End of Year Short Courses: Sydney Metro

If you have time to squeeze in some training before Christmas, CCWT has plenty of options on offer. Read on to discover what courses we have coming up in the Sydney metro area:

Key Learning Areas

Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change
October 21 & 22, November 29
Motivational interviewing is a person-centred, evidence-based approach aimed at decreasing resistance and increasing the possibility of change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

Navigating Your Way Around Mental Health Law
October 28
This course will provide you with an understanding of mental health legislation and human rights, with a focus on the Mental Health Act (2007).

Double Whammy Masterclass: Co-occurring Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs
November 6
Seize the opportunity to take your skills and knowledge to the next level. Interactive group learning processes will be utilised to enable you to respond to complexity, using current best practice strategies.

Orientation to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Field
November 7 & 8
Acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to work with clients who use and misuse alcohol and/or other drugs. Learn practical strategies to support you working in this often challenging field.

Clients and the Community

Using Narrative Therapy to Respond to Domestic and Family Violence
October 17
This workshop offers practical responses to the impact of violence, supporting clients to tell their stories in strengthening rather than re-traumatising ways. Ideas to sustain workers will also be explored.

Safe Home Visiting
October 18
Whether you are just starting your home visits or are experienced and want to review/refresh your practice, this workshop will help you to make your home visits safer and more productive. Use case scenarios and participant experiences to explore good practice policy, procedures and strategies.

Applying a Trauma Informed Approach
October 23
Learn about the impacts of trauma, particularly complex trauma, and discuss strategies to work more effectively with trauma survivors, including strategies for the individual worker and the service system.

Diploma of Community Services RPL Workshop CHC52015
November 11 & 12
Demonstrate your skills and knowledge in an interactive environment as you work towards the Diploma of Community Services. This workshop is part of a longer process in achieving the whole qualification through recognition of prior learning.

Trauma Informed Recovery Practice Toolkit
December 2 & 3
An experiential workshop from a 'lived experience' perspective that engages participants in nitty gritty, day-to-day skills and the knowledge required to most effectively meet and support survivors of significant childhood trauma.

Counselling and Therapy

Narrative Therapy Using the 'Heart and Wall' Tool
October 15
The Heart and Wall is a therapeutic resource informed by Narrative Therapy. It gives practitioners a simple tool they can use to engage in conversations that provide hope and possibilities.

Groupwork With Children and Young People Who Have Experienced Trauma
October 25
Enhance your groupwork skills when working with children and young people who have experienced trauma. The creative groupwork techniques you will learn and enjoy experimenting with in this course are based on the application of the theory and practice principles of growth informed groupwork and trauma enlightened intervention.

Art and Play Therapy With Children
October 29
Learn about child-led play therapy. Play therapy optimises children’s self-expression and safety in counselling. Maximise your success in engaging with and supporting change for children 2-10 years old.

Trauma, Identity and Hope: A Narrative Therapy Approach
November 1
Trauma and abuse frequently attack a person’s sense of identity. Explore a Narrative Therapy approach to working with trauma and abuse, with a particular focus on the strength and resilience of clients, and on developing alternative and more hopeful stories of identity.

Working With Relationships: Introduction to Couple Therapy
November 1
This workshop will provide an introductory framework for how to conceptualise and conduct couple therapy sessions. Participants will be provided with ideas about how to structure the first and subsequent sessions, how to conduct an assessment of couple difficulties and how to develop interventions.

Management, Leadership and Governance

Project Management
October 16
Learn a project planning and management process, core skills for managing, working on and evaluating projects, and take away useful tools to use in your projects.

Outcomes Based Planning, Evaluating and Reporting
October 30
This workshop provides an introduction to the Results Based Accountability framework for planning positive, measurable outcomes for communities and for program level evaluation and continuous quality improvement.

Manage People Performance
November 4 & 5
Get the best out of your team by learning how to manage people effectively, address performance issues, support staff and encourage a positive workplace culture.

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
November 6
Increase your skills and confidence in planning for, recognising and responding to highly charged, emotional and volatile training/group facilitation settings.

Masterclass in Supervision Skills
November 14
This workshop is for experienced supervisors who want to review their supervision practice and extend their supervision skills. We will consider supervision around practice dilemmas and working with complexity.

Debriefing Skills
November 20
Promote staff wellbeing and retention by implementing comprehensive debriefing processes and stress management strategies. This workshop considers debriefing and organisational processes, including those required for critical incidents and legal considerations.

Professional Supervision: How and Why?
November 26 & 27
Supervision can be more than a ‘quick fix’. We will explore the framework of four functions of supervision (accountability, support, development and mediation) and how to establish and lead effective supervision.

Permanency, OOHC and Child Protection

Engaging Parents: Establishing a Working Alliance with Parents/Carers of Children and Young People at Risk
October 17 & 18
Enhance your clinical practice through proven skills and strategies to positively engage parents from the outset in your work with children and young people at risk.

Shared Lives Training Skills
November 18-20
Develop skills and confidence in conducting effective Shared Lives carer training.

Parenting Advice: 50 Solutions for 50 Parenting Problems
October 23
A course jam-packed with solutions (including emotion coaching, time in, and much more) to tricky parenting questions for parents of children aged 0-10 years. All solutions are based on top-quality research about the best way to support children’s development.

Legal Issues and Affidavit Writing for NGO Providers in Permanency and OOHC
October 24 & 25
This workshop introduces participants to key sections of the Children and Young Person's (Care and Protection) Act 1998 as it applies in NSW. We will explore alternative options to long-term care orders, care plans, legal reporting obligations, alternative dispute resolution options and the Children's Court in NSW. We will also focus on writing Court Reports (Supervision and Suitability of Placement Reports), and Affidavit writing for s90 Significant Change of Circumstance Hearings. After the workshop you can choose to complete an affidavit and receive feedback from a qualified professional at an extra cost.

Beyond Developmental Trauma: What We Know about Changing Brains and Changing Outcomes for Children and Young Adults
October 29 & 30
Explore intervention strategies that target, or are linked to, different neurological systems, and learn how to embed these strategies through individual case planning into a reparative care environment. Your learning will be based on informed neurodevelopmental theory including a range of models.

Child Development and Attachment: Impact from Early Years to Adulthood
October 30 & 31
Examine the implications of early relationship experiences for children's emotional development, and learn how to help parents who are struggling to meet their children’s needs, as well as children who have experienced adverse early care.

Casework on Trial: Appearing as a Witness in the Children's Court of NSW
November 4
Sometimes NGO workers are required to give evidence in the Children's Court regarding their involvement with a child or birth parent. This course provides participants with an opportunity to learn about the court process and experience cross-examination in the safe and supportive context of a 'mock trial'.

Difficult Conversations with Resistant Parents
November 7 & 8, December 6
Explore an effective conversation style that utilises both a psychobiological and curiosity approach to engaging parents who are classified as involuntary clients and often labelled as resistant to engagement.

Legal Issues and Affidavit Writing for NGO Providers in Permanency and OOHC
November 7 & 8, Penrith
This workshop introduces participants to key sections of the Children and Young Person's (Care and Protection) Act 1998 as it applies in NSW. We will explore alternative options to long-term care orders, care plans, legal reporting obligations, alternative dispute resolution options and the Children's Court in NSW. We will also focus on writing Court Reports (Supervision and Suitability of Placement Reports), and Affidavit writing for s90 Significant Change of Circumstance Hearings.

Parent Assessment for Restoration Tool Assessment Skills (Step by Step)
November 25
This course is for those with no experience, or little experience, in assessments and covers the theory and practice of how to assess parents for restoration using the Step by Step Parent Assessment Tool.

Permanency for Children in Care: Casework Implications Focusing on Adoption and Guardianship
November 13
For each child in care, where restoration is not an option, permanency options need to be considered. This course considers the principles of permanency for children and the implications and differences between adoption and guardianship orders.

Working With Parents and Families for Restoration
November 14 & 15
Build your skills and develop strategies for working with birth families in OOHC, using a strengths-based and risk management approach.

Shared Lives Training Skills
November 18-20
Develop skills and confidence in conducting effective Shared Lives carer training. This three day course is designed for those who haven't previously delivered carer training. Participants will become familiar with the content of the new Shared Lives training package for general foster carers and have the opportunity to put newly learned training skills and nerve-management skills into practice.

Parent Assessment for Restoration Tool Familiarisation (Step by Step)
November 25
This course is for experienced assessors to understand the theory and practice of how to assess parents for restoration using the Step by Step Parent Assessment Tool.

Children’s Brain Development: Understanding the Impacts of Trauma, Supporting Resilience and Recovery (formerly The Neurobiology of Childhood Trauma)
November 26 & 27
Learn about the influences of early childhood trauma and abuse on the developing brain, nervous system, human behaviour and memory, as well as ways to support resilience and recovery.

Family Group Conferencing Facilitator Training
November 28 & 29
This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a Family Group Conferencing Facilitator. It includes mediation and negotiation skills, and a range of practical strategies to assists families to make child-centred decisions. It meets the requirement for a mediation qualification to be part of the FACS tender of accredited FGC Facilitators.

Foster Care Assessment Skills (Step by Step)
December 2-4
Feel confident in undertaking carer assessments using Step by Step. This two part course enables new or inexperienced assessors to become registered Step by Step users.

Workplace, Groupwork and Worker Wellbeing

Self Care for Workers
November 5
Explore the impact of stress on the brain and develop strategies for dealing with stressful situations. Take some time out to nurture yourself and rejuvenate your energy levels.

Introduction to Mindful Self Compassion
November 18
This workshop will introduce you to practical tools to soothe and to calm, as well as strategies to promote emotional strength, resilience, flexibility, acceptance and positive motivation that you can practice in your daily life and teach your clients.

Grant and Tender Writing
November 20
Write applications that are focused, easy to read and persuasive; and that meet the needs of the funders. Bring examples that you want to work on.

Please contact our CCWT team to discuss how we can support all your training and professional development needs: ccwt@ccwt.edu.au