Key Learning Areas
Motivational Interviewing: Consolidating Practice
The purpose of this one day workshop is to build on the foundations of motivational interviewing introduced in the introductory Motivational Interviewing course offered through CCWT. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to consolidate their skills, with a particular focus on the language of change.
Co-occurring Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders (formerly Double Whammy)
August 18 & 19
Do you feel daunted by the complexity of challenges that clients experiencing these disorders face? Through presentation of information, discussion and experiential activities you will gain knowledge and skills and increase your confidence to provide effective services for this client group.
Unpacking the Complexity of Hoarding and Squalor
August 31 & September 1
Hoarding Disorder and Severe Domestic Squalor is on the increase with an estimated 600,000 Australians affected. But how do you work with and support someone living in clutter? Like the proverbial iceberg, it’s not what you can see on top of the water but rather, what’s underneath.
Trauma and Addictions
The link between complex childhood trauma and adult addictions is well known (ACE study). This workshop will explore the theme of addiction as a coping mechanism. Participants will gain the ‘know how to’ provide a balance of trauma and addiction interventions for positive and efficient client growth and recovery.
Foster Care Assessment Skills (Step by Step) PRE-REQUISITE
This distance education course is the prerequisite to enrol in the 4-day Step by Step course for carer assessors, which runs every 8 weeks.
The next course is September 14, 15, 21 & 22
Shared Lives Training Skills
August 24, 25 & 26
Develop your skills and confidence in conducting effective Shared Lives carer training.
Working with Children and Young People Affected by Family and Domestic Violence
This is an advanced level workshop that assumes that participants have a foundational knowledge of the dynamics of Family and Domestic Violence, neurobiology of traumatic stress, and the implications of Family and Domestic Violence on the development of attachment security.
Assessing Children: Autism, ADHD or Trauma?
Acquire the knowledge to assess whether a child's presentation relates to trauma, ADHD or to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Hear from a psychologist and child and adolescent psychiatrist about approaches that optimise the outcomes for children.
Uncomfortable Conversations: How to Talk about the Elephant in the Room
Maximise your ability to have uncomfortable conversations that are honest, respectful and productive. Explore and practise frameworks to engage effectively in difficult conversations.
This is an insightful, learner-focused workshop on aggression management and how to de-escalate aggressive clients. The focus is on triggers, identifying signs of aggression, verbal techniques to manage aggression and strategies to interrupt escalations. If you are in a customer service environment where your staff encounter aggression this training will significantly enhance your responses to challenging clients.
Tenancy Law for Non-Lawyers
This workshop provides community sector workers with an understanding of the Residential Tenancies Act and strategies to work with their clients when they are impacted by this Act. It is delivered by the NSW Tenants Union—the experts in this type of work.
Applying a Trauma Informed Approach
Learn about the impacts of trauma, particularly complex trauma, and discuss strategies to work more effectively with trauma survivors, including strategies for the individual worker and the service system.
Gambling Harm Minimisation
The Office of Responsible Gambling and ACWA are piloting a 3 hour online workshop on Gambling Harm Minimisation, which will provide you with strategies for working with clients who are experiencing negative impacts from gambling.
Examine the origins and causes of conflict, natural responses to conflict and methods of preventing, managing, mitigating and addressing conflict. Participants will be provided with tools and processes that assist in the development of skilled and confident conflict managers.
Challenging Behaviours in Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
An interactive and practical course that answers all questions about ‘challenging behaviours’, how to manage them, what works and what doesn’t. Learn the strategies, know what to do and be ready for the NDIS.
Safe Home Visiting
Whether you are just starting your home visits or are experienced and want to review/refresh your practice, this workshop will help you to make your home visits safer and more productive. Use case scenarios and participant experiences to explore good practice policy, procedures and strategies.
Engaging and Supporting Young People
August 29 & 30
How do you catch a young person's attention quickly and meaningfully? Relationship is the essential ingredient to engagement. This workshop explores how you can do this in a variety of ways, including when you have little time and in circumstances that are less than ideal.
Groupwork Activities, Activities and More Activities
Explore over a dozen activities to gain groupwork strategies that are dramatic, impactful and meaningful. Learn to move beyond the idea of icebreakers and focus on selecting activities for a specific purpose and for a particular group, time and place.
Customer Service for the NDIS
Has your workforce made the paradigm shift of NDIS? Part of this is the need for client-focused 'customer service'. Everyone in your team should be an advertisement for your services, with a combination of skills in sales, marketing, and cultivating customer satisfaction and loyalty.
September 12 & 13
September 21 & 22
Build skills, confidence and frameworks to respond effectively to people experiencing difficulties and emotional distress, whilst remaining attentive to self care in this participative and practical workshop.
Clinical Supervision: Models and Methods
Clinical Supervision: Models and Methods harnesses the existing knowledge, experience and skills of workers, and provides them with practice frameworks and skills for offering support and direction to others.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Introduction
CBT can be an effective therapy for many mental health issues including depression and anxiety. In this introductory course, you will discuss CBT theory, understand when CBT approaches are most appropriate, and be assisted in applying basic practical CBT strategies personally and professionally.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Part B
September 14 & 21
Practise the strategies used both within a DBT session and coaching. Explore agenda setting, chain analysis and contingency management and an overview of the Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness modules.
Completion of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Part A is a prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Loss and Grief Work: Practice Essentials
September 15 & 16
Working with loss, grief and change is an essential part of client work when supporting clients through challenging times. Grief support can be provided by most people who have had some basic loss and grief support training. This two-day training course will provide you with these essential skills and help you understand the importance of doing active grief work.
New Managers and Coordinators
August 25 & 26
Gain new skills and tools that will assist you to be effective in your role as a manager or coordinator. This workshop includes topics such as supervision, managing team conflict, planning and prioritising and problem solving.
Professional Supervision: How and Why?
August 25 & 26
Supervision can be more than a ‘quick fix’. We will explore the framework of four functions of supervision (accountability, support, development and mediation) and how to establish and lead effective supervision.
August 31 & September 1
We will discuss strategies and use resources to bring together different capabilities in the team, facilitate communication with all stakeholders, lead planning, and promote problem solving.
Promote staff wellbeing and retention by implementing comprehensive debriefing processes and stress management strategies. This workshop considers debriefing and organisational processes, including those required for critical incidents and legal considerations.
Family Group Conferencing Facilitator Training
August 4 & 5
This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a Family Group Conferencing Facilitator. It includes mediation and negotiation skills, and a range of practical strategies to assists families to make child-centred decisions. It meets the requirement for a mediation qualification to be part of the FACS tender of accredited FGC Facilitators.
Interviewing Children in the Context of Allegations of Reportable Conduct or Professional Misconduct against Employees
August 30, 31 & September 1
Interviewing children about reportable conduct can be daunting. This interactive practice-based workshop explores essential knowledge about child development, good questioning skills and legal implications involved in competently interviewing children.
Vicarious Trauma training provides you with the knowledge, skills and tools to maintain healthy boundaries that protect your own mental health and wellbeing – the cost of caring can be significant. We will teach you the concept of VT and techniques for long term resilience.
If you are booking to attend ACWA training, and/or visiting our premises, the following Covid-19 protocols must be agreed to and followed. We have put these in place to make the face-to-face training environment as safe as possible for our students and facilitators.
- All students and facilitators must be fully vaccinated against COVID 19, as per Government definitions. Currently, this means a minimum of two vaccinations.
- If you have flu-like symptoms OR symptoms of acute respiratory infections (e.g. shortness of breath, cough or sore throat on the day that your training is scheduled, you must not attend. A full refund or credit will be given).
You are also asked not to attend face to face training if any of the following apply:
- You have returned a positive COVID test with the last 7 days.
- You have been asked to self-isolate in the last 7 days.
- You are waiting for results of a COVID test.
- You have been in close contact, within the last 7 days, with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (community/work/household) or in a household with someone awaiting the results of COVID-19 testing.
- Masks are not compulsory for workshops.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at all workshops.