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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 Alert: Preparing Successful Proposals

This 2-day course provides a supportive and encouraging setting in which participants can learn, practice and improve their proposal writing skills: Crowley Meeting and Education Centre, 154 Cherry St Ballina 2478 (inside Crowley Village), Weds 22nd & Thurs 23rd October – 9.00am - 4.00pm.

Domestic Violence Response Training

Free Professional Development Opportunity For Community 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. It will be held in Lismore on November 19th and 20th.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Lifeline Northern Rivers is offering a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop in Ballina on November 4th and 5th 2014.

ASIST is a two-day workshop that prepares professionals, volunteers, and informal helpers of all kinds to provide suicide first-aid interventions to people at risk of suicide.

NSW Ombudsman Training Calendar July – December

The NSW Ombudsman offers a range of quality, affordable training workshops based on 38+ years of experience in assisting the public, government agencies and non-government organisations to improve their administrative conduct, decision-making and standards of service delivery.

The training is designed to help your organisation make the best possible use of limited resources, improve your service delivery, and develop a better understanding of your legislative obligations.

Volunteer Education

Volunteers who are supporting people in aged care, dementia care, or general community service are invited to attend a 3-hour interactive workshop designed to assist in their caring role. It’s on Thursday, 30th October in Banora Point.

Workshop: Experiencing Dementia

This is an experiential based learning workshop that provides participants with a deeper insight into the difficulties faced by a person living with dementia.

It’s on Wednesday 29 October in Tweed Heads South.

Tobacco Cessation Training

Nicotine addiction and tobacco cessation training with Dr Colin Mendelsohn is here again due to popular demand. It’s on in Grafton on October 20 and Tweed on October 22.

This training is free and open to all government & non-government staff who work in the field or have clients who smoke tobacco and are interested in the area of smoking cessation and nicotine addiction.

Evidence-Based Relaxation Therapy

Seminars on Evidence-Based Relaxation Therapy: Physiological & Psychological Benefits will be held in Lismore & Byron Bay during November.

Diploma of Child, Youth & Family Intervention

A Diploma of Child, Youth & Family Intervention is running in Ballina, starting 30th September 2014.

If you are dedicated to the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children, young people and families, this course will prepare you for a rewarding career.

Working with Men in Vulnerable Families

The University of Newcastle’s Family Action Centre (FAC) is addressing the need for male-inclusive practice by working with service providers to develop user-friendly, practice-focused courses for professionals who are seeking to improve their individual and organisational capacity to work with men and fathers.

Workshop: Managing Angry Adolescents Differently

The MAAD workshop is for all professionals and equips them with knowledge and practical skills to manage angry and violent adolescents on a one-on-one level. The session is also good for parents and carers of angry and violent teens. It’s on Wednesday, October 1, in Brisbane.

Dementia Care Courses

The DementiaCare resource and training network runs fully facilitated dementia eLearning programs fully funded by NSW Health. There are currently three courses available.

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.

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.

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.

Family Centre Term 3 Course Program

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

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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