Trauma: The impact of adverse childhood experiences - Activity Four

From Multiple Perspectives: Common practice challenges – the practitioners' perspective

This activity will be streamed from 3:00 – 3:45 pm AEST, Thursday 30 May.

How to access this activity

Provided you have registered for this stream, the link to the webcast will be provided on this page. MHPN will also send you an email with details on how to log in.


This activity will feature a panel of practitioners who will discuss practice challenges in working with parents who have experienced family adversity, with a focus on supporting children’s wellbeing:

The practice challenges to be addressed will be:

  • How practitioners can have conversations with parents about child protection concerns without shaming, silencing or alienating them
  • How practitioners can respond to parents who hold negative or ambivalent opinions and feelings towards the child that adversely affect the child’s wellbeing
  • How practitioners can support parents who are facing immediate, multiple and often overwhelming adversities establish and maintain positive, hopeful and mindful perspectives for their child’s wellbeing
  • How practitioners can help parents both focus on the social and emotional wellbeing of their children while not feeling stigmatised for their experiences of adversity

This activity is offered as either a stand-alone activity or in tandem with Activity three: From Both Perspectives: Common practice challenges, The parents’ perspective (streamed at 3 pm)

Learning outcomes

At the activity’s conclusion, participants will be equipped with:

  • An understanding of the challenges faced by parents facing adversity when they present at services. What worries them? How can practitioners assuage their concerns?
  • An exploration of professional practices that support parent-child relationships to overcome adversity.
  • An exploration of how practitioners can support parents through adversity, while still maintaining a focus on the social and emotional wellbeing of children.


  • Chris Dolman, SA-based social worker will facilitate this activity.