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Marte Meo Supportive Communication Skills

Marte Meo, developed by Maria Aarts from the Netherlands, is a social-emotional developmental support program used by a variety of professions, including early childhood educators, social workers, psychiatrists, paediatricians and nurses. Established in over 40 countries, Marte Meo is valued because it helps to reduce aggression and improves relationships with family.

This six-day supportive communication skills training covers:

  • an overview of Marte Meo
  • exploring and practicing the adult supportive communications skills of following, leading and supporting cooperation
  • making emotional connections
  • activating development rather than compensating for the problem
  • reading the developmental message behind behaviour
  • recognising how to use supportive communication skills in daily interactions, in the right moment.

Course outcomes for a Marte Meo practitioner:

  • Know how to use Marte Meo skills in your interactions with children and other client groups.
  • Understand what to look for, such as social and emotional skills and supportive communications.
  • Be able to put this knowledge and understanding into everyday practice.

This training is for anyone with a role about understanding children’s development. It is particularly suited to people from the child and family sectors, as well as early childhood education, disability, and aged care.

NOTE: Please note this training is a prerequisite to continue studying to become an internationally qualified Marte Meo Therapist. To apply for International Accreditation training as a Marte Meo Practitioner, participants are required to attend all six days of Supportive Communication Skills training.

Course Dates*

  • 28 July – Day 1
  • 11 Aug – Day 2
  • 1 Sep – Day 3
  • 13 Oct – Day 4
  • 10 Nov – Day 5
  • 8 Dec – Day 6

*Minimum numbers are required for this course to run.

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Introducing Marte Meo

Learn the foundational concepts of Marte Meo, a practical approach that supports child development by building relationships through everyday communication.

Over a full day, participants learn how to use ordinary interactions to support children’s development and pass these ideas on to parents and other significant carers. This course introduces concepts used around the world by early childhood educators, social workers, paediatricians and nurses.

Introducing Marte Meo training is useful to anyone interested in hearing about ways to identify, activate and develop skills to enable and enhance constructive interaction and development. It is particularly suited to people from the child and family sectors, as well as early childhood education, disability, and aged care. Established in over 40 countries, Marte Meo is valued because it helps to reduce aggression and improves relationships with family.

Presenter Sally Watson, an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience as a supervisor and trainer, will guide you through an interactive and enjoyable day.

This course is the first step towards achieving International Accreditation as a Marte Meo Practitioner. Go on to complete the six-day Supportive Communication Skills training program to become a practitioner, with The Institute.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Learn how to assist an adolescent experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis by using a practical, evidence-based action plan to support them until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Ideal for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers

You will learn:

  • about adolescent development
  • the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people
  • where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness
  • ways to help that have been shown by research to be effective
  • how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis situation.

This youth mental health first aid course covers:

  • developing mental health problems, including depression, anxiety problems, psychosis, substance use problems and eating disorders
  • mental health crisis situations, including suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm), panic attacks, traumatic events, severe effects of drug or alcohol use, severe psychotic states and aggressive behaviours.

This training is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers. All participants receive a Youth Mental Health Training Manual.

 

Facilitator Bio

Vincent has worked in the child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing field for the past 15 years. He is also a lecturer within the youth work, mental health, and child and family intervention, and community services sectors.

Vincent managed the South Australian Kidsmatter and Mindsmatter national Mental Health Initiative in Schools contracts. He worked worked nationally and internationally with education staff and wellbeing and leadership teams embedding frameworks and strengthening consistency of knowledge to support their unique whole school community’s mental health and wellbeing.

Vincent works with corporate teams, school leadership, staff, and school wellbeing teams within consultancy to support best practices for students and staff suffering from mental health difficulties.

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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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Supervision: Developing your Reflective Practice

Explore what it means to be a reflective practitioner who provides quality practice supervision that helps workers manage demanding and complex client concerns.

This interactive full-day workshop provides concrete skills and practical ideas to structure supervision sessions and ensure supervision remains respectful yet challenging. Learn to think through your ethical stance and dilemmas when negotiating an individual agreement.

This training will help you:

  • clarify the role of practice supervision and differentiate it from line management
  • develop your skills to make supervision sessions useful, productive and effective – assisting both your role of supervisee and adding to your skills as a supervisor.
  • prevent stress build up and possible burnout and provide the best possible service to your clients through engaging effectively in supervision.
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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 full 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.

 

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Working with Interpreters

Learn practical information about how to engage with interpreters effectively when providing services to people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and develop ways to increase support and access for your clients. This training ultimately aims to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and confidence to improve service outcomes.

Participants will learn:

  • An overview of an interpreter’s role.
  • Industry codes of practice and ethical issues that may arise.
  • How to assess the quality of an interpreting service and provide appropriate feedback.
  • How to address the challenges that may arise.
  • How to maintain control and leadership during a session with interpreters.
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Accidental Counsellor

Accidental counsellor is a full-day course that provides practical skills for when you are ‘being a counsellor’. Accidental counsellors often find themselves in a counselling role by accident, because of conversations or requests from customers, colleagues, friends or others.

Learn practical and effective skills to step into the shoes of a counsellor and support others when they are angry, distressed or experiencing a challenging time, including how to:

  • improve communication and skills for active listening
  • identify signs people may need emotional support
  • practice counselling techniques relevant to each participants’ roles
  • understand mental illness and suicide intervention
  • learn techniques to respond appropriately to aggressive or distressed clients and in crisis situations
  • develop skills to maintain one’s own professional boundaries and self-care strategies
  • use support options and referral information.

This training is suitable for workers in any profession, especially those in a service delivery role.

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Safe Environments for Children and Young People “Through Their Eyes”

Learn how to recognise, report and respond to children or young people who may be at risk of harm, child abuse or neglect in this one-day workshop.

This ‘Creating safe environments for children and young people’ 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 there are suspicions a child is being harmed or is at risk of harm, a wide range of people are required by law to notify the Child Abuse Report Line.

This full-day training is designed for professionals or volunteers who are mandatory reporters and have not completed the full course within the last three years. Refresher training is available if you have completed this course.

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