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Therapeutic Opportunities in a Preschool Setting

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Belinda Blecher, Cathy Milwidsky (Panel includes Lorraine Rose, Dr Robyn Dolby and Prof Bryanne Barnett)
Description A collaborative presentation will explore opportunities to develop skills and strategies in managing difficult behaviour within school settings, as teachers are supported to understand, receive and manage the communications of children in their care. Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussion made of of educators, psychologists and psychiatrists. As changing economic climate and lack of mental health resources in Australia has meant that difficult behaviour that could have ordinarily been attended to in the therapeutic setting is increasingly being left for teachers and school psychologists to manage. We have a responsibility to think about how best to support and skill educational staff to become experts in understanding difficult behaviour, and the panel will provide an opportunity to delve into this discussion.
About the presenter(s) Belinda Blecher trained as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She first qualified as a psychologist and conducted research into multi-lingual preschools. Belinda then completed a post-grad diploma in early years' education. Her special interest is 'infant mental health' and working clinically with under 5's and supporting those to care for them. In London, she worked at the Royal Free Teaching Hospital for eight years with the 'babies in hospital' service, and worked with the under-5 counselling service at the Tavistock Clinic for many years. Since arriving in Sydney in 2004, her work has been divided between working with mothers and babies on the NICU at the Royal Hospital for Women, running a preschool consultance service as well as private child psychology practice in the Eastern Suburbs.
Cathy Milwidsky was born and trained in Johannesburg South Africa as a Montessori Preschool Teacher, a High School Teacher and a School Counsellor. After emigrating to Australia, Cathy completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and then worked at a community organisation where she was responsible for the establishment of the Family Support Program that served a large community in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Cathy is responsible for the overall running of five early childhood centres that cater for children aged 2 to 5 years old. Cathy works closely with her team of teachers and the families to provide a safe, thoughtful and meaningful early years experience.
CPD Hours
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2 hours
[APS Institute CPD. CEDP] [CPD Codes glossary]
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue Fuller Room, Crows Nest Centre
2 Ernest Street, Crows Nest, NSW

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 8 Dec 2012
Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost $25 general admission, $20 POPIG members, $15 Students
Organiser IG - Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychology Interest Group (POPIG) (NSW)
Contact Name Nadine Kasparian
Telephone 0411251204
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