Professional development and training

Welcome to Forensicare’s Professional Development 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 Autumn Winter Program flyer.

Training Calendar

Thurs, 18 May 2017


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

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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Working with perpetrators and victims of family violence: perspectives, evidence, and risk management practices

Presenters: Dr Melisa Wood & Dr Troy McEwan

Family violence is a broad phenomenon involving psychological, physical and sexual violence between partners, siblings, parents, children and more distant family members. This workshop aims to be both informative and practical for clinicians working with offenders and/or victims of family violence. It will provide an overview of the current research and evidence base regarding understanding, assessing and managing risk in family violence cases. This will include an overview of existing evidence and theoretical perspectives, empirically-validated risk assessment approaches, and gaps in current knowledge and service provision. Practical approaches to gathering risk-relevant information from both victims and perpetrators will be explored, with an emphasis on “asking difficult questions”, and strategies for both perpetrator risk management and victim safety planning.

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

Dr Troy McEwan is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and a Senior Psychologist at Forensicare and a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University. She conducts research in stalking and family violence and is currently consulting with Victoria Police to improve approaches to assessing risk in family violence cases. She isalso  co-author of the Stalking Risk Profile.

Thurs, 22 June 2017


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

Cost: $165 incl. GST

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Balancing risk and engagement in an occupationally focused manner – strategies and skills for occupational therapists working in mental health

Presenters: Marissa Davidson-Blue & Danielle Ashley

This workshop is aimed at occupational therapists working with clients experiencing mental health difficulties and challenging behaviours. These clients may have had contact with, or be at risk of contact with, the criminal justice system, or their participation in occupation requires consideration of significant risk factors. Through the use of occupational therapy and mental health models of practice, we will explore strategies to support the engagement of clients in meaningful occupation, including positive risk taking. In addition, occupational therapists often have the role of exposing clients to tools and equipment that may be considered dangerous. This training will examine personal safety issues and  rovide a brief overview of basic tips and tricks for staying safe, whether on the ward or in a community setting, whilst maximising function and participation in everyday occupations using tools.

Marissa Davidson-Blue is Chief Occupational Therapist at Forensicare.

Danielle Ashley is Senior Occupational Therapist at Forensicare, working with the Mobile Forensic Mental Health Service at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

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