Looking for professional development in the next three months? Search the Key Learning Areas below to find a course that suits your needs.
Key Learning Areas
Double Whammy – Co-occurring Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders
April 15 & 16
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.
Unpacking the Complexity of Hoarding and Squalor
May 13 & 14
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.
Complex Trauma and Mental Health
May 17 & 18
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.
Trauma and Addictions
The link between complex childhood trauma and adult addictions is well known (ACE study). This workshop will explore the theme of addiction as a coping mechanism. Participants will gain the ‘know how to’ provide a balance of trauma and addiction interventions for positive and efficient client growth and recovery.
Foster Care Assessment Skills (Step by Step) PRE-REQUISITE
This distance education course is the prerequisite to enrol in the 3-day Step by Step course for carer assessors, which runs every 8 weeks.
The next courses are April 20-22 and June 15-17.
Shared Lives Training Skills
May 4, 5 & 6
Develop your skills and confidence in conducting effective Shared Lives carer training.
Domestic and Family Violence: Understanding the Impact on Children
Learn about the implications of living with domestic violence for children’s development and their physical and mental wellbeing, and explore strategies to support children who have experienced domestic violence.
Human Rights/Children's Rights
This workshop explores the application of a human rights framework when working with children and young people. Learn strategies around developing working partnerships with children and young people that acknowledge them as knowledge generators and primary actors in their own healing processes.
Orientation to Interviewing Children
This is an introductory workshop to the topic of interviewing children, offered by Eleonora de Michele in preparation for her more extensive 3 day workshop Interviewing Children in the Context of Allegations of Reportable Conduct, Misconduct and Breach of Codes of Conduct. It is also a stand alone workshop that will give you an introduction to this complex topic.
If you enrol in this workshop and then register for the 3 day workshop, you will receive a refund of the fee for this introductory workshop.
Working Therapeutically With Children and Young People
A course designed to help clinicians understand and develop practical therapeutic work with children and young people.
Providing Online Services to Children and Young People: Necessary and Good
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.
Managing Aggressive and Violent Behaviour
April 20 & 21
This workshop will enable you to understand the factors that may lead to the aggressive and violent behaviour of clients and give you the skills to predict, assess and defuse clients’ aggressive and violent behaviour. You will also learn strategies to make your workplace safer.
Effective Casework and Case Management
April 28 & 29
Learn the fundamentals of quality case management, and develop essential skills and strategies in key aspects of strengths-based and person-centred case management.
Gambling Harm Minimisation
The Office of Responsible Gambling and ACWA are piloting a 3 hour online workshop on Gambling Harm Minimisation, which will provide you with strategies for working with clients who are experiencing negative impacts from gambling.
Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence
All of us working in the social welfare, children’s, AOD, health and education sectors need to be able to identify and screen for DV, understand the dynamics, the potential impacts, and be able to utilise good practice and safe responses.
Complex Case Management
May 4 & 5
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.
Uncomfortable Conversations: How to Talk about the Elephant in the Room
Maximise your ability to have uncomfortable conversations that are honest, respectful and productive. Explore and practise frameworks to engage effectively in difficult conversations.
Adolescent Risk Taking
Find out what the latest research is telling us about what drives teenagers; take a good look at the social changes that have taken place in just the last ten years. Then see what this all means for developing really practical policies, programmes and strategies to help keep young people safe.
June 2 & 9
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.
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.
Using Narrative Therapy to Respond to Domestic and Family Violence
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.
Art and Play Therapy with Children
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.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
May 20 & 27
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.
Loss and Grief Work with Children and Young People
Managing change and loss is an inevitable part of life and when supported well, children can become resilient. Learn about loss and grief from a child’s developmental perspective and age appropriate interventions.
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.
Building resilience in the face of change
Are constant changes at work wearing you down? Learn to manage change and move through transitions more effectively. Grief reactions to change are normal and guide us through the adjustment process. Establish stability zones and build support systems that cultivate healing and deep self-knowing.
April 20 & 27, May 4 & 11
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.
Diploma of Leadership and Management: Get Recognised Workshop
April 21 & 28, May 19
Demonstrate your skills and knowledge in an interactive environment and gain the BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management. Some work will be required outside of the workshop.
Creating a Workplace Culture of Achievement and Support
Culture (the way an Organisation ‘feels’ when you walk through the front door), is a critical determinant for employees and how they feel about working in the Company, whether they are encouraged to view their opinions or if they feel their contributions are ignored, whether they feel engaged in their work or merely turn up each day to get their pay-check at the month-end.
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?
May 7 & 14
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.
Facilitating Group Supervision
Group supervision can develop a cohesive, team approach IF it is not habitual or minimal. You will have the opportunity to practise various approaches to facilitation and trial some resources.
New Managers and Coordinators
June 8 & 9
Gain new skills and tools that will assist you to be effective in your role as a manager or coordinator. This workshop includes topics such as supervision, managing team conflict, planning and prioritising and problem solving.
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.
Working with Complexity and the Implications for Restoration Assessment and Safety Planning Practice
May 5, 6, 25 & June 22
This is the foundation course that lays out the theory and evidence underpinning the dynamics of common and complex risk factors that influence assessment and case planning work activities undertaken by restoration practitioners in their work with families. This highly interactive workshop is delivered as 2 x 1 day workshops followed 3-4 weeks later with 2 x 2 hour group coaching sessions.
Concurrent Planning for Permanency for Children: implications for preservation and restoration practice
May 26 & June 22
This is the foundation course that lays out the principles and practices of concurrent planning for permanency for children in care. This highly interactive workshop addresses nine core stages of ethical concurrent practice with families undergoing the restoration process. The material is delivered as a 1 day workshop followed 3-4 weeks later with a 2 hour group coaching session.
Enhancing Parental Capacity for Change in Restoration Work
June 23 & 24, July 13 & Aug 3
This is the foundation course that lays out the principles and practices of positive psychology, strength-based, solution focused, motivational interviewing to promote parental willingness, ability and confidence to change. It is a highly interactive practice-based workshop is delivered as 2 x 1 day workshops followed 3-4 weeks later with 2 x 2 hour group coaching sessions.
Dealing with difficult people in the best way – once and for all
You know the type! The difficult boss, or the colleague, who never stops talking, or asking questions. Or tries to get you to do their job. And then there’s Bill, The Bulldozer, who never listens and whirrs his way into a room, creates havoc and whirrs out. Join us for this practical and informative online session that will teach you how to deal the challenging people who cross your path.
This session comes with pre-work, a workbook to use throughout the session, and post-work in the form of reflective questions for participants to answer and share with your teams if you choose.
Vicarious Trauma in the Workplace and Self Care
“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean ‘me first’, it means me too.” L.R. Knost
This practical workshop is aimed at supporting workers to recognise, prevent and address vicarious trauma. Participants will practice strategies that increase the capacity to regulate self and increase a state of calm.
Facilitating Emotionally Charged Groups
June 22 & 23
Increase your skills and confidence in planning for, recognising and responding to highly charged, emotional and volatile training/group facilitation settings.
Resilience Based Practice
This interactive workshop provides the foundations in how to build a resilience based practice. Learn strategies to help your clients feel stronger and recover from adversity. In this course, participants will develop skills in building resilience-based maps, assessments, case plans, and engagement strategies. They will learn and explore how emotional intelligence and relationships can support recovery and self-efficacy.