Training

Education and Training Program for 2017 Register Now
Melaleuca Refugee Centre offers professional development opportunities to staff and volunteers working in government and non-government organisations. The effect of trauma and torture on health and well-being, relationships and working life is not to be underestimated. Our training workshops and presentations are aimed at increasing the range of skills, understanding and strategies available to volunteers, staff, service providers, practitioners and when working or associating with people from refugee and/or traumatic backgrounds.

Custom-designed training for your organisation

Depending on available resources, Melaleuca staff can visit your organisation to deliver education and training sessions tailored to meet your specific needs. Corporate rates are available. Examples of the type of training we can deliver include: mental health, incidental counselling, working with children, working with youth, vicarious trauma and the effects of trauma and torture. In the past Training clients have included: Northern Territory Police, Australian Red Cross, Family Planning NT, Anglicare, Charles Darwin University, Centrelink, Kormilda College, Sanderson Middle School, St John’s Ambulance, Red Cross and NT Medicare Local.
For more information contact the Training Coordinator on 08 8985 3311

2017 Training Courses Register Now

1- Toolbox for Trauma: The Basics – 22nd Feb; 14th June & 15th November – $160AUD

2- Incidental Counselling For Trauma Survivors – 1st March & 2nd August – $90AUD

3- Attachment / Relationships & Trauma – 17th May & 11th October – $90AUD  

4- A ‘Trauma Informed’ Service – 19th July – $160AUD

5- Cultural Competency In Working With Trauma – 15th March & 18th October – $90AUD 

6- Racism & Trauma – TBA

7- Vicarious Trauma – 24th March; 19th April; 16th August & 22nd  November – $90AUD

Terms and Conditions – Melaleuca Refugee Centre training courses


1. Toolbox for Trauma: The Basics

This full-day workshop looks at the trauma experience resulting from violence, torture, interpersonal trauma and conflict. It gives insight into the biological, psychological and social impacts on individuals, families and communities and offers a range of strategies and actions.
Hyper vigilance and hypo-arousal, avoidance and intrusion are just some of the symptoms of traumatic stress and are examples of sensory-based responses to feelings of not being safe or in control. This workshop provides tools to respond to distressed people and strategies for providing assistance in an effective and safe manner. It will also assist you to take care of yourself whilst assisting people to regain a sense of control, achieve calm, reduce anxiety and self-regulate their emotions.

When: 22nd  February; 14th June & 15th November 2017
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Participation: This course is suitable for mental health and community workers and volunteers across the human services sector. This includes, for example, roles in AOD, domestic violence, child protection, refugee and settlement services, community and family services, employment services, juvenile justice and corrective services.
Cost: $160.00AUD per person – Corporate rates are available
Lunch and USB of presentation and resources provided


2. Incidental Counselling For Trauma Survivors

This half-day introductory workshop is designed for ‘frontline’ workers who do not normally interact with clients in a therapeutic manner. Sometimes situations arise almost by accident. For example, challenging issues can emerge in the course of normal duties, unexpected information can be disclosed or a staff member can receive a request for help. That is, staff and/or volunteers who are not employed as counsellors but who may interact with people from traumatic backgrounds in the course of their duties. This course will provide some of the basic skills necessary to respond to difficult and distressing situations.

When: 1st March & 2nd August 2017
Time: 9:00am -1:00pm
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Participation: Suitable for a wide range of individuals including those who volunteer and work in the non-government or private sector and employees of human service agencies (e.g receptionists, administration staff, community development workers) in AOD, domestic violence, child protection, refugee and settlement services, community and family services, employment services, juvenile justice and corrective services
Cost: $90.00AUD per person – Corporate rates are available


3. Attachment / Relationships And Trauma

This half-day workshop looks at the nature of ‘attachment’ and how our relationships provide the foundation for healthy development and a happy life. We explore the effects of trauma upon relationships and identity how trauma can undermine attachment and create a cycle of further trauma. Understanding attachment assists us in facilitating development of emotional regulation, social skill, and empathy to assist with healing.

When: 17th May & 11th October 2017
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Participation: For a range of service providers in government and non-government sectors including social workers, nurses, teachers, counsellors, community development officers and other professionals who work with families, groups and/or individuals affected by trauma. (It is recommended that individuals complete Trauma Toolkit, or have a working knowledge of trauma biology, before attending this course)
Cost: $90.00AUD per person


4. A ‘Trauma Informed’ Service

This full-day workshop looks at trauma from an organisational approach and perspective. The training considers why it is necessary to incorporate trauma informed practice into your organisation’s functioning, policies and procedures. By the end of the day you will know what it means to be ‘trauma informed’, and how its core principles of safety, collaboration, empowerment, trustworthiness and choice, can be integrated into the way you operate.
The approach incorporates information about prevalence and how trauma can affect individuals within an organisation, program or system. We consider possible responses and strategies which can be put into practice within an organisation.

When: 19th July 2017
Time: 9:00am – 4.30pm
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Participation: This course is for people such as human resource staff, managers, policy makers and service provider staff. It is recommended that individuals complete the Trauma Toolkit workshop (or have a working knowledge of trauma biology) before attending this course.
Cost: $160.00AUD per person – Corporate rates are available
Lunch and USB of presentation and resources will be provided


5. Cultural Competency In Working With Trauma

This half-day workshop will enable participants to understand and put into practice the knowledge and skills required to provide culturally competent care when working with people affected by trauma. A worker achieves cultural competency when they understand how their own cultural norms impact on the way they view themselves, the families they are working with, and the situations they face together. When working with individuals impacted by trauma – one size does not fit all.

When: 15th March & 18th October 2017, 8:30am -1:00pm
Time: 9:00am -1:00pm
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Participation: Anyone volunteering or working inter-culturally with people affected by trauma
Cost: $90.00AUD per person – Corporate rates are available


6. Racism & Trauma

In the current socio-political context it is clear that the existence of overt and systemic racism is a real issue. What we don’t always understand though is that racism has significant impacts on individuals and groups who have experienced trauma. It is reinforcing and often can compound the level of trauma people experience, no matter the background of individuals that experience is profound. This training aims to examine some of these issues and hear from those who have experienced both traumatic stress and racism throughout their lives and understand some of the theory around the significance of racism and trauma.

When: TBA
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Participation: All
Cost: TBA
Lunch and USB will be provided.


7. Vicarious Trauma

The half-day workshop will give insight and understanding into vicarious trauma – the emotional response which can arise within oneself as a result of being exposure to the traumatic stories of pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured. We will learn what vicarious trauma is, how to recognise it and strategies to deal with it to remain compassionate, resilient and healthy.

When: 19th April; 16th August & 22nd November 2017
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Participation: This course is suitable for mental health and community workers and volunteers across the human services sector and who wish to increase understanding of how to recognise and deal with vicarious trauma. . This includes for example roles in AOD, domestic violence, child protection, refugee and settlement services, community and family services, employment services, juvenile justice and corrective services.
Cost: $90.00AUD per person – Corporate rates are available

For information about our courses and payment contact the Training Coordinator on 08 8985 3311

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