Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
_h_Our vision, values and purpose_hh_
Leadership and advocacy in child, youth and family services.
Our Board members are highly respected leaders and experts in the child and family services sector.
The Centre's annual and financial reports, Reconciliation Action Plan, and other important publications.
Employment opportunities with The Centre.
Find out about our events, including the Debutante Ball.
Deb advocates to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the areas of child safety, education and health.
_h_Nationally Recognised Training_hh_
The Centre provides nationally recognised training to organisations and individuals in child and family services.
RCLDS provides training and learning opportunities for residential care workers across Victoria.
Online courses for residential care workers in Victoria.
Tailor our training for your organisation.
_h_Child Safe Organisation_hh_
Information on new Child Safe Standards legislation, relevant training, and helpful resources.
Driving development of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system.
_h_Sector Development Forums_hh_
Free forums convened by The Centre for professional workers, aiming to provide a space for discussion and progression within the sector.
The Centre's submissions to the state government, Royal Commissions, and government bodies.
_h_Treating Families Fairly_hh_
Advocacy for vulnerable families in Victoria.
The Raising Expectations project aims to help young and mature care leavers access higher education.
A sector-led project focused on foster care recruitment.
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The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between approximately 12 and 18 years). However, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines.
Research has found this course to be effective. Specifically, a study found that participants who complete the course have improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing mental health first aid, as well as reduced stigma.
The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years) who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
• Anxiety problems
• Eating disorders
• Substance use problems
All MHFA Courses teach how to give the mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. More information about ALGEE.
This is a 14 hour course, which is delivered as a 2-day training package (7 hours per day)
Any interested adult can attend, though please note this course is not for adolescents to attend.
This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.
Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided.
If you have any queries please contact 9614 1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Payment is required prior to the training date
Registration: To ensure your spot in this session, please enrol above.
We will issue a full refund if we cancel the course or reschedule the course.
Participants who withdraw more than 15 days before course commencement will receive a full refund. If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the agreed start date, we will be unable to issue a refund.
Course and name transfers may be made if vacancies exist.
If there are extenuating circumstances for your cancellation, please apply in writing, attaching any relevant documentation, such as a medical certificate. Application for special consideration does not guarantee a refund.