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Programming For Vulnerable Young People eWorkshop 7-Jun-2022

June 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm AEST


Have you ever been working with young people and you want everyone to get together and do something with each other… only to find that the most at need suddenly vanish from the room? Or they seem to want to sabotage everything? What is going on with that?

This eWorkshop is aimed at developing the skills of participants who are creating programs, groups and projects for vulnerable young people.

At the end of the workshop participants will:

Gain knowledge, insight and ideas about:

  • What kinds of things affect vulnerable young people’s emotional wellbeing?

  • What can we, as youth workers, do about any of that?

  • What can we do that will help young people better look after their own emotional wellbeing?

  • The circle of tolerance for vulnerable young people and how that affects their well-being.

    Increase their professional practice capability through:

  • Exploring the foundation elements of communication, self-esteem and trust as a framework for improving emotional well-being

  • Considering together the importance of mentoring and what that looks like in the work context.

  • Reflecting on the importance of peer support and how you can help create that.

When: Tuesday, 7th June 2022 from 9.30am to 12.30pm each day.

Where: Online eWorkshop via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom details when payment is received.

Cost: The early bird booking is $195.00 (GST incl) if registered before 24 May. If registering after 24 May then the Full Price is $250.00 (GST incl). Payment is required prior to attending the eWorkshop.

To register: Register and complete payment. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.

Facilitator: Phillip Crawford

Phillip Crawford has worked “on the ground” with young people who experience hardship for over 35 years… For the last 17 years he has been focused on a long term place- based youth development strategy in the Illawarra NSW, where young people have created award winning films, art projects and podcasts. Several of those young people now work for the Company Phil co-founded… Beyond Empathy. Phil has a Diploma of Mental Health… as well as a degree in Film and Television.

Phil is renowned for his creative and lateral approaches to intractable problems. He won the Inaugural Justice Fellowship for the Arts from the NSW Law Foundation for the domestic violence prevention project where he collaborated with young people from regional towns in NSW to make a film: HURT, which also won an Australian Film Institute Award, a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and screened on SBS.

Phil has worked with young people in diverse places from Kalgoorlie WA, to the mining towns on the West Coast Tasmania, from Bourke and Moree to the Western suburbs of Sydney and the Gold Coast.

As a speaker and facilitator Phil has appeared at Festivals and Conferences in diverse locations including The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Flickerfest, Accessible Arts Conference, The Australian Documentary Conference. He has also run numerous training sessions for teachers, TAFE students, school students and young people on Youth Insearch Camps.

Heath Ducker wrote about the impact Phil has on him in his book A Room at the Top (Random House 2009) Heath met Phil when he was a young person growing up in a housing commission area in Western Sydney. Heath is a Lawyer and CEO and has been and advisor to the NSW Attorney General. He has also appeared in an Australian story program about his life.

“Phil affected kids’ lives all over the neighbourhood. He demonstrated how significant an impact one person can have on those around them. He had an amazing ability to build a smooth and solid rapport with young people. He was without pretence. He undertook his work with genuine heart and purpose. These are not concepts that I necessarily understood at the age I first came into contact with him but, as children, we knew intuitively that this guy was for real. ”

“Phil started running self-esteem classes at my school. I adored them. He remembers me as one of the most enthusiastic, honest and articulate participants. He realised that, when I had a passion for something, I could break through my shyness and give it my all.
Then he introduced evening groups for local parents and kids at the community centre. Phillip built relationships with children’s parents too. He realised that nothing could be accomplished without the parents’ support. So he brought together a community of children and adults, and inspired them to work together for a common purpose – the children’s welfare.”


Andrew King

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