Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
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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.
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Information on new Child Safe Standards legislation, relevant training, and helpful resources.
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Tailor our training for your organisation.
The Centre's annual and financial reports, Reconciliation Action Plan, and other important publications.
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Free forums convened by The Centre for professional workers, aiming to provide a space for discussion and progression within the sector.
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Learning System Grant applications are open to service providers until 31 July 2017.
The Centre's submissions to the state government, Royal Commissions, and government bodies.
The Centre conducts research across the children and family services sector.
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.
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Purpose: To train service provider staff in the analysing and assessment of information within an investigative framework to determine evidence based outcomes. Outcomes: Demonstrate the ability to identify different types of evidence Demonstrate an understanding of assessing and analysing information Demonstrate the ability to form an outcome decision of an investigation Demonstrate the ability to write a clear investigation outcome statement Module Outline: Evidence: What is evidence? Handling Evidence Standard of proof Bringinshaw Principle Burden of Proof Rights and
Course description: 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
Purpose: To train service provider staff in the analysing and assessment of information within an investigative framework to determine evidence based outcomes. Outcomes: Demonstrate the ability to identify different types of evidence Demonstrate an understanding of assessing and analysing information Demonstrate the ability to form an outcome decision of an investigation Demonstrate the ability to write a clear investigation outcome statement Module One: Evidence: What is evidence? Handling Evidence Standard of proof Bringinshaw Principle Burden of Proof Rights and Responsibilities
The information session provides an overview on the compulsory Child Safe Standards introduced in Victoria to create and maintain child safe environments in organisations that provide services for children. The session will cover: Background to Child Safe Standards including the role of the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People The 7 Child Safe Standards and principles along with examples on how to implement each What organisations should do next Where to find useful links
Course description: This workshop will explore the theoretical underpinnings of trauma work with children and young people in the context of the neurobiological impact including on the social engagement system. PLAY and the experiential use of the self via the tools of play, laughter, art, animals and other creative therapies/strategies will be demonstrated. It will explore issues such as observation, trauma assessment, suitability, for PLAY therapy and therapy type, the use of language, the use of the self, transference, counter-transference
This training provides the practitioner with an understanding on how to embed a trauma informed approach within the child protection system that supports clients to heal and recover at the same time as building the necessary scaffolding for the practitioner in order to prevent vicarious stress. Learning Outcomes The theoretical frameworks that underpin Trauma-Informed Care and Practice Systems. How to integrate and embed a trauma informed system of care into existing service delivery. Overview of the Child Protection System and
An event every week that begins at 9:15am on Friday, repeating until Friday August 11, 2017
Aim of training This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management within a work team in an organisation. It includes planning and implementing financial management approaches, supporting team members whose role involves aspects of financial operations, monitoring and controlling finances and reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of financial management processes. It applies to managers in a wide range of organisations and sectors who have responsibility for ensuring that work team financial resources are used effectively and are
Course description: The workshop aims to provide practitioners and managers working in the child and family services sector with key skills and knowledge in initial screening of potential carers for vulnerable children and young people in out of home care. This workshop will highlight the processes and the skills involved in appropriate screening of carers and provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate their own and work place practices in this area. Learning Outcomes: Identify and understand the various background
Course description This workshop will provide support to assist the recovery of normal individuals experiencing normal distress following exposure to abnormal events. This workshop uses a combination of theory and interactive activities. Course level: Essential Learning Outcomes Understand critical incidents Preparing for a possible critical incident The difference between demobilisation, defusing and debriefing Roles and responsibilities Follow up support 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
Coaching for Money Wellness Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand announces the launch of a new professional development course – Coaching for Money Wellness – to guide community services workers through tricky money conversations. Based on research findings that money conversations improve financial capability, Coaching for Money Wellness provides practitioners with the skills to coach clients towards a healthier relationship with money. Sandy Milne, National Manager Financial Security – Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, played a critical role in developing the
Understanding and responding to Mental Health issues Course description: This two-day workshop aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of mental illness, how to recognize potential signs and how to support students who are struggling to manage stress at home and school. Everyone is susceptible to developing mental health issues when they are under stress and don’t have the coping mechanisms or resources to handle pressure. It is often difficult for young students to talk openly about their feelings
Aim of training This unit describes skills and knowledge required to manage risks in a range of contexts across an organisation or for a specific business unit or area in any industry setting. It applies to individuals who are working in positions of authority and are approved to implement change across the organisation, business unit, and program or project area. They may or may not have responsibility for directly supervising others.
Course description: This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the theory and current practice guidelines in connection with domestic violence, including safety planning and risk management strategies. Anyone working with children and families at risk of family violence is welcomed to take this program. Learning Outcomes How to implement a strengths based model for working with families How to manage challenging conversations with clients about family violence Safety planning and risk management skills Communication skills to manage
Aim of training This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects. This unit applies to individuals who play a significant role in ensuring a project meets timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project.
Course description: This one day workshop is for any worker who may be involved in addressing or investigating quality of care concerns when a child or young person is in care. It will provide you with an understanding of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) process for addressing Quality of Care concerns along with guidelines to ensure the rights of the child or young person who is the subject of the quality of care concerns are respected as
This evidence based course enable workers to develop awareness of current child safety issues for children and young people using new technologies (for activities such as gaming, social networking, cyberbullying and accessing inappropriate material) and to develop effective strategies to increase the resilience of children and young people who use new technologies. This course will also give practical resources to support workers in their roles and also signpost to resources which can be used to help support parents and carers in this
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
This course explores the essential skills and knowledge for effective work with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and will improve the confidence and capacity of participants to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive service. The course covers the cultural competency framework, and the settlement experiences and needs of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Learning Outcomes Explore concepts of culture and the cultural competency framework Reflect on cross-cultural interactions and communication skills Identify and apply cultural
An event every week that begins at 9:15am on Friday, repeating until Friday October 20, 2017
BSBMGT502 Manage People Performance This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the performance of staff who report to them directly. Development of key result areas and key performance indicators and standards, coupled with regular and timely coaching and feedback, provide the basis for performance management. It applies to individuals who manage people. It covers work allocation and the methods to review performance, reward excellence and provide feedback where there is a need for improvement. The unit makes
In this workshop participants will be introduced to various theories of development, major milestones and challenges, as well as effective strategies for working with individuals at different stages of their psychosocial development. Learning Outcomes A framework for understanding a range of behaviours practitioners commonly encounter in their work with clients who have experienced abuse, neglect and/or complex trauma An introduction to various theories of development An introduction to major milestones and challenges across the lifespan Effective strategies for working
This one-day workshop will 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. Learning Outcomes Overview of complex case management Building professional working relationships and networking Trauma informed practice Assessment models and frameworks Risk assessment and analysing information How to negotiate family structures and systems Manage and support change processes Communication and establishing rapport
This training is designed for all those working in challenging and stressful human service settings and will help to identify indicators of stress and trauma. Concepts of resistance, resilience and recovery will be considered as they apply to managing both cumulative stress and vicarious trauma. The training also focuses on managing professional boundaries with challenging clients, which is an important aspect of protecting workers from stress and trauma. Learning Outcomes Differentiate vicarious traumatisation from other types of stress and
This course aims to raise awareness of the importance of father’s influence on child development across the lifespan and how workers can establish and maintain connections with fathers to increase their engagement in their children’s lives. Learning Outcomes Gain understanding of the value of fathers in the lives of their children Identify factors impacting why fathers are not presently engaged Engage fathers using the father inclusive practice principles and the generative framework Build respectful collaborative partnerships and constructive relationships
Aim of training This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage continuous improvement systems and processes. Particular emphasis is on the development of systems and the analysis of information to monitor and adjust performance strategies, and to manage opportunities for further improvements. It applies to individuals who take an active role in managing a continuous improvement process in order to achieve an organisation’s objectives. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and
Aimed at primary health staff and direct care workers, but suitable for other workers too, this training will provide participants with the tools needed to maintain their safety and the safety of their client. The training will also include overview and analysis on best practice of critical incident procedures. Learning Outcomes: Implement a range of de-escalation techniques Implement key principles of negotiation Skill to protect oneself from violent and dangerous situations Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided If you have
Learn how to identify, mobilise and celebrate client strengths, expertise, skills and resources. Through this approach, participants can become a catalyst for building cultures where strengths and connectedness flourish, so that clients build resilience, capacity for lasting change and genuine agency in their own lives. Learning Outcomes Define and articulate strengths-based, solution focused practice Consider the dynamics of ‘power over’ and how to work from a ‘power with’ perspective Identify conditions that maximise each person’s participation in their own
Aimed at new supervisors, this foundational training is designed to provide a solid understanding around the key areas of supervision and managing the supervisory relationship. Training will explore key topics, including communication styles, Emotional Intelligence, providing feedback and addressing challenges as they arise. Participants will receive practical strategies and tools that can be easily implemented into their workplace to support them in their supervisory role. Learning Outcomes Identify and differentiate the different roles of management and supervision Explore and
Aim of training This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create systems and process to organise information and prioritise tasks. It applies to individuals working in managerial positions who have excellent organisational skills. The work ethic of individuals in this role has a significant impact on the work culture and patterns of behaviour of others as managers at this level are role models in their work environment. Learning outcomes: Establish personal work goals Set and meet own work
Learn how to recognise burn-out and its causes. You will be introduced to mindfulness as a tool to build self-awareness and resilience, and learn to balance compassion with assertive boundaries. Learning Outcomes Recognising burn-out and its causes Mindfulness in practice and how it helps to be present in the moment Assertive boundary setting Self-reflection exercises and strategies Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided If you have any queries please contact 9614 1577 or email@example.com. Please note: Payment is required
Aim of training This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service. This unit applies to individuals working in the community services and health sectors where services are informed by the knowledge and understanding of central trauma, particularly the impact of interpersonal violence.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Monday December 4, 2017 – Tuesday December 5, 2017 This training is only available for residential care workers in Victoria Aim of training 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: Provide information and strategies for a first
This session has been created to support practitioners working with LGBTI children and young people in care. The training covers principles for effective communication and ‘strengths-based’ best practice. Learning Outcomes Developed knowledge and comfort with key terminology around sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity Increased understanding of healthy child development as it relates to sexual orientation and gender identity, while differentiating between these two development processes Improved ability to recognise and respond to instances of anti-gay bias, anti-transgender
This two day workshop will cover Looking after Children (LAC) processes & framework, legislation, trauma informed practice, attachment theory, systems theory, grief and loss, and the role workers, volunteers and clients play. Learning Outcomes Understand the LAC process and framework Understand the charter of rights and how to embed the into the LAC processes and framework Document and complete the Looking After Children Records Understand how the Best Interest Case Practice Model and LAC processes and framework are integrated