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Endorsed CPD

Professional development is an investment in your career and also ensures better outcomes for the people with whom you work. It is a requirement for all professionals.

Community workers are placed in a unique relationship to other people and have a responsibility, as well as an ethical obligation, to remain professionally current.

ACWA members must undertake 20 hours per year of targeted continuing professional development (CPD). CPD can be broader than formal training and we encourage members to think creatively about professional development.

 

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Endorsed CPD list

We endorse quality CPD to take the guesswork out of choosing the right training. We also recommend you audit your skills each year to ensure the activities you select address your specific professional development needs and career ambitions. Read our advice on how to create your own training plan.

Browse the endorsed training below.

Online training

Offered by Wise Care Pty Ltd

COVID times have been challenging for all and particularly for our elders who may already be experiencing changes in their health status and support network, resulting in an increased risk of isolation. Strategies to boost social connection through group activities and outings are not feasible at present.

The purpose of this program is to upskill frontline workers in how to boost client wellbeing through delivery of 1:1 support focusing on strengths and resilience building. Activities are intended to be brief (maximum 15 min) to allow a range of professionals to implement them during their service delivery. Further, participants are taught skills in how to manage their own stress to minimise the risk of burnout.

This program includes:

  • Live 90 minute webinar ("The impact of the pandemic on mental wellbeing and emotional fulfillment")
  • 10 scripts for strengths based activities (maximum 15 minutes each)
  • 5 scripts for worker wellbeing and resilience building during the pandemic
  • Monthly LIVE coaching sessions (Sept-Dec 2021)

Learn more and register

Offered by Online Courses Australia

This is a bundle of online modules and high-quality video sessions which cover mental health across the lifespan.

Once completed, you’ll have a deep understanding of common mental health conditions for children, adolescents and adults. You’ll know how to identify symptoms and how to engage with the very best support techniques and treatments.

The bundle covers 19 topic areas including:

  • Mental and physical health disorders
  • Emotional wellbeing in children and adolescents
  • Psychiatric problems affecting adults
  • Complex disorders and neurological illnesses
  • Holistic health and wellness
  • Treatment and support
  • Recovery-focused care
  • Learning resilience in adulthood
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Offered by Responsible Gambling Fund as a community education initiative

This three hour workshop is to educate community workers who are not gambling harm experts on how to identify and respond to possible gambling issues that their clients are experiencing.

The workshops are delivered either online (webinar) or face to face and are delivered by experienced problem gambling counsellors.

Content covered includes:

  • the Australian context of gambling and gambling harm
  • how to identify potential gambling harm within an individual
  • psychosocial factors and co-morbid conditons that may accompany gambling harm
  • how to respond to a client who may be experiencing gambling harm, include providing education, outlining management strategies and providing referrals.
Cost = $30 for webinar and $50 for face-to-face

Where and when
Webinar - 11 June 2021
Webinar - 6 July 2021
Workshop - 6 August 2021, Sydney NSW
Workshop - 7 September 2021, Gosford NSW

Learn more and register

Offered by The Grief Centre

Making the Difference is a self-paced online course for professionals who work with clients or staff who may be facing a difficult life situation, significant change, or any form of loss or grief. The course looks at the impact of these difficult situations on our clients, how you can support them through it and strategies for your own professional self-care.

The course is structure into 4 training modules:

  1. The impact of difficult life situations
  2. What does 'good support' mean?
  3. Providing good support
  4. Strategies for self-care
Cost = $95 plus GST

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Offered by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation

This workshop is focused on providing frontline professionals with a critical introduction to the topic of harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). It will look to define and contextualise HSB whilst expanding professionals’ current skills and competency to be able to prevent, identify and respond in a holistic, strengths-based manner. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities and discussions, to access resources, and to network with other professionals.

Course Recognition:
Certificate of completion.
For Australian teachers, this course aligns with the following APST; 4.4, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4 and the NQS 2.2.3.

Cost = Free

Where and when
Online and in all Australian capital cities

Learn more and register

Offered by Clinical Supervision Services

This e-learning course is offered as either 6 stand-alone modules or as a discounted course combining all 6 modules. Each module provides a theoretical overview of family therapy practice guidelines and an introduction to contemporary family therapy models.

Enrol online anytime for 12 months access to course materials. The full course covers the following modules:

  1. Using Genograms in Family Therapy
  2. Family Assessments
  3. Structural Family Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  4. Milan Systemic Therapy
  5. Bowen Family Systems Theory and Narrative Therapy
  6. Contemporary Family Therapy Models
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Offered by Clinical Supervision Services

This e-learning course aims to increase confidence and skills in setting up supervision, developing learning goals and establishing a competency based supervision contract. Topics cover how to effectively use feedback and evaluation in supervision and measure the supervision efficacy.

Participants will develop a solid understanding of the tasks and responsibilities of supervision and become a competent and reflective supervisor. It is estimated that it will take 35 hours to complete the 7 self-paced study modules:

  1. Introduction to Supervision
  2. Models of Clinical Supervision
  3. Preparing for Supervision
  4. Methods & Techniques (including Telehealth delivery)
  5. Reflective Practice
  6. Ethical Issues
  7. Evaluation and Feedback
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Offered by Evolation Learning

This course equips participants with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures.

It will explore reflecting cultural awareness in work practice and accepting cultural diversity as a basis for effective workplace and professional relationships.

Cost
$19.99

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Offered by Wise Care Pty Ltd

Grief is a normal part of life. However, in late life, it is often experienced more frequently. Because of this, it can be difficult to recognise and differentiate grief from other life factors and adjustments. Understanding that emotional symptoms that are present during times of grief, can also be symptoms of depression, complicated grief or other mental health conditions is critically important.

This 2 hour workshop will upskill the participants in recognising grief and loss, as well as other common mental health conditions experienced by elders. Participants will learn the impact of grief in late life and uncover practical strategies to help older adults affected by grief and loss. Importantly, they will learn terminology when interacting with clients and learn how to draw on the strengths of clients through their experience of grief.

Cost
$97

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Offered by Wise Care Pty Ltd

This six hour training will increase participant’s knowledge of emotional wellbeing in late life and confidence in improving social engagement with their clients. The training will empower practitioners to better understand when and how to escalate concerns about client wellbeing, improve engagement with socially isolated clients who may experience loneliness and to embed a strengths based approach to service delivery by curating social goals.

Cost
$249

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Offered by PsychAssist Training

Wellness programs are becoming common in Australian workplaces – and for good reason! When you think that the average adult spends one-third of their life at work, it makes sense to target health promotion strategies at the workplace.

In this training course we will explore the four dimensions of wellness and offer strategies that you can incorporate into your daily lives to enhance your health and wellbeing.

Cost
$120

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Offered by PsychAssist Training

In this course we will explore the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma and contrast it with secondary trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue. The course will equip you with a range of interpersonal, personal and organisational strategies to address the risks of vicarious trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

The course will equip you with a range of interpersonal, personal and organisational strategies to address the risks of vicarious trauma and its impacts, and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

Cost
$220

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Offered by Children, Youth and Families, ACT Community Services Directorate

This free e-Learning is designed to help you understand reporting requirements under the ACT Children and Young People Act 2008. This includes the important role and responsibility of mandated and voluntary reporters, what should and should not be reported to CYPS and how to respond to a child who tells you they have been abused.

Cost
FREE

Learn more and register.

Offered by Optimal Health Group

This advanced training covers current evidence-based, best practice in Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and mental health from an integrated, holistic framework. The program will equip workers to deliver brief and early interventions to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as develop advanced psychotherapeutic skills.

Cost
$195 (excluding GST) using the link below

Learn more and register

Offered by Human Connections

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a practical mental health training that teaches basic counselling skills and principles to people who are not trained counsellors but often find themselves in a “counselling role by accident”.

Cost
$275

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Offered by Jane Wexler

This online course provides meaningful, experiential learning that has been contextualized using film and interactive narratives, which focus on essential knowledge and skills required for new or inexperienced supervisors working in the human services profession. It provides maximum opportunity for participants to engage and learn, using multiple methods including realistic video and audio scenarios, reflective exercises and group discussions.

Cost
Get the ACWA discount ACWA members receive discounted registration

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Offered by Mental Health Academy

MHA is Australia’s largest provider of mental health CPD online. Their comprehensive course catalogue is available 24/7 and includes over 700 hours of ACWA endorsed CPD. Click the link below for the list of courses available on the platform.

Cost
MHA CPD is based on a membership model to increase your choices. You only pay a fixed monthly or annual fee to access the entire catalogue.

Thanks to our partnership, you can join MHA entirely risk free with MHA’s 30-day money back guarantee.

Learn more and register

Conferences

LIVE: 14-16 May 2021

ON-DEMAND: 17 May-20 June 2021

For the third consecutive year, Mental Health Academy & Lifeline Australia have partnered to bring you the world’s largest Suicide Prevention online conference, the 2021 Suicide Prevention Summit.

The purpose of the Summit is to equip mental health professionals in Australia with the most up-to-date, advanced knowledge and treatment options for suicide prevention. Expert panel discussions and presentations will cover topics such as postvention; Aboriginal & TSI mental health; lived experience; men’s, youth, elderly & LGBTIQ+ suicide prevention; assessment tools; and more.

Cost = FREE

Where and when
Starts 14 May, online

Learn more and register

7 June 2021, Online

Expanding the lens: Child inclusion and vulnerable children

The 2021 Child Inclusive Practice (CIP) Forum gives us the chance to think how children’s lives intersect with decision making situations, when families can be quite lost and to hear children’s decisions when their voice can be lost. Voice of the child – hearing the child’s view, represent the developmental view/impact of the children.

The purpose of the Forum is to enrich the practice of these specialists through learning and networking. The event is organised by FRSA with assistance of the CIP network.

Cost = $150

Where and when
7 June 2021, Online

Learn more and register

LIVE: 1-3 October 2021

ON-DEMAND: 4 October - 14 November 2021

The 2021 Mental Health Super Summit is a fundraising, online conference for mental health professionals and community workers. The Super Summit brings together 17 renowned experts, who will be delivering 15 hours of learning - all available online, in real-time and on-demand.

Speakers include Dr. Pat Ogden, Dr. Rory O'Connor, Dr. Tony Attwood, Dr. Robert Hindman, Dr. Zac Seidler, Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, Jorgen Gullestrup, Dr. Sarah Blunden, Dr. Amanda Giordano, and many others.

Cost = Choose what you pay - access all content for as little as $25.

Where and when
LIVE: 1-3 October 2021
ON-DEMAND: 4 October - 14 November 2021

Learn more and register

11-13 November 2021

Attracting more than 1,000 registrants from across the Asia-Pacific, the 26th Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021 will focus on a wide range of issues related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Children, Young People, Families
  • Disability
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Family and Sexual Violence
  • First Nations People
  • Gender Equality
  • Health
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • LGBTIQA+
  • Mental Health
  • Older Persons
  • Policy
  • Refugees
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Student Experience

Where and when
11-13 November 2021, online

Learn more and register

16-19 May 2022, Adelaide SA

This ‘not to be missed’ event will feature several highly acclaimed keynote presenters, as well as federal ministers and sector leaders with a focus on delivering the most effective services to children, families and young people.

Learn more

Workshops

Offered by Responsible Gambling Fund as a community education initiative

This three hour workshop is to educate community workers who are not gambling harm experts on how to identify and respond to possible gambling issues that their clients are experiencing.

The workshops are delivered either online (webinar) or face to face and are delivered by experienced problem gambling counsellors.

Content covered includes:

  • the Australian context of gambling and gambling harm
  • how to identify potential gambling harm within an individual
  • psychosocial factors and co-morbid conditons that may accompany gambling harm
  • how to respond to a client who may be experiencing gambling harm, include providing education, outlining management strategies and providing referrals.
Cost = $30 for webinar and $50 for face-to-face

Where and when
Webinar - 11 June 2021
Webinar - 6 July 2021
Workshop - 6 August 2021, Sydney NSW
Workshop - 7 September 2021, Gosford NSW

Learn more and register

Offered by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation

This workshop is focused on providing frontline professionals with a critical introduction to the topic of harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). It will look to define and contextualise HSB whilst expanding professionals’ current skills and competency to be able to prevent, identify and respond in a holistic, strengths-based manner. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities and discussions, to access resources, and to network with other professionals.

Course Recognition:
Certificate of completion.
For Australian teachers, this course aligns with the following APST; 4.4, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4 and the NQS 2.2.3.

Cost = Free

Where and when
Online and in all Australian capital cities

Learn more and register

Offered by Clinical Supervision Services

This workshop covers the core concepts and techniques of family therapy practice, providing an overview of the influence of the major schools of thought on contemporary practice. The emphasis will be on applying theory as systemic practice, through teaching, demonstration, video, role play, case illustrations, group discussion and small group exercises.

Where and when
Course 1: 1-2 June 2021, Surry Hills NSW
Course 2: 22-23 July 2021, Surry Hills NSW

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Offered by Clinical Supervision Services

This course provides the fundamental knowledge required of establishing a competency-based supervision working alliance including the fundamentals of setting up supervision using clear learning goals, establishing a learning contract, how to use reflective questioning techniques in supervision and how to provide effective feedback to develop best practice skills in supervision.

The Supervisor course includes 3 components: an online component, a 14 hour two-day workshop and a 7 hour one day assessment of competency that includes a 60-minute formal assessment.

Where and when
9-11 March 2021, NSW
2-4 August 2021, NSW

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Offered by Jane Wexler

This highly interactive, two-day workshop teaches participants the foundational skills of a supervisor working with multi-disciplinary teams and introduces participants to a State of Being approach to supervision, where relationship is placed at the heart of supervision. Participants receive a comprehensive Learner Guide and a Course Certificate upon completion of the two days.

Level 1 is suitable for community workers with no supervision experience, or inexperienced supervisors wanting to grow their skills and increase their confidence.

Pre-requisites
A minimum of 2 years practice experience and an understanding of what supervision; some formal theories beyond entry level; knowledge of legislation related to organisational practice, and an open mind.

Cost = Get the ACWA discount ACWA members receive discounted registration.

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Where and when
11 & 12 February 2021, Melbourne Zoo VIC

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Offered by Jane Wexler

This highly experiential, practical two-day workshop teaches participants how to deepen and expand their supervision skills and take their supervision practice to advanced levels. It uses carefully selected frameworks and tools for more experienced supervisors, leaders and managers, and a State of Being approach to supervision, where relationship is placed at the heart of supervision.

Level 2 is designed for (but not limited to) supervisors, team leaders, human services & other professionals with some supervision experience, wanting deeper insight and transformative tools resulting in professional growth. Please note, Supervision and State of Being Level 1 is not a pre-requisite to attend Level 2

Pre-requisites
Some experience as a supervisor, team leader or manager, or completion of Supervision and State of Being: Level 1, or other supervision training.

Cost = Get the ACWA discount ACWA members receive discounted registration.

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Where and when
25 & 26 February 2021, Melbourne Zoo VIC

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Offered by Jane Wexler

This highly interactive one-day workshop has been developed in response to a high demand from supervisors, team leaders, human services & other professionals seeking ethical, practical & effective models for group supervision that enrich and support all group members. It teaches the foundational skills of group supervision, provides tailored supervision frameworks for groups, and equips participants with tools to manage complex group dynamics in supervision.

The workshop is offered in a high quality, hands on learning environment and provides full catering. Participants receive a comprehensive Learner Guide and a Course Certificate upon completion of the day.

Pre-requisites
A minimum of 3 years practice experience; an understanding of what supervision is and familiarity with some supervision frameworks; having received or provided supervision for a minimum of 3 years; a preparedness to participate in and explore group processes as part of training.

Cost = ACWA members receive discounted registration for this training.

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Where and when
26 & 27 August 2021 - Zoom

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Offered by Optimal Health Group

This advanced training covers current evidence-based, best practice in Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and mental health from an integrated, holistic framework.

The program will equip workers to deliver brief and early interventions to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as develop advanced psychotherapeutic skills.

Cost = $195

Where and when
8 & 9 March 2021, Gold Coast QLD
12 & 13 July 2021, Gold Coast QLD

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Offered by SAFE in Oz

SAFE in Oz provides training to professionals to allow them to better understand the concept of self-destructive behaviour and working with individuals who display this behaviour.

Topics include meeting the needs of someone with self-destructive behaviours, treatment environments, points of intervention, boundaries, support plans and essentials for behavioural change.

Cost
$440

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register

Offered by Human Connections

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a practical mental health training that teaches basic counselling skills and principles to people who are not trained counsellors but often find themselves in a “counselling role by accident”.

An Accidental Counsellor can be anyone who is not employed as a trained counsellor, but often finds themselves placed in a counselling role by accident. You could be an Accidental Counsellor as a teacher, youth worker, team leader, aged care professional or chaplain.

Where and when
11 August, Sydney NSW
20 October, Sydney NSW
21 October, Melbourne VIC
1 December, Sydney NSW
2 December, Brisbane QLD

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Offered by Supervision Training Services

Supervision Training Services offers the ''RISE UP Model'' of clinical group and individual supervision training. This three day program is designed for prospective supervisors and based on globally benchmarked curriculum with concepts gleaned from best practice.

The training with equip supervisors with the competencies needed for offering supervision and the theoretical knowledge that, when combined with appropriate practical experience, can serve as a foundation for a career as a counselling supervisor professional in either a service or an academic setting.

The Supervisor course includes 3 components: an online component, a 14 hour two-day workshop and a 7 hour one day assessment of competency that includes a 60-minute formal assessment.

Where and when
23-25 July, Melbourne VIC
13-15 August, Adelaide SA
24-26 September Melbourne VIC
12-14 November, Melbourne VIC

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Offered by Lifeline Central Australia

This comprehensive training provides participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize when someone might be at risk of suicide and to respond in ways that help increase the person at risk’s immediate safety and refer them to appropriate help.

ASIST is a two day interactive workshop based on a scientifically proven intervention model taught through powerful audio visual learning aids, group discussions, skills practice and development..

The Supervisor course includes 3 components: an online component, a 14 hour two-day workshop and a 7 hour one day assessment of competency that includes a 60-minute formal assessment.

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Cost
$275 incl GST for volunteers, individuals and not-for-profit organisations
$360 incl GST for government and businesses

Where and when
9 & 10 March 2021, Tennant Creek NT
7 & 8 April 2021, Alice Springs NT
22 & 23 June 2021, Alice Springs NT

Learn more and register
Karen Reval, Education & Training Manager
Phone: 08 8953 1250
Email: karen.lifelinent@bigpond.com

Offered by Lifeline Central Australia

The ASIST 11 TuneUp is a half day workshop/refresher for improving participant comfort, confidence and competence in using the Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL). This workshop is only for participants who have completed an ASIST Version 11 Workshop.

Cost
$90

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register
Karen Reval, Education & Training Manager
Phone: 08 8953 1250
Email: karen.lifelinent@bigpond.com

Offered by Lifeline Central Australia

This two day course teaches adults how to give initial help to adolescents experiencing mental health problems, in a mental health crisis situation, or in the early stages of mental illness.

Participants will learn about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, how and where to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

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Cost
$400 incl GST for volunteers, individuals and not-for-profit organisations
$450 incl GST for government and businesses

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register
Karen Reval, Education & Training Manager
Phone: 08 8953 1250
Email: karen.lifelinent@bigpond.com

Offered by Lifeline Central Australia

Accidental Counsellors are not counsellors as such, but often find themselves in a ‘counselling role’ by accident as a result of conversations or requests for help from clients, colleagues, friends or others.

This two day workshop aims to provide non-counsellors with a range of practical and effective skills to ‘step into the shoes’ of an accidental counsellor and be able to appropriately respond to and support people when they are angry, distressed or experiencing a challenging time. The training gives participants a practical framework for managing these issues, while achieving a sense of structure and confidence.

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Cost
$450 incl GST for volunteers, individuals and not-for-profit organisations
$560 incl GST for government and businesses

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register
Karen Reval, Education & Training Manager
Phone: 08 8953 1250
Email: karen.lifelinent@bigpond.com

Offered by Lifeline Central Australia

safeTALK is a short, practical half day workshop which encourages suicide alert communities. The ‘safe’ of safeTALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ is about the fact that clear and open communication about suicide is one of the keys to preventing it. The letters in TALK stand for the actions that help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep-safe.

The training program teaches participants to be alert to suicide as a risk to people’s lives and responsive when they detect the risk arising. The skills taught in safeTALK are designed to give participants a clear process to follow to become a ‘suicide alert helper’ in their own community.

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Cost
$90 incl GST for volunteers, individuals and not-for-profit organisations
$110 incl GST for government and businesses

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register
Karen Reval, Education & Training Manager
Phone: 08 8953 1250
Email: karen.lifelinent@bigpond.com

Offered by Judy Emma Greenberg and Anne Holland

The levels of trauma in our community continue to grow. Are you working with clients who are presenting with increasingly complex issues? Is it possible they may be carrying the imprint of trauma from childhood or more recent events?

Creative Tools for Transformative Healing is an experiential 2-day workshop for professionals to empower clients and patients to increase their own self-management using creative practices.

Cost
$500

Where and when
19 & 20 August, Toorak Victoria

Learn more and register
Anne - E: anneholland@optusnet.com.au
P: 0407 324 593

Grief is a normal part of life. However, in late life, it is often experienced more frequently. Because of this, it can be difficult to recognise and differentiate grief from other life factors and adjustments. Understanding that emotional symptoms that are present during times of grief, can also be symptoms of depression, complicated grief or other mental health conditions is critically important.

This 2 hour workshop will upskill the participants in recognising grief and loss, as well as other common mental health conditions experienced by elders. Participants will learn the impact of grief in late life and uncover practical strategies to help older adults affected by grief and loss. Importantly, they will learn terminology when interacting with clients and learn how to draw on the strengths of clients through their experience of grief.

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register

Offered by Wise Care Pty Ltd

This six hour training aims to increase participant’s knowledge of emotional wellbeing in late life and confidence in improving social engagement with their clients.

The training will empower practitioners to better understand when and how to escalate concerns about client wellbeing, improve engagement with socially isolated clients who may experience loneliness and to embed a strengths based approach to service delivery by curating social goals.

View the flyer

Cost
Get the ACWA discount. ACWA members get $70 off.

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register

Offered by Eleonora De Michele Consultancy

This highly interactive, practice focused 2-day course provides practitioners and their supervisors with an opportunity to reflect what they, as practitioners, bring to conversations with families and how to best manage their impact to promote positive relationship. The course also introduces strength-based, solution focused questioning approaches when working with families in the early intervention and child protection space. A key component of this work is assisting families to surface intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to bring about lasting change.

The questions professionals ask families are an intervention in themselves and with these questions practitioners can help family to think creatively about how to progress towards their goals of safety for their themselves and their children.

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register
Email eleonorad@bigpond.com

Offered by Eleonora De Michele Consultancy

The Out-of-Home Care sector is undergoing a rapid and profound change since evidence and research findings and legislative changes have promoted the safe return of children to their families and communities. Agencies whose usual business is the provision of foster care services are now required to undertake restoration work with birth families. As this is a very new piece of work for the sector, anxiety about how to do the work is patent. This workshop will commence the development and enhancement of restoration practices within the sector.

This two workshop will commence the development and enhancement of restoration practices within the sector. It invites direct service providers, their supervisors and agency managers to explore the most current research, evidence and practices into what works in providing restoration services.

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register
Email eleonorad@bigpond.com

Offered by Eleonora De Michele Consultancy

This highly interactive and practice focused 2-day workshop aims to increase confidence and competence in conducting interviews with children in the context of allegations of reportable conduct.

Many staff have little or no experience undertaking investigative interviews with children, especially when those interviews may form the basis for disciplinary action. Consequently, many professionals become concerned about their capacity to interview children when an allegation of reportable conduct or misconduct against an employee is made. However, many of the skills, knowledge and practices used in daily communication with children also apply to more formal investigative interviews with children.

With some prior planning, some basic understanding of children’s memory and developmental capacities and the legal requirements underpinning good questioning, most professionals can complete a competent interview with a child that will be acceptable in the civil arena.

Where and when
To be announced

Learn more and register
Email eleonorad@bigpond.com

Workplace training

Offered by Karuna Hospice Service

This program has been designed by Karuna to support community workers dealing with workplace grief and loss (namely the death of their clients). The program provides evidence-based strategies at the individual, team and management levels.

The program is delivered via a mixed mode with content delivered both online as well as a three-hour face-to-face training session.

The learning outcomes include:
  • Greater knowledge of the latest grief and loss theory
  • Increased awareness of workplace grief and loss
  • Greater understanding of the impact of workplace grief and loss
  • Increased knowledge of the relationship between workplace grief and loss, burnout and mental health conditions
  • Greater knowledge of evidence-based interventions that support staff at an individual, team and management level

If you are interested in booking a session at your workplace, please email corporate@karuna.org.au or call (07) 3632 8300 to discuss costs, availability etc.

Offered by Girraway Ganyi Consultancy

The purpose of this 4 hour course is to provide awareness of Aboriginal culture in Australia and provide an open environment in which participants = learn and explore how history impacts on current Aboriginal health of contemporary Indigenous people. Through discussions and simulated exercises, participants will learn practical skills and strategies that will allow effective working relationships between health care professionals and Aboriginal clients and families.

Strategies

  • Learn about the different Indigenous cultures in Australia
  • Acknowledge national trends and statistics
  • Recognise why we need to ask that identifying question
  • Acknowledge barriers that exist for Indigenous people accessing services
  • Understand the events in Aboriginal history and how this impacts on Indigenous people today
  • Identify evidence based skills and strategies to work with Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander clients and families

Organisations interested in this workshop for their employees can submit an expression of interest or phone Girraway Ganyi Consultancy on 0434 049 764 for details, including pricing.

http://www.girrawayganyi.com.au/

Offered by Girraway Ganyi Consultancy

The purpose of this 4 hour course is to provide awareness of Aboriginal culture in Australia and provide an open environment in which participants are able to learn and explore how history impacts on current Aboriginal health of contemporary Indigenous people. Through discussions and simulated exercises, participants will be able to learn practical skills and strategies that will allow effective working relationships between health care professionals and Aboriginal clients and families.

Strategies

  • Learn about the different Indigenous cultures in Australia
  • Acknowledge national trends and statistics
  • Recognise why we need to ask that identifying question
  • Acknowledge barriers that exist for Indigenous people accessing services
  • Understand the events in Aboriginal history and how this impacts on Indigenous people today
  • Identify evidence based skills and strategies to work with Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander clients and families

Organisations interested in this workshop for their employees can submit an expression of interest or phone Girraway Ganyi Consultancy on 0434 049 764 for details, including pricing.

http://www.girrawayganyi.com.au/

Offered by Girraway Ganyi Consultancy

The purpose of this 6 hour course is to provide awareness of Aboriginal cultures in Australia and provide an open environment in which participants are able to learn and explore how history impacts on current Aboriginal health. Through discussion and simulated exercises, participants will learn practice skills that will allow effective working relationships with Aboriginal clients and families.

Course objectives

  • Identify barriers that affect contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (clients and families)
  • Learn how history impacts on current Indigenous people today
  • Use practical strategies to assist with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Understand models and theories of practice

Organisations interested in this workshop for their employees can submit an expression of interest or phone Girraway Ganyi Consultancy on 0434 049 764 for details, including pricing.

http://www.girrawayganyi.com.au/

Offered by Girraway Ganyi Consultancy

This 2 hour workshop presentation is designed for organisations seeking training for their employees and can be tailored to meet organisational needs. This workshop explores asking the identifying question, which could be: Do you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, or do you or your family identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?

The workshop covers topics such as why do we ask the identifying question, what makes it so hard to ask, when can we ask, how to ask and how not to respond.

Course objectives

  • Increase understanding of why organisations must ‘ask the question’
  • Increase asking the question across organisation
  • Reflect upon their own practices

Organisations interested in this workshop for their employees can submit an expression of interest or phone Girraway Ganyi Consultancy on 0434 049 764 for details, including pricing.

http://www.girrawayganyi.com.au/

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