• Wed 18 Mar 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Novotel Sydney International Airport (formerly Mercure Sydney Airport)
    • $250.00 incl. GST
    Follow their Lead: Reflections on Supporting Children in Turbulent Times - A special event with Anne Stonehouse and Anthony Semann
  • Fri 1 May 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Rydes Melbourne
    • $250.00 incl. GST
    Follow their Lead: Reflections on Supporting Children in Turbulent Times - A special event with Anne Stonehouse and Anthony Semann
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Communities across Australia have experienced much upheaval and sadness with the devastation of the 2019/2020 bushfires. This tragedy touches all of us, impacting at the very heart of what we do. Inspired by educator conversations around how do we work with children and families to not only answer questions but also to offer comfort  and hope – Anne Stonehouse and Anthony Semann bring you this special event… all proceeds will be donated to the Bushfire Appeal.

Anne Stonehouse wrote, ‘Most lives include tragedies, crises, disasters, severely distressing events. They may be public or private, shared or personal. Sometimes they happen to us directly. They may happen to people close to us, people we love and who love us, and they touch us because of our relationship. They may occur in our community, and their geographical proximity brings shock and fear. They may strike entire communities and upend the lives of many people. They may happen far away, affecting no one we know directly, and still shatter us.’

Children and adults are in many ways similar, in some ways different. Every child, like every adult, is unique. These truths apply in ordinary everyday times and in extraordinary times. These extraordinary times may be shared natural or human-made disasters, such as fires, floods or terrorist attacks, that impact directly on entire communities. We may be affected indirectly by knowing about them, even when they have no direct impact on us.  

Extraordinary events that turn our world upside down also include personal or family crises and tragedies — events such as the death of a loved one, separation or divorce, and serious medical or health-related events.

When such events occur, children look to us for comfort, security and help to make sense of what has happened. This presentation will explore:
The ways in which educators can support children during turbulent times
The implications of turbulent times on curriculum content
How to work in collaboration with families and other support services to ensure better outcomes for children

Inspired by recent events and a booklet called What Happened to the World? Helping children cope in turbulent times. The original version of this booklet was written by Jim Greenman in response to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. In 2002, Pademelon Press published an international version, adapted by Jim Greenman and Anne Stonehouse.