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Working with Older People who experienced childhood trauma in ‘care’

Event Details
Date: 14 September 2022
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm AEST
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1 hour
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


(03) 9320 1000


Around 500,000 people grew up in institutional ‘care’ in Australia during the first half of the 20th century.

Many experienced abuse and neglect as children and have lived with the ongoing legacy of complex trauma. As adults, who are now ageing, and entering aged care facilities, the return to institutional living can be highly challenging, bringing the potential for re-traumatisation.

This webinar will introduce evidence-based knowledge on the impacts of childhood trauma in care and the lived experience of these people, who are referred to as Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers. It will help social workers gain an understanding of how to prevent re-traumatisation in aged care settings and identify and respond to trauma behaviours.

Additional resources: Online Learning Program and companion resources

Who should attend? Social workers working with older people who may identify as Forgotten Australians or other care leavers.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; Older Persons Social Worker (coming soon)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. identify who Forgotten Australians and other care leavers are
  2. understand the basics of neurophysiological and psychological impacts of childhood trauma experiences in care
  3. identify triggers and other symptoms that Forgotten Australians and other care leavers may display
  4. gain insight into a therapeutic group program with adults who have experienced childhood trauma in care
  5. locate suitable resources for Forgotten Australians and other care leavers


Dr. Monica Cations

Monica Cations is a clinical psychology registrar and epidemiologist who has worked in the ageing and dementia field for many years. Her research is translational with a focus on psychological wellbeing in aged care environments and young people using aged care. Monica is a Senior Research Fellow in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University, supported by a Hospital Research Foundation Early Career Fellowship and NHMRC/MRFF Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant. She also holds Partnership status with the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Meg Schwarz

Meg holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is completing a Diploma in Dementia Care. She has over 35 years of community capacity building and project management experience working with diverse population groups. Meg is the Project Coordinator for Helping Hand Aged Care’s Real Care the Second Time Around Project. Meg also identifies as a Forgotten Australian and understands their barriers to accessing support.

Kelly Francou

Kelly is a qualified Social Worker of over 25 years with extensive case work experience in child protection, direct practice and policy. She has worked in management across government and non-government sectors. She was on the board of the Northern Domestic Violence Service from 2010 to 2016 including being the Chairperson for four of those years.

Kelly currently works as a Senior Counsellor at Relationships Australia South Australia in the Find & Connect program, specialising in trauma-informed therapeutic interventions. She works with adults who have experienced complex childhood trauma, supporting them to manage the impacts of this trauma.

Location and date

Live online: a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the webinar
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
11:00am-12:00pm AEST

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A recording of the webinar will be sent to registrants via email after the event and available to watch for 2 weeks.


Members: $50.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $30.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $70.00 (including GST)
Non-member students: $50.00 (including GST)


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*Please note, registrations close 14 September 2022 at 9.00am AEST

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