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Key Learning Areas
Unpacking the Complexity of Hoarding and Squalor
May 10 & 11
Hoarding Disorder and Severe Domestic Squalor is on the increase with an estimated 600,000 Australians affected. But how do you work with and support someone living in clutter? Like the proverbial iceberg, it’s not what you can see on top of the water but rather, what’s underneath.
Window of Tolerance
This 4 hour workshop will introduce you to a practical tool that can be used with clients called the Window of Tolerance. The Window of Tolerance is a model founded in Neuroscience that describes what happens to our nervous system when we find ourselves in stressful or challenging times. You will learn about the Window of Tolerance and how to use it in the context of your client work as a tool for change, and how to teach it to your clients so they can use it to move towards thriving and living well with their mental health.
Co-occurring Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders (formerly Double Whammy)
June 19 & 20
Do you feel daunted by the complexity of challenges that clients experiencing these disorders face? Through presentation of information, discussion and experiential activities you will gain knowledge and skills and increase your confidence to provide effective services for this client group.
Personality Disorders: A Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory Perspective
June 19 & 20
This workshop takes an in-depth look at personality development and the aetiology of personality disorders. Participants are given a schema to understand how complex clients work and how best to approach their therapy.
Substance Abuse — ICE
Many clients with complex needs have experienced an intensification of these needs and risk factors due to their abuse of ICE. This interactive, engaging, and highly informative 1-day program will equip community sector workers with the knowledge and skills required to work with clients who are affected by ICE.
Complex Trauma and Mental Health
June 27 & 28
Complex developmental trauma is the trauma of childhood neglect, physical and sexual assault, and exposure to family and community violence. This training explores mindful, strengths-based and creative counselling for transformation and recovery.
Foster Care Assessment Skills (Step by Step) PRE-REQUISITE
This distance education course is the prerequisite to enrol in the 4-day Step by Step course for carer assessors, which runs every 8 weeks.
The next available courses are May 18, 19, 25 & 26 and July 20, 21, 27 & 28.
Shared Lives Training Skills
May 31, June 1 & 2
Develop your skills and confidence in conducting effective Shared Lives carer training.
Assessing Children: Autism, ADHD or Trauma?
Acquire the knowledge to assess whether a child's presentation relates to trauma, ADHD or to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Hear from a psychologist and child and adolescent psychiatrist about approaches that optimise the outcomes for children.
Working with Children and Young People Affected by Family and Domestic Violence
This is an advanced level workshop that assumes that participants have a foundational knowledge of the dynamics of Family and Domestic Violence, neurobiology of traumatic stress, and the implications of Family and Domestic Violence on the development of attachment security.
Child Protection — Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk
June 5 & 6
Essential training for mandatory reporters, covering updated child protection legislation and its application when delivering services to children and/or their families.
Children's Brain Development: Trauma and Resilience
June 6 & 7
Explore how early childhood experiences of trauma and abuse effect the developing brain, the nervous system, human behaviour and memory. A must for anyone who works with children and families, this course will explore how the brain develops in the early years of life and the way that the environment interacts with our biology to influence brain development.
Child Mental Health Toolkit: Assessment, Planning and Case Management for Children and Young People with Mental Health Issues
June 9 & 16
Spend time with a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a psychologist to develop skills in identifying, assessing and managing common mental health disorders in children and adolescents, including anxiety, depression, post- traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorders, autism, ADHD and conduct disorder.
May 2 & 3
Build skills, confidence and frameworks to respond effectively to people experiencing difficulties and emotional distress, whilst remaining attentive to self care in this participative and practical workshop.
Responding Effectively to People who have Experienced Sexual Violence
This course will equip participants with knowledge and skills to support progress towards recovery from sexual violence and know when referral to specialists is needed.
Effective Casework and Case Management
May 23 & 24
Learn the fundamentals of quality case management, and develop essential skills and strategies in key aspects of strengths-based and person-centred case management.
Engaging and Supporting Young People
May 23 & 24
How do you catch a young person's attention quickly and meaningfully? Relationship is the essential ingredient to engagement. This workshop explores how you can do this in a variety of ways, including when you have little time and in circumstances that are less than ideal.
This is an insightful, learner-focused workshop on aggression management and how to de-escalate aggressive clients. The focus is on triggers, identifying signs of aggression, verbal techniques to manage aggression and strategies to interrupt escalations. If you are in a customer service environment where your staff encounter aggression this training will significantly enhance your responses to challenging clients.
Applying a Trauma Informed Approach when Supporting Adults who have Experienced Domestic Violence
Examine and apply specific strategies and approaches that are trauma informed when working with and advocating for adults who have experienced domestic violence.
Complex Case Management
June 14 & 15
Case management can be complex, exhausting, challenging, inspiring and rewarding. Extend your skills, knowledge and confidence to provide quality case management to clients who are experiencing complex issues and challenges including: mental distress, AOD misuse/dependence, trauma and homelessness.
Safe Home Visiting
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.
Writing Case-notes and Documentation
Learn structured ways to ensure that your case-notes and documentation are clear, useful and consistent, and will hold up to scrutiny.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Part A
May 4 & 11
Working with suicidal and self harm behaviour can trigger anxiety, hopelessness, uncertainty and feeling ineffective. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offers a sense of structure, understanding and effective strategies for managing 'problem' behaviours.
DBT-part A is the first 2 days of a two-part (4 day) course that provides a complete overview of the core concepts and skills utilised within DBT.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Introduction
CBT can be an effective therapy for many mental health issues including depression and anxiety. In this introductory course, you will discuss CBT theory, understand when CBT approaches are most appropriate, and be assisted in applying basic practical CBT strategies personally and professionally.
Clinical Supervision: Models and Methods
Clinical Supervision: Models and Methods harnesses the existing knowledge, experience and skills of workers, and provides them with practice frameworks and skills for offering support and direction to others.
Loss and Grief Work: Practice Essentials
May 25 & 26
Working with loss, grief and change is an essential part of client work when supporting clients through challenging times. Grief support can be provided by most people who have had some basic loss and grief support training. This two-day training course will provide you with these essential skills and help you understand the importance of doing active grief work.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Part B
June 1 & 8
Practise the strategies used both within a DBT session and coaching. Explore agenda setting, chain analysis and contingency management and an overview of the Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness modules.
Completion of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Part A is a prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
June 2 & 9
This introductory workshop will provide participants with an overview of the six core processes of ACT and the skills to develop and strengthen psychological flexibility in their own lives and those of their clients.
Trauma, Identity and Hope: A Narrative Therapy Approach
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.
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
EQ is fundamental to great leadership and productive, positive teams. Learn about EQ and how to identify and manage your own and the team's emotions, to achieve a positive workplace culture and improved outcomes, in this practical, fast-paced workshop.
May 9, 10, 16 & 17
We will discuss strategies and use resources to bring together different capabilities in the team, facilitate communication with all stakeholders, lead planning, and promote problem solving.
Manage People Performance
May 31 & June 1
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.
Professional Supervision: How and Why?
June 15 & 23
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.
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.
Family Group Conferencing Facilitator Training
June 22 & 23
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.
Ambiguous Loss in the context of child protection and OOHC practice
Emerging research has demonstrated that children and young people in care experience ambiguous loss prior to and during their OOHC journeys. However, this experience is rarely recognised and therapeutically responded to by adults, which often leads to disenfranchised grief. This training aims to develop your understanding of ambiguous loss in OOHC context and develop practice to reduce ambiguity for children and help them cope with the grief associated with ambiguous loss.
Emotionally Intelligent Frontline Work
May 3, 10 & 17
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the capability of individuals to recognise their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour, and adjust emotions to adapt to environments. Developing your emotional intelligence is one of the most effective ways to improve work relationships and manage the stress and sense of overload that can be part of working in the community services sector.
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If you are booking to attend ACWA training, and/or visiting our premises, the following COVID-19 protocols must be adhered and agreed to. We have put these in place in order to make the face to face training environment as safe as possible for our students and facilitators.
If you have flu-like symptoms OR symptoms of acute respiratory infections (e.g. shortness of breath, cough or sore throat) on the day that your training is scheduled, you must not attend. A full refund or credit will be given.
You are also asked not to attend face to face training if any of the following apply:
- You have returned a positive COVID-19 test with the last 7 days.
- You have been asked to self-isolate in the last 7 days.
- You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test.
- You have been in close contact, within the last 7 days, with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (community/work/household) or in a household with someone awaiting the results of COVID-19 testing.
- Masks are not compulsory for workshops.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at all workshops.