Professional development and training

Welcome to Forensicare’s Professional Development and Training Program. Forensicare’s Training Unit, in collaboration with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, provides a professional development program for services, teams, individuals and organisations looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of forensic behavior and mental health issues. Workshops are provided throughout the year and are also available on request.

Workshops & training

Our training program aims to promote knowledge and skills utilising evidence based expertise developed on a foundation of advancing consumer-informed best practice.

As a specialist service, Forensicare trainers include some of the most highly regarded and experienced clinicians and researchers in the field of forensic mental health. Our current program will be of interest to a wide cross section of individuals and organisations including Area Mental Health Services, Non-government organisations, the legal, medical and allied health professions, and Universities.  Take a look at our upcoming courses below or download our 2017 Spring Summer Program flyer.

Training Calendar

Wed, 20 Sept 2017


Venue: The Paul Mullen Centre, 505 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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Advanced Mental Health Risk Management in Clinical and Criminal Justice Settings

Presenters: Jo Ryan and Chris Drake

This workshop will offer participants an overview of contemporary approaches to risk assessment and management in clinical and criminal justice settings. Risk assessment frameworks will be introduced, and known risk factors described. Attention will be paid to risk reduction treatment models, relational security, protective factors and the influence of bias. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on risk errors and on issues relevant to the communication of risk judgments. Some prior knowledge of risk assessment would be an advantage.

Jo Ryan is the Director of Nursing at Forensicare.

Chris Drake is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and a Principal Psychologist at Forensicare.

Tues, 10 Oct 2017

9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: The Paul Mullen Centre, 505 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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The relationship between mental illness and offending. Navigating the forensic system

Presenters: Greg Swanborough and Grant Burkitt

This introductory workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems. It will explore current understandings of mental health issues and offending behaviours, as well as common treatment and legal pathways for those presenting with mental health and offending issues. The session will enhance awareness of key aspects of professional practice, including risk assessment, risk management and service responses for mentally disordered offenders, and systemic issues. It is intended for those with an interest in or currently working in clinical and non-clinical mental health and criminal justice fields.

Grant Burkitt is a Senior Social Worker at Forensicare.

Greg Swanborough is Coordinator of the Forensic Clinical Specialist Program at Forensicare.

Thurs, 16 Nov 2017

10am – 4pm

Venue: The Paul Mullen Centre, 505 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill

Cost: $330 incl. GST

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Understanding personality disorders and offending

Presenters: Professor James Ogloff AM., Dr Danny Sullivan, Dr Aleksandra Belofastov, and Gregg Shinkfield

Forensic mental health increasingly recognises that personality disorders and problematic personality traits are frequently associated with offending in general. With some forms of offending there are more specific associations. Moreover, personality disorder profoundly influences the capacity of mental health services and individual clinicians to engage effectively with clients at risk of offending.

In this workshop we will focus upon these associations, seeking to develop an understanding of: how best to assess and manage personality-disordered clients who have offended or are at risk of doing so; service and clinician factors which may assist in engagement; and how DSM-V categories alter approaches to personality disorder.

Professor James Ogloff AM is Director of Psychological Services at Forensicare, Foundation Professor of Forensic Behavioural Science Swinburne University of Technology, and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.

Dr Danny Sullivan is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Executive Director of Clinical Services at Forensicare.

Dr Aleksandra Belofastov is Acting Chief Psychologist (Community Operations) & Manager of the Problem Behaviour Program.

Gregg Shinkfield is a Senior Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare.

Fri, 8 Dec 2017

9.30am – 1pm

Venue: The Paul Mullen Centre, 505 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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Dealing with angry, hard to like clients

Presenters: David Willshire and Anthea Lemphers

This workshop is suitable for anyone who comes into contact with angry and aggressive people who can be challenging to deal with. It is appropriate for reception staff, customer service staff, council staff, health workers, support workers and mental health clinicians. The course will cover:

  • anger and aggression
  • what is difficult behaviour
  • techniques for dealing with difficult people
  • looking after yourself and others afterwards

David Willshire is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and a Principal Psychologist at Forensicare.

Anthea Lemphers is Deputy Director of Psychological Services at Forensicare.

Between them they have over 40 years’ experience working in forensic mental health.

Customised training

We also provide customized training and related services based on your needs and specific requests. This includes a range of organisational related services including individual and team supervision, facilitation of team processes, and organisational advisory services drawing on specialist clinical, management and service delivery experience.

More information

If you would like more information contact the Forensicare’s Professional Development and Training team