Date(s) - 29/08/2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Carrington

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Would you like to spend a day in Katoomba with esteemed, skilled and fascinating presenters and like-minded colleagues, in the timeless glamour of the Carrington Hotel?

Would you like to spend a day learning about edgy and practical ways clinicians have been applying family therapy and family friendly skills in challenging contexts?

Would you like to engage in a boutique learning experience where relationships formed between participants is just as exciting as those you form with presenters?

Then come to the:ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM: FAMILY WORK IN RURAL COMMUNITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS AND CHANGE. Hear about many innovative approaches and programs that you may adapt to your context, in a day well balanced by rich and diverse presenters, including:

Title : Open Dialogue principles in clinical practice: A way to go on during crisis and change

Presented by Judith Brown

Judith Brown PhD
Judith is a senior social worker and family therapist in a tertiary level child and adolescent mental health clinic. She enjoys reflecting and writing on theory and clinical practice, presents and publishes nationally and internationally, and recently completed PhD research on the effect of psychological and emotional abuse within families. Since observing the clinical practice of Open Dialogue in Finland in 2011, Judith has engaged with, taught and written on Open Dialogue and dialogical practice in family therapy and research. She is internationally trained to supervise & train clinicians in this approach.

Title : Connecting Rural People to the Help They Need: RAMHP’s role in supporting rural communities through adversity.
Presented by Tessa Caton and Sonia Cox

Tessa Caton is the Program Manager for the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program. Tessa is responsible for the strategic management of 19 RAMHP Coordinators located across rural NSW, whom identify and connect people to the support they need for their mental health. Prior to taking on her role as RAMHP’s Program Manager, Tessa spent nearly 7 years in healthcare consulting for Deloitte, working across Australia and Canada. During her time at Deloitte Tessa specialised in, social policy planning, evaluation and health services planning.

Sonia Cox is the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator for the Lithgow LGA. Sonia’s role is to link people to local mental health services and resources, to educate workplaces and communities about mental health and wellbeing and to respond in times of natural disasters and severe adversity.  Prior to working for RAMHP, Sonia has spent thirty years working in health and community services in the Lithgow LGA.  Sonia is dedicated to making sure people in rural and remote NSW know who to turn to for services they need and to be supported in accessing these services. Sonia’s major focus has always been to improve mental health and wellbeing and to facilitate community development.

Title : Developing and keeping reflection in our practices when resources are scarce
Presented by Susan Blinkhorn

Dr Susan Blinkhorn is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a commitment to public mental health services for rural and regional people. She has worked in the Central West of NSW, based in Orange, since 1994 in a range of roles. Currently she is Director, Infant Child Youth and Family Mental Health, Western NSW LHD.

We will have 7 minutes and 7 slides to showcase exciting community initiatives from across NSW and Australia that bring families and communities together

Venue | The Carrington 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW
Cost : AAFT Members –  $130.00
            Non-Members – $150.00

Limited Places Available

Glenise Shelley – 0447 486 025
Annette Coulter  – 0408 822 080  annettecoulter@bigpond.comSpecial Accomodation Rates apply for delegates attending who book accommodation at The Carrington.

Katoomba offers a wide variety of accommodation for delegates in the village of Katoomba close to the Carrington Hotel.
Transport – Train station is located 5 minutes from The Carrington Hotel.
Parking – The Carrington Hotel has parking on site. Other free parking options are available in the village of Katoomba.