Tuning in to Acting Out - responding to the behaviours and needs of young people

Encompass Family and Community
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Airport International Motel, 528 Kingsford Smith Drive
4 007
In this one day workshop we examine the purpose of behaviour as a form of communication. What does it mean to respond to the underlying need, as opposed to presenting behaviour? How do we do it?

Working with young people with challenging behaviours can be a source of both frustration and reward.  As a practitioner you can be left wondering what will really make a difference and allow for positive change.  Where behaviour is extreme, there can be pressures upon workers based on others’ views that the young person is the problem, and that if they could be ‘fixed’ everything would be okay.  Practice wisdom and research tell us differently.  We understand that behaviour is a form of communication that indicates deeper concerns for the young person. We need to respond, but what works?

This very practical workshop explores the causes of this behavioural communication.  We consider the roles of trauma, loss, attachment and security and how these shape the young person’s view of the world and their role in it. Practical links are drawn between trauma and attachment theory and their application in everyday practice. In this workshop, we move beyond censure and reactive responses to a place where young people are truly heard, as part of building trust and secure connections. 

Who should attend?

Experienced workers in both government and community services working with young people, including youth workers, direct care workers in residential services for young people, statutory child protection and juvenile justice workers.

You’ll learn more about:

  • Attachment formation and internal working models
  • The four challenges to promoting secure attachment and how to respond
  • How to identify both the immediate and long term effects of trauma
  • Recognising the link between feelings, unmet need and resultant behaviour, and moving from recognition to response
  • Applying the 3 step approach to working with trauma-impacted young people—stabilisation, integration, adaptation (Cairns)
  • Applying the Encompass ‘5 Building Blocks’ to responding to challenging behaviour
  • Behaviour guidance planning in practice—making it real