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 behaviour 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 2019 Spring-Summer Professional Training & Development Program flyer.

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Training Calendar

Wed, 26 June 2019

9.30am – 1pm

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

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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Fully booked

 

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 Director of Psychological Services at Forensicare.


Wed, 28 August 2019

9.30am – 4pm

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

Cost: $330 incl. GST

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An introduction to assessing and treating family violence

Presenters: Dr Melisa Wood and Assoc Prof Troy McEwan

An introduction for practitioners working with victims and/or perpetrators of family violence.

Drawing on evidence from the family violence and risk assessment literature, participants will learn specific strategies for assessing family violence risks and identifying appropriate interventions. The workshop will involve 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 Foensic 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 Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and 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. 


Thurs, 31 Oct 2019

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 Dr Raj Darjee

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 personality disorder 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 forensic psychiatrist and Clinical Director at Forensicare.

Dr Aleksandra Belofastov is Chief Psychologist Community Operations & Manager Problem Behaviour Program at Forensicare

Dr Raj Darjee is a forensic psychiatrist with Forensicare’s Problem Behaviour Program and a Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology.


Mon, 18 Nov 2019

9.30am – 12.30pm

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

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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Advanced mental health risk assessment in clinical and criminal justice settings

Presenters: Dr Meera Aurora and Chris Drake

This workshop will focus on the formulation and management of risk in mental health and criminal justice settings. After outlining the limitations of risk assessment and formulation, a model of risk formulation will be presented, with the aim of assisting clinicians to write clear formulations that have a link with established risk reduction interventions. Prior knowledge of risk assessment instruments, as well as the use of risk, need, and responsivity principles is assumed.

Dr Meera Aurora is a Principal Psychologist at Forensicare

Chris Drake is a Principal Psychologist at Forensicare and Assistant Manager in the Problem Behaviour Program.

 


Tues, 3 Dec 2019

9.30am – 4pm

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

Cost: $330 incl. GST

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Working with those who commit sexual offences

Presenters: Dr Raj Darjee, Dr Rachael Watson, Dr Marie Henshaw

Fear, hatred, disgust and banishment dominate societal discourse about those who commit sexual offences. Legal measures to control the risk posed by sexual offenders are expanding. In this context, it is important that practitioners and services understand the research evidence base and best practice in the assessment, treatment and management of those who sexually offend.

This full day workshop will give attendees an up-to-date detailed and evidence based overview of: the nature and prevalence of sexual offending; theoretical models of sexual offending; the relationship between sexual offending and mental disorders; risk factors, protective factors and risk assessment; managing sexual offenders; pharmacological treatment; psychological treatment; and, online sexual offending.

It is suitable for practitioners from mental health, correctional, police or legal backgrounds who want to develop their knowledge of sexual offenders.

Dr Raj Darjee is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with the Forensicare Problem Behaviour Program and Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology. Raj has worked with perpetrators of sexual abuse in community, prison, court and forensic hospital contexts in the UK and in Australia for over 15 years. He took a lead clinical role in Scotland, working with government, forensic mental health services, corrections and the police in developing and implementing policies for the management of sexual offenders. He has also researched and published on many forensic topics, including sexual violence.

Dr Rachael Watson is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare

Dr Marie Henshaw is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare


Customised training

We also provide customised 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, please contact the Forensicare’s Professional Development and Training team training@forensicare.vic.gov.au.