Due to COVID 19, our face-to-face delivery of training is currently on hold. We are currently transitioning to delivering online training, which includes training tailored to community, workplace and organisational needs.
Dates for online delivery will be announced soon.
What we offer
The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre designs and delivers training to support the primary prevention of violence against women and family violence; to recognise and respond to disclosures of sexual assault and family violence; strengthen workforce capability in working with people impacted by trauma, and; building an understanding of vicarious trauma to vicarious resilience.
We have expertise across the continuum of primary prevention to response of sexual assault and family violence and is well positioned with a wealth of expertise and practical working knowledge to design and deliver training.
Our training brings together the connection between theory and evidence-based practice. This supports building capacity and people to recognise and respond appropriately to people affected by sexual assault and family violence.
Our training is delivered to workplaces, corporate sector and community by our industry professionals who have a diverse range of relevant training, education and experience.
To be informed of our upcoming training and important training updates, you can subscribe by emailing [email protected]. Registrations for all training sessions can be made by clicking on the relevant booking link.
Dates for online delivery will be announced soon!
We welcome opportunities to work with you to deliver training that meets your needs. Contact us by calling (03) 5222 4318 or email [email protected].
Our training offerings
Family Violence and Sexual Assault – Understanding and Responding
The ‘family violence and sexual assault – understanding and responding’ training is an entry-level training module designed for community members and practitioners in the Barwon region. Content is evidence informed by the key drivers, prevalence and impact of sexual assault and family violence, including gender-based violence against women.
The intention of the training is to build participants’ awareness and understanding of the causes and issues surrounding family violence and sexual assault and to develop skills and confidence in effectively identifying and appropriately responding to disclosures.
This training provides opportunity for you to:
- Define sexual assault & family violence, know the prevalence, understand the gendered nature and identify a range of violent behaviors
- Build understanding on sexual assault & family violence experiences with an intersectional lens
- Increase knowledge of consent and ‘enthusiastic’ consent
- Strengthen confidence in enabling and responding to disclosures
- Explore self-care and vicarious resilience concepts
- Build understanding of support pathways to specialist services
Duration: 3 hours
MARAM Collaborative Practice
The training is open to practitioners who respond to family violence in the Barwon region. Given the availability and interest in other MARAM training, the delivery of Collaborative Practice module is most suited to practitioners from Tiers 2, 3 and 4, as outlined in the Victorian Government Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework (2017).
This module is designed for practitioners to explore how to contribute to a multi-agency risk assessment and collaborate in on-going risk assessments through respective, sensitive engagement with people impacted by family violence, as guided by information sharing, referrals and secondary consultations with family violence specialists.
Participants will demonstrate an ability to:
- Describe the MARAM framework including responsibilities that drive collaborative practice across the service system
- Apply the four elements of structured professional judgement to their practice
- Outline how information sharing can enhance collaborative practice
- Outline their responsibilities under the MARAM and information sharing reforms
- Describe what collaborative practice is and differentiate between practice, organisational and system enablers
- Apply intersectionality to enhance practice by examining personal privileges and oppressions
- Explain how to use collaborative practice to maintain perpetrator visibility
- Apply knowledge of evidence-based risk factors
- Plan strategies to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all victim survivors including children
- Develop a collaborative risk management plan
- Implement effective processes for secondary consultation and referral within the local service system.
Note: This is not risk assessment training. You may need to attend other MARAM training relevant to your role. This training module has been designed by Women’s Health in The North (WHIN), contracted by Family Safety Victoria, for delivery across all regions in Victoria.
Duration: This training will be delivered over two half days, with a three-hour session each day. Participants must attend both sessions.
Trauma: The Body and the Brain Series
The ‘Trauma: Body and the Brain’ training series has been designed to provide information on understanding trauma and impacts, informed by practitioners’ expertise supporting and responding to people who have experienced trauma.
Using evidence based and trauma informed practice knowledge, participants will be introduced to the key concepts of trauma and complex trauma as it relates to sexual assault and family violence.
The training series explores childhood trauma, building participants’ knowledge and understanding on how trauma impacts the brain and the body, importance of integrating the brain and body to manage trauma symptoms, using practical strategies and the importance of relationships and building safety in the body.
Trauma: The Body and the Brain – Module One
This training provides foundational knowledge in the area of trauma, with a strong focus on understanding its impacts on the body and the brain.
By participating in this training, participants will:
- Learn about the impacts of trauma and complex
- Understand trauma through a neuroscience lens
- Understand more about trauma and the brain
- Learn about the Window of Tolerance
- Explore effective regulation strategies
Duration: 3.5 hours
Trauma: The Body and the Brain – Module Two
This training is the second module in this series and provides an extension of the foundational knowledge training, Trauma: The Body and the Brain – Module One.
The comprehensive training provides an opportunity for practitioners to build on core components, including:
- Understanding more about the impacts of trauma on the body and the brain
- Neuroscience that underpins trauma work; including
- -The Polyvagal Theory
- The importance of relationships and creating safety when working with people who have experienced trauma
This module will offer space for practitioners to look into effective practical clinical tools, used to assist trauma informed practice and understand the importance of integrating the brain and body when supporting someone impacted by trauma.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Vicarious Trauma to Vicarious Resilience
Designed for specialist practitioners responding to and providing support for people impacted by sexual assault and family violence. In a professional adult learning environment, we will explore the resilience framework comprised of organisational and individuals’ strategies that strengthen professional practice and development of vicarious resilience.
This training provides an opportunity for participants to:
- Increase understanding of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma,
- Work together to develop and build on understanding of vicarious resilience, compassion satisfaction and post-traumatic growth.
- Apply resilience framework and explore organisational and individual strategies that cultivate resilience
Duration: This training will be delivered over two days, with a two hour session each day. Participants must attend both sessions.
Wellbeing and Sustainability for Prevention of Violence Against Women Practitioners
Designed for practitioners working in the prevention of violence against women and family violence or gender equality roles.
As we work towards preventing this violence from happening, we are working with data and stories informed by people’s lived experience of violence in the midst of creating long term change, in a continually evolving environment.
In this professional environment, this training workshop provides opportunity for participants to:
- Explore the drivers and elements of burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress and vicarious trauma
- Gain an understanding of vicarious resilience, compassion satisfaction and moral resilience in a prevention of violence against women and family violence context
- Explore some of the challenges and opportunities specific to working in primary prevention
- Explore resilience framework, organisational and individual strategies that strengthen professional practice and practitioner sustainability
Duration: 3 hours
Please register your interest by emailing [email protected]
An informative, interesting and engaging session. I took a lot out of the session and materials and thoroughly enjoyed it – Training participant
Contributing to the evidence base and reflective practice
Our training sessions are evaluated, with direct feedback from participants at the end of each session, then reviewed, and or refined. We value the importance of effective evaluation, and increasing capability of our training participants.
We currently deliver training in the Barwon area, Wimmera region and across Melbourne. Our training and professional development services are available across Victoria, and interstate upon request.
Tailored training packages
Using our specialist expertise, The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre offers fee for service training, specifically designed to meet your needs, and tailored to your audience. Where our training sessions are delivered to an organisation, it is important to include this in the context of work happening across the organisation, with mutually reinforcing messages. It is with the transference of this knowledge and skill into practice, that real change can be made, in workplaces, community and across settings; to prevent and address sexual assault and family violence.
Email contact list
- We request cancellations of registration to be made in writing to The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre Training team [email protected]
- Fees paid will be refunded as follows:
- Cancellation before five working days prior to course – full refund
- Cancellation within five working days prior to course – partial refund, less $50 late cancellation fee.
- Registrations are transferable to a colleague for all training sessions (except where pre-requisite sessions are not met). Notification is required prior to the commencement of training on the day. This should be by email, where possible.
- Sessions may be cancelled and your registration fee refunded if registration numbers do not meet minimum requirements to proceed.
Who can attend our training?
People who attend our training can include professionals and volunteers from community sector services, health sector services, the education sector, disability sector services, the justice sector, along with other relevant service providers.
Where are the sessions held?
Sessions are held in a variety of community and workplace settings. Our core training is primarily based in Geelong, Colac and Horsham. Our training services are available across Victoria, and interstate via request. Location details will be clearly stated in the session information details.
How long do sessions run for?
- Most sessions are three hours or a full day. There are occasional variations to this, depending on the content of the course and to meet the needs of the audience.
- Please check the session information details which will clearly state the commencement and end time for each session.
How much do sessions cost?
The cost information for each session is provided in the session information details. Please check this information prior to enrolment.
How do I enrol for a session?
Enrolment is via Trybooking. You will find this link in the session information details. Click on the link and it will take you to the appropriate page.
- Who should I contact if I’d like further information about a session?
Enrolment terms and conditions
- The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre works to ensure accessibility to all our training for all people. If you have any support needs, please let us know.
- Please refer to our section on Cancellations regarding any alterations or cancelations for session enrolments.