Centacare NQ

Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Mount Isa Civic Centre

Register Your Attendance here


Nathan Wallis

Nathan Wallis is a father of three, stepfather to two and foster father to many more. His professional background includes early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer. Following his time at the University of Canterbury, he founded a private training consultancy with the goal of facilitating easy to understand professional development reflecting the latest neuroscience discoveries and their practical implications for everyday practice. Nathan is an advisor for the NZ Ministry of Education, and an expert advisor for NZ Ministry of Vulnerable Children.

Inspirational and charismatic, Nathan’s keen ability to translate neuroscience into every day life and practice engages all audiences. 

Ben Monaghan

Ben Monaghan is the Director of Compass Seminars, a national professional development organisation assisting professionals working with vulnerable children, young people and their parents/carers. As a child and youth mental health clinician he has nearly three decades of experience working with young people and their families in a wide range of settings including out-of-home care, drug and alcohol, tele-psychiatry and rural and remote communities. 




Day One: The Developing Brain

Presented by Nathan Wallis

Monday 21 May 2018, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Suitable for Parents & Service Providers

Advances in genetics and neuroscience have deepened our understanding of brain development and cognitive functioning. Much of the public discussion has related to new knowledge of infant’s brains, however, just as many amazing are discoveries have been made relating to brain development and functioning from childhood right through to late adolescence. Full of “aha!” moments, this workshop focuses on different discoveries in neuroscience, explains them in plain English and provides guidance on how to put this knowledge to practical use in the home, classroom and therapy room, with recommendations backed by evidence from neuroscience for optimum social and emotional well-being. This is an invaluable workshop for parents/ carers and professionals working with children and young people.


Day Two: Building Brains 

Presented by Nathan Wallis and Ben Monaghan

Tuesday 22 May, 9:30am - 3:30pm 

Suitable for Service Providers Only 

Following on from Day One, professionals will have the opportunity to delve deeper into what it takes to build young brains and understand the impact that early life experiences can have on the developing brain. Mixing lecture, experiential activities and group discussions, professionals will learn about:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Building a Brain (Group Activity)
  • Brain Based Interventions (Group Discussions/ Activities)
  • Case Discussions 
  • Self-care, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue 


This event is sponsored by Centacare North Queensland and Communities for Children.

Tickets to this event are complimentary however it is necessary that you still register your attendance on one or both days as seats are limited. Catering will be provided. 



Mount Isa Civic Centre
23 West Street, Mt Isa Q 4825


For all enquiries please contact Centacare North Queensland, Mount Isa directly on 4749 8000

Email: aobrien@centacarenq.org.au


Thank you to Communities for Children and HIPPY for helping to make this event possible.