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Staying Connected when Emotions Run High

This initiative is delivered by Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Team/Clinical Coordinator) for the Family & Carer Mental Health Program within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High is a set of Five Key Strategies empowering others to be a resource to a person in distress.  Through learning about the typical relationship patterns, “fear and worry dances”, which instinctively activate between closely connected humans in distress, Staying Connected highlights alternative strategies for a “Good Enough Dance”, which is “contagious with calm”.   Safety planning “like a fire drill” is another key component of the intervention.  A DVD highlights the dances and strategies with associated interactive activities.

Selecting The Correct Workshop To Meet Your Needs:

Family and Carer Intervention: A full day workshop for families and carers supporting a person,  aged 12 years to 100 years, who has changeable and overwhelming emotions, experiences relationship difficulties and/or displays impulsive or destructive behaviour such as violence, self-harm and suicidal behaviours. These symptoms are commonly experienced by persons with mental health, substance use, developmental and learning disorders.

Introductory Professional Workshop: A full day highly interactive workshop introducing professionals to the Staying Connected Frameworks and Strategies.  The participants will be invited to think about how they might utilise the strategies to manage their own “dances” in their professional roles and how they can educate families and carers and clients about these strategies as well. Suitable for those working in private and public sector across health, education, aged care, disability, community services, child protection and emergency services. A Certificate of completion is available to Professionals at the completion of the full workshop.

Workshops for families, foster carers and friends

“Staying Connected when Emotions Run High” - a workshop for families, foster carers and friends.

This initiative is delivered by Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Team/Clinical Coordinator) for the Family & Carer Mental Health Program within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

The workshop will provide families, foster carers and friends with additional relationship skills to support someone (between 12yrs to 100yrs) who experiences any of the following:

  • Has relationship difficulties
  • Demonstrates changing emotions and strong overwhelming feelings that may make communication difficult
  • Sometimes behaves in a way that makes them a danger to themselves or others

The aim of the workshop is to empower families with skills, knowledge and hope. The “fictional” mother and daughter characters in the film demonstrate the “Four Carer Dances” inviting families to identify their role in the relationship process. The Five Key Relationship Strategies are introduced to assist family members in being A “Good Enough” Carer.  The “Good Enough” Carer then demonstrates putting safety first in scenarios when distress and risk escalate.

This intervention has been delivered to over 3,300 families and carers including parents, grandparents, spouses, partners, siblings, children (18yrs and over) who have supported people with various diagnoses including, Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bi Polar, Depression, Anxiety, school refusal, intellectual disability etc.

Attending a workshop

Staying Connected for families:

Hosted by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Aftercare FACES

Stay Connected
Family
Tuesday 12 March
0930 - 1530
Port Kembla
Contact Aftercare FACES:
Email: Cassandra Nicolle
Phone 4229 7254

Stay Connected
Family  
Tuesday 30 July 
0930 – 1530
Nowra
Contact Aftercare FACES:
Email: Rachelle Paton
Phone 4422 1547
Flyer

Stay Connected
Family
Tuesday 24 Sept
0930 – 1530
Port Kembla  
Contact Aftercare FACES:
Email: Trevor Purcell
Phone 4229 7254 or text Trevor 0421 711 275

 

Hosted by Aftercare FACES

Family
Tuesday 26 February
930 – 1530
Hurstville
Contact Aftercare FACES
Jessica Harrisward
Text or Phone 0434 428 666

Family
Tuesday 13 August
930 – 1530
Hurstville 
Contact Aftercare FACES
Jessica Harris - Ward
Text or Phone Jessica
0434 428 666
Flyer

Hosted by Hunter New England LHD

Family
Friday 3 May
0930 – 1530
Maitland Hospital
Contact:
SallyAnne Smith
Phone: (02) 4925 7917

Family
Tuesday 23 July
0930 – 1530
Taree
Contact:
Ebonee Byrnes
Phone: (02) 4925 7920
Flyer

Family
Tuesday 10  Sept
930 – 1530
Tamworth
Contact:
Ebonee Byrnes
Phone: (02) 4925 7920
Flyer

Family
Thursday 14 Nov
0930 – 1530
Newcastle
Contact:
SallyAnne Smith
Phone: (02) 4925 7917
Flyer

Hosted by One Door Services

Family
Marrickville
Thursday 5 September
0930 – 1530
Contact:
Carer Services
Flyer

Family
Campbelltown
Friday 6 September
0930 – 1530
Contact:
Carer Services
Flyer

Family
Wagga Wagga
Thursday 24 October
930 – 1530
Contact:
Carer Services

Family
Queanbeyan
Thursday 28 November
0930 – 1530
Contact:
Carer Services

If interested in attending, please select your desired location and date from the list and register your attendance with the contact person. 

Workshops for professionals  

“Staying Connected When Emotions Run High” workshops for professionals.  

This full day workshop is delivered by Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Team/Clinical Coordinator) for the Family & Carer Mental Health within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. The workshop is intended for those working within Mental Health, Generalist Health, Drug and Alcohol, Government Organisations, FaCS, Schools and Non-Government Organisations.

This training aims to provide professionals a comprehensive overview of the “Staying Connected When Emotions Run High” frameworks (incorporating both content and theory) and invite someone assisting a dysregulated person to “look in the mirror” and manage their own distress as the first step in caring for others. Thus professionals both “walk in the shoes of family” but are also invited to look at their own reactivity and ways professionals, like families, can inadvertently get caught in pouring fuel on the fire with “contagious distress”.

The training package is a mix of didactic, film, workbook, small group activities and role plays demonstrated by the facilitators to highlight the relational context, to increase understanding of the patient journey/experience for the purpose of developing coping strategies for families, carers and professionals.

The introduction of "Safety Planning" to promote safety when distress or risk escalates is demonstrated through film. Professionals are asked to notice strategies used to deescalate the person in distress when viewing scenes of a mother daughter when anger escalates, non – suicidal self-injury is used to relieve distress and when a life threatening attempt is made.

Throughout the day professionals are:

  • encouraged to consider the whole of family approach to remain non-judgemental and neutral.
  • given tips to ensure strong partnership and engagement with colleagues, patients/clients and families.
  • provided helpful tools and strategies to decrease distress.
  • reminded of their own needs to self-care

Professionals will receive a workbook and on completion of the training will receive a certificate recording 6.5hrs for their CPD.

Professional version workshops 

Hosted by Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD

Professional
Wednesday 20 February
830 – 1630
Port Kembla
Contact: Toni Garretty
Phone: 4220 7919 
Registrations for this workshop won’t open until Wednesday 16 January

Professional
Thursday 16 May
830 - 1630
Nowra
Contact: Toni Garretty 
Phone: 4220 7919

Registrations for this workshop  open Monday 1 April.

Professional
Tuesday 27 August
830 – 1630
Port Kembla
Contact: Toni.garretty@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 4220 7919
Flyer

 

Hosted by Hunter New England Mental Health

Professional
Thursday 2 May
830 – 1630
Maitland Hospital
Contact:
CAMHS / School Link CSO:
SallyAnne Smith
Phone: (02) 4925 7917

Professional
Monday 22 July
830 – 1630
Taree
Contact:
Ebonee Byrnes
Phone: (02) 4925 7920
Flyer

Professional
Wednesday 11 Sept
830 – 1630
Tamworth
Contact:
Ebonee Byrnes
Phone: (02) 4925 7920
Flyer

Professional
Friday 15 November
830 – 1630
Newcastle
Contact:
CAMHS / School Link CSO:
SallyAnne Smith
Phone: 02 4925 7917
Flyer

Hosted by One Door Services

Professional
Marrickville
Thursday 1 August 
0900 – 1630
Contact:
One Door
Flyer

Professional
Campbelltown
Friday 2 August
0900 – 1630
Contact:
One Door
Flyer

Professional
Wagga Wagga
Friday 25 October
0900 – 1630
Contact:
One Door

Professional
Queanbeyan
Friday 29 November
0900 – 1630
Contact:
One Door

  

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