2020 has presented challenges to families and to parenting that we haven’t seen before. Families across Australia had already been managing drought, disasters and other pressures, and then Covid-19 hit. The stress of these events, combined with worries regarding job security, finances and trying to educate our kids at home have had parents and kids on the brink.

ACATLGN and UNICEF Australia present Navigating the Challenges of Parenting in 2020, a free webinar for all parents or carers who would like some practical and constructive ideas of how to best manage in these times.

This webinar is universal, it is for anyone who wants to get some advice about parenting in these challenging times. Dads, grandparents, mums, foster or kinship carers, all are welcome.

Date & time

Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 7:30 - 8:45 pm AEST

To join this webinar

Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom webinar.

This webinar will be recorded, those who have registered will be sent a link to the recording following the live webinar. If you are unable to attend the live event, this recording will be available to watch at a later time.

Our panellists

The panel for this webinar is a group of experienced and compassionate experts who have all worked at the coalface with families for many years and understand that parenting is the hardest job there is.

  • Simon Santosha - Managing Director, Men & Family Counselling and Consultancy
  • Lisa Oxman - Psychologist, Adult Mental Health
  • Michelle Roberts - Psychologist, Child Trauma and Disaster Recovery
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This session is hosted by Ms Nicola Palfrey and Ms Laura Gooyers-Bourke, from the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN) at the Australian National University. ACATLGN has been working since 2007 to support children, young people and families impacted by adversity or trauma.

Following this webinar, we will be running a series of targeted sessions (3) for certain groups; dads, parents of children who’ve experienced disaster, and parents of teens. For more information on these sessions, come along to this first session.

About our panellists

Simon Santosha is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Member of the Australian College of Social Workers. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with children, young people, men, women and families dealing with complex trauma, mental health and family relationship issues. Simon has worked with individuals, families, schools, communities and organisations from all backgrounds throughout Australia and it’s this vast experience, combined with his passion for helping men and families through tough times that make him a dynamic and engaging speaker and facilitator.

Lisa Oxman has more than 20 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in a wide range of settings, including adult community mental health services, alcohol and other drugs services, child and adolescent mental health, and in a health promotion service related to suicide and self-harm. Lisa taught in the University of Canberra’s Clinical Psychology program for over 10 years, and is currently teaching in the Australian National University’s Clinical Psychology program. Lisa’s work is influenced by trauma informed therapies, mindfulness-based approaches, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, as well as experiential and relational focused therapies.

Michelle Roberts is a psychologist, teacher and child disaster consultant. Starting her teaching career at a school impacted directly by the Ash Wednesday bushfires, Michelle has continued to work in the field of children, schools, emergencies, critical incidents, grief, loss and trauma. Michelle is a founding member of The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN). Michelle has led projects in Child Centred Disaster Resilience Education (CC-DRE) with the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience, as part of Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) and as a member of the steering committee. Michelle currently works as a Senior Psychologist with the Barrington Centre.

Further Resources for Parents

UNICEF Australia is committed to the rights and well-being of every child.

To provide support for parents and caregivers through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, we have compiled the latest advice, resources and tips to support you and your family. Hear directly from UNICEF experts in health, early childhood development, education, and child protection.

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