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The Forgotten Known - Attachment Theory in Practice

Event Details
Date: 02 Aug 2018
Time: 9.00am - 4.15pm
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
State: Qld
CPD hrs: 6

Members- $190.00 (inc GST)

Student Members- $90.00 (inc GST)

Non Members $240.00 (inc GST)

Student Non-Members - $110.00 (inc GST)

Organiser: AASW QLD Branch
Further information

Queensland Branch Manager
T 07 3090 3718

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General Information

This full-day workshop is designed to assist social workers, child protection workers, psychologists, counsellors and community workers to develop a better understanding of adults, children and families with traumatic histories and to enhance their skills in working with this client group. The course is based on Attachment theory and is informed by evidence based trauma related material.

This is relevant for social workers who have direct client contact with clients who have experienced complex trauma and attachment disruptions. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge that is gleaned from attachment and trauma experts such as Dan Siegal, Bruce Perry, Bryan Post and Circle of Security.

Who should attend?

All workers who work directly with clients, adults and young people who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions.

.Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop participants will:

  • Have a refreshed knowledge of the concepts of Attachment Theory and trauma and the impact on relationships.
  • Have an enhanced understanding of the motivations of behaviour of adults and children who have experienced trauma and attachment disruption.
  • Have begun to develop an understanding of how self-understanding influences the approach parents bring to their role and assists in personal recovery.
  • Be able to identify ways of facilitating positive attachment and trauma recovery in client families.

Meet the Presenters

Narelle Nelles, B Soc Wk, MASSW Acc is a skilled social worker with over 35 years’ experience working with carers providing alternative care for children and with the children in the placement. For a number of years Narelle worked intensively with placing children of all ages in permanent families, working therapeutically with children, training the parents and providing ongoing family support. Narelle is in private practice and in addition to working with adoptive and foster families, Narelle works with families in their homes, particularly those who have come to the attention of Department of Child Safety, to develop parenting skills and enhance family relationships.

Susan Gregory, BA (Psych) M Counselling, Cert.IV Workplace Training and Assessment, has 35 years’ experience working in adoption, fostering and child and family welfare as a counsellor and consultant; running education groups and assessment for alternative carers. Susan has worked in her private counselling practice for the last 20 years maintaining a generalised counselling practice and working with parents to manage children’s behaviour through the parent child relationship. Susan has retained a specific interest in adoptions and fostering, working therapeutically with foster carers, birth parents, adult adopted people and adoptive parents.

Both Susan and Narelle work in their practice with clients and families from an attachment focus and believe that by understanding and promoting healthy attachments this serves to enhance family connections and promotes the ability to form lasting relationships.

Narelle and Susan have been delivering training for professionals, adoptive and foster carers and parents for the last 8 years. Their client groups have included Child Protection agencies in Queensland and the Northern Territory, non-Government agencies as well as counsellor professional development training.


C&K, 257 Gympie Road, Kedron Q 4031, Training Room (via Gympie Road driveway gate entrance)
Note: There is no parking onsite, however plenty of street parking on Emerald and Sadlier Streets or Leckie Rd.

Thursday 02 August 2018 - 9.00am - 4.15pm

Registration from 8.45am

Fruit will be served at morning and afternoon tea with a fully catered lunch.

CPD: 6 Hours

Members - Please log on to the website prior to registering to take advantage of the member rates.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers