PUBLIC TRAINING CALENDAR
This workshop is suitable for anyone who comes into contact with angry and aggressive people who can be challenging to deal with. It is appropriate for reception staff, customer service staff, council staff, health workers, support workers and mental health clinicians. The course will cover:
• anger and aggression,
• what is difficult behaviour
• techniques for dealing with difficult people; and
• looking after yourself and others afterwards.
David Willshire is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and a Principal Psychologist at Forensicare.
Aleksandra Belofastov is Director of Psychological Services at Forensicare
Family violence is a broad phenomenon involving psychological, physical and sexual violence between partners, siblings, parents, children and other family members. This full-day workshop will provide mental health clinicans with an integrated understanding of the evidence-base and theoretical perspectives related to family violence. Clinicians will practice formulating family violence incidents to create a shared understanding of their clients' behaviour that can directly inform treatment.
Dr Melanie Simmons is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Dr Elizabeth Daff is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare's Problem Behaviour Program and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
This full day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the risk factors for violence in young people and discuss the implications for assessment and management. Case examples will be utilised throughout including a case review by Dr Deacon. He will focus on the criminogenic needs and idiographic factors leading to his formulation and risk summary. Participants will have the opportunity to work through a case, applying a risk assessment framework. This will be followed by a review of the assessment task, highlighting the process of identifying risk and protective factors and considering how they can be incorporated into a risk management plan.
Dr Adam Deacon is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Alfred Health
Susan Hancox is the Youth Justice Mental Health Coordinator at Forensicare
Fear, hatred, disgust and banishment dominate societal discourse about those who commit sexual offences. Legal measures to control the risk posed by sexual offenders are expanding. In this context, it is important that practitioners and services understand the research evidence base and best practice in the assessment, treatment and management of those who sexually offend.
This full day workshop will give attendees an up-to-date detailed and evidence based overview of: the nature and prevalence of sexual offending; theoretical models of sexual offending; the relationship between sexual offending and mental disorders; risk factors, protective factors and risk assessment; managing sexual offenders; pharmacological treatment; psychological treatment; and, online sexual offending.
It is suitable for practitioners from mental health, correctional, police or legal backgrounds who want to develop their knowledge of sexual offenders.
Dr Raj Darjee is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with the Forensicare Problem Behaviour Program and Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology. Raj has worked with perpetrators of sexual abuse in community, prison, court and forensic hospital contexts in the UK and in Australia for over 15 years.
Dr Rachael Watson is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare’s Problem Behaviour Program. She has seven years of experience with assessing and treating people with a range of problem behaviours and complex personality and mental health presentations.
Dr Marie Henshaw is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology. Marie is a developing expert in online sexual offending and has worked clinically with sexual and other offenders across both community and prison settings.