National Conference 2015

Opening - Anne Tolley, Minister of Social Development

Keynote: Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

Workshop: Jill Secker - Emerge Supervision Services

"Well-being in Practice"

In this workshop we explore why valuing and maintaining our professional well-being is critically important, who benefits and how "in practice" we can do this. Share your ideas, tools and learn from each other.

Keynote: Liz Beddoe – University of Auckland

"Reimagining Social Services - resisting the blame and shame game"

Liz practises as a health social worker for 12 years, specializing in women's health and has published articles on social work education, supervision and professional issues in journals in New Zealand and overseas.

Keynote Adress: Tevita Funaki -CEO, The Fono Health & Social Services

“The Fono"

The Fono is focused and committed to reducing the health inequalities of communities by finding innovative ways to deliver culturally appropriate services across all their locations.

Workshop: Dianne Harris -Whangarei Anglican Care Trust

“Growth from Small Beginnings"

A presentation based on the growth of the community education programmes run at the Anglican Care Centre and the session includes practical information about the habits and attitudes that affect the way we use our money.

Speed Dating

This is an opportunity for conference attendees to ask questions of any of the groups:

Tara D'Sousa -Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA)

Sue Mackwell -Children's Action Plan

Ruth Palmer -Community Investment

Robert Choy -Ngā Tāngata Microfinance

Crystal Keung -Whānau Tahi

Timothy McMichael -Family Works Northern

Gill Genet and James Lord -Careerforce

Shirleyanne Brown and Robert Akuhata -E Tu Whānau! Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau,

David MacKay -The Treasury

Keynote: Paul Nixon - Chief Social Worker, Child, Youth and Family

"Strengthening Partnerhips to improve ourcomes for vulnerable children"

Paul Nixon is Chief Social Worker for Child, Youth and Family, in the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand.

Keynote: Action Education -South Auckland Poets Collective

"Poetry is Necessary"

Action Education uses action and creative based methods to ignite the engagement of young people at all stages of their development. This acts as a catalyst to begin a self-motivated journey of reflection and exploration which strengthens their esteem, confidence and sense of identity.

Workshop: Brian Cunningham and Hannha Mitchell - Child and Youth Friendly Whangarei Steering Group

"Looking at Your Organisation through a Child Centred Lens"

This workshop concentrates on participants learning how to develop an "Individual Agency Plan" to become more child-friendly in their practices.

Keynote Address: Gill Genet and James Lord - Careerforce

"Collaborative and Innovative Workforce Development: will it realise the first social service apprentice in 2016?"

Careerforce is New Zealand's Industry Training Organisation for the community support and health sectors. They create positive change through work-based training; providing qualifications that enhance the workforce and improve the wellbeing of everyday New Zealanders.

Workshop: Judith Morris

"Attachment as a key to forming a sense of togetherness within family/ whanau and community"

This presentation gives a brief outline of theoretical framework from neuroscience and attachment theory. Case material will illustrate the key concepts and provide practical interventions for working therapeutically with children and their families/whanau and community.

Workshop: Adam Rivett, Jane Denley and Peggy Waite - The Waimate Project

"The Power of Collective Impact: A working model of true community development"

The Waimate Project started back in July 2012, when Adam Rivett, Principal of Waimate Main Primary School, called a public meeting to highlight the social problems in the Waimate Community, and challenge organisations working in the under 5 area to work together with the community and come up with solutions to improve outcomes for local families.

Conference 2015 Delegates Interviews

Q1. What did you enjoy about this year's Conference?

Q2. What is one action of significance SSPA can make at this time?

Q3. What have you taken away from this year's Conference?