Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

William Madsen, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Family-Centered Services Project. He provides international training and consultation regarding strength-based, collaborative approaches to working with marginalised youth and families and assists community and government programmes in developing institutional practices and organisational cultures that support family-centered work. Bill has written numerous articles and is the author of Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (2nd Edition) and Collaborative Helping: A Strengths Framework for Home-Based Services. In 2013, Bill was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award by the American Family Therapy Academy for his most recent work.

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KEYNOTE: The importance of vision in complex traumatic situations

Working with children and families facing ongoing and multiple experiences of trauma can be heart-wrenching, stressful, and demoralizing. In these situations, considerations about hopes, dreams and vision can feel like irrelevant luxuries or simply an avoidance of the “real” issues that need to be addressed. This keynote highlights the crucial role that vision can play in engaging caregivers as active participants in order to combine their expertise with ours to influence our work and build detailed, sustainable plans for safety. It offers a succinct framework for developing clear and concise statements of past harm and future worries about danger and combining these with parents’ vision statements in order to use the discrepancy between the two to identify clear safety goals and develop a safety network to implement a concrete safety plan.

WORKSHOP: Simple maps to organize collaborative work with families

Across the world, community agencies are searching for practice frameworks that support strengths-based, collaborative partnerships that are culturally responsive and accountable to the people we serve. Maps can help workers think their way through complex situations rigorously and provide a guide for constructive conversations about challenging issues. This workshop will introduce some simple maps that have been very useful in helping workers organize their work with families. We will work together to apply these maps in participants’ own work contexts.