Simon Santosha

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Simon delivers evidence-based, thought-provoking keynotes at conferences and forums. He conducts full day and half day workshops for allied health professionals, government and non-government agencies, schools, workplaces and community groups. Below is a selection of Simon’s work.


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Conferences

Keynote speaker

  • Annual South Australia Family Law Pathways Forum ‘Men and families in a family law context’.

  • Queensland Department of Education and Training’s South-East Region ‘Keys to unlocking learning and wellbeing’ conference.

  • Tamworth White Elephant Winter Ball to raise awareness of mental health in the community and raise money for youth mental health charity Batyr.

  • Occasional address at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony for the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).


Presenter

  • 2018 National Men’s Health Conference (Sydney) – Paper presentation on Reinventing the wheel - Engaging men in counselling services.

  • Guest speaker at Golf Course Superintendents Association of Queensland (GCSAQ) ‘Man Day’ 2018 in Brisbane about men’s mental health.

  • Guest speaker at Golf Course Superintendents Association of Queensland (GCSAQ) ‘Men’s Mental Health Day’ 2018 in Rockhampton.

  • BUSHkids Annual Conference 2017 (Brisbane)- Engaging Fathers.

  • Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National conference – Good practice approaches to preventing separated instigated violence.

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) State Conference – Underneath the masculine mask: How to effectively engage and work with fathers experiencing depression.

  • National Men’s Health Conference – Attachment, Neuroscience and Relationships: Why we are wired for difference and what we can do about it.

  • Childcare Qld and NSW State Conferences – Engaging dads in the early years.

  • Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National conference – Underneath the masculine mask: How to effectively engage and work with fathers experiencing depression.

  • Queensland Department of Education and Training’s Management of Young Children Program Conference – Engaging Dad’s into the early year’s sector.

  • Queensland Health: Child Health Toowoomba Regional Conference – Engaging Dad’s in Child and Family Health Services.


Workshops

  • Australian Government Department of Human Services (Social Work Dept) – Engaging men (Advanced Skills) - 5 x 4 hour workshops delivered via virtual classroom technology in 2018 to DHS sites across Australia and more than 100 Centrelink social workers.

  • Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works (Gold Coast Housing Service Centre) - Engaging and working with hard to reach men one day workshop in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

  •  Why do men hide and not seek? Insights to engaging the everyday bloke - one day workshop in 2018 for Gold Coast practitioners.

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Qld Branch Continuing Professional Development one day workshop 2018 - ‘Underneath the masculine mask: how to effectively engage and work with men experiencing depression’.

  • Australian Government Department of Human Services (Social Work Dept) – Engaging and working with men (separated fathers, men experiencing depression or presenting with 'difficult behaviours') - 7 x 3 hour workshops delivered via videoconference in 2017 to 20 DHS sites across Australia and more than 100 Centrelink social workers.

  • Cairns Family Law Pathways Network (FLPN) 1 day workshop - Hearing the untold stories of men: Engaging separated fathers.

  • Tamworth Family Law Pathways Network (FLPN) 2 day workshop - Working with men who have difficulty regulating their emotions.

  • OZCARE Gold Coast Family Support Service - 1 day workshop - Engaging and working with men experiencing depression or presenting with 'difficult' behaviours.

  • Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Alumni - Engaging men into counselling and support services.

  • Darwin/Top End Family Law Pathways Network (FLPN) – Engaging and working with separated fathers.

  • Alice Springs Family Law Pathways Network (FLNP) – Engaging and working with separated fathers.

  • Mental Health Providers Network WebinarWorking Collaboratively to Support the Mental Health of Men Experiencing Difficulties Regulating their Emotions.

  • Logan Family Relationship Centre (FRC) – Engaging separated fathers.

  • Sunshine Coast Uniting Community Care (UCC) – Co-parenting after separation.

  • Sunshine Coast Family Law Pathways Network (FLPN) – Engaging separated fathers.

  • Toowoomba Family Law Pathways Network (FLPN) – Engaging separated fathers.

  • Townsville Centacare and Family Law Pathways Network (FLPN) – Working with men that present as “difficult’ into community support services.

  • Tamworth Centacare – He said, She Said: Attachment, Neuroscience and Relationships. Why we are wired for difference and what we can do about it.


Workplaces - Men's mental health and wellbeing

  • Laing O'Rourke Hunter Valley - Men's Health and Wellbeing workshops

4 x 4 hour workshops delivered over two days to blue collar workers and office staff. The interactive workshops were designed to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing, risk factors for mental health issues, looking after your mental health and wellbeing, supporting a workmate and promote early help-seeking/support.

  • Gold Coast City Council - Men's Health and Wellbeing toolbox talks

Series of talks for council outdoor workers and team leaders at various work sites about men's health and wellbeing.  The talks were designed to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing, recognising the signs of common mental health issues, tips for looking after yourself and your mates, healthy relationships at work and at home and managing your emotions. 
 


 

Rural and regional community forums

  • Tamworth “Weathering the Drought” Tour
    Partnership with Challenge Community Services to deliver community talks to the New England region as part of the Australian Government’s Drought Relief Initiative. The talks raised awareness about the importance of maintaining good mental health and positive relationships during periods of drought. Communities involved include:

    • Tamworth

    • Gunnedah

    • Barraba

    • Curlewis

    • Armidale

    • Pallamallawa

    • Mullaley

    • Nundle

    • Moree

    • Mungindi

    • Farrer Agricultural School

  • Far West NSW Roadshow Event
    Partnership with Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes to deliver community talks to the Broken Hill/Far West NSW region about how to build and maintain healthy relationships in rural and regional communities affected by drought. The talks raised awareness about common relationship issues, resolving conflict, respectful communication and tools to maintain healthy relationships. Community talks about fathering and engaging men into support services were also conducted. Communities involved include:

    • Bourke

    • Broken Hill

    • Tibooburra

    • Wanaaring

    • Perilya Mine

    • Dubbo

  • Mount Isa Healthy Relationships Community Talks
    Partnership with Centacare North Queensland to deliver community talks to the Mount Isa region about how to build and maintain healthy relationships. The talks raised awareness about common relationship issues, resolving conflict, respectful communication and how to maintain healthy relationships. Communities involved include:

    • Mount Isa

    • Cloncurry

  • Merriwa Farm Safety Week – student and community talks
    Partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in Scone NSW as part of their Interschool’s Farm Safety Initiative. Talks delivered on mental health and wellbeing and healthy relationships for:

    • Merriwa Agriculture students (boys)

    • Merriwa farmers

    • Singleton Beef and Land Management group


Schools

Binge drinking - What's the harm?  - workshops for adolescent boys at The Southport School (TSS).

  • 2 x 2 hour workshops designed to explore the issue of binge drinking, what it means for adolescent boys and how they can make responsible drinking choices. The workshops are designed to be informative and interactive and involve:

- large and small group discussions

- real-life scenarios

- individual exercises.

  • Professional development workshop for teachers, principals, guidance officers and other school support staff – Peeling away the mask: Using relational-neuroscience in the class to improve social and emotional wellbeing. Schools recently involved include:

    • Currumbin State School

    • Robina State School

    • Park Lake State School

    • Peak Crossing State School

    • Helensvale High School

  • Healthy and Respectful Relationships presentations for adolescent boys
    Schools recently involved include:

    • Southport High School

    • Miami High School

    • Keebra Park High School

    • Helensvale High School

    • Varsity College

    • Merrimac High School

    • Palm Beach Currumbin

    • Stratton College

  • Parenting Talks - Negotiating the adolescent years’ presentations. Schools recently involved include:

    • Miami High School

    • Palm Beach Currumbin

    • Helensvale High School.