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Working with children affected by family and domestic violence: A trauma sensitive approach

If you want to feel more confident working with children who have lived through family and domestic violence and ensure that you are working in a way that does not further traumatise the child, then this is the course for you. Family and Domestic Violence interfere with key developmental tasks. The resilience of the human brain, nervous system and body enables survival. Often the tools of survival are the behaviours that interfere with life. Children who have lived through violence... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Child Sexual Assault – Helping Non-Offending Parents to Support their Child

This course will explore the dynamics of child sexual assault in relation to: The tactics of offenders The disclosure process of children How to work with non-offending parents to support belief, protection and healing of their children We will cover the research on the tri-issues of dynamics, disclosure and non-offending work. In addition, the workshop will introduce participants to a practice model that will be practised throughout the workshop. At the end of the workshop, you... [More]

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Introduction to Structured Decision Making – Safety Assessment and Risk Assessment

This 1-day course provides participants with an introduction to the Structured Decision Making® Safety and Risk assessment tools used in the NSW child protection sector. Both FaCS and non-government agencies now train their staff in the same structured decision making safety and risk assessments, enabling all agencies working with families in the child protection system to speak the one assessment language; facilitating more efficient referral and case transfer between agencies;... [More]

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Child Mental Health Toolkit: Assessment, Planning and Case Management for Children and Young People with Mental Health Issues

Case workers can often feel at a loss as to how to best address the complicated needs of children (ages 0 -18) with mental health issues – both diagnosed and undiagnosed - including anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorders, autism, ADHD and conduct disorder. These children frequently have challenging behaviours, have often experienced complex trauma, can have developmental delays and may have parents with their own mental health difficulties.... [More]

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Protective Behaviours

This workshop will develop your knowledge and skills in using the Protective Behaviours (PB) to support children and young people in the contexts of Child Protection, Early Intervention, Family Work, and/or Out-of-home Care. PB is a building-block personal safety program which can be adapted in many ways to support children and young people. PB is based on ideas of feeling safe, being safe and talking about it, and has two themes: We all have the right to feel safe all of the time.... [More]

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Children’s Brain Development: Understanding the Impacts of Trauma, Supporting Resilience and Recovery (formerly The Neurobiology of Childhood Trauma)

How do early childhood experiences of trauma and abuse effect the developing brain, the nervous system, human behaviour and memory? How can children’s development and recovery be supported following the experience of adversity? All these questions and more will be unravelled in this two day interactive course. A must for anyone who works with children and families, this course will explore how the brain develops in the early years of life and the way that the environment interacts... [More]

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Growing Children: Helping Parents Understand Their Child's Social and Emotional Development

Many people working with families encounter children with a range of emotional and social difficulties, and wonder about the best way to understand these children and support their families. This course examines a range of theories about how a child develops increasing emotional competence throughout childhood, including how a child develops a theory of mind. You will develop an understanding of these different theories and how they might be helpful in your clinical and... [More]

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Safety Planning with Parents of Children at Risk

Safety planning with parents of children at risk presents the concepts from a number of tools such as “Signs of Safety”, “Motivational Interviewing” and “Safe Homes, Safer Futures” to assist those working with children at risk of harm to plan with families for child safety. Participants will have the opportunity to practice Safety Planning with a presented case scenario in small groups and to plan and conduct a safety conversation around a specific area of challenge. Workers can... [More]

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Supporting children exposed to suicide

Over 280,000 Australians are exposed to suicide each year. For children it could involve the death of a parent, sibling, friends or someone they care about. Tragically in some circumstances they may have witnessed or discovered the death. This type of loss does not just result in grief, but trauma that can have broad ranging effects across their home, school, social environment and even their life trajectory. To foster their resilience requires understanding a myriad of aspects... [More]

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Islands of Safety – Structured Program Focusing on Violence Prevention and Recovery

Violence against women and safety of children is a key issue in child protection, removals and possibilities for restoration. Islands of Safety is a structured program developed in Canada that focuses on violence prevention and recovery using response-based practice. Developed with Indigenous communities it can be adapted to non-Indigenous and other cultural settings. This training will outline the foundation of response-based practice, general principles and particular application... [More]

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