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The StandBy Response Service is a community-based postvention program delivered by Northern Rivers Social Development Council providing 24-hour response to friends, families, associates and communities bereaved by suicide. Suicide is a time of immense crisis and the tragedy of suicide loss can create trauma, deeply affecting individuals, families and entire communities. In many cases those bereaved do not know where to turn for help or how to find supports that may already exist. The Standby Response Service provides a reliable single point of service coordination and contact, offering respect, understanding and support for the health and well being of people bereaved by suicide, Call 0417 119298 - 24 hours 7 days per week

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NRSDC TrainIng

NRSDC provides training on various topics of interest to people working in the health, social and community services sectors.  Click to see our calendar of courses being offered in 2014: pdf2014_NRSDC_Training_Calendar.pdf

Please register for each course by using the specific registration form to be found in the course details below, and send it to Training Coordinator Donna Byer by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or fax (02) 66201899.

Or register your expression of interest in an upcoming course using our EOI form: doc2014_Expression_of_Interest_Form.doc

Date Title Venue Location
Tue 26 Aug 2014 - Wed 27 Aug 2014 Cancelled: New Directions in Leadership 2 days YWCA - Goonellabah Goonellabah
Tue 2 Sep 2014 FREE Dementia Carers Ed: Sons Daughters Family and friends Mullumbimby Ex Services Club Mullumbimby
Tue 9 Sep 2014 Accidental Counsellor Extension Crowley Meeting and Education Centre Ballina
Wed 10 Sep 2014 Crafting and Presenting: Write content with Knowhow & Kapow! Crowley Meeting and Education Centre Ballina

Training News

Training Alert: Accidental Counsellor Extension

This one-day intermediate level course builds on the skills learned in the two day Accidental Counsellor Workshop.  Participants are given the opportunity to reflect and share examples of how they have used Accidental Counsellor strategies in the workplace.

It’s on Tuesday 9th September 2014 – 9.30am - 4.00pm at Crowley Meeting and Education Centre, inside the grounds of Crowley Village 154 Cherry St Ballina.

Training Alert: Dementia Carers Education

FREE FOR Family CARERS: Dementia Carers Education: Understanding and Responding to Changes in Behaviour For Sons, Daughters, Family and Friends will be held on Tuesday 2nd September, at Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Dalley Street, Mullumbimby.

Domestic Violence: Health Professionals Workshop

From Abuse to Safety … Unique Challenges Faced by Women Suffering Domestic Violence – A one-day workshop for health professionals will be held 29 September in Campbelltown, Sydney.

Trauma and Attachment: Responding To Children and Families

Lismore Communities for Children Professional Development Project is running a two-day training program providing information about contemporary research and evidence based practice as well as practical strategies around responding to the needs of children and families who have experienced trauma. It’s on 29 and 30 September at YWCA, 1 Rous Road Goonellabah.

Working With People Who Have An Intellectual Disability And Dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia is running a free one-day workshop for professional staff within the community, health and allied settings that work with people with an Intellectual Disability and Dementia.  It’s on in Grafton on Thursday 6 November.

Domestic Violence Tenancy training

Free training is available in August for NSW community workers on domestic violence and Tenancy: Housing laws and policy that may assist clients experiencing domestic violence.

Trauma Informed Training for Workers

Lifeline is partnering with ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) to offer two one-day Trauma Informed Training for Workers workshops in Lismore. It’s on September 3 and 4 at St Vincents Private Hospital.

LGBTI Aged Care Training E-Learning Module

LGBTI Training for the Aged Care Sector is a funded program of one day workshops on LGBTI inclusive service delivery in the workplace, for aged care sector workers and organisations providing aged care services.

Training Alert: New Directions in Leadership – 2 days

New Directions in Leadership will be held over two days - Tuesday 26th and Weds 27th August, 9:30am – 3.30pm at YWCA, 101A Rous Road, Goonellabah. This workshop aims to assist students to acquire an understanding and appreciation of contemporary models of leadership and visioning.

Deaf Awareness Training

Deaf people can experience challenges when communicating with their work colleagues, who may also not be aware of the access needs of deaf employees.

To help you overcome these issues, The Deaf Society of NSW has developed a range of informative and practical Deaf Awareness Training (DAT) courses which are designed to improve your understanding of and awareness of sign language, deaf culture, deaf people and communication and access issues deaf people face in the work place.

Tenancy Training Workshops for Community Workers

In August, Redfern Legal Centre's specialist tenancy advocates will present free training for NSW community workers on tenancy.

You can attend the workshops: in person at Redfern: At the wheelchair-accessible Redfern Town Hall, 5 minutes walk from Redfern Station, and 10 minutes walk from Central Station; or online - webinars (online training seminars) are accessible across NSW. It's easy on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android phone or tablet.

Workshops: Fines and dealing with the State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO)

Learn how to help your clients with unpaid fines, at Redfern Legal Centre's free training for NSW community workers offered online.

Seeking Volunteers for Michael Kendrick Training

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has funded international trainer Michael Kendrick to run a two-week training course in August and September this year. (August 11-15 & September 1-5 2014 ) The course is about developing trainees skills in helping people with disability to make plans to improve their life.

You may be interested in assisting the trainees in the course by being a ‘focus person’ for their training.

Family Centre Term 3 Course Program

The Family Centre has released its Term 3 Course Program, with courses on parenting, relationships and wellbeing.

Mental Health First Aid

Accredited Mental Health First Aid training will be run in in Lismore in August, Thursday 21st & Thursday 28th. The course is open to the general public and professionals needing to undertake professional development.

Working with People who have a Physical Disability and Dementia

The rescheduled Physical Disability Council of NSW and Alzheimer’s Australia’s ‘’Working with People who have a Physical Disability and Dementia’’ workshop (which was postponed earlier this month) is back on - Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 September, 2014. 

Free Online Training from Redfern Legal Centre

Attend a course from your office with free online workshops (webinars) for community workers from Redfern Legal Centre.

Older People Planning Ahead

An information session covering enduring guardianship and advance care directives will be held in Grafton on Monday 14 October 2013.

Parenting Course Calendar

The Family Centre's Tweed Shire Parenting Course Calendar for term 2 is available now.

NRSDC Upcoming Training 2014

Don't forget to take a look at the Northern Rivers Social Development Council's Training Program for 2014. Click to see the calendar: 2014_NRSDC_Training_Calendar.pdf

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