Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Lighthouse Resources is presenting a one-day workshop on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), 11 June 2018 at Runcorn, Qld. EFT is part of an emerging field known as “energy psychology” and is described as a form of “psychological acupressure” without needles.

EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on a particular physical sensation, emotion, or event. The approach claims to relieve physical and/or emotional symptoms by tapping in sequence on 9 meridian points.  The tapping is claimed to balance energy meridians that become disrupted when we think about or experience an emotionally disturbing event.  Once balanced, the upset is usually resolved, and while the memory remains there is no strong emotion attached to it.

The tapping is self-administered using fingertips.  The meridian points are located on the hand, top of head, eyebrow, side of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, and under arm.

In addition to halting the fight-or-flight response, tapping is claimed to be effective in turning off the alarm in the mid-brain associated with re-traumatisation. It is claimed that tapping on the meridians sends a calming response to the body, and the amygdala recognises that it is safe.

Registration / More information 

Post expires at 11:50am on Sunday June 10th, 2018

headspace Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic for Young People

Don’t forget there’s a fantastic service at headspace Lismore for young people aged 12-25 to access bulk-billed medical care around their sexual and reproductive health.

The Choices Reproductive and Sexual Health Service is at headspace on Thursdays 2pm-6pm offering confidential appointments with advice on:

  • Sexual health screening (STI testing)
  • Contraception options & advice (including morning-after pill)
  • Condoms & lubricants
  • Pregnancy testing, information, counselling and referral
  • Help with period problems
  • Cervical screening tests

If you’re working with young people and/or families, please keep this service in mind and recommend where appropriate.

People can even book online! socialfutures.org.au/clinic or by phoning headspace Lismore on 6625 0200 or the Choices clinic on 6620 7660.

Choices @headspace (for young people aged 12-25): 2A Carrington Street, LISMORE NSW 2480, Thursdays 2pm-6pm.


Energy Consumer Community Listening Project Coming to Northern Rivers

Energy Consumers Australia is planning Community Listening project in Northern Rivers area of NSW from 14-18 May 2018.  The project will inform ECA’s advocacy on behalf of rural and regional energy consumers, recording their stories directly, to feed into energy policy and regulatory decisions.

ECA is looking for potential stories to collect that are based around energy affordability and innovation.

See the flyer for full details.

Energy Consumers Australia was established by the Council of Australian Government in January 2015 to give residential and small business energy consumers a national voice in the energy market.

For more information about the project, please contact Rose Arkin, Advocacy and Communications Policy Officer, at rose.arkin@energyconsumersaustralia.com.au or (02) 9220 5520.

Visit the website: energyconsumersaustralia.com.au

Post expires at 11:23am on Sunday May 13th, 2018

Through a Child’s Eyes – Children and Family Law Conference

Join Northern Rivers Family Law Pathways Network and SCU to explore the Family Law system through the eyes of children and young people on Monday 18 June 2018, at a one-day conference exploring Family Law processes and outlining how we can do better for children and young people.

Topics include: Acting in the best interests of the child; collaborative practice; developmental trauma, attachment and the impact of parental conflict; hearing children’s voices; engaging young people; 50:50 shared parenting.

More Info and Registration: Through a Child’s Eyes – Children and Family Law Conference.



Post expires at 10:55am on Sunday June 17th, 2018

Enhancing the Links Seminar for Post-School Pathways

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program, North Coast NSW, is presenting an Enhancing the Links Seminar in Lismore on 21 June 2018, providing up-to-date post-school pathways information to teachers, career advisors, counsellors, government and non-government services who support school leavers and people with disability with transition planning.

Guest speakers include representatives from the National Disability Insurance Agency, Social Futures, TAFE NSW, Southern Cross University, Disability Employment Services, Australian Disability Enterprises, NSW Ability Links, Centrelink, NSW Training Services and NDIS participants.

Venue: Southern Cross University, Z Block, Room 181A, Military Rd, Lismore 

Registration: $65 including GST. The registration fee includes a full day of professional development, morning tea and lunch.

Register for Enhancing the Links Seminar

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Post expires at 10:49am on Wednesday June 20th, 2018

Dementia and Homelessness

Dementia Australia will present a free information session for organisations working with the homeless community on Dementia and Homelessness, on 24 May 2018 at a venue to be confirmed.

More than 20% of the 21,000 Queenslanders who are homeless are aged 55yrs and over. This group may be at a higher risk of dementia and may have difficulty accessing appropriate services and support.

This session will provide an introduction to dementia and consider the impact of dementia on people at risk of or experiencing homelessness and how organisations can work together to better understand, identify and meet dementia needs.

See the flyer for full details.

BOOK NOW: Call 1800 588 699 or email qld.services@dementia.org.au


Post expires at 10:28am on Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

Parental Alienation Conference 2018

A family law/psychology/child protection conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, on 17-19 October 2018, providing a forum for the presentation and discussion of the last research, professional practice issues and developments in understanding parental alienation.

The Conference is for practitioners and researchers who are interested in learning more about what parental alienation is, how to identify it and what to do about it.

It can be hard to disentangle parental alienation from high conflict custody disputes. Issues surrounding false allegations of abuse and family violence as parental alienation tactics will be discussed. A workshop will introduce practitioners to the principles of reunification with severely alienated children.

More info and Registration: Parental Alienation Conference 2018





Post expires at 10:18am on Wednesday October 10th, 2018

Community Engagement Officer – headspace – Lismore

  • Part Time – 60 hours per fortnight
  • Based in Lismore NSW, with travel around region required
  • Fixed Term until 30 June 2019

headspace Lismore currently has an opening for a Community Engagement Officer.

About us: 

headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation

headspace Lismore (under the direction of the Social Futures) is an innovative youth service, delivering primary and mental health, alcohol and drug services, social welfare and vocational services to young people aged12-25 years. The mandate of headspace Lismore is to provide early intervention and prevention services by responding with evidence based interventions for young people in the local community

The Role: 

In the role of Community Engagement Officer, you are required to provide health promotion, education and where relevant; training to young people and their families, other health professionals, and the general community regarding physical, mental, and social health of young people aged 12-25 years.

The role includes developing, planning and implementing a communication and community engagement strategy for headspace Lismore. This Community Engagement Officer is responsible for developing a range of education and health promotion activities designed to raise mental health literacy and community awareness of challenges faced by young people, in order to increase early identification and access to appropriate services.

Skills Required:

You will be suited to this role if you have a Community development and/or health promotion background with previous experience in youth and stakeholder engagement.

You will be required to consult and work collaboratively with a variety of internal and external partners and understand the importance of relationship building. The role requires an effective ability to engage and communicate to groups of people verbally and in writing. You will be innovative with the competence to think creatively and provide solutions to address different needs within the organisation and community.

Social Futures is an equal opportunity employer, accredited by White Ribbon Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply. People with lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply. Social Futures priorities child safety. Current Working With Children and National Police Check clearances are a condition of employment.

Applications close: 9am Wednesday 16th May, 2018.

Position description: 20180420PDCommunityEngagementOfficerheadspaceLismore

To apply, please follow this linkhttp://jobboards.adlogic.com.au/socialfutures/job-details/query/7328676

For further information, please contact Teri King 02 6625 0215

Vicarious Trauma Workshop 23 April

Vicarious Trauma Workshop 23 April

This workshop is for anyone working / supporting in the human services sector whose clients have experiences of traumatic life events, including physical, emotional, psychological abuse.

Participation Price: CHSP/CCSP Worker $210 / All Others $250.

Learning detailed accounts of these experiences and / or supporting clients through them can be stressful and distressing for the support worker as a natural part of connecting and empathising.  An accumulation of this stress can be damaging and result in burnout among other consequences, if not addressed. 

The workshop will cover a range of topics including:

  • Defining vicarious trauma and identifying signs and symptoms
  • Psychoeducation about stress and burnout and the warning signs
  • Treatment and self-management of vicarious trauma and how to support colleagues

This will be a highly interactive workshop of about 15 participants and will include practical exercises including individual wellness and self-check exercises.

Facilitator: Michaela Killips of Mullumbimby Psychology, is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and training consultant with a Master of Health Science, Behavioural Science from the University of Sydney and a Cert. IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Michaela is passionate about facilitating adaptive change at both individual and organisational levels. She also provides individual professional coaching, mentoring, debriefing and counselling, utilising a wide range of evidence based therapeutic techniques.

Registration, Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Registration is required to secure your place in this workshop. You can pay by credit card or by Electronic Funds Transfer. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Social Futures is a not-for-profit organisation and our training is costed accordingly. Once the course and your participation in it has been confirmed, refunds will not be provided but if you are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible as you can arrange to transfer your place to another person. Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.

Youth & Family Caseworker

  • Position based in Lismore NSW, with some regional travel required
  • Part Time – 60 hours per fortnight
  • Fixed Term until 30 June 2020

Social Futures works to achieve social justice for regional Australians by supporting individuals, families and communities to take control and live well. We work to create positive change in people’s lives and connected, resilient communities.

This position is now available in the Connecting You – Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP), Lismore Team. The Youth & Family Caseworker provides case management, mediation and practical support working with young people (aged 12- under 16) who are homeless or potentially homeless, and their families.

Social Futures is an equal opportunity employer, accredited by White Ribbon Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply. Social Futures priorities child safety. Current Working With Children and National Police Check clearances are a condition of employment.

Applications close: 5pm Friday 4th May, 2018.

To Apply, please follow this link: http://jobboards.adlogic.com.au/socialfutures/job-details/query/7328965

Position Description: 20180420 PD Youth and Family Caseworker – HYAP

For further information, please contact: Lance Schema – Program Manager HYAP – 0427 895 308

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