Training

Women’s Safety Services is a provider of quality training in the South Australian community sector. We offer two semesters of training sessions per year, with courses tailored to various levels of experience. Our training draws upon the latest domestic and family violence research and practice frameworks, and is suitable for social workers, employees in the public sector, community workers, students and people that work closely with children and families.

We are also able to book training sessions specifically for your workplace. If you are interested, please contact us at training@womenssafetyservices.com.au

Training is currently on hold due to COVID-19 but please check back here for future training opportunities

RECOGNISE AND RESPOND TO DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE TRAINING

Women’s Safety Services SA (WSSSA) is South Australia’s leading specialist in providing an integrated response to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.  As part of this work, WSSSA develops and delivers practice and skill-based training around recognising and responding to domestic and family violence.
WSSSA delivers foundational, intermediate and advance level courses that address the core knowledge and skills required to respond to families affected by domestic and family violence, as well as more specialised modules that focus on exploring key high risk factors.
WSSSA currently offers training packages via three main delivery options:

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Individual staff can book into a course via our Training Calendar, which offers core units at regular intervals throughout the year. Learning is in a multi-disciplinary context. Costing is per person ranging from $90 - $180 pp.
Details will be provided below when events are available for booking. 

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Organisations can request a training package for their staff group, delivered at a location chosen by the requesting organisation. Learning is contextualised to the particular needs of the staff group. Costing is per training hour - $300/hour. For further information contact training@womenssafetyservices.com.au

3.

WSSSA can work in partnership with a requesting organisation to develop a tailored learning package that meets the specific needs of that workforce. Learning is targeted to the strategic directions of a sector/organisation. Costing/contracts negotiated. For further information contact kellyb@womenssafetyservices.com.au

Recognise and respond to domestic and family violence

One day or half day

This comprehensive foundation course focusses on evidence-based key understandings that underpin responses to domestic and family violence, how to recognise domestic and family violence, and how to respond to domestic and family violence from a risk and safety model.

Ensure you or your staff have the practice fundamentals right, based on the latest research and approaches.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Understand the dynamics of domestic and family violence including types of violence/abuse, cycle of violence, responsibility for violence, and intersectional risk.
  • Knowledge of current research regarding prevalence and drivers of domestic and family violence
  • Understand key indicators in domestic and family violence including high risk factors
  • Understand the impact of domestic and family violence including the complexity of lived experience
  • Respond to risk through basic safety management strategies
    Understand referral pathways to support people impacted by domestic and family violence 

Recognise and Respond to Domestic and family violence: Safety Management

One day

This intermediate level course focusses specifically on how to develop safety management strategies in response to domestic and family violence. Participants will learn the four key elements of safety management and how to tailor risk reduction plans to the unique circumstance of the people they support.

Skill-based practical learning that will add to the toolbox of any community, health or education practitioner

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Identify factors that indicate risk of serious harm or death in domestic and family violence
  • Understand key underpinnings of a Risk and Safety Response Model
  • Respond to risk from a Risk and Safety Response Model
  • Develop safety management strategies related to risk levels
  • Understand referral pathways and South Australian system responses for people currently at risk of harm due to domestic and family violence

Domestic and family violence counselling

One day

This generalist skills-based course focusses on exploring how we engage people in conversations about domestic and family violence. It has a particular focus on disclosure, and how to initiate conversations with people when you have concerns for their safety. Conversation complexities are explored including how and when to name domestic and family violence.

Engagement from clients is the responsibility of a practitioner. Up-skill with this highly interactive practice based course on engagement as it relates to disclosure of domestic and family violence.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Understand key factors that affect disclosure of domestic and family violence
  • Identify possible indicators of domestic and family violence including high risk factors
  • Sensitively explore indicators of domestic and family violence through effective questioning techniques
  • Respond to disclosures of domestic and family violence through a risk and safety framework

Domestic and family violence Risk Assessment

One day

This advanced level course focusses on conducting risk assessments and responding to high risk. Learn from practice experts in the field about the complexities of assessing risk for diverse groups.
This course assumes basic prior knowledge/skills in recognising and responding to domestic & family violence.

Ensure you and your organisation can meet the obligations within the Family Safety Framework to deliver an integrated response to risk and safety management.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Understand the purpose of assessing for risk in domestic and family violence
  • Identify factors that indicate risk of serious harm or death in domestic and family violence
  • Understand SA system response to risk – Family Safety Framework
  • Engage people in conversations about risk
  • Conduct a risk assessment
  • Make a referral to Family Safety Meeting
  • Respond to high risk through targeted and integrated safety management strategies

Domestic and family violence: Strangulation Awareness

3 Hour Session

A specialised course in understanding and responding to this key high risk factor. The latest research on strangulation will be presented, as well as a practice framework for responding to disclosures. Participants will learn the signs, symptoms and physiological consequences of strangulation, and key health information, resources and options.

This course is essential learning for any practitioner who has contact with people subjected to domestic and family violence.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Understand the signs and symptom of strangulation
  • Understand the physiological consequences of strangulation
  • Respond to disclosures of strangulation from a risk and safety response model
  • Understand South Australian law regarding strangulation