Oct 30
Conference Looks At Ways To Support Clients With Trauma

A conference for professionals who work with people who have experienced violence will be held in Dubbo on Thursday 5 November.

‘Whose Job is it anyway? – supporting children, young people and adults who have experienced violence’ is being held by Western NSW Local Health in conjunction with the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre.

Western NSW LHD Child Wellbeing Coordinator Krystal Pilon said the conference aims to allow professionals from Government and non-Government organisations access to up-to-date information from leaders in the field to assist them to better support their clients with a history of trauma resulting from exposure to domestic violence, sexual assault and childhood abuse or neglect.

“This is a very specialised area so it is good to give people working in this field an opportunity to learn about latest developments, and to network with each other,” she said.

The key note speaker for the day is Mary Jo McVeigh. Mary Jo is the founder and CEO of Cara House and CaraCare.  She is an acclaimed trauma therapist and mental health social worker who works with children and families who have experienced child abuse, violence and trauma.

“We are very fortunate to have Mary Jo as the key speaker on the day, as she has a high level of experience in this area, in particular working with people to tap into their own resilience to look at how they have managed to survive in the face of adversity,” Krystal said.

Mary Jo will be accompanied on the day by other highly regarded local professionals from government and non-government organisations who will share their expertise during a series of hands-on workshops.

“The conference will also have an emphasis on encouraging networking between local agencies, with a service expo being held during the lunch break allowing services to promote the programs they offer to support victims of violence and their families within our local community,” Krystal said.