Engaging disengaged young people @ Hobart

Date: 17-Nov-2020

      Hobart College -Sustainability Learning Centre (SLC)-  Tuesday & Wednesday, 17th-18th November 2020



    Working with disengaged young people means catching their attention fast, doing something so they will connect with what is happening and how it’s happening, and with you. It means approaching young people in unexpected ways: grabbing their attention and firing their imaginations. It means doing all this from a solid evidence base of wellbeing, and resilience, and with an awareness of what is more likely to work with young people who are having a hard time of life.

    We will look at multiple ways to connect with young people, through:

    • Using conversational storytelling to challengingly-supportive questions
    • The two minute conversation;
    • The four-line drawing and the idea of physical conversations.
    • Looking at how the evidence, the approach and the strategies can be built into programmes, projects and individual interactions.

    This workshop is intended for you if you find yourself in a youth centre, classroom, rehab centre, youth refuge school or just sitting in a car driving somewhere with a young person; because that’s part of your job too.


    When: Tuesday & Wednesday, 17-18th November 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

    Where: Hobart College -Sustainability Learning Centre (SLC), Olinda Grove, Mount Nelson Tasmania 7007


    Cost: The early bird booking is $550 registration occurs before 17th October 2020 (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 17th October is $660 (GST included). Morning tea and lunch is provided.

    To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.


    Facilitator: Peter Slattery

    Peter has worked with individuals, families and communities for over 30 years. He lives in Sydney, but works throughout Australia as well as Asia, Europe and North America. He has written 'Youth works’ and produced the training DVD 'Conversations with young people', and most recently the group work resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. He strives constantly to find or develop new, exciting and ever more useful ways of helping people explore what troubles or inspires them. In this quest, he calls on anything that might be helpful; physical movement, theatre, storytelling, drawing, what might be called ‘humour’ and really, anything at all that might add something to this process. Peter says "what a totally challenging joy all of this is"!


    Feedback from previous workshops

    We collect feedback from participants at the conclusion of each workshop we facilitate. You can find summary data on our feedback page. Some of the feedback collected from 175 participants between 2012 and 2018 in Peter Slattery’s Groupwork and Young People workshop includes:

    "Pete is great – engaging – informative."

    "All of the content was important and relevant. I really enjoyed building confidence with group-based stuff."

    "There are activities that I can use straight away and I am looking forward to positively adapting the way I engage groups."

    "Excellent mix of hands on activities and learning backed up by theories about why it works."

    "I loved all of it – such a privilege to spend this time with you and learn from your knowledge and stories Pete."



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