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Professional development and training

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 those who work in health, community, and criminal justice sectors.

Take a look at our upcoming courses below or download the 2021 June – December Training Calendar.

Book your training below.

Training Calendar

Thursday, 19 August 2021

9.30am – 4:30pm

Venue: CFBS, Level 1 582 Heidelberg Road, Alphington 3078

Cost: $375 incl. GST

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Working with family violence perpetrators

Presenters: Dr Melanie Simmons and Dr Elizabeth Daff

Family violence is a broad phenomenon involving psychological, physical, and sexual violence between partners, siblings, parents, children and other family members. In Victoria, the Multi-agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework details the responsibilities of clinicians to assess and manage family violence risk. This full-day workshop is structured around the pillars of the MARAM to provide mental health clinicians with an integrated understanding of the evidence and theory guiding family violence assessment and management. Clinicians will also have an opportunity to practice formulating family violence incidents to create a shared understanding of their clients’ behaviour that can directly inform treatment.

Dr Melanie Simmons is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.

Dr Elizabeth Daff is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare’s Problem Behaviour Program and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.

Monday, 18 October 2021

9.30am – 4:30pm

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

Cost: $375 incl. GST

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Understanding and assessing young people at risk of violence

Presenters: Dr Adam Deacon and Susan Hancox

This full day workshop 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. Participants will have the opportunity to work through a case, applying a risk assessment framework. This will be followed by a review of the assessment task, highlighting the process of identifying risk and protective factors and considering how they can be incorporated into a risk management plan.

Dr Adam Deacon is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Alfred Health

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

Monday, 15 November 2021

9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: CFBS, Level 1 582 Heidelberg Road, Alphington 3078

Cost: $375 incl. GST

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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 in Forensicare’s Problem Behaviour Program.

Dr Marie Henshaw is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare and research fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.

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

For more information, please contact Forensicare’s Professional Development and Training team.