But being consistently PACEful can be challenging. Especially when working or living with young people whose adverse childhood experiences have altered their trust of adults and their intentions. Their heightened emotions, mistrust and behaviour, can in turn affect how adults care for them and themselves. Preventing blocked care and further disruptions importantly requires self-care and reflective space for adults to maintain a PACEful attitude. By helping participants to understand and respond to the impact of relational trauma on both the young person and the adult, the workshop aims to reduce the spiral of failed relationships suffered by many young people who have been removed from their birth families.
In this two-day workshop the focus is on PACE in action, by giving you the foundations to support your development and motivation to use the PACE attitude. It is aimed at a wide range of professionals and adults who work with, teach, support and provide care for children and young people who have experienced the damaging effects of abuse, neglect and disruption. This includes foster and kinship carers, birth families and parents, workers supporting birth families and foster and kinship placements, residential care staff, youth workers, teachers/educational staff, as well as professionals working within Child Safety, Youth Justice and other support roles. Reading materials, video clips and activities support and reinforce each area covered.
- Introduction and connections
- Cultural issues and the Australian context
- Brain Development
- PACE: what it is and isn't
- What stops us being PACEful? - blocked trust and fear of connection
- PACE in action
- More things that stop us being PACEful? - shame, values & attitudes
- Blocked Care
- Self Care
- PACE in action
Following the workshop you are invited to access 2 hours (2 x 1 hour) of online coaching to help build your confidence and connect you with others using PACE. Participants must complete the workshop and two coaching sessions to receive a certificate. Four dates are available and you will be asked at the workshop to choose two as listed below:
- Monday 4th, or Friday 8th, or Wednesday 13, or Tuesday 19 November from 9am - 10am
Presented by: Lorren Arezio. Lorren is a Brisbane-based Registered Psychologist and Australia's first DDP Consultant. Her professional experience across Government, Non-Government and private practice has enabled her to understand first hand the many struggles and issues faced by children and families in out of home care. She discovered DDP many years ago and found it to be the most effective way of creating enough safety to support positive growth for children, young people and families, regardless of their circumstances, and in helping them to heal and grow. She is excited about the launch of the DDP PACE training to equip others to support positive growth in vulnerable children and young people. She is a DDP PACE Trainer (supported by DDPI). DDP PACE Training was initially developed in the UK by DDP Connects UK and is now overseen by DDPI who supports DDP PACE Trainers. This 2 day training has been developed specifically for Australia by Australian DDP Practitioners in consultation with DDPI.