Working with families caring for someone with a disability, illness or other longer-term condition is both rewarding and challenging. This includes children and adults living with disabilities such as intellectual disability, acquired brain injuries, progressive neurological conditions and medical conditions requiring high levels of care. While each family and each care situation is different, there are common family needs. By looking after the family, we maximize positive outcomes for the individual as well as family members.

In this course, you will be introduced to helpful frameworks for understanding and responding to the needs of families of living with disability including the Family Tasks Model which attends to grief mixed with trauma, reconstructing identity, growing through adversity, restructuring roles and responsibilities, creating new meaning. You will have an opportunity to develop skills in family inclusive conversations to better meet individual and family needs.

This event will cover:

  • Identify four key dimensions of illness and long-term conditions and how they impact family adaptation
  • Understand the impact of illness and longer-term conditions on the individual and family members such as parents, partners, etc.
  • Develop confidence in holding family inclusive conversations
  • Use the Family Tasks Model as a framework to respond to family needs and promote adaptation and well-being


  • Franca Butera–Prinzi (Team Leader (Community Services)) — The Bouverie Centre
  • Nella Charles (Family Therapist and Clinical Psychologist) — The Bouverie Centre

Eligibility criteria

Practitioners in health and community support services, including allied health professionals, NDIS coordinators, case managers, community workers, counsellors, disability workers.

Categories: Families & carers, Trauma informed care
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult

Tuesday 14 September 2021
09:30 to 16:30
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The course cost is inc. GST

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