'Helping Families Change Conference' to be held in Sydney

Date: Oct 14, 2013

The Department of Family and Community Services (New South Wales) has announced that it will be co-hosting and sponsoring the 'Helping Families Change Conference', which will be taking place in Sydney between 19 and 21 February 2014.

This is the sixteenth time such a conference has been held, and "practitioners, policy makers and researchers working with families in the health, education, and welfare sectors" from all over the world have been invited to give presentations.

The conference is being jointly convened by the University of Queensland, and is regarded by many as a "leading international scientific event" that gives attendees the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in the field of family issues.

Through seminars, practical sessions and debates, the 'Helping Families Change Conference' will highlight some of the problems facing parents and children in 2013, and equip them with the tools to overcome these.

There will be presentations on such complex issues as disability, mental health, divorce, extreme poverty and alcoholism, and how all of these can impact family life.

One of the highlights of 2014's 'Helping Families Change Conference', which will take place in Sydney from February 19 to 21, will be Professor Matthew Sanders' seminar entitled 'Triple P - Positive Parenting Program'.

Professor Sanders is the director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, and will "address the issue of working with complex families who need tailored support"

According to John Pickering, convenor of the 'Helping Families Change Conference', this is an area that practitioners in New South Wales have highlighted as being "particularly challenging".

Professor Alan Hayes, who is the director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, will also give a presentation.

He will discuss his latest research, a longitudinal study titled 'Growing Up in Australia', which promises to shed some much-needed light on issues such as separation, divorce and couple relationships.

Finally, two international speakers - Patricia Howlin from Kings College, London, and Dr Patricia Kohl from Washington University, St. Louis - will discuss "the complexities of working with complex and varied families".

Those who are interested in attending should keep in mind that early-bird registrations close on December 21.

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