Youth Work Professional Development Forum
Youth Work Professional Development Forum
A professional development day for professionals working with young people in the outer south east of Melbourne.
Date: Friday 28th October
Time: 9:00 am - 12.30 pm
Location: Casey Civic Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren
Keynote Speaker - Maggie Hill - Head of Public Affairs for Foundation for Young Australians
The workplace, as we know it, isn’t long for this world. Across the globe, massive changes in technology, demographics and globalisation are driving an unprecedented transformation. So how can we best prepare for the new work order to come?
Maggie Hill takes a look at the rapidly changing work-scape, and how it will impact the next generation of young workers. Most vitally, she outlines the action that’s urgently needed to give future workers the skills to work the jobs of the future, not the past.
Additional workshop topics to include:
Youthpass - Martti Martinson, Victoria University
Youthpass is a European strategy for recognition of non-formal learning that takes place within the youth work context. It consists of a defined process of assisted and ongoing self-reflection of young people within youth programs and a 4-page Youthpass certificate. Youthpass aims to articulate the skills, knowledge and attitudes developed by young people as a result of their participation in youth work and to increase the recognition of youth work outcomes in general. This workshop will provide an overview of the success that the Youthpass tool has had in European Union since its launch in 2007 and the state of the rollout of Youthpass that is currently underway in Victoria.
Working with Refugee Young People - Christine Bakopanos , Foundation House
Christine Bakopanos is a counsellor advocate at Foundation House (Dandenong). She is a psychologist with extensive experience in engaging and working with young people from refugee backgrounds. This presentation will provide information about the refugee and asylum seeker experience and how this impacts on the day to day experience for young people settling in Australia. Christine will provide examples from her work with young people and focus on strategies for engagement.
Adolescent Violence - Eddie Gallagher
Eddie has been interested in violence to parents for the past 25 years and has a clinical sample of almost 500 young people (most of whom he has worked with himself). He will discuss some of the characteristics of these young people and their parents. He will briefly mention some concepts useful in understanding this phenomenon: parenting style, entitlement, what gives children power, personality and labels. He will give some general points in working constructively with these families. Eddie Gallagher has been working with families and young people for over 40 years in a variety of roles. He is qualified as a psychologist, social worker and family therapist and has a private practice in Pakenham and Dandenong.
Working with Transgender Young People - Miranda Luck, Cardinia Shire
This workshop will focus on education about working with trans young people and inclusive practice. The workshop will go through gender and sexual diversity, using the right pronouns, information on social and medical transitioning, potential challenges for sex and gender diverse young people and what supports are available for trans young people.
Youth Participation - Lauren Oliver, Berry Street Childhood Institute
What does it take to make youth participation work, and why does it matter? Lauren Oliver is the Youth Engagement Coordinator at the Berry Street Childhood Institute. As a strong advocate for the voice of young people, Lauren will share some successes and challenges in finding ways of practicing authentic youth participation. This workshop will be co-facilitated by one of Berry Street’s Young Changemakers.
Rites of Passage: Journey from boyhood to manhood - Chris McKenna and Brendan Titford, City of Casey
This workshop will showcase the Man Cave program as a example of an innovative approach that provides meaningful experiences for disengaged young males through a mentor program that supports them during their teenage years. The program aims to provide guidance, aid good choices and exhibit positive relationship building skills, helping young males navigate daily life and grow into the type of man they hope to become. Leanings from this workshop would applicable in a variety of different settings.
Please note that we ask that services limit their attendees to 4 tickets per organistion to ensure that tickets are evenly distributed.
If you would like more information or have a question about the event, please contact Dandenong YStop on 9793 2155.