The ‘Conversations at the Kitchen Table’ 2-day professional development course and resources are now ready. They have been developed for front-line workers in homelessness and domestic and family violence services by child specialist therapeutic service Together4Kids.
Launched by Suraya Naidoo, A/General Manager, Customers and Services at the SA Housing Authority during National Child Protection Week on Friday 8 September in front of an audience of 80 people predominantly from the homelessness and domestic violence sector.
The ‘Conversations at the Kitchen Table’ resources consists of the 2-days of professional development training, and an extensive manual of background theoretical information and detailed description of the conversations. The A5 sized handbook is designed for front line workers to carry with them so that at any time, they can, through respectful conversation, provide information and tips to strengthen parent’s ability to focus lovingly on their children, despite the current crisis of homelessness.
At the launch, Tonia (Team Leader, T4K) and Niki (Clinical Supervisor, T4K) led the attendees through a child focussed practical exercise in regulating ’big feelings’ called the Zone Activity from the Conversations at the Kitchen Table resources. Niki took everyone through a breathing exercise which is an activity designed to support children and their parent to move into a ‘regulated’ zone where conversations and relationships can strengthen. To get a visual representation of what happened at the event, please visit our Facebook page where we went live to demonstrate this activity.
Thank you to everyone who attended this fantastic event and to all of T4K team, with support from the Client Services Officers all put in a great effort to set up the room.
To stay up to date about Together4Kids child focused professional development opportunities, please visit www.socialrelations.edu.au/t4k-pd
For the full range of professional development courses offered across the community services, education and health sectors please visit www.socialrelations.edu.au/workforce-development
Together4Kids is funded by the Department of Human Services, Government of South Australia.