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Upcoming workshop events

Introduction to behaviour insights for project planning

, 9:30am - 4:30pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Grief and loss

, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Professional boundaries – Ballarat

, 10.30 am – 2.00 pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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.

Venue: Child & Family Services Ballarat
115 Lydiard St Nth Ballarat 3350

Critical incident response

, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Aboriginal safe gambling information workshop - Bethany

, 10am - 4pm Workshop

The workshop will cover what gambling can be linked to, such as:

* Employment and education, mental, spiritual and physical health, relationship problems, money problems, legal problems and crime
* Barriers - why Aboriginal people do not seek help
* Advice on effective service delivery to Aboriginal people

Venue: Bethany Community Support
16 Ballarat Road, Hamlyn Heights, Victoria 3215

Aboriginal safe gambling information workshop - Healesville

, 10am - 4pm Workshop

The workshop will cover what gambling can be linked to, such as:

* Employment and education, mental, spiritual and physical health, relationship problems, money problems, legal problems and crime
* Barriers - why Aboriginal people do not seek help
* Advice on effective service delivery to Aboriginal people

Venue: HICSA
1A Badger Creek Road, Healesville

Gaming to gambling

, 10am - 3pm Workshop

Gambling mechanics are more and more used to make a profit. This session will provide an overview of how video games and gambling products are converging, the current state of regulation, reflections on discussions with representatives of the video game industry in Australia, latest research about the similarities between ‘gaming disorder’ and ‘gambling addiction’ and a look at the resources available to gambler’s help counsellors in this space.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Mental health first aid for gambling

, 10am - 3.30pm Workshop

The Mental Health First Aid for Gambling course will teach you how to identify, approach and support someone experiencing gambling harm using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Reach: Pushing your clinical skills and effectiveness to the next level

, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Internal Family Systems: A new therapeutic approach to working with addictive behaviours and underlying trauma

, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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

This course runs for three days over three weeks:

- Monday 17 June, 9.00am - 4.00pm

- Monday 24 June, 9.00am - 4.00pm

- Monday 1 July, 9.00am - 4.00pm

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Couples and conflicts of interest – Shepparton

, 1.00pm -4.00pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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 other services is appropriate.

Venue: Primary Care Connect - Shepparton
399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton

The Foundation Course - June

, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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:
18 June 2019
17 September 2019
10 December 2019

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Gaming products, self-exclusion and venue demonstration - July

, 10am - 1pm Workshop

This workshop will explore the operation of a number of gambling products, both land-based and online, aimed at allowing those working with those gambling to better understand these products. The session will also cover self-exclusion programs for the various gambling forms and close with a tour/demonstration of gambling products within the gaming venue environment.

Sessions are available on Tuesday 2 July, Tuesday 24 September or Wednesday 18 December

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Simply presenting skills

, 8.30am - 5pm Workshop

Simply Presenting’ is a well-established, highly sought after, powerful program that demystifies and de-stresses the process of presenting – whether that be in the form of stand-up, group presentations or simple one-on-one discussions across the desk.

Over the course of the day we will explore the meetings and presentations you are involved in, supporting you to be more clear, confident and effective.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Responding to suicide risk - Ballarat

, 10am - 5pm Workshop

Responding to clients at risk of suicide can be difficult and challenging. Many of us don’t have a practical framework for responding to clients experiencing suicidality and we can become stressed as a result. This workshop will be experiential and practical, and participants can expect to come out with the basic skills to respond to client risk, and refer effectively.

Venue: Child & Family Services Ballarat
115 Lydiard St Nth Ballarat 3350

Understanding mental health in an indigenous context: Level 2

, 9.30am - 3.30pm Workshop

Many of our clients suffer from mental health issues. This session will start off by looking at anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts as three common mental health problematics and identify associated signs and symptoms.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Bringing your best to supervision

, 9.30am - 4.30pm Workshop

A practical workshop for Supervisors and Supervisees focusing upon effective approaches and optimal supervision outcomes.

This workshop explores how both supervisors and supervisees provide input towards key processes in supervision. The topics addressed in this workshop are: silence in supervision, triggers in supervision, self-reflection in supervision and preparation for supervision.

Additionally, knowing how to enquire without asking questions in session is a necessary tool for both supervisors & supervisees. Participants will be invited to reflect, practice & challenge their supervisory practices and participation through individual and group exercises, case studies and discussion.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Trauma informed practice

, 09.30 am – 4.30 pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

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.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Motivational Interviewing

, 09:30am – 04:30pm Workshop – suitable for all levels

Attend this one-day workshop to learn about motivational interviewing and how to apply it in your professional life. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative method for guiding conversations about behaviour change. Through the one-day training, learn the framework, how it works and how it can enhance and deepen the full range of interventions used when faced with resistance and ambivalence.

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

The Foundation Course - September

, 9.30am - 4.30pm Workshop

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:
18 June 2019
17 September 2019
10 December 2019

Venue: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
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