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Meet the speakers of the Creating Compassionate Communities conference

Creating Compassionate Communities conference: Come join the conversation to learn more about factors contributing to child sexual abuse and sexual violence offending in Australia

Joining us on Wednesday 12th October 2022, at the Novotel Perth Langley Hotel, we have some incredibly special representatives from the sector bringing important insights about how to address current challenges confronting our communities. Learn from Dr Michael Flood, Maree Crabbe, Kayelene Kerr, and Dr Carolyn Johnson, Coby Greer and others, to engage in the conversation to understand how we can influence building better brains so to speak, where children do not have their capacity to self-regulate, or the optimal development of positive self-concepts compromised by these challenging times in which we all live.

When we are better informed, we are more effective in our work. Each person can make a difference by influencing one mind and one heart at a time.

Learn more about the Conference Presenters:

Maree Crabbe

It’s time we talked: Porn, young people and prevention of violence

A lady smiles and looks at the camera.Readily available and aggressively marketed online, exposure to hardcore pornography is now mainstream. Porn has become a default sex educator for many young people, with serious implications for their capacity to negotiate free and full consent, for mutual respect, sexual health, and gender equality. Young people need support to navigate respectful, consenting, and safe sexuality and relationships in this new reality. Yet many of the adults in their lives are unaware of the issues or feel ill-equipped to respond. Learn about pornography’s impacts on young people and what we can do to address them. You can watch her video here.

Kayelene Kerr

Reducing The Harm: Talking About Children and Pornography 

A lady looks over her shoulder and smilesThe internet and portable electronic devices has transformed the way pornography is accessed and how pornography accesses children. Whilst pornography is not new, the nature and accessibility of pornography has changed considerably. Children are growing up in a world where it’s impossible to avoid sexualised media and pornography. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ a child will see pornography but ‘when’ and the when is getting younger and younger. It’s never too early to begin proactive and protective conversation and education. Participants will leave this session with research and evidence based up-to-date information, conversation starters, practical strategies and resource recommendations. You can watch her video here.

Dr Carolyn Johnson

Building Safer Communities

A lady stands in front of a green bush and smiles. She wears glasses.Dr Carolyn Johnson has 40 years’ experience as a social worker delivering clinical service to clients, managing, and supervising professional staff, individually and in groups, teaching, developing curricula, researching, writing, and advocating for social change. She co-authored the “Columbus Program,” introducing differential case management for cases involving child abuse and Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) in the Family Court of Western Australia. Carolyn works with schools to “Build Safer Communities” a program she has developed for the wider school community to address a range of social problems including FDV, bullying, and mental health. Watch her video here.

Dr Michael Flood (live stream)

Building Respect: engaging men and boys in change for gender justice

A man with flowers on his shirt smiles directly at the cameraThere are growing efforts in Australia and around the world to involve men and boys in moving away from rigid and harmful masculinities and to engage them in building gender justice. What works in engaging men and boys? How can we inspire their participation and their involvement in change? Hear insights about engaging men and boys, explore how to address dilemmas and difficulties, and learn about effective practice. You can watch his video here.

Louise Lamont

Building Better Brains: Understanding the impact of trauma and stress on self-regulation

A lady wearing scarves and necklaces smiles at the camera.

Dr Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model – The Shanker Method TM – is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth, and adults. This presentation will introduce The Shanker Method and the five domains of self-regulation and highlight the impact of trauma on the brain and nervous system. You can watch her video here.

Dr Stuart Shanker
(a pre-recorded conversation)

A conversation with a neuroscientist (pre-recorded interview) 

A man with glasses looks thoughtfully at the camera.Dr Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, internationally celebrated speaker, thinker, and writer. Dr Shanker is one of the world’s leading authorities on self-regulation. Stuart trained intensively in child psychotherapy under Stanley Greenspan; he was the Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University; President of the Canadian Council of Early Child Development; Director of the Council of Human Development; and has served for many years as an advisor to Government and education organisations across Canada and internationally. Stuart founded the Self-Regulation Institute, where he currently serves as Science Director to continue his research into self-regulation. Stuart went to Oxford University in 1975 to study the philosophy of mathematics, but by the time he left in 1986 his main interests were early childhood brain development and learning.

Coby Greer

Surprise self-care presentation

A lady with broad rimmed glasses looks at the camera and smiles.Coby Greer has 25 years of experience in human services. She is a counsellor (Ma. Counselling), clinical supervisor, psycho-educational trainer, certified yoga teacher, a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator and is currently studying a post-graduate diploma in Family and Relationship Therapy. Coby believes that wellness and wellbeing are a right for all and is passionate about supporting people in their healing through the self-transformative practices of evidence-based psychological therapies; trauma-informed somatic modalities and complementary therapy.

Further announcements to come about additional speakers and activities for the day.

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