Professional Development Centre
The Foundation's Professional Development Centre supports the training and workforce development for those who provide prevention and early intervention initiatives, treatment and support services for people at risk of or experiencing harm from gambling in Victoria.
We support funded programs and project staff, and related community sector professionals, who work with those affected by gambling harm by providing ongoing training, activities and development opportunities.
We aim to create an effective translation between research and practice by developing interventions and initiatives that are informed by research findings, and undertaking innovative research that is informed by practice.
Our professional development activities are designed for funded program and project staff, however we welcome other professionals likely to be involved with gambling clients to participate in our programs and activities.
Training and development activities
We offer a number of training and development opportunities throughout the year across a range of topic areas in a range of formats, including webinars, seminars, courses and lunch time learnings.
We also run a biennial Gambling Harm Conference, the only one of its kind in Australia, which brings together state, national and international experts and professionals dedicated to sharing knowledge to reduce harms from gambling.
Attendance for all Foundation training and events is free for Gambler's Help services and related sectors.
Continuing professional development (CPD) points are calculated as follows:
- Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW): 1 point per hour.
- Australian Psychological Society (APS): the responsibility is on the individual psychologist to determine whether the CPD is suitable and relevant to their learning plan, and their ability to justify this decision if audited. Visit the PsyBA website for more information.
- Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA): 2 points per hour (for Category A events), 1 point per hour (for Category B events). Visit the PACFA website for category guidelines.
- Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC): points will be identified on each scheduled event.
We welcome your ideas and feedback. To find out more about the Professional Development Centre, or to suggest topics you would like to see covered in our training programs and activities, please contact:
Professional Development Centre Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9452 2668