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_
CFECFW provides nationally recognized training to organizations and individuals with the community services sector.
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.
The Centre conducts research across the children and family services sector.
_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.
Information on mandatory Certificate IV training for residential care workers in Victoria.
A sector-led project focused on foster care recruitment.
CFECFW is coordinating the development of an Industry Plan
Campaigning to extend the age of care to 21.
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If you work with children, young people and families where the focus is on preventing entry to out of home care or post care, these forums offer you the opportunity to: come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector share experiences, good practice and innovation to better support families listen to presentations on a range of topics and contribute to discussion discuss strategies for reform, change and advocacy network with colleagues Programs currently represented in
Please use this link to check your organisations membership status: https://www.cfecfw.asn.au/members/ This one day workshop provides practical tools for workers who work in supervisory roles. Participants will learn to manage supervisory relationships and explore effective communication styles, coaching and mentoring skills, goal setting, and effective feedback models. This workshop explores the use of Clinical Education frameworks and models. Learning Outcomes • Understand the core competencies necessary for effective supervision • Learn to develop, implement and review a supervision session • Understand
If you are currently working in an organisation that delivers foster care programs, a service that supports the delivery of foster care, such as therapeutic services, or an academic involved in foster care related research and interested in coming together with your peers and representatives from DHHS and the Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV), this network will give you the opportunity to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector Share experiences, good practice
Free This training is for Residential care supervisors in Victoria. This targeted training is aimed at giving new and existing Residential care supervisors the essential frameworks and tools to supervise their staff. The course will give an insight into relevant leadership styles, functions of supervision and an understanding of worker motivation. Who should attend If you are a supervisor or acting supervisor but have not had any supervision training, or if you want to refresh your skills, this training is
If you are currently working in an organisation that delivers kinship care programs, a service that supports the delivery of kinship care, such as therapeutic services, or an academic involved in kinship care related research and interested in coming together with your peers and representatives from DHHS and Kinship Care Victoria (KCV), this network will give you the opportunity to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector Share experiences, good practice and innovation in
The trainer for this course is Craig Maloney, who brings three decades of experience as a practitioner and trainer in mental health care. Craig earned two national awards for excellence in mental health care while the director of a Headspace Centre, specialising in early intervention mental health services for 12-25 year olds. In this full day workshop, participants will: Learn evidence-based techniques for dealing with disruptive behaviours Learn evidence-based techniques for dealing with self-harming behaviours Understand the causes and nature
The Quality Learning Circle provides an opportunity for community service organisation staff involved in quality, compliance and business administration and representatives from DHHS to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector Engage in conversation with DHHS around quality and compliance Listen to presentations on a range of topics and contribute to discussion Network with colleagues Provide updates and share information arising from the DHHS Quality Reference Group Engage in strategic discussion around the role
One event on Friday November 9, 2018 at 9:00am
Aim of training This is a 2 day course that is delivered on 2nd and 9th November 2018 This unit covers the development and use of emotional intelligence to increase self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management in the context of the workplace. It includes identifying the impact of own emotions on others in the workplace, recognising and appreciating the emotional strengths and weaknesses of others, promoting the development of emotional intelligence in others and utilising emotional intelligence to maximise
CHCAOD406E Work with Clients Who Are Intoxicated
Wednesday & Thursday 22 & 23 February 2017
Training Delivery Duration: 2 days - 9.15 a.m. – 4.45 p.m.
A positive approach to working with challenging behaviours is essential in any workplace setting, where individuals - including staff and clients - may be under extraordinary or extreme stress. While many courses focus primarily on conflict management, this seminar covers the early intervention strategies that may defuse disruptive situations early and prevent escalation. You will also learn how to deal with conflict and aggression, and improve your communication skills in challenging situations. Learning Outcomes • Examine your understanding of human
This one-day workshop aims to provide a theoretical foundation of knowledge & skills within a casework approach when working with vulnerable families. It covers theoretical frameworks in family work, provides practical guidance and skills on how to establish effective working relationships, engage and support active family participation in case planning and goal setting including working collaboratively to achieve positive meaningful change. Topics Theoretical frameworks General systems theory Social learning theory Attachment theory Ecological systems theory Practical models Trauma informed care
This training is only available for residential care workers in Victoria. Aim of Training This session has been developed by MOAT: Mental Health Services in association with RCLDS, to support staff in refining their interactions with clients and other professionals. Maintaining our professional boundaries and working reflectively are key foundations to maximising the support we offer clients. Learning Outcomes Following this session, participants will be able to: Discuss the advantages of reflective practice List models of reflective practice Outline the
This one-day workshop aims to assist practitioners understand and explore theoretical frameworks and models that underpin complex case management and how to assess and engage individuals and families who are experiencing complex and multiple issues in their case planning and goal setting. This workshop will explore attachment theory, the effects of trauma and how this knowledge informs case management practice. This workshop will examine issues that impact on circumstances that can impede the change processes for individuals and families in
This one-day workshop aims to provide an understanding of the theoretical frameworks that underpin a Change Management Model & how to create an organizational culture that embraces change to enhance practice and outcomes. The focus of this session is for participants to acquire the necessary knowledge & skills in the development of a Change Management Plan to support and enhance the implementation of organizational change. Topics Change Management theory Models and theories of change management Change Management plans Developing
This one day course will assist staff in developing their communication skills by learning how to manage and resolve conflict. Learning Outcomes Understand the factors that contribute to miscommunication and conflict Compare different models of conflict management Manage your emotional responses to confrontation Establish respectful relationships with people with whom you disagree Improve assertiveness and the ability to discuss difficult topics Learn techniques to convert conflict into negotiation and collaboration Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided If you have
The aim of this one day workshop is to provide participants working in the child and family welfare sector with introductory knowledge and understanding to assist them in working with Aboriginal children, youth, families and workers in a culturally respectful way. Topics Covered Aboriginal History - life before and after colonisation Key effects of Stolen Generation and the continued effects - grief, loss, and trauma The resilience and strength in Aboriginal Communities Aboriginal Culture Overview Aboriginal family roles and responsibilities
This one day course will assist staff in identifying mental health crisis situations and how to respond. Learning Outcomes Gain an understanding of major mental health illness groups Identify signs of mental illness Improved communication skills Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues Identify issues that impact people with mental illness Recognise the need for additional support and how to facilitate that Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided If you have any queries please contact 9614 1577
The Centre’s Leaving Care and Post Care Practitioner Network holds four forums each year. In 2018 they will be on: Thursday 1st March 10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 29th May 10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 28th August 10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 27th November 10.30am – 1.30pm If you work with young people who are preparing to leave care or have left care, these forums offer you the opportunity to: come together and hear about what is happening in a
This training is only available for residential care workers in Victoria. Aim of Training Occupational violence has increased over recent years with statistical evidence indicating that individuals working within the residential, welfare and home based care sectors are amongst those most likely to be subjected to potentially violent situations. The fundamental aim of the current program is to ensure safety – safety for all. Through your participation in this program, you will learn the necessary skills to engage a diverse
Clinical supervision assists staff to provide a more confident and creative service to clients. It assists participants to understand approaches to Supervisory Practice and explores Clinical Education frameworks and models, to ensure that services to clients are safe and ethical as well as providing a reflective space for a supervisee to enhance their competence and confidence when working with clients. Learning Outcomes The Role of the Clinical Educator Understanding Outcomes and Reliable and Valid Assessments The Clinical Support Model and
Working with Shame This workshop explores the issue of shame, frequently a product of the impact of trauma. It explores how shame manifests and how it negatively impacts on client engagement and achieving positive client outcomes. It explores strategies to support clients to identify and banish shame, which in turn leads to increased self efficacy, personal agency and responsibility. Learning Outcomes Understand the relationship between shame, trauma and neglect Understand the signs and impact of shame, including on
This course is a comprehensive program aimed at educating people to recognise and manage mental health crises. Designed and developed under the auspices of Orygen Research and the University of Melbourne, this workshop is widely recognised as the Mental Health First Aid course.
This course will:
This one-day workshop aims to provide a theoretical foundation of knowledge & skills in family systems therapy & family structure to understand how the dynamics within these systems interact and influence each other. It covers the theoretical frameworks that encompass a family unit, the dynamics, structures, composition, communication, scripted roles, culture, values & beliefs that dissipate, hinder or bind the family system together. Topics Theoretical frameworks Structural Family therapy General systems theory Social learning theory Attachment theory Ecological systems theory
An interactive course that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to provide basic effective counselling skills in a direct practice setting to better support children, youth and families. Course level: Essential Learning Outcomes Understand the theoretical approaches and models underpinning effective counselling Demonstrate effective communication skills Demonstrate effective general counselling and motivational interviewing skills Understand the role of self-reflection in practice Demonstrate understanding of working in the best interest of the client throughout the professional relationship Morning/afternoon
Working with adolescent family violence: applying the evidence to family work This workshop explores the issue of adolescent family violence and concurrent adolescent/parent work and parent only work. It explores similarities and differences to adult family violence and how these differences influence practice. It articulates a framework for risk assessment and management. It explores the tension between family safety and taking steps to effect change through utilising motivational interviewing, family systems approaches, non violent resistance and restorative practice.
Please use this link to check your organisations membership status: https://www.cfecfw.asn.au/members/ This full day workshop focuses on some of the most challenging problems that confront new managers in the sector. Often the transition from staff to management brings unexpected challenges. How do you adjust to setting new boundaries, while maintaining your existing relationships? What happens when the buck stops with you? The workshop will be facilitated by Lesley Blefari, a trainer with many years of experience teaching diploma courses in management,
Practitioners in the child and family welfare sector are constantly exposed to young people and families who experience trauma, and it is often hard to know whether our hard work has achieved a positive result. Caregivers who work with clients with high needs are especially vulnerable to frustration and burnout, and to vicarious trauma, a cumulative process which can creep up, changing our attitudes, worldviews, and ultimately cutting short many promising careers. Some participants who have completed this workshop discovered
One event on Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 9:30am
This two day course delivers the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. It is possible for participants who wish to learn only CPR techniques to register for the second afternoon of the training –see the entry: “CPR & Anaphylaxis” for details.
This half-day unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide CPR as a first aid response to a person who is unconscious and not breathing. The course covers CPR techniques on adults, children and infants. The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. It covers the care of a person who is suffering an asthmatic or anaphylactic
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing $290 - $330 One of the biggest challenges faced by workers in our sector is helping people change deep patterns of behaviour which increase their risks of harm. This workshop offers a goal-directed, practical approach to counselling and working with clients who have identified a need for change, but are unable to begin the process. Motivational interviewing is one of the most advanced techniques to help clients work through the feelings which block their ability to
This one day interactive workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to provide basic effective counselling skills in a direct practice setting to better support children, young people and families. Learning Outcomes • Understand the theoretical approaches and model underpinning effective counselling • Demonstrate effective communication skills • Demonstrate effective general counselling and motivational interviewing skills • Understand the role of self-reflection in practice • Demonstrate understanding of working in the best interest of the client throughout
Practical skills to help young people and families get the best from the NDIS Melbourne CBD: February 4 2019 This training is aimed at practitioners working with families and young people who participate in the NDIS. The workshop will provide an overview of the NDIS, explain the NDIS intake and referral processes, and the decision-making logic behind NDIS support plans and funding. It will give a practical understanding of the key NDIS documents, the various forms of supporting evidence that
Culturally Competent Youth Practice
Thursday 11 May 2017
Training Delivery Duration: 1 day - 9.15a.m. – 4.45 p.m.
his training is only available to residential care workers in Victoria. This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. RTO: 40990
Practical skills to help young people and families get the best from the NDIS Melbourne CBD: April 4 2019 This training is aimed at practitioners working with families and young people who participate in the NDIS. The workshop will provide an overview of the NDIS, explain the NDIS intake and referral processes, and the decision-making logic behind NDIS support plans and funding. It will give a practical understanding of the key NDIS documents, the various forms of supporting evidence that