Masterclass - Transforming the way we lead change

Conference 2017

Noel McNarama leads this masterclass in leadership in child welfare 

Leadership in child welfare is complex.  Effective leaders at all levels are needed in order to motivate others to engage staff, children, young people, and families in new ways.  However, the field of contemporary neuroscience tells us that human behaviour in child and family-serving organisations doesn’t work the way many leaders think that it does (Rock & Schwartz, 2006).  “Getting people on board” during an organisational change initiative is challenging. There is science to engagement that can help us better understand what it takes to inspire others to be actively involved and invested in the personal learning and systems change that leads to improved outcomes for children, young people, and families. This workshop will explore:

  • key brain areas involved in decision-making and problem solving
  • the role emotions play in memory and decision-making
  • the concept of the brain as a social organ and the social needs that influence our capacity to engage or collaborate with others.
  • why change is hard and how to make it stick

About Noel: 

Noel has been a social worker for over 35 years and is the current National Manager of Policy and Research at the Australian Childhood Foundation.

With extensive experience as practitioner, supervisor, manager and senior executive in the statutory and community sectors, Noel has experience in therapeutic communities for children, child protection, and counselling and trauma, abuse and neglect work. His particular areas of interest include: trauma and the impact on children, young people and families; understanding the impact of caring for children and young people who have been hurt in relationships; the neuroscience of supervision and leadership. He is the co-author of Supervising Child Protection Practice: What Works? (2017)