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 2018 Autumn Winter Program flyer.

Training Calendar

Thurs, 21 June 2018

9.30am – 1pm

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

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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Exploring the role of mental illness in offending

Presenters: Greg Swanborough and Grant Burkitt

Recent years have seen a growing public focus on mental health, criminal behaviour and community safety, with several high-profile cases being reported in the media. Is this just sensationalist reporting, or is there some truth to reports about the relationship between mental illness and criminal offending? If so, how vulnerable are individuals with severe mental illness to encountering the justice system and what can be done to reduce this trend?

Designed for frontline mental health and justice staff, this workshop provides an introductory evidenced based exploration of relevant research drawn from psychological, psychiatric, criminological and sociological studies; key findings and practical implications for those working with individuals with co-existing mental illness and offending support needs.

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

Grant Burkitt is a Senior Social Worker at Forensicare.

Thurs, 2 August 2018

9.15am – 1.15pm

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

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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An introduction to assessing and treating family violence

Presenters:  Dr Melisa Wood and Assoc Prof Troy McEwan

This workshop is intended as an introduction for practitioners working with victims and/or perpetrators of family violence. Drawing on evidence from the family violence and risk assessment literatures, participants will learn specific strategies for assessing family violence risks and identifying appropriate interventions. The workshop involves a combination of didactic and case-based learning, with a particular emphasis on intimate partner violence. There will be a practical focus on perpetrator risk management and victim safety planning strategies, including specialist referral options in Victoria.

Dr Melisa Wood is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Senior Psychologist at Forensicare. She is experienced in working with both victims and perpetrators of family violence and has provided consultation to Victoria Police Family Violence Teams in relation to risk assessment and management.

Assoc. Prof. Troy McEwan is a Senior Psychologist at Forensicare, and an Associate Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University. She conducts research into stalking and family violence, and consults to Victoria Police on strategies to improve risk assessment in family violence cases.

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