Trauma informed practice
Trauma stems from a normal response to overwhelming stress. Many people experience psychological trauma as a response to one off extreme events, or it can be repeated trauma through ongoing relationships. This workshop will provide information on the difference between single incident and complex trauma, the impact of trauma on brain development, and discuss possible responses to trauma and how to work therapeutically with survivors.
The Foundation Course
This course is open to all Gambler's Help managers and staff, this includes local Gambler’s Help, Aboriginal Gambler’s Help, In-Language Gambler’s Help services and prevention workers. It is ideal for new staff members as it provides a good introduction to gambling in Victoria and an overview to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.
Upcoming course dates:
5 March 2019
18 June 2019
Working with Indigenous clients
This session will identify perspectives, culture and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria and highlight practical strategies to providing effective and respectful assistance when working with Indigenous clients in financial distress. It will provide an insight into Indigenous cultures in Australia with a focus on economic and financial themes.
Introduction to behaviour insights for project planning
The one-day workshop will cover some of the basic principles of applying behavioural science to project design, including the utility and application of a systems approach to fully unpack the initial problem. The workshop will provide an introduction to some core concepts from behavioural science and how they may be incorporated into project design.
Mental health first aid for gambling problems
The Mental Health First Aid for Gambling Problems course will teach you how to identify, approach and support someone experiencing gambling problems using a practical, evidence based Action Plan.
Upcoming workshop dates:
3 April 2019
5 June 2019
Grief and loss
People can have a range of responses to significant grief and loss in their lives and therefore, will be impacted differently. This workshop will work through the stages of grief/loss, common responses to grief and loss and how to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients. The workshop will also discuss cultural contexts for expressing grief, dealing with trauma and dislocation, and identifying appropriate therapeutic interventions to match clients’ needs and goals.
Internal Family Systems: A new therapeutic approach to working with addictive behaviours and underlying trauma
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an innovative and emerging way of working with trauma in therapeutic settings. This 3-day training course is aimed at clinicians working with people who gamble problematically will provide participants with:
- A comprehensive understanding of IFS theoretical principles
- Applied knowledge in the application of the IFS model when working with addictive behaviours
- Skills to competently address trauma through the practice of the entire IFS model
- An increases awareness of clinician parts that impact on therapeutic work
Professional boundaries – Ballarat
This workshop will explore the professional boundaries of helping roles and why we need them, issues around ethical principles, challenges to maintaining boundaries, triggers of our emotional and physical reactions, transference of our ideas to others, when to refer to other professionals and self-care, including separating ourselves from our work.
Critical incident response
Critical Incident Management is an important process for organisations to have in place so that difficult events outside the range of normal experience are managed well and the impact on staff is minimised. These events can lead to staff being affected physically and emotionally and possible decreased functioning, normal reactions to an abnormal event.
This workshop will provide information about the different aspects of the Critical Incident Process including pre and post incident management, situational stress, debriefing models, organisational roles, boundaries and risk management.
Bankruptcy and gambling
Financial counsellors assist people who are either bankrupt or considering bankruptcy all of the time. This advanced workshop will focus specifically on bankruptcy and gambling harm. The session will look at different scenarios, including partnerships where there is a house at risk.
Reach: Pushing your clinical skills and effectiveness to the next level
In this workshop, participants will learn three specific strategies that separate the good from the great. Attendees will not only learn a simple method for determining their effectiveness but also how to develop a profile of their most and least effective practices--what works and what doesn't. Step-by-step, evidence-based instructions will be given for using the profile to identify and eliminate weak spots while enhancing their effectiveness and efficiency.
Couples and conflicts of interest – Shepparton
This training will provide some expert thoughts and insight on best practices when working with couples and facilitate a discussion around ethical boundaries. It will also give some practical advice on how to prepare for working with a couple and look at identifying when referral to others services is appropriate.