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Child Focused Communities of Practice

Held monthly via Teams, this course is for frontline practitioners who work directly with children and families impacted by homelessness or family domestic violence.

A Community of Practice is defined as: “A group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”.

We acknowledge the hard work frontline staff undertake every day to meet the needs of children and their families. Child Focused Communities of Practice is an opportunity to network, share practice knowledge, ideas, and upskill one another.

Monthly topics vary depending on relevant issues for families and frontline workers, significant events and themes within the sector, and topics requested by frontline workers.

We encourage an environment of kindness, shared learning and growth, and we greatly appreciate the time staff set aside to share in this space with us.

We welcome feedback at or 8245 8190.

More information:
Date: Third Wednesday of each month
Time: 12.30pm-1.30pm

To join: Email to request a link

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Baby Massage for Bonding

Please note: When enrolling, please choose your preferred Term to complete the course. You will be required to complete 100% of the online training to be able to attend the face to face practical day.  The face to face days are schedule for the end of terms 1,2, 3 and 4.

This short professional development course aims to develop your skills and knowledge so that you can support parents to notice and respond to their baby’s cues to enhance their nurturing relationship by providing a structured program of infant massage instruction in a group or with individual baby and parent.

Baby Massage for Bonding is based on theories of attachment and attunement, supporting infant mental health, and best-practice. It will add to your professional skills and build on what you are already doing with parents and families with an infant aged in the first thousand days.

This training is suitable for professionals working therapeutically with infants in the first thousand days and their caregivers, including frontline and specialist workers in homelessness and family and domestic violence services, therapeutic children’s workers, reunification, and intensive family support practitioners and those in community early childhood settings.

The course consists of four online topics, support from a course coordinator and a face to face practical day for demonstrations and sharing. If you cannot attend the final face to face day, we can negotiate a flexible solution for an alternative day.

Skills Centre Training (Port Augusta and Berri) is supported by the Department for Education, Government of South Australia.

Take advantage of our Skills Centres courses while they are fee free: As of July 2024, we will be charging a fee for our courses, so get in quick while they are available at no charge.  


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Child Focused Supervision

Supervision is a reflective space to support your team’s wellbeing and guide practice. This training provides time to focus on the significance of supervision and how it can happen within your team.

Child Focused Supervision is relevant for Team Leaders and Managers providing or wanting to provide more group and dyadic (1 to 1) supervision for your team.

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Recognise and Respond to Developmental Delays in Children

When working with families and children in adverse situations, you may meet children under five years old who are potentially missing developmental milestones. Learn how to let parents or caregivers know what they can do to support their child, in a timely and respectful way, when you notice developmental delays.

This introductory course provides front line workers with knowledge, skills and resources to recognise and respond to child development concerns for families in homelessness services. Co-facilitated by a Together4Kids senior therapeutic worker and Occupational Therapist from The Benevolent Society, this training is for workers who are supporting families in emergency and supported accommodation.

In this interactive half day session you will:

  • increase your knowledge of childhood developmental milestones
  • learn how to use simple observational checklists
  • gain skills to talk to parents about how they can support their child by recommending and providing appropriate play activities and other resources
  • provide appropriate referral for children to receive professional assessment and support.



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The Garden: Train the Facilitator Therapeutic Program

Join ‘The Garden Group Program’ as a facilitator and provide opportunities for parents to share positive experiences with their infant or toddler.

Over one and a half days, you will learn how to facilitate The Garden Group Program and apply The Garden Dyad Program. You will be provided with tips and advice on how to successfully run these intentional therapeutic child-led programs. Training includes time to practice exercises and familiarise yourself with the sessions.

Garden Group Programs, developed for parents and their infant or toddler (ages 0 – 4), use themes and activities to explore the natural environment through art, shared sensory activities, movement, play, relaxation and reflective opportunities. These programs   support parents to develop their relationship with their child through playful attachment and attunement activities. They form part of a suite of evidence-based therapeutic programs designed, by Together4Kids, for parents and their children.

This facilitator training is suitable for professionals working therapeutically with children and caregivers, including frontline and specialist workers in homelessness and family and domestic violence services, therapeutic children’s workers, and reunification and intensive family support practitioners.

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Conversations at the Kitchen Table

Build your skills in the art of talking to parents, so children can heal and thrive, as you explore seven reflective parenting conversations over two days.

Learn how to have conversations with parents or carers that enable them to focus on the child, build connection and intentionally help them to heal. Improve parents’ knowledge and skills to increase their parenting choices. Use practical exercises to help regulate ’big feelings’, such as breathing exercises designed to move children and their parent into a ‘regulated’ zone that strengthens conversations and relationships.

All participants receive a Conversations at the Kitchen Table handbook for guidance and easy reference. This A5 sized handbook is designed for front line workers to carry with them, so that at any time they can, through respectful conversation, provide information and tips to strengthen parent’s ability to focus lovingly on their children. It draws on Therapeutic Parenting Program content developed by Relationship Australia South Australia’s Post Adoption Support Service. This reflective parenting resource was designed and developed by the Together4Kids team to support for workers in the homelessness and family and domestic violence sectors.

Conversations at the kitchen table is a free course for workers from specialist homelessness and domestic violence services.

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Working Better with Nunga Kids

Working better with Nunga kids instils a deeper understanding of how to adapt your thinking and better support Aboriginal (Nunga) children. It will help build your confidence and understanding of how to support Aboriginal children and make a positive difference to families.

This one day course was developed by Aboriginal workers. Facilitators share their knowledge and skills to help you develop a culturally appropriate approach to working with Aboriginal children. They introduce participants to Healing the Aboriginal Way; the concept of spheres of Mind, Body and Spirit, the interconnectedness of these spheres, and the importance for Aboriginal people of healing all three.

Working through a trauma lens, participants develop their understanding that children’s behaviour is communication and responses to Nunga children, and their parents, must be therapeutic. Additionally, worker responses must consider the effects of intergenerational trauma and support connection and pride in culture.

Working better with Nunga kids training is free for workers from specialist homelessness and domestic violence services.

Please note: Skills Centre Training (Port Augusta and Berri) is supported by the Department for Education, Government of South Australia. 

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