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How poverty shapes the mind (ADL)

May 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$75 – $225

Many people working with disadvantaged clients come from a different economic class than their clients and this can lead to high levels of frustration, exasperation and annoyance with clients traditionally labelled as “difficult” or “resistant”. Understanding the hidden rules for the economics of poverty can assist workers to engage these clients and to refrain from those frustrated judgements that plague us all at times. Will include psycho-education, small group discussions and interactive activities.
Topics covered in this one-day workshop will include:

  • In different economic classes what are the driving forces
  • The hidden rules in different economic classes such how money is viewed or how time is viewed
  • What form humour takes and its purpose
  • Exploring the various categories of resources that constitute a state of poverty
  • Discourse patterns
  • The value of bonding and bridging relationships
  • The costs and benefits of moving to a different economic class
  • Cognitive strategies to mediate skills gaps

Meet the presenter

Donna Broadhurst

Donna Broadhurst has taught at in early childhood education and management degree programs at university level (UniSA), has developed and run a community based course for children’s services workers and also many parenting psychoeducation sessions for parents throughout the state. Donna was the inaugural SA Facilitator for Kids Matter Early Childhood, the Federal Government mental health program for the early years. Donna regularly runs PD sessions for early childhood staff across the state.


May 21
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$75 – $225
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