Professional Learning Opportunities

Foundation House Professional Learning Calendar

  • Psychotherapeutic Group Work  

When:     Tue, 2 May from 9.30am – 4.00pm
Where:    Foundation House, Brunswick

Provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate therapeutic group work with survivors of trauma from refugee backgrounds, which is trauma-informed, and culturally safe and responsive.

For more details and to register click HERE


  • Working Therapeutically with Children and Adolescents

When:     Thu, 4 May and Thu 18 May from 9.30am – 4.00pm both days
Where:    Foundation House, Brunswick

Provide practitioners working therapeutically with children and adolescents with an understanding of key developmental theories relevant to trauma recovery work.

For more details and to register click HERE.


  • Supporting People from Refugee Backgrounds –
    Emergency Departments

When:     Thu, 27 Apr and Thu 4 May from 1.00pm – 2.00pm both days
Where:    Foundation House, Brunswick

People from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum, have access to, and require informed approaches from, emergency departments. This webinar will describe pre-arrival experience and their impact, practical trauma-informed approaches, health access and rights, and key skills in effective communication.

For more details and to register click HERE.


  • Recognising and Understanding Complex Mental Health Presentations (Blended Course)

When: Tue 16 May 2023, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Foundation House, Brunswick

Provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and understand complex mental health presentations in adult refugee survivors of torture and other traumatic events to support their recovery.

More details and registrations HERE


  • Working with Newly Arrived People from Afghanistan in GP Practices

When: Tue, 16 May from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: online, via Zoom

Offers GP practice staff (doctors, receptionists, practice managers, allied health practitioners) working with people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds an understanding of the challenges facing newly arrived Afghans.

For more details and to register click HERE.


  • Front of House Staff Working in Health Settings: Supporting People from Refugee Backgrounds

When: Tue, 16 May and Tue 23 May from 9.30am – 12.00pm both days
Where: online, via Zoom

‘Front of House’ staff are often the first experience of service provision for people from refugee backgrounds. The workshop will focus on the journey and settlement issues for people from refugee backgrounds; trauma-informed approaches to engaging and supporting clients/patients.

For more details and to register click HERE.


Victorian Transcultural Mental Health

  • Foundations of Cultural Responsiveness for Mental Health Practitioners

When:     Thursday, 6 April 2023 from 9.30am–3.30pm
Where:    Kathleen Symes Library – Multipurpose Room 1, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton

This introductory workshop introduces culturally safe and responsive practice, and an intersectional understanding of mental health. It will assist participants to apply human rights, cultural models of health and wellbeing, and participatory frameworks, to mental health practice. It is designed to stimulate the interest of participants around a range of issues in transcultural mental health. It will complement broader service development initiatives being undertaken by organizations within the current mental health and wellbeing reform environment.


Department of Health

  • Free Health Literacy training for community organizations

The Department of health is paying for this training opportunity on how to communicate health messages effectively to community. The training can be accessed in two ways:

1-     eLearning: Learning you do on your computer or iPad whenever you have time. SIGN-UP HERE

2- Live Zoom Workshop: lead by a facilitator.  You can choose from various dates. CHECK DATES & REGISTER HERE


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