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StandBy Response Service

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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Suicide Call Back service: 1300 659 467



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Aboriginal Cross Cultural Training (Revised for 2012)
Tue 21 Feb 2012  09.00 AM - 04.00 PM
YWCA - Goonellabah - Goonellabah
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To register please follow this link to our new Online Registration Program:

Aboriginal Cross Cultural Training has been revised for 2012 and is designed to help individuals and organisations work more effectively with aboriginal people rather that just raise awareness. With Aboriginal Cross Cultural Training our goal is to help participants move beyond basic Aboriginal awareness and appreciation to practical skills and tools that can be applied everywhere. This course provides greater scope for addressing some of the solutions to the problems faced by many Aboriginal people, and opportunities for participant’s questions and concerns to be addressed. Our aim is to leave participants with a positive and long lasting awareness of these issues. The experience focuses on participatory interactions in a relaxed and comfortable learning environment; respectful of individuals and Aboriginal culture.
Course summary:

  • Traditional Aboriginal society
  • Kinship
  • Dreaming
  • obligations
  • Traditional systems of law
  • Historical influences
  • Protocols


YWCA - Goonellabah   -   Website
101a Rous Rd
New South Wales
Country: au


Training News

Training in Street Art for Youth Workers

Here is an unique opportunity to learn the skills of the street for Youth and Community Workers. This 2-day Professional Development workshop guarantees you will be cutting up stencils as good as any Banksy. It’s on in Byron Bay, August 11 & 12.

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.

LGBTIQ DV Training

A fantastic training opportunity has come up for workers in the Northern Rivers region to build their knowledge and capacity in addressing domestic and family violence in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities, on Thursday 31 July 2014. LGBTIQ people experience domestic violence at similar rates to people in heterosexual relationships, but have significantly lower reporting rates. As a result, the LGBTIQ Community is a vulnerable and at-risk group, experiencing social isolation and multiple legal issues.

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.

Training Alert: Youth Mental Health First Aid

This 2-day course will be held at Crowley Meeting & Education Centre, 154 Cherry St Ballina on Weds 30th & Thurs 31st July.

This program commenced in 2007 and is designed to train adults to assist young people in mental health crisis situations and/or in the early stages of mental health problems.

Complaints About Police: Online Webinar

Free online training for community workers in how to deal with making Complaints about Police will be held on Thursday 24 July.

Family Centre Term 3 Course Program

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

Training Alert: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

An introductory level course; the day will open with an introduction to where emotional intelligence (EI) came from, a bit about the science behind it, why it’s useful in business and in life and where the GENOS model came from.

It’s on at House With No Steps (function room in café), 253 Wardell Road, Alstonville, Thursday 31st July 2014 – 9.30am - 4.00pm.

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. 

Certificate IV in Mentoring Diverse Groups (Indigenous Mentoring)

Retaining Indigenous employees and building cultural capacity are two important issues for employers. This course from Across Culture is designed to address these issues and to increase the productivity of new and existing employees.

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.

Self Destructive Behaviour Workshop

Alstonville in August is the scene for an excellent 2-day professionals self-harming workshop with Melbourne based training organisation SafeinOz.

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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