Dates: April 20, 2020
          April 21, 2020
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: 9 Portland Row
             Dublin 1


Due to the ongoing threat of COVID19, this event has been postponed until further notice.
In the meantime,  PARTICIPATE in weekly Diversity and inclusion discussions.

Exploring Approaches to Diversity and Inclusion with Children and Youth Accessing Services



This 1 day introductory training running on consecutive dates is for youth workers, social workers, educators, foster parents and anyone working with diverse children and youth.


Approaches to Working with Children and Youth

  • Anti-oppression (diversity, equity, and inclusion) 

  • Asset-based

  • Trauma-Informed

  • Harm Reduction

Activities will include Problem-Based Learning 

Problem Based Learning mini-modules that will focus on individual and team practice as well as educational policies and procedures. The aim of the PBLMs is to re-align practice, policies, and procedures so that the services and care provided to service-users are collaborative, effective, and sustainable. This will improve and streamline procedures such as referrals, crisis management, shared care, and enhance client care and experience. The PBLMs will use real-life situations faced by children and youth accessing services.

What you will get out of this workshop:



  • Practical approaches to creating safe space for your service users.

  • Practical approaches to bridging the gap between your services and children and youth who would benefit from your services. 

  • A deeper understanding of diversity and inclusion as social justice measures for marginalised children and youth.

  • The latest in research and implementation of diversity and inclusion in child-focused services.

  • Evidence-informed approaches to diversity inclusion.


About the Facilitator:

Dr. Tapo Chimbganda taught undergraduate and graduate students in Education, Sociology, Social Work and other programs at universities in Canada and England. As a practitioner, she is a qualified child and youth counsellor and licensed therapist with almost 20 years’ experience working for community and non-profit organizations, schools, and healthcare providers. She has presented on diversity, equity, and inclusion; social justice and pedagogy at conferences in Australia, Finland, Ireland, Canada, and Scotland. Dr. Tapo has been published on matters of mental health, education, the racialized family, and social justice in academic texts and journals. ​ She has also been a guest on several radio shows and appeared in the CBC program, Black in Canada. Her first book: The Classroom as Privileged Space, published in 2017, focuses on social justice and education for marginalized populations. As a consultant, she has worked with educators and clinical practitioners in Canada and USA helping them facilitate and maintain safe spaces for young people and learners.