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Difficult conversations: how to talk to children and young people about almost anything Workshop – Hobart, TAS
This one day workshop is for anyone who may have potentially difficult conversations with children and young people. This could include: case managers, team leaders or direct care staff working with children, young people and families; carers and workers in foster care or staff in residential care. The difficult conversations could be about:
- helping the child or young person managing their own difficult feelings;
- engaging and motivating a young person;
- responding effectively to the difficult behaviour of a child or young person;
- answering questions as to why a child or young person is not living with their family;
- delivering difficult news;
- supporting a child following a difficult incident or;
- managing disclosures of abuse among many other possible topics.
- assessing the child or young person’s development level and developmental needs prior to a potentially difficult conversation;
- a simple structure that is applicable to many difficult conversations with children and young people;
- the importance of having a positive purpose or purposes in mind prior to and during the difficult conversation;
- how to use language in a way that is respectful and honest and; the how, when and where of delivering difficult news to children and young people.
- Be aware of the need to assess the child or young person’s developmental level and development needs prior to the conversation and have developed their skills in performing these two tasks.
- Have a simple, clear structure for many difficult conversations with children and adolescents.
- Understand the need to have a positive purpose for any conversation with a child or young person and know how to establish a positive purpose.
- Have developed their skills in using language in a way that is respectful and helpful as possible while being honest and direct.
- Have developed their skills in delivering difficult news to children and young people.