Road Trauma Families Victoria has been contacted by parents, friends and community members for peer support and assistance in relation to finding appropriate strategies to assist our youth in dealing with their anger, behaviour change, at risk behaviour and exclusion from their previous connections, after the loss of 7 young local drivers and passengers on the road.
With this identified, Road Trauma Families Victoria have organised a Wyndham Community Road Trauma Symposium, at the Wyndham Council Offices, on the 1st December 2016.
We have engaged Dr. Michael Carr Gregg, who is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists as our expert presenter to work with the adults attending.
He has worked as an academic, researcher, and political lobbyist. He is also the author of nine books including the best selling Princess Bitchface Syndrome and is working on his tenth. Michael has been using technology in the form of web-based programs, apps and wearable devices for the last five years.
He also sits on the Board of Smiling Mind, as well as being a Community Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Playgroup Victoria. He has been the Treasurer of the Australian Psychological Society Committee (Melbourne Branch) for the past five years and a member of the ePsychology special interest group for the APS. He is a columnist for a number of publications including Girlfriend Magazine and the Australian Boarding Schools Association publication LightsOut.
He is the resident parenting expert on Channel 7's Sunrise as well as psychologist for the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW. He is married with two children and is a Special Patron of the Hawthorn Football Club.
We have also engaged Youth Facilitator Vic McWaters who will work with the youth cohort using appropriate interactive activities. Viv is very innovative when working with groups, and organisations as she will disrupt patterns of thinking and acting whilst exploring serious issues playfully, even when the going gets tough – which can be all consuming. The youth participants will not be subjected to a 'talk at' experience as Viv will work with them so that they feel valued and heard.
We are very grateful for the financial assistance extended to us by TAC and the City of Wyndham.