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Welcome to the 5th Annual UNITY conference.

Over recent years those working in the caring professions have been bombarded with many new concepts and 'JARGON' - much of which is emerging from related professions.

In the absence of clear instruction on the meaning of words, concepts, diagnosis and theories, we run the risk of making our own (possibly incorrect) interpretations of what these are. Additionally we run the risk of pathologizing normal emotional development.

Unity V (2018) will provide a forum for the coming together all who are interested in the care, protection and welfare of children and families, to discuss some of the many topic that underpin our work. We will hear from international and local experts, professionals and educators.

The objectives of this 2 day conference are:

(i) to provide a forum to share experience on the 'vocabulary' currently in use within social work, child & youth care (social care) and related professions;

(ii) to examine these within the context of relational practice;

(iii) to examine how these are shaping the current and future focus of caring peofessions.

The event is open to ALL who are involved in the provision of care, education, therapy and other related services to children, youth and families. Delegates are welcome from (but not limited to) the following profrssional groups: front-line practitioners (social work, social care, teachers, family support staff), clinicians, educators, justice professionals, mental health staff, therapists, researchers, managers, carers and students.

Hotel Accommodation:

Accommodation should be booked directly via The Bonnington Dublin Reservations Office 01-8373544 (Open Mon-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri & Sat 9am-6pm, closed Sundays) or on the Hotel Website www.bonningtondublin.com using Promo Code Unity18.

The rates offered this year are per night: Single Room €85 (B&B), Twin/Double Room €105 (B&B)

A synopsis of presenters and their topics is listed below.

Dr Mark Smith (Scotland) - Reclaiming the Field

Dr Paul Baker (Tennessee) - Neuro-Relational Practice

Jim Donnolly (N. Ireland) - Developing Post-Conflict Resilience

Dr Heather Modlin (Newfoundland & Labrador) & Jenny McGrath (Alberta) - (Vicarious Trauma)

Dr Clive Acraman (UK) - Language in Caring Professions

Dr Leon Fulcher (New Zealand) - Outcomes That Matter

Dr Thom Garfat (Quebec) - Child & Youth Care

Dr Michael Ryan and Ms Cathy Jones (Ireland) - Capacity Building

Dr John Digney (Ireland) - What’s a Mode of Care?

Frank Delano (New York) & Noor Almaoui (California) - Cultural Competence

Joanne Prendergast (Ireland) - Diversity

Ziigwan Binesii (Ontario) - Culture: Safety, Love and Hope

Maxwell Smart (Scotland) - Transition and Trauma

Martin Stabrey (South Africa) - CYC-Net

Emmett Tuite (Ireland) - Reflecting on Language

Deb Cockerton & Bridget Kelley (Ontario) - Bullying

Kelly Shaw & Joanne Fraser (Nova Scotia) - Supervision

Nancy Marshall (Ontario) - Autistism & Neuro-Divergence

Michelle Breigel (Alberta) - Well-Being

John Byrne (Ireland) - The Professional Helping Relationship

Kathleen Mulvey & Jill Neilson (Scotland) - Writing & Recording

Derek McDonnell (Ireland) - Focusing and Emotional Resilience

Varoshini Nadesan (South Africa) - Field Instruction

Rebecca Seabrook & Larissa Doidge (Ontario) - Relational Practice

Brian Hogan (Ireland) - What is Care anyway?

Cherylanne James & Delores (Ontario) - Trauma through an ‘Anishinaabe’ lens

Catherine Reilly (N. Ireland) - Love, Touch & Relational Practice

Maeve Hurley and Leon Ledwidge (Ireland) - Valuing Relationship

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