What we offer
The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre run a range of training sessions to support the primary prevention of violence against women and family violence, and to recognise and respond to sexual assault and family violence.
As a key partner in the Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC) and The Orange Door (the Support and Safety Hub) in the Barwon Region, we are well positioned with a wealth of expertise and practical working knowledge. Our training is informed by extensive research to ensure it reflects best practice, is trauma informed and centres on the women, men and children we work with.
Our training includes sessions for organisations, professionals and community.
Training is delivered by industry professionals who have a diverse range of relevant education and employment histories. Where appropriate, learnings from direct practice will be shared with participants to further enhance their learning experience.
Our training is developed using an informed evidence base, and is contemporary with current reforms and practice.
The trainer presented the session with great clarity and engagement – Training participant
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.
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.
An example of some of our training offerings
Identifying Family Violence
This training includes:
- Prevalence, definition, and gendered nature of violence against women
- Forms of family violence
- Barriers to disclosure and practice guidelines to support disclosure
- Referral pathways
Training was excellent, videos were both excellent and clearly got across important messages – Training participant
Responding to Sexual Assault and Family Violence
This introductory professional training course is participants with no specific sexual assault and family violence work experience.
- Social context and gendered nature of sexual assault and family violence
- Prevalence and co-existence
- Prevailing myths and facts
- Responding to disclosures
- Key contacts and referral pathways
Trauma and the Brain
This workshop is designed for professionals who are responding to people who have experienced trauma.
- Increases understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain and body
- Explores the use of the ‘window of tolerance’ when working therapeutically
- Provides effective grounding strategies for people who experience trauma
Look out for the advanced Module Two extension of this training, on offer in 2018.
Working Relationally with Family Members of Family Violence
- Provides a solid rationale for working with a young person (after sexual assault or family violence) and their non-offending family members
- Works from a foundation of safety
- Identifies obstacles and therapeutic directions in joint work with a parent and their child
- Offers guidelines for counselling that support and strengthen the relationship that has been undermined by the perpetrator
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.