Mental Health First Aid

Learn about how you can support others with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) over two full days of training:

  • explore mental health issues and problems that people face in everyday life
  • identify signs and symptoms that suggest a person is developing a mental illness
  • learn how to provide initial support for a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aid is practical and hands-on, like a first aid course, and is delivered by Accredited MHFA Instructors. Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

Mental health issues affect 1 in 5 Australians, making this Mental Health First Aid course relevant to everyone from individuals to entire workplaces.

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Family Group Conferencing Coordinator Training

Learn how to facilitate Family Group Conferencing for families where concerns have been raised for the wellbeing and safety of a child or young person. This training teaches coordinators a strengths-based and inclusive approach, assisting families to develop an agreement on how to provide safe, permanent and stable care arrangements for their child or young person.

The Ngartuitya Family Group Conference Service allocates a coordinator to each referred family. Their coordinators focus on empowering families and community members to identify strategies to keep their own children and young people safe within family and kin. Ngartuitya is from the Kaurna language and means ‘for the Children’. Kaurna people are the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains region.

This three-day professional development course is a requirement be considered for casual work opportunities as a coordinator through this state-wide service. There are no other essential requirements for the role as a coordinator, besides your commitment to provide a family led decision-making process about how they will come together to ensure their child’s safety and promote wellbeing.

The training is facilitated by Sarah Decrea, Manager Family Led Decision Making at Relationships Australia South Australia together with Paul Nixon, as guest presenter, bringing his experience in providing family group conferencing to child protection services from both New Zealand and England.

For more information about Family Group Conferencing please visit the service page.

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Responding to Suicide Risk

Build your knowledge, over a full day, on how to effectively and confidently reach out to intervene in a suicidal crisis.

Learn about the ‘why’ of suicide by understanding contemporary evidence-based models of suicidality. Based on established core competencies that mental health professionals use to assess and manage suicide risk, this training includes:

  • current approaches to suicide prevention
  • warning signs
  • risk assessment
  • management of clients who present with suicidality.

You will find out about effective engagement, how to access useful resources, building resilience, and helping to facilitate protective factors for our communities.

Responding to suicide risk training is suitable for workers in any profession.

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Beyond Theory: Responding to Children and Parents Who Have Experienced Trauma


This workshop is an opportunity to put theory-into-practice when undertaking trauma-informed work, by using practical examples, case studies and roleplays about responding to children and parents who have experienced trauma.

This full day workshop will:

  • build your skills in talking to parents about the effects of trauma and how trauma is reflected in children’s behaviours
  • provide you with practical and simple strategies that support parents to remain connected to their children, despite traumatic events
  • improve your ability to notice when parents and children are taking small actions to modify the effects of trauma and encourage those actions
  • support you to respectfully respond to a parent or child who is experiencing distress
  • introduce you to a range of children’s resources that will improve your support of families.

This training is open to all but free for frontline workers in the family and domestic violence and homelessness sectors.

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Child Focused Supervision on the Run – A Time Efficient Framework for Teams

We all experience a busy workload and the pressure to do more. In a busy workplace, time reserved for supervision can be unintentionally eroded. Supervision being important for wellbeing, information sharing, and professional development. Learn to implement a time-efficient framework that enables team members to: 

  • Describe skills and knowledge they currently use with their team or a co-worker   
  • Focus on their knowledge of the child’s experience and how that shapes their work practices  
  • Extend their skills in culturally accountable child focused enquiries   
  • Describe with confidence resonant dilemmas and challenges in the work they require more input about questioning styles that invite reflective practice.  

Highly relevant for team leaders and Managers providing or wanting to provide more group and dyadic supervision for dedicated teams in the community, Domestic Violence and homelessness sector.

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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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Working Therapeutically with Men Who Perpetrate Violence

Learn how to respond to men who perpetrate violence and, as a result, contribute towards greater community safety. Engaging with both victims and perpetrators of family domestic violence is critical for the safety of affected families.

Qualified facilitators can help avert further harm by educating abusive men about the consequences of their actions. In a counselling context, this training covers:

  • factors that promote behaviour change in men who abuse
  • how to support the process of accepting responsibility
  • how to assist men to seek help.

Agencies and workers may only see the aftermath of a single incident in an ongoing pattern. Training in working therapeutically with men who perpetrate violence can help make a positive difference for men and families by supporting personal accountability and better understanding of patterns of behaviour.


Facilitator Bio

This training is run by David Tully, Practice Manager for Specialised Family Violence Services at Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA) and facilitator of Back on Track: A Men’s Group for Positive Change.

David has worked in the field of domestic violence and childhood sexual assault for over 20 years. David’s role at RASA focusses on developing organisational practice approaches to working with perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

He has participated on the research advisory panel for the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault and is a Peer-Assessor for Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety around perpetrator research.

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Narrative Approaches to Responding to Families and Young People in Crisis

Learn about narrative therapy as a respectful, engaging, and a creative way to work with young people and families. Narrative approaches support young people and their families to:

  • reclaim authorship of their own lives in the face of vulnerability
  • take steps toward their hopes and dreams
  • promote the restorative position of ‘being with’ people rather than ‘doing to’ people.

In this interactive workshop, explore the concepts behind narrative therapy, harness opportunities to practice with other students, and discuss narrative skills and techniques.


Facilitator Bio

Carolyn Markey is passionate about using narrative approaches as a set of ideas that are hope-filled for workers and clients. Trained by Michael White, a founder of narrative therapy, Carolyn has worked her entire career as a Narrative Therapist.

As Team Leader, Children’s Services at Relationships Australia South Australia, Carolyn loves teaching narrative ideas in ways that complement and respond to the effects of relational trauma that disrupts the child-care giver connection.

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Safe Environments for Children and Young People Refresher

This refresher workshop is for workers required to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect who have completed the full training course within the last three years. The full training course is available if you are completing the course for the first time or have not completed the training in the last three years

It will refresh you on how to recognise, report and respond to children or young people who may be at risk of harm, child abuse or neglect.

The ‘Creating safe environments for children and young people’ refresher workshop focuses on child protection in the context of ‘Through Their Eyes’ and has the safety and wellbeing of children at its core. It covers:

  • Introduction to child protection in context.
  • Values and attitudes: ‘Through our eyes’.
  • Risk and harm: South Australian legislation.
  • Risk and harm: Abuse-related trauma.
  • Sexual abuse and online grooming.
  • Through their eyes: Disclosure.
  • Safe organisations.
  • Reporting suspicion of risk and harm.

In South Australia, when child abuse and neglect are suspected, a wide range of people are required by law to notify the Child Abuse Report Line. This half day refresher training is designed for professionals or volunteers who are mandatory reporters.

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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 two 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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