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 2020 March-June 2020 Professional Development and Training flyer.

Book your training below.

Training Calendar

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is with great regret that the below workshops have been cancelled. 

We plan to have a new suite of workshops in 2021. Please check for further details on our training program in the new year.

Wednesday 7 October
Wednesday 14 October
Monday 19 October

11am – 1pm

Venue: Online via Zoom.

Cost: $330 incl. GST

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Understanding and assessing young people at risk of using violence

Presenters: Dr Adam Deacon and Susan Hancox

This workshop series will provide participants with an understanding of the risk factors for violence in young people and discuss the implications for assessment and management.  Case examples will be utilised throughout including a case review by Dr Deacon.  He will focus on the criminogenic needs and idiographic factors leading to his formulation and risk summary.  The third session will involve a risk assessment task that highlights both risk and protective factors as targets for intervention and/or monitoring.

Dr Adam Deacon is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Alfred Health

Susan Hancox is the Youth Justice Mental Health Coordinator at Forensicare.

Event postponed. New dates TBC.

9.30am – 4pm

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

Cost: $330 incl. GST

Please note: this training has been cancelled for the remainder of 2020. 


Working with complexity

Presenters: Danielle Ashley and Mark Megalla

This full-day workshop offers the opportunity for case managers and therapists to enhance their knowledge and skills in the engagement and management of clients who present with complex needs, and are often mandated to engage with services.

The clients that will be discussed are those who: have co-morbid health and mental health disorders; are reluctant to engage; pose risks to either themselves or others; have multi service involvement; and have been mandated for treatment by either civil or criminal justice orders.

We will explore contemporary evidence based practices in regards to; the links between mental illness and offending, balancing risk mitigation and client recovery and client centred approaches to risk management. The ethical dilemmas and challenges of client confidentiality, particularly when communicating identified risks with other services will also be discussed.

This will be an interactive session using case studies and there will be opportunities to reflect upon practice.

This session is suitable for experienced workers in both the government and non-government sectors and in the fields of mental health, disability, drug and alcohol, child protection and corrections.

Danielle Ashley is a senior Occupational Therapist at Forensicare.

Mark Megalla is a senior social worker and Clinical Training Educator at Forensicare.

Event postponed. New dates TBC.

9.30am – 4.30pm

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

Cost: $330 incl. GST

Please note: this training has been cancelled for 2020.


Working with those who commit sexual offences

Presenters:Dr Raj Darjee, Dr Rachael Watson and 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.

Dr Rachael Watson is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare.

Dr Marie Henshaw is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare

Event postponed. New date TBC.

9.30am – 1pm

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

Cost: $165 incl. GST

Please note: this training has been cancelled for 2020.


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.

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

Cancellation policy

Forensicare reserves the right to cancel workshops, in which case, all fees will be refunded. If participants withdraw up to 72 hours prior to the commencement of the workshop, 50% of the fee will be refunded.

There will be no refunds for cancellations within 72 hours of the workshop.

Bookings are non-transferable to future workshops, but bookings for a particular workshop can be transferred to another person.

Customised training

We also provide customised training and related services based on your needs and specific requests. This includes a range of organisational 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