Training Opportunities




Identifying Family Violence (Dates and locations vary across the Hume Region)

 This two hour session is for workers with no specific training in family violence. It covers the forms of family violence and explores ways of responding and referral pathways.

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by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) at CAV is offering free one hour sessions for community sector workers to get to know the options available in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 for people affected by family violence while living in rental accommodation in Victoria. If you deal with clients affected by family violence situations who are living in rental accommodation (private, community, or public), then this session is for you. The sessions are scheduled throughout the Hume region in Wangaratta, Wodonga, Shepparton, Benalla, Seymour, Myrtleford, Nagambie, Yarrawonga, Alexandra, Corryong, Tallangatta, and Mansfield. RSVP is essential! – Please book your attendance at and feel free to distribute this throughout your networks. Is you have queries or would like to organise an independent session for your large team, please phone 03 5723 6405.



The Practice Seminar Series 2017

WHEN – Friday 17 March

9:30— 4:30

WHERE FamilyCare, 19 Welsford St, Shepparton


This 1 day workshop will cover the following:

  • Culturally Sensitive Practice within Social work
  • Working with vulnerable migrant/refugee families in child welfare context
  • Understanding oppression, discriminatory practices and impact of racism
  • Cross cultural skills, critical self reflection and client engagement
  • Introduction to ‘Parenting in new culture’ framework
  • Interactive scenarios when working with Migrant and Refugee families
  • Child Protection case study
  • Mental health trauma case study
  • Working with Young people from diverse backgrounds



TIESDAY 14 MARCH, Shepparton

This four hour workshop gives you strategies to apply to encourage positive engagement to support young people in their learning.

It is designed for professionals and carers who want to better understand trauma, its effects on behaviour and impact on learning.

The workshop can be adapted to the needs of teachers, school based-staff, youth workers, community health workers, carers and people who work with young people.




On Thursday 23 March, a number of utility companies will be available to assist with checking through your bills and ensuring you are getting the most for your money. On the day there will be representation from the following organisations:-

  • Energy Australia
  • AGL
  • GV Water
  • Financial Ombudsmen
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Sheriff Department
  • Shepparton Council Rates Department
  • Centrelink
  • SalvoCare
  • VincentCare
  • -Financial Resilience Program
  • - Home Care Packages

We will also have information available on Advance Care Planning. Click here Bring Your Bills Day Flyer – 270217



Common Risk Assessment Framework – Please ensure you register for the session appropriate to your position. For example, only Specialist FV & Police (FVAs, FVLOs and FV Unit), Specialist FV Child Protection staff will be able to register for specialist and all other professionals will register for a preliminary session. If you are not sure which you should register for, please contact DVRCV on 03 9486 9866 or Tammy Smith on 0357 223009. Please register for the session that is appropriate, not the location that suits; thank you.

Shepparton Level 2 Risk Assessment – Thursday 1st June

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Family Violence Hurts Kids Too – This two-day training provides practitioners with knowledge and skills to support children and young people who have experienced family violence, and strategies to strengthen relationships between mothers and children.

Benalla – 24 & 25 May 2017 – Please register your interest in this course via email: Include your name, position, organisation and reason for wanting to attend. Places are very limited and priority will be given to professionals who work directly with children and young people. Unfortunately, due to limited places, students will not be considered. Thank you.

CBD – November 2017 – dates not confirmed- watch on dvrcv website for details.

New course – Family violence is a workplace issue – Our new one day course provides guidance and support for workplaces in developing organisational responses to family violence experienced by staff. Please see below for all our Semester 2 courses. Click on the links for more information and to register, or go to our courses page to view all.



Family Violence Awareness (Various dates and locations across the Hume Region)

This four hour session is for workers with no specific training in family violence. It covers the forms of family violence and explores ways of responding and referral pathways. This session delves more into language and resistance.

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Trauma and Young Children

An integrated suite of professional development activities for early childhood educators to support young children impacted by trauma.

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Message from ACF: 2017 is here, and we can’t wait to show you all we have in store to support your work with children who have experienced abuse related trauma.

We appreciate that you have a wide variety of quality training providers in our sector, and want to thank you for choosing us for your professional development needs. When you do, 100% of any profit made is sent directly to fund our own work with children.

This year, as well as our one and two day workshops being run around the country, we’ll also be offering Webinars, a speaker tour with international guests Dr Dan Hughes and Dr Jon Baylin, Courses in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, the opportunity to study our accrediated Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, continued articles on our blog Prosody and increased content in our Masterclass Virtual Library.  You can find more details below.



Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Dates for 2017 available on website, Melbourne)

No To Violence and Swinburne deliver the Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Male Family Violence), having developed this course in 2000.This Higher Education accredited course is specifically designed for professionals working within the family violence sector and is the only recognised qualification for facilitators of men’s behaviour change groups in Australia, perhaps in the world. It involves a combination of class work, observation and placement on a part time basis over a period of one year.

The course trains professionals to: – work safely and ethically with men around issues of gendered violence and control, and – respond sensitively and safely to the needs of women and children affected by male family violence.

Click here for more information.



CASA House offers

  • 24 hour crisis care support following a sexual assault in the last 2 weeks
  • short to medium term counselling and advocacy support
  • support groups
  • 24 hour telephone counselling and support
  • secondary consultation and debriefing for health and other professionals
  • community and professional education such as:
  1. Responding to Sexual Assault
  2. Working with the impacts of sexual assault

Click here to access the website for more information.



15-18 May 2017 – Wallan. Create powerful change! A partnership between Nexus Primary Health and The Theraplay Institute – training in this effective form of therapy for children and young people.

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Indigenous DVAlert Training

13-14 march 2017. Lifeline Australia offer DV-Alert training. This is a 2 day training opportunity for people working in front-line community services sector, education, child care, health and allied health professionals that enables workers to Recognise, Respond and Refer potential clients that may be going through Domestic and Family Violence. This includes Volunteers or students studying in the field of social welfare, law, medicine and other fields that may involve contact with Aboriginal communities and or domestic/family violence.

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Wodonga TAFE have been awarded the Specialist Homelessness Services training contract again. Information about the training can be found at



CHFV offer a wide range of training opportunities with sessions based in Melbourne.

Building resilience to workplace bullying

Understanding responsibilities of housing and tenancy workers

Introduction to Community Housing

Finance training for non-financial people

Professional Writing: An Introduction

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This partnership offer a range of training opportunities in the child protection, vulnerable children and children and young peoples experience of family.

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International Mental Health conference will be held in Queensland on 21-23 August 2017.

Mental health problems have become one of the leading causes for absenteeism from work and early retirement all over Australia. Maintaining good mental health at the workplace is therefore not only essential for the individual but also a challenge facing business and society as a whole. There is considerable business and political interest in tackling poor mental health at work.

The conference will also examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.

Click here for more details.