Professional Development

Professional Development for Mental Health Workers

ARAFEMI has developed a number of workshops for mental health workers and service providers. This professional development focuses on the lived experience of carers of people with mental health issues and how services can best respond to supporting carers and families using the Carer Life Course Framework approach.

Our workshops are designed to assist workers and organisations to understand the lived experience of carers and explore barriers to carer sensitive practice by bringing together stories and research about carers. Participants are assisted to utilise a service framework approach based on carer / family need to identify service gaps and look for opportunities to build in carer support within their own organisation and practice in a practical and sustainable way.

Our programs are a great starting place for Program Managers and staff who want to develop service and staff capacity to respond to carers and families. They are also suitable for staff to explore the needs of carers and how to better respond to carers during assessment, service delivery and exit planning. ARAFEMI can also 'customise' a workshop for your service's needs.

Carer Workshops:

Engaging the Carer
As a leading mental helath carer agency, ARAFEMI has a history of supporting services to develop mechanisms for greater carer representation and peer support. This workshop aims to explore current models, build on service mapping and explore opportunities and needs for greater carer involvement.

The lived experience of carers – a Carer Life Course Framework approach
Develop an understanding of a continuum model for caring and recovery to develop a service map of interventions and supports that match carer need.

Walking the line with carers and consumers – Advocacy, Privacy and Confidentiality
Explore carers experience of information sharing, develop greater understanding of legislation and acts and explore ways in which services can better support understanding of privacy and confidentiality and support information sharing for recovery.

Recovery: how to promote recovery in families
The recovery of a loved one is central to a carers life. Mental health workers can encourage and empower carers to assist in the recovery of their loved one and also recover themselves from the challenges of the caring role.

For more information contact our Education Officer:

Phone: (03) 9810 9300
Email: [email protected]
Mail: ARAFEMI 270 Auburn Road Hawthorn 3122

General Training:

ARAFEMI also offers a variety of general training courses targetted at professionals working in the mental health area. The courses include:

Self-care and resilience
Staff working in the mental health area can find the demands of their professional roles stressful. This course provides the tools necessary to help staff protect their own wellbeing from the stresses of organisational life,  enabling them to stay energised and resilient.

Cultural awareness and using interpreters
This training course helps participants identify various cultural differences and also addresses how to work with the broad variety of cultures in found in Melbourne and Australia in general.

Court skills
Knowing how to write case notes in a way that is respectful of the client and allows you to discharge your professional responsibilities capably can be challenge. This course provides guidance regarding how to structure compelling reports making them harder to attack in court, an understanding of the jurisdiction of different courts and tribunals and guidelines on how to cope with cross-examination.

ASIST Safetalk & ASIST Fishbowl
SafeTALK helps to identify persons with thoughts of suicide. You will be better able to: move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide and identify people who have thoughts of suicide. Learn how to  apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe).

Handle with care
This course provides the tools necessary to help a mental health worker managing their own feelings in difficult circumstances, minimising risk, legal issues and the Assault Cycle. It helps workers to deal with individuals according to their different anger triggers and includes communication skills and strategies for defusing situations where individuals may be aggressive.

Family sensitive practice
Family sensitive practice is an introduction to ‘a range of values and practices’ that privilege notions of appropriate and respectful family involvement in clinical management and treatment. It is a culture that promotes and sustains effective working relationships between clients, carers and workers.

For any enquiries regarding these training sessions please contact ARAFEMI by calling 9810 9300 or email [email protected]