Intergenerational Conflict

The MYAN NSW hosted a Sector Development Fourm on Multicultural Young People and Intergenerational Family Conflict on Tuesday 22 November 2011 @ The Hills Holroyd Parramatta MRC Inc.

The forum focused on providing information about intergenerational family conflict and good practice examples of projects that work with families and young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to try and resolve conflict.

Presenters included:

NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)

Thanh Nguyen and Fatma Mohamed from the Department of Family and Community Services presented about intergenerational and family conflict and the child protection system.

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SydWest Multicultural Services Inc

Abulla Agwa from SydWest Multicultural Services Inc presented about the Family Harmony Project at SydWest and issues faced by young people and their families when dealing with intergenerational family conflict.

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Relationships Australia

Rahat Chowdhury from Relationships Australia in Parramatta presented about the Strength-to-Strength program that works with young people and their families from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Powerhouse Youth Theatre

Danielle Antaki, Artistic Director of Powerhouse Youth Theatre presented about the ‘See it my way’ project an interactive Forum Theatre Performance about family conflict and commuication devised by students and families from Fairfield High School in consultation with local community elders and in partnership with Fairfield City Council.

Description of the project:

SEE IT MY WAY: A Resource Kit for Intergenerational Family Conflict issues for use within conferences, forums, workshops and community programs.

This resource kit can be used in a number of ways in a range of community or educational contexts to provoke and generate discussion and exploration of the many issues surrounding intergenerational conflicts. This can include working with community groups of any ages, large or small, facilitating a Forum or Convention exploring intergenerational issues or even teaching high school students in HSIE or Welfare lessons. Using as its basis the Intergenerational Forum Theatre Project, See It My Way, produced and created by Powerhouse Youth Theatre and young people and families from Fairfield High, it gives detailed starting points for developing similar community intergenerational projects. The Resource Kit also offers sample lesson or workshop plans utilising the video resources within the DVD kit which can be adjusted to suit the needs of a number of community contexts.

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