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    • 22 Mar 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

    The first of a number of workshops over the year for youth workers who want to learn how to use AI tools in their practice.

    Are you a youth worker who wants to learn how to use AI tools to enhance your work with young people? Do you want to understand the basics of AI and ChatGPT, a powerful natural language generator? Do you want to explore the ethical implications of using AI in youth settings? If yes, then this workshop is for you!

    In this two-hour workshop, you will:

    • Understand AI and ChatGPT fundamentals.
    • Formulate effective queries and prompts
    • Navigate ethical considerations in AI use with young people.
    • Apply ChatGPT in planning activities for and with young people.

    The workshop is divided into five parts, each with a different learning goal and format. Over the time you will explore some examples of AI tools that can be used in youth work. You will use a number of popular AI models hands on. 

    We will focus on ChatGPT, which can generate realistic and engaging conversations based on a given topic or prompt. You will try out ChatGPT with different topics and scenarios, and discuss how it can be used to facilitate dialogue, reflection, and creativity among young people, but also as a tool for yourself as a youth worker in your day to day practice. The learning goal of this part is to experience the potential and limitations of AI tools, and to reflect on the ethical and social implications of using them in youth work.

    By the end of the workshop, you will have an understanding of the current state of AI and its potential. You will also have generated a detailed plan for a youth work session or project, integrating AI tools. You will also have access to resources for further learning about AI and its applications in youth work.

    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 29 Apr 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Online

    The series will include two virtual seminars of two hours each, focusing on Trauma Informed Practice. The series will explore how trauma impacts a young person’s capacity to engage, it will provide Youth Workers with a toolbox of strategies that can be implemented to create relationships and environments that are healing, regulating and rewarding.

    By the end of the series Youth Workers will have the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective strategies that allow young people impacted by trauma to thrive.

    These include;

    • Building relationships that are authentic and regulating to enhance a young person’s capacity to engage
    • Managing conflict with young people and rebuilding the relationship following a rupture
    • Providing young people with opportunities for control
    • Creating Consistent, Predictable and Reliable environments
    • Setting high expectations for young people
    • Implementing process praise
    • Trauma informed negotiations
    • The importance of evidencing progression and celebrating achievement
    • The power of celebrating vulnerability
    • Providing opportunities for young people to contribute
    • Providing opportunities for play

    Participants will be provided with an e-manual that includes the theory and practical tools for implementing each of the strategies listed above.


    The Trauma Informed Practice series will be facilitated by Perri Broadbent-Hogan. Perri is a teacher whose passion is ensuring young people have access to education regardless of their barriers. Perri has undergraduate degrees in science and education from La Trobe University and a Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) from the University of Melbourne. Perri has focussed her teaching career on ensuring young people are provided with biologically respectful learning opportunities within a trauma informed classroom setting, promoting maximal engagement for young people exposed to trauma. Perri has held Deputy Principal and Principal positions across Victoria and Tasmania, including Campus Principal of the largest registered specialist education secondary school in Australia. Perri has authored a book chapter on creating trauma informed classrooms and has written a unit for the Master of Teaching qualification at Victoria University focussing on trauma informed professional practice for teachers. Perri is truly passionate about being in a classroom supporting all young people to learn, and finds great joy in supporting other educators to do the same.

    The Neurosequential Network acknowledges that Perri Broadbent-Hogan has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level.

The YWA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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