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Coping Resilience & Hope Building, Asia Pacific Regional Conference,

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THE STRENGTHS AND RESILIENCE OF POVERTY STRICKEN RURAL FAMILIES AND HOW THEY SURVIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA - Dr. Mecuitio Motshedi

Dr. Mecuitio Motshedi lecturer, Head, Department of Social Work North West University, South AfricaBlack families in South Africa face seemingly endless challenges, and for many years they had no resources, knowledge, skills and competence to call on in times of distress. Although these families had nothing, they survived and somehow had capacities that they used for striving towards their aspirations, the solution of their problems, meeting of their needs and the enhancement of the quality of their lives. Although the previous political system in South Africa had a dramatic impact on family life, particularly among Black South Africans, families have survived. They have taken initiatives, summoned up resources and coped. Looking at families from a strength perspective the social worker will spend little time to understand what caused the problem and focus on uncovering their strengths. These strengths include survivor's pride, hope for the future, ability to understand another's needs and perspectives, the ability to identify and make choices about individual and family goals. This presentation will focus on the strengths of families in a deep rural area in South Africa where there are no resources and where most of them live in poverty but have survived all these years.
Biodata: Dr. Mecuitio Motshedi is lecturer and Head, Department of Social Work at the North West University, South Africa. Meruitio's doctoral work has focused on poverty-stricken rural families and how they survive. Mosimanegape.Motshedi@nwu.ac.za
COMMUNITY-IN-SCHOOL, SCHOOL-IN-COMMUNITY, A Case Study - Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson, Community Development WorkerIntentionally building community within a school and developing a school's interconnectedness within the local community opens both challenges and opportunities to the concept of 'school community'. The presentation will explore how the St. Paul's School community seeks to 'do things differently' rather than 'doing different things'. The two separate but complementary full time roles of the community development worker and the cultural development worker, their practice frameworks and principles, contribute new perspectives within the education context. Since establishment in 2006, St. Paul's School Community Partnerships has gradually and intentionally integrated within the daily life of the school community. Today, as an embedded program, Community Partnerships is an integral component of a whole school focus on strengths-based practice, seeking to build shared, sustainable community of difference. The holistic approach seeks to collaboratively build a positive learning environment and welcoming learning community, which incorporates: A shared school leadership model; Building a shared, sustainable community of difference; Cultural development within a learning context; A Behaviour Learning model combined with School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS); Various strategies and programs for resilience and coping skills development and Staff support and peer mentoring strategies. The St. Paul's school community seeks to work with disconnection, by developing community, belonging, and shared ownership. Through discovering and highlighting the unique stories, strengths, cultures, resources, insights and experiences that exist individually and collectively, people have permission, voice, and power to address social isolation and injustices, and confidently engage as valued members in their community.
Biodata: Mark Davidson, a Community Development Worker, and Scott Charles, a School Cultural Development Worker represent the St. Paul's School Community Partnerships program. Mark and Scott are both part of the school leadership team and seek to work collaboratively with school staff, students, families, local community and local agencies. mdavidson@bne.catholic.edu.au
BRINGING HOPE TO DISPLACED COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN THAILAND - Photchanat Intaramanon and Jon Oxford

Photchanat Intaramanon, Jon OxfordThe village of Huai Wad was established six and a half years ago when Lahu people from four separate clusters were relocated to where the village now stands. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face many challenges for survival and Huai Wad is no exception. Their greatest challenge was to ensure an adequate water supply through the dry season which lasts six months in this region of Thailand. For five years the community struggled with this problem which seemed impossible to solve within the meagre resources. This paper will describe how the efforts of a small group of Thai and Australian volunteers combined with other partners brought hope to this IDP community in the North of Thailand through small scale projects.
Biodata: Intaramanon Photchanat is a lecturer at the Chiang Rai College of Agriculture and Technology as well as lecturing at the Rajabhat Chiang Rai University in Human Rights. Photchanat is also the Sub Commissioner on Ethnic Issues for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Communities. http://muaykae.ning.com, http://muaykae.blogspot.com
Biodata: Jon Oxford is Director of the Technical Education and branch, within the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Innovation Government.. Jon is also the Program Director for the Centre for Sustainable Communities Thailand. jon.c.oxford@tmr.qld.gov.au

BUILDING YOUNG PEOPLE'S RESILIENCE IN A POVERTY-STRICKEN COMMUNITY: A STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH - Nompumelelo Thabethe

Nompumelelo Thabethe, lecturer Department of Community Development, University KwaZulu-NatalIn South Africa, recent statistics indicate that unemployment remains a formidable challenge, particularly among young people. This paper presents findings of a project that engenders resilience in young people through job creation in a rural community. The study methodology adopted a qualitative design using observations, documentary analysis and in-depth individual interviews with a sample of 23 respondents in six micro-credit projects. The findings demonstrate how young people use their skills and knowledge to integrate social and economic objectives to ultimately build resilience and hope in a community with a high rate of unemployment. Three of the projects are currently achieving their desired goals, while the other three encounter constraints that are beyond their control such as lack of markets and electricity shortages. Despite the challenges, evidence suggests that when people build on existing strengths and resources available in the community, there is greater social cohesion and cooperation among members, thus aligning identity, purpose and action in people. Moreover, the results reveal that no matter how modest the economic benefits are, they nevertheless act as a catalyst for building resilience in marginalised contexts, thus building hope in a society organised around work.
Biodata: Nompumelelo Thabethe is a lecturer in the Department of Community Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She started as a high school teacher in 1993 and later worked in development sector for over 10 years. She holds a qualifications in psychology, education and a Masters degree in Adult Education. Thabethe@ukzn.ac.za

USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO REBUILD SOCIAL RESILIENCE AMONG LARGE DISPERSED POPULATIONS: THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN RURAL AUSTRALIA - Terry Reilly

Dr Terry Reilly, partner Galbraith and Co.Australian Governments must find new policy tools to more directly manage the social and economic effects of climate change on the vast and dispersed rural populations. This paper outlines one such experiment in southern NSW Squawk.com a social network designed to assist local communities rebuild key components of social resilience such as “leadership” while helping stem the social health demands on health and welfare organizations. In the first section the paper outlines the decline in social resilience in these communities, especially the loss of local leadership. The second section of the paper reviews the shortcomings of the dominant Disaster Recovery Model adopted by all the governments (and the communities).The third section examines the evolution of Squawk.com which will go live February this year. The paper describes how Squawk is to rebuild “leadership” by developing Communities of Interest (among farmers, Women, Young people, Aborigines, government workers , commercial & professional groups) across the region using social media tools; and by Providing the community and service agencies with a point of engagement to create and share ideas about renewal
Biodata: Dr Terry Reilly is a partner with Galbraith and Co. with responsibility for the Social Media and the Sustainability Practices. With KPMG Singapore and KPMG Australia, he worked with Governments across the region to improve the delivery of Social Policy programs. terry.reilly@galbraithco.com | www.galbraithco.com
BEYOND THE BARRIERS: USING AN ASSETS BASED APPROACH IN SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES - Dee Brooks

Dee Brooks Family Action Centre, University of NewcastleThis paper will discuss and explore the innovative practical experience and community research being undertaken through the ABCD Asia Pacific Network and the Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle. Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a process of utilising the existing assets of communities and individuals to ensure an inclusive society regardless of age, culture, economic status, location and physical ability. The process of ABCD provides key elements and principles to guide the way forward to help ourselves and others discover and mobilise community strengths. Dee Brooks from the Family Action Centre will discuss the various methods of how ABCD has been successfully utilised when working with transient communities living on caravan parks in the Hunter Valley. She will highlight how it is possible to use an asset and strengths-based approach to assist with disaster management planning and domestic and family violence issues. This paper will examine the benefits of participatory leadership and the role of ABCD in supporting communities. It will explore how through this approach, residents can utilise their own skills and abilities to be empowered and ultimately transform their lives!
Biodata: Dee Brooks is a passionate community worker with the Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle who believes everyone has gifts and abilities to share. Dee's background is; youth work, community research and community development. She coordinates the B.I.G. project, working with residents of caravan parks. Dee is the Facilitator of the ABCD Asia Pacific Network, an accredited ABCD Trainer and Art of Hosting Facilitator. Dee.Brooks@newcastle.edu.au
THE RESILIENCE DOUGHNUT: A STRENGTHS-BASED MODEL FOR BUILDING RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS - Ruth Fordyce

Ruth FordyceThe Resilience Doughnut is a practical, strengths-based model for building resilience in children and young people. Clinical psychologist Lyn Worsley created the model after examining both Australian and international research conducted with resilient young people. Lyn Worsley is now working with the University of Sydney's school of Education and Social Work in a PhD research project examining the efficacy of the Resilience Doughnut as an educational tool and a therapeutic intervention. The Resilience Doughnut considers how to enhance internal positive beliefs which were found to be common amongst resilient young people. The Resilience Doughnut also measures seven external factors in a young person's life, including areas such as parenting, education, skills, peers and community. These seven factors each have the potential to enhance the positive beliefs within the person and thus to help the individual to develop resilience. The Resilience Doughnut focuses on identifying and working with strength factors. In particular, it is the interaction of the external protective factors that will inevitably strengthen resilience, highlight individuality and reduce the stigma of inadequacy often felt by young people in a comparative world.
The Resilience Doughnut is a clear, simple yet powerful tool that fits well within strengths-based and solution-focused work.
Biodata: Ruth Fordyce works at a private practice of psychologists in Sydney. Ruth is an Accredited Trainer in the Resilience Doughnut model developed by Lyn Worsley and has presented the Resilience Doughnut to parents, school students and practitioners across Australia. ruth@theresiliencedoughnut.com.au, www.theresiliencedoughnut.com.au
ART THERAPY WITH A GESTALT PERSPECTIVE - Yaro Starak

Yaro Starak, Gestalt Therapist, Toronto Gestalt InstituteThis presentation will examine and develop ways and means to enhance the coping and support the resilience of people's personal abilities using art therapy as a means to enhance those abilities. Art therapy is a primary form of psychological treatment used by helping professions today, and is no longer considered an adjunct to traditional methods such as talk therapy. It carefully weaves together psychotherapy with the creative art process, and can be a highly effective way to enable healing through the exploration of verbal and non-verbal expression. Through the creation of art, we will learn the resources available to work with clients to enable a wide range of emotional and psychological needs - such as people working to cope with mental and physical illnesses, disability, people who have experienced life traumas and for those who are seeking personal development and awareness.
Biodata: Yaro is a trained Gestalt Therapist from Toronto Gestalt Institute. Since 1978 he lectured at the University of Queensland. Yaro has published books, training manuals and numerous articles in several international journals in Gestalt Therapy and Group Process, on group work, Gestalt Therapy, Family Therapy, Alternative living, Men's issues and Deep Psychology. As an accredited Values & Leadership coach and founding member of GANZ Gestalt Australia & New Zealand the accrediting body of Gestalt therapy training Institutes, Yaro offers training in Europe, Mexico and Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Italy and Spain. http://starak.blogspot.com/
RESILIENCE AMONG SUDANESE IN AUSTRALIA - Kate Murray

Kate Murray PhD Clinical Psychology Arizona State UniversityIn recent years, people from Sudan have comprised a large percentage of the Australian settlement program with widespread diaspora following decades of civil war in their homeland. The majority of past research on the experiences of individuals settled through humanitarian programs has largely focused on reports of post-traumatic stress disorder and pathology resulting from prior trauma. An in-depth study using qualitative and quantitative methods was completed in 2007 to examine the individual and community experiences of Sudanese in southeast Queensland and to explore experiences of adaptation, life satisfaction, and well-being over and above the experiences of adversity and pathology. A total of 90 Sudanese adults participated in the project with the principal aim of examining the impact of individual experience, community context and programming on the resettlement experience. The presentation will reflect on key themes highlighted from the research and developed in conjunction with ongoing collaboration with the Sudanese community. Key themes include the role of social ties, basic skills, and opportunities for advancement within Australian society as essential components for successful adaptation. Discussion of positive and negative factors in settlement and recommendations for future advancements in settlement practices will be provided.
Biodata: Kate Murray a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on culturally appropriate health and mental health interventions for racial and ethnic minority groups. Her work emphasizes issues related to acculturation with recent migrants and the intersection of mental and physical health. kmurray@projects.sdsu.edu
RESILIENCE AND COMPASSION SATISFACTION IN CLINICIANS EXPOSED TO THE 9/11 DISASTER - Carol Tosone

Carol Tosone, Ph.D. Associate Professor New York UniversityThis paper presents the results of a survey exploring the long-term impact of 9/11 on clinicians practicing and/or residing in New York City. The focus of the study was to determine what variables are associated with clinician resiliency and professional satisfaction. A total of 481 members of the National Association of Social Work Manhattan Chapter (38% response rate) replied to the mail survey. Resiliency was measured by the Connor-Davidson Resiliency Scale and compassion satisfaction was measured by the subscale of the Professional Quality of Life Scale. Both resiliency and compassion satisfaction were associated with increased age, secure attachment, lower rates of posttraumatic stress disorder, a history of personal trauma, and advanced institute training. In response to an open-ended question regarding their 9/11 experiences, clinicians reported themes of professional posttraumatic growth, such as having greater therapeutic intimacy with patients, a renewed appreciation for their chosen profession, and a greater ability to balance personal and career demands.
Biodata: Carol Tosone, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at New York University School of Social Work and recipient of the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Social Work Journal and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. carol.tosone@nyu.edu

 

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