Professional Development Workshop Series
This workshop is designed for workers in community and health organisations and schools who regularly work with children, adolescents and/or their parents. When parents separate, it can be a difficult time for them and their children. It is normal for separating families to experience a range of strong emotions and families often need to adjust to new living arrangements.
In this workshop, you will learn about the separation process, how it impacts on parents and children and how you can assist parents, children and adolescents to manage this change within your work setting.
Areas covered include:
- The separation process including issues of loss and grief.
- The impact of separation on children.
- Children’s needs at different stages of development.
- The family law legislation and the family dispute resolution process.
- Communication between separated parents.
- Managing difficult behaviours in children.
- Managing conflict in parents.
- Processes to work with separated parents in the workplace.
- Family violence.
- Working knowledge of the separation process and the impact on families and children.
- Working knowledge of the family law system and family dispute resolution.
- The ability to identify behaviours in children resulting from separation and strategies to manage these behaviours.
- Skills in supporting parents to better manage their separation and support their children.
- The ability to identify when families need more support.
- Community organisation workers
- School staff
- Health professionals
- Youth workers
- Child and family workers
About the presenter
Natasha Belmont is a Trainer/Assessor with the Training and Development Team at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). She trains students in RAV’s Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution and the Mediation Short Course, as well as providing clinical group sessions for staff and clients. Natasha holds tertiary qualifications in Law and Psychology and has worked as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Child Consultant for a number of years.
Natasha is also an expert member of the Independent Office of School Dispute Resolution with the Department of Education and Training in Victoria, and a facilitator for the Commonwealth Ombudsman Defence Restorative Engagement program.