The Many Faces of Trauma:

Leveraging science and leadership to promote and sustain adaptive resilience for children and families

Wednesday 4th January 2017 9.00am – 4.30pm

Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Level 2 Aurora Centre 56 The Terrace Wellington

Begin your year with a significant professional development opportunity. We are fortunate to have Tein Ung of Harvard University’s Centre for the Developing Child, and Ray Pillidge, Regional Director at the Dept of Children and Families in Massachusetts, for a one-off workshop in NZ.

If you attend one key workshop in 2017 this is the one.

Places are limited – contact us now to book your space,

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Workshop description:

We have a very narrow view of trauma and primarily see it through the lens of a mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this manner we run the risk of favouring pathology over resilience and post traumatic growth. Consequently, we treat trauma as an individual’s problem, and become hyper focused on symptom management. The experience and impact of trauma however is systemic. Therefore it can happen at the individual level, the organisational level, and at the community level.

In this full day hands on workshop, we will learn about the many faces of trauma at these different levels, and leverage 21st century science as well as individual, organisational, and relational leadership frameworks to explore new ways of thinking about and working with trauma; the workshop will be tailored to focus specifically on children and families in their communities. The implications for practice will include a co-created analysis on workforce, organisational, and larger system development with participants.

The new Ministry for Vulnerable Children has recognised the need to provide a trauma informed lens over the care support and service delivery for children and young people in New Zealand. This workshop will be meaningful and appropriate for frontline child welfare practitioners and administrators, in Government and NGO’s, as well as systems leaders who oversee the delivery of services for children and families.

The Presenters:

Tien Ung, MSW, LICSW, PhD is a social work practitioner with over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and communities who have experienced pervasive exposure to adversity and/or trauma. Within this context, Tien has served directly on the frontlines of the child protection system, and has also practiced as a forensic trauma evaluator, a community based participatory researcher, an academician, and an organisational consultant. She is currently the Director of Leadership Programmes and Initiatives at the Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University where she works closely with future, emerging, and current leaders to advance and sustain science based innovation that drives breakthrough impacts for children and families facing adversity.

Raymond Pillidge, MSW, LICSW, MSSP is a social work administrator with over 25 years of experience on the frontline of child welfare practice in the United States. Ray is passionate about driving authentic and culturally responsive solutions that promote resilience in children and their families. He has been honoured for his work with culturally diverse families and communities both locally and nationally. Ray is currently the Northeast Regional Director at the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts. In this role, he oversees eight local area child welfare offices. In addition, Ray currently serves on several child welfare and multi-disciplinary leadership committees at both the local and state level in order to address complex issues ranging from sudden infant death syndrome to transforming the way we think about permanency for children both in and aging out of foster care.


Date Wednesday 4th January 2017 9.00am – 4.30pm

Cost $360 per participant, payable in advance

Venue Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, Level 2 Aurora Centre, 56 The Terrace Wellington

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Note there are limited places and your place is confirmed once payment is received