WHFS has 40 years of experience in working with vulnerable women and their families and we would like to share our expertise with you. Our workshops provide professional, evidence based information as well as practical strategies and resources for you and your organisation. Our workshops cover a range of issues and can be delivered face-to-face (our site or yours), online modules and regional/rural (also through videoconferencing). For further information please contact us at bookings@whfs.org.au.

If you’ve ever wondered “Why doesn’t she just leave?” this on demand, 8-lesson e-course is for you. From understanding the depth of coercive control, to gendered experiences of violence and victimisation, to victim resistance strategies, we’ve got you covered. Learn more.

This workshop will benefit Health and Social Service Professionals who provide counselling. Students Welcome.

This workshop presents several methods of using dreams in a therapeutic context. Those covered include:

  • Gestalt
  • Jungian
  • Word association
  • And the process of dreams in abuse healing.
  • The workshop will also cover strategies for dealing with nightmares.

Facilitator: Dianne Rickman, Womens Health & Family Services

Date: Thursday 23 May, 2019

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Location: 227 Newcastle street, Northbridge

Cost: $50 full / $40 members

To Book: www.trybooking.com/BBFIO

For more information contact: bookings@whfs.org.au or call 6330 5400

What our clients eat has an impact on their physical and mental health, affecting blood sugar levels, hormones, weight control, moods and behaviour. The more we know about the foods and their impact on us, the more we may be able to assist our clients to make better food choices.

Audience: For health and service professionals working with clients with Alcohol and other Drug issues or with mental health issues.

Date: Thursday 30 May, 2019

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Location: 227 Newcastle street, Northbridge

Cost: $50 full/ $40 members

To Book: www.trybooking.com/BBODK

Facilitator: Carole Parker, Womens Health & Family Services

Carole is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and member of the Dietitians Association of Australia who is experienced in up-to-date clinical research and the diet-disease relationships of most health conditions. She has worked closely with clients for over 5 years to promote sustainable, positive health changes.


Suitable for Service Providers and Community Members

Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid teaches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults how to help people experiencing a mental health crisis, mental health problems or the early stages of mental illness, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use issues
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Morning and Afternoon Tea Provided. BYO Lunch.

Dates:  Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of June, 2019

Time: 9am - 3.30pm

Location: 227 Newcastle street, Northbridge

Cost: $100/ $30 with concession

Some scholarships available, contact Danni dcameron@whfs.org.au for more information.

To Book: www.trybooking.com/BBQXY

This one day training event is designed for health professionals and staff who are working with people who have experienced trauma and are using alcohol and other drugs, in a support, advocacy or counselling role. Womens Health & Family Services staff will be facilitating the day and drawing on their extensive experience in this area to create an engaging, interactive group training session with a key focus on strategies you can use with your client.

Date: Thursday 6 June, 2019

Time: 8.30am-5pm

Location: Lotteries House, Suite 6, 70 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup

Cost: $190 full / $152 members

To Book: www.trybooking.com/BBDZQ

Facilitator: Fiona Reid, Womens Health & Family Services (Director of Strategic Operations)

Fiona is a Master's qualified Family Therapist (M.So.Sc) and has worked in the area of addictions, co-morbidity and trauma with families for over 15 years. She has extensive experience with a diverse range of communities and sectors across Western Australia. Fiona has worked as a sessional lecturer at Edith Cowan University and is an accredited clinical supervisor (counselling) with significant experience as an educator and trainer. She has presented at international, national and local conferences on a range of health and well-being topics and continues to work with a small number of individuals and families (co-counselling) with a particular focus on addictions and intergenerational trauma. In her current role, Fiona oversees a number of programs such as Rural In Reach, Improved Services, Aboriginal Services, Health Promotion, Partners in Recovery and Kids In Focus Program.

*The training package includes a copy of the manual "Trauma-Informed Treatment Guide for Working with Women With Alcohol and Other Drug Issues" (3rd ed,2017) by A Marsh,T Towers & S O'Toole (valued at $66)*

If you have any questions regarding this or any other WHFS training, please contact us at bookings@whfs.org.au.

You can view the flyer for this training here.

This workshop will benefit health and social service professionals who are providing counselling. Students Welcome.

This workshop will include:

  • A discussion of myths surrounding how to deal with grief in our society
  • What is healthy grief?
  • Strategies to assist clients to contact their sadness and express it in ways that heal.

Core tools are the grief graph and the mourning day.

Facilitator: Dianne Rickman, Womens Health & Family Services

Date: Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Location: 227 Newcastle street, Northbridge

Cost: $50 full / $40 members

To Book: www.trybooking.com/BBFIT

For more information contact: bookings@whfs.org.au or call 6330 5400

This workshop is offered by request to organisations or individuals that are looking at preparing health and social service information for translation into community languages. The workshop is ideal for professionals who want to understand when you should translate information and the steps you need to prepare your information prior to translation. Cost available upon request.

Facilitator: Dr Susan Lee, Womens Health & Family Services

Dr Susan Lee holds a post-graduate diploma in Health Promotion, a Master in Public Health and a Professional Doctorate in International Health. Dr. Lee has worked for the past 27 years in health promotion with vulnerable groups of women including migrant and refugee women, Aboriginal women, women who have mental health and/ or alcohol and other drug issues and women who have experienced domestic violence. She has also worked extensively with service providers to build their capacity to work more effectively with these groups. Dr Lee has published nationally and internationally on different aspects of working with vulnerable population groups. 

Dr Lee’s current professional interests focus on cross cultural evaluation techniques, migrant and refugee maternal health in Australia, and the role of adult education in improving women’s lives and health status. Dr Lee was honoured in 2013 with the Individual Excellence Award, WA Multicultural Community Service Awards. This award was in recognition of her outstanding contribution, achievements, commitment, and vision to help strengthen WA’s rich and dynamic multicultural community.

If you are interested in this or any other WHFS training, please contact us at bookings@whfs.org.au for upcoming dates.

This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit key community based alcohol and other drug and mental health services, meet their staff, and find out about their programs. Get to know what kind of services and programs each of these agencies provides to people in the community.

The walking tour would be useful for service providers working with clients from migrant and refugee backgrounds as well as community leaders of migrant and refugee groups. Students welcome.

So come along with your walking shoes and hat for a walk with us on a sunny afternoon!

The walking tour starts and finishes at Women’s Health and Family Services 227 Newcastle Street, Northbridge


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