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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 with 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 Paul Baker - Tennessee (Neuro-Relational Practice)

Dr Heather Modlin & Jenny McGrath - Newfoundland (vicarious Trauma)

Dr Mark Smith - Scotland (Reclaiming the field)

Dr Larry Brendtro - South Dakota (Reclaiming Youth)

Dr Leon Fulcher - New Zealand (Outcomes Than 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 Deland & Noor Almaoui - New York (Cultural Competence)

Joanne Prendergast - Ireland (Diversity)

Rachael Charles - 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)

Michelle Breigel - Alberta (Well-Being)

Okpara Rice - USA (Normal Development OR Pathology)

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)

Nancy Marshall - Ontario (Autistic & Neuro-Divergence)

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)

Jim Donnolly - N. Ireland (Restorative Practice)

Maeve Hurley and Leon Ledwidge - Ireland (Valuing Relationship)

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