Senior Programme Officer in the Indigenous Employment and Training and widely trains in Queensland.. Duncan is one of the founding members of the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice. dwilliams53@bigpond.com http://www.strengthsbasedpractice.com.au/team.htm

FOUNDATION ART OF MANDALA WORKSHOP - Claudje Lecompte

Claudje Lecompte BFA, Dip Teach., Grad Dip Teach Resource, M Ed Guidance CounsellingMandalas in therapy were first used in the West by Carl Jung, who found that the act of drawing mandalas had a calming and healing effect on patients while at the same time facilitating psychic integration (Henderson, 2005)
The Foundation Art of Mandala workshop offered by Claudje Lecompte, Art Psychotherapist at The Open Studio, New Farm, looks at the traditional Tibetan mandala and some of the symbolism within the architecture or design of the mandala. The dominant elements and their meanings are translated and integrated into a model that can be used as a guided meditation or mindfulness practice, either as self-therapy or with an individual client, couple, family or group. Participants will have an opportunity to use traditional Tibetan brass tools and sand to construct their own sand mandala, or if participants want to take something home, they can use paper and crayon to draw a personal mandala.
Biodata: Claudje Lecompte (BFA, Dip Teach., Grad Dip Teach Resource, M Ed Guidance & Counselling, M MH- Art Therapy. Claudje is a Developmental Guidance Officer and an Art Psychotherapist. She has a background as an art teacher and currently combines her art and counselling experience working with primary aged students and adolescent refugees at HEAL. She is also Principal Art Psychotherapist at The Open Studio-New Farm. claudje@theopenstudio.com.au www.theopenstudio.com.au

FULL SERVICE SCHOOLS: THEIR ROLE IN CONTRIBUTING TO FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE - Megan Barnett and Susan Young

Full service schools (FSS) are in their infancy in WA, although they have been prevalent in low socio-economic areas in the U.S. and the U.K over the past two decades. Their purpose is to address the educational and social deficits children experience due to disadvantaged environments through coordination of health and welfare services either on or off site. A primary school in Armadale, WA commenced a FSM three years ago and began addressing the perceived and real deficits in both the local community and the children's educational attainment. However the FSM operated from a strengths perspective for much of that time. As such this model is considered by its proponents in Armadale to contribute to the resilience of the local community and the coping strategies of its families through working with what the people can do and know rather than solely concentrating on what they lack. While not dismissing the need to attend primarily on a school's 'core' business of ensuring children are literate and numerate, the FSM regards as essential attending to the 'whole' environment which inevitably affects children's ability to learn. This paper presents characteristics of the strengths-based FSM operating in Armadale with its achievements.
Biodata: Megan Barnett is the Principal of the Armadale school which runs the Full Service Model and a MA candidate. Dr Susan Young teaches social work at the University of Western Australia and has a long term involvement in community development. megan.barnett@det.wa.gov.au
Biodata: Dr. Susan Young and Margaret McKenzie are social work educators at the University of Western Australia susan.young@uwa.edu.au
BEING LESS OF AN ALLIED HEALTH “EXPERT”, MORE OFA “CHANGE AGENT”: STRENGTHS BASED PRACTICE, A WHOLE OF LIFE EXPERIENCE IN AUTHENTICITY - Gwen Liddle, Jenny Henley

Gwen Liddle, WHOLE OF LIFE EXPERIENCE IN AUTHENTICITYThis presentation reflects on the 7 year journey of the presenters in strengths based practice in supporting families with a child with a significant global developmental delay. In previous years, we had witnessed some “success stories” of families, but struggled to support many others who experienced social isolation, depression and burn-out in the intensive parenting role involved in the care of their child. This journey began in 2003. when we received strengths based practice training. The resulting post-training self-awareness and paradigm shift of having permission to be less of an expert and more of a helper, along with specific reflective tools, improved both parent's and therapists' perceptions of hope and noticing of change/progress. This paper presents authors experience with strengths based practice as a whole-of-life practice. (permeating personal and professional life, and being important for intra-team and authentic with-client relationships). Specific strategies and specific tools used, will be examined. Co-presenting with a family with whom we worked, we will outline and demonstrate anecdotal evidence of therapeutic outcomes from families and the team. The process described is part of a forthcoming article in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
Biodata: Gwen Liddle has been working as Occupational Therapist since 2002 in Disability Services. Prior to this Gwen has been a registered primary school teacher. gwen.liddle@communities.qld.gov.au
Biodata: Jenny Henley is a Speech Language Pathologist by training and is Facilitator in a Family Support team in Dept of Communities, Disability and Community Care Services.Jenny also holds Post graduate qualifications in education. Jenny.henley@communities.qld.gov.au
ENABLING MY STRENGTHS: DIAGNOSED WITH MS WHEN I WAS 13! - Bobby Bajram

Bobby Bajram, The MS Show, Behind Closed DoorsBobby Bajram is the youngest person in Australia ever to be diagnosed with MS at the age of 13 when he was legally blind and in a wheelchair. Bobby is now a passionate 40 year old - he is a devoted man who cares for people and is challenged to open people's minds to the possibilities available to those who are disabled. Bobby is the Voice of The Disabled and has been tremendously successful in writing and producing international TV documentaries including the The MS Show and Behind Closed Doors.

Together with a medical practitioner Dr John Tickell, a new website has been founded by a group of professional people who are passionate about educating disabled people and their carers about health, fitness and lifestyle possibilities. www.possibilitiesfordisabilities.com

BUILDING WORKER RESILIENCE AND HOPE WHEN WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX NEEDS - Paige Garland

Paige Garland, Director, Plan-it Life Pty LtdThis workshop utilises strengths-based practice to develop innovative responses to people with complex needs that are in crisis. This workshop will assist carers working with persons presenting seriously challenging behavior and/or complex medical issues. Concerns and issues around service user satisfaction with the service; successful meeting of their needs and effective management of medical conditions will be addressed. Central to this workshop is stability in the home and living conditions of the consumers of the service. Paige Garland proposes the deployment of strengths-based practice to develop flexible, innovative service responses to meet client's complex needs. She will share examples of complex casework in management from the community services sector that involves staffing and accommodation support options. The challenges of this sector and the opportunities that they offer are tabled in this workshop. This workshop is aimed at a number of professional workers that grapple with jurisdictional issues, mental health services, police, and disability service provision while responding to both the service users and their severely distressed families.
The workshop is set to explore practical solutions to complex service design and management in the field of disability servicing.
Biodata: Paige Garland has 15 years of experience including management of a wide range of community services such as accommodation support, respite, early intervention, recreation and adult community-based supports. One of her agencies grew from supporting approximately 25 clients to more than 130 clients in approximately three years during her management and received external commendations for effective service delivery. Paige (B.Bus & Com., B.Arts, Dip. Teach) is Director, Plan-it Life Pty Ltd paige.garland@plan-itlife.com
UTILIZATION OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER CARE SERVICES BY PATIENTS LIVING IN REMOTE AREAS AND DEALING WITH A CANCER DIAGNOSIS - Dr. Tristan Allsopp

Dr Tristan Allsopp, MBBS, James Cook UniversityHead and neck cancer is a disease that despite new medical therapies, still has a high mortality rate and usually causes substantial morbidity. A diagnosis such as this places significant stress on an individual's coping mechanism. Often in metropolitan areas there are numerous supportive groups including family, friends and medical agencies, all of which are utilised to a different degree by patients. In comparison, patients in rural Australia have limited access to medical services and may not have close personal supports to help deal with a life changing event.
Toowoomba Base Hospital is a rural hospital servicing an estimated population of 250,000 people in the surrounding area. Many of the patients seen in our Head and Neck unit live in these surrounding areas and up to 900 kilometres from The Toowoomba Hospital.
The isolation and rurality of many of these patients have therefore resulted in substantial difficulties in supporting these patients. Our Head and Neck Cancer Care Service has been operating for approximately 12 months, and numerous changes have been made to provide support for these patients. This presentation will look at the utilization of our cancer care service and lessons that have been learned over the past twelve months.
Biodata: Dr Tristan Allsopp, MBBS, James Cook University, has for the past two years has worked at The Toowomba Hospital. He has completed rotations in breast cancer, head and neck cancer, lung transplant and oncology. tjallsopp@gmail.com
PRIORITY ONE: MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE A MULTIFACETED APPROACH - Adam Lo

Adam Lo, occupational therapist,Logan-Beaudesert Child and Youth Mental Health ServiceThe Logan-Beaudesert Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Early Intervention Unit (EIU) focuses on delivering mental health promotion, illness prevention and early intervention (MHPPEI) services to young people between the ages of 0-18. It embraces the concept of resiliency in individuals, family units and the community, through education, resource sharing, group programs and community capacity building strategies. This presentation will illustrate how the EIU, a small team recently expanded to three clinicians, delivers a host of MHPPEI initiatives across the district. A selection of past, present and future programs delivered or co-delivered by the EIU will be discussed, such as More than the Blues (a program for young people with emerging depression), OurSpace (an initiative to support children of parents or relatives with a mental illness), the “Priority One Conference 2009” and “Unwell” (a drama performance addressing mental illness stigma in the community). The presenters hope that the presentation would be able to encourage other communities, which may not have yet been able to deliver MHPPEI initiatives, due to various reasons such as limited resources, to give it a go. It is our priority one, is it yours?
Biodata: Adam Lo as an occupational therapist at the Logan-Beaudesert Child and Youth Mental Health Service, coordinates COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness). Adam is interested art and music therapy in mental health, multicultural mental health adam.lo@health.qld.gov.au

 

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