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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

Free Professional Development Opportunity For Community Sector and Health Sector Workers

Lifeline is running a free accredited course in Domestic Violence Response Training (DV-alert) for health, allied health and community frontline workers who come in contact with people experiencing or at risk of domestic violence as part of their work. A two-day face-to-face DV-alert workshop for Community Sector Workers will be held at the Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, November 25th and 26th 2015.

Training Alert: No More Fear: How To Speak with Natural Ease

This course will appeal to those who are nervous or avoid public speaking AND for those who wish to communicate with greater depth, presence and authenticity whenever they speak in public, one-to-one and one to many. It’s on in Lismore on Wednesday, 16 September.

Cert IV Mental Health Courses

Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is running Cert IV courses: the first is the Cert IV in Mental Health and the second is the Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315), culturally customised for Aboriginal Workers.

RAGE Training in M’bah

This one-day training is for all professionals who work with angry and violent adolescents and who would be interested in learning how to facilitate this course effectively: Monday 19 October in Murwillumbah.

ConnectingUp Courses

ConnectingUp runs a series of events and webinars in various topics, including the upcoming online course Social media bootcamp, plus webinars: Let's talk Crowdfunding and Google for Nonprofits overview.

Conflict Resolution

Northern Rivers Community Gateway is running a full-day workshop exploring conflict in the workplace and approaches and strategies to assist in resolution. It’s on Tuesday September 8th at 76 Carrington Street, Lismore.

Resolving Conflict: Mediation and Negotiation Skills

Conflict arises in a range of professional and personal situations. This workshop will build your skills and confidence in working through conflict situations effectively. It’s on Wednesday 4th November in Brisbane.

Working With Complex and Demanding Clients

If you work in human services with clients with complex needs this one day workshop is for you. This workshop will help you to understand challenging behaviours and explore meaningful and helpful strategies that may help. It’s on Tuesday 20th October in Brisbane.

Court Skills Workshop

Going to court can be stressful for even the most experienced workers. However by preparing well before going to court, understanding the behavior that is expected in court and knowing how to respond in the best possible way to questions can reduce worker stress and ensure that information is put to the court in the most effective way possible. This course is on in Lismore on Thursday, 10th September.

Seminars: Bullying and Harrassment in the Workplace

Do you know what to do when there is bullying and harassment in your workplace? The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW runs seminars addressing this issue and raising awareness of appropriate workplace behaviours; legal requirements for every workplace under the anti-dicrimination laws; and procedures and actions workplaces must take for managing conflict resolutions.

Supporting our Aboriginal youth: Identifying & understanding domestic violence

Course Description: Aboriginal young people are likely to be affected by being exposed to and witnessing domestic and family violence. The nature of the Aboriginal family environment means that young Aboriginal people have greater exposure to the impacts of trans-generational trauma including family violence and domestic violence. These experiences can set up an attitude of acceptable and normalised behaviours resulting in unhealthy relationships, greater exposure to the legal system, AOD problems, identity issues and low self-esteem and confidence.

BodyThink Educator Training

The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s leading not-profit supporting all those with eating disorders and body image concerns, invites you to a Dove BodyThink Educator Training, being held on Monday, 7th September in the Fountain Room, Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty Street, Lismore.

Training Registration - Confidence and Connection

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Revised 2015 Training Calendar

The revised 2015 NRSDC training calendar is now available.  2015 Training Calendar - revised

NRSDC 2015 Calendar

The 2015 NRSDC Training Calendar is now available: NRSDC Training Calendar 2015

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.