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.

  • Gender Transformative Health Practice
  • Aboriginal Cultural security Training
  • Promoting Physical Activity Programs with Vulnerable Groups of Women
  • Preparing Information for Translation
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Working With Interpreters
  • Mindfulness Techniques
  • Body Image
  • Introduction to Narrative Therapy
  • Working With Clients and Hoarding Behaviours
  • Diet and the Impact on Mental Health
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Community Mental Health First Response (Online course)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma Informed Practice for Women who have Experienced Trauma and are using Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Motivational Interviewing and AOD clients
  • Walking Tour of Alcohol and Drug agencies in Northbridge
  • Motivational Interviewing and Family and Domestic Violence Clients
  • Power to Change - Best Practice in Running Groups
  • Why Do Women Stay?
  • E-Safety - Smart Phones and Social Media
  • Working Therapeutically With Women Who Have Experienced FDV
  • Understanding the FDV Dynamic
  • Reducing and Working With Risk
  • Impacts of FDV on Children & Parenting
  • Counselling Clients Experiencing FDV
  • Clinical Note-taking & Legal Processes
  • Contraception Methods
  • Baby Boomer Women and Their Health
  • Anxiety and Depression - For Women
  • First Aid for Women
  • CPR Refresher
  • Bond With Your Baby
  • Heartbeat Club
  • 2Wet2GetFit (Aqua and education course for mums and babies)
  • AquaMum2Be (Aqua and education course for mums to be)
  • Teenage Girls Workshops (holiday workshops for teenage girls - one day)
  • Engaging Adolescents
  • Making of Good Men and Women (Schools-based program for students - 8 weeks)

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.

Women with disability experience all forms of violence and abuse as other women experience. However, women with disability experience violence and abuse, including sexual violence, at significantly higher rates than women who do not have disability (Plummer & Findley, 2012). Compounding this experience, women with disability face specific forms of violence and abuse related to their impairment (Harpur & Douglas, 2014). Women with disability are vulnerable to abuse at all stages of their lives because they are women, because they have disability and because they are likely to be worse off economically (Women with Disabilities Australia).

The Women’s Community Health Network WA is delivering 2 hour capacity building sessions to enable you and your service to better respond to and pro-actively include women with disabilities experiencing family and domestic violence. This session was developed, and will be delivered, by women with disability.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will have developed knowledge about women with disabilities, their experiences of family and domestic violence and their barriers to access that can be applied in practice. By the end of the session you will have furthered your capacity to:

·          Understand disability and family and domestic violence as it affects women with disability;

·          Respond effectively to women with disability experiencing FDV;

·          Reduce the barriers preventing women with disability  from accessing FDV services; and

·          Improve practice through the development and dissemination of appropriate service information.

Facilitator: Zeliha Iscel, Women's Community Health Network WA

Zel was born blind and arrived in Australia from Turkey with her family in 1981. Zel completed her degree in Politics and Government at Edith Cowan University in 2003 and has worked in the disability sector since 2006 at state, national and international levels. In 2014, Zel established her own business, ‘Inclusive World’ through which she provides disability awareness training for local governments, not-for-profit organisations and other bodies.

An Introduction to Narrative Therapy focuses on key concepts and practical strategies used in this practice including externalisation, framing questions, unique outcomes and migration of identity. This interactive training session is supported with exercises and information to support continued implementation after the workshop.

Facilitator: Jo-Anne Hodson, Womens Health & Family Services

Jo Hodson has been working in the area of alcohol and drug use and mental health for thirty years and has experience with many many clients and their complex issues including Hoarding Disorder. She has delivered services as a counsellor, a prevention educator and as a manager in an array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and community health agencies. With expertise in complex care she is committed to contributing Best Practice approaches in the delivery of health services to women and their families.

Would you know the right thing to do or say if someone told you they were being abused?  This training is for anyone wanting to continue their social justice journey as a domestic violence disrupter.

This training covers:
·      What you need to do to communicate to a survivor that their voice is being heard, their truth is being honoured, and they made the right decision in telling you about the abuse;
·      What you need to know to support a survivor to make informed decisions, without disempowering them;
·      How to prioritise a survivor’s safety; and
·      How to continually improve your process and continue to develop on personal and professional levels

This course is for you if you know you have the capacity to make a difference, and you're not afraid to be introspective and do the reflective work it takes to really commit to empathic response.

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

If your social justice organisation is on social media without an actual strategy, you’re leaving money on the table! This practical workshop is designed to help social justice organisations understand why and how they need to be on social media in order to further the cause. This workshop will help you to understand how to make social media work for your organisation by using it purposefully and strategically.

The workshop covers:
·      The benefits of social media for social justice organisations
·      How to decide what social media channels are right for your organisation and what content you should be posting on them
·      How to assess how much and when to share on each channel
·      How your social media strategy fits into your content marketing strategy/ communications strategy
·      How to assess what objectives and goals you should be setting in order to drive your social media strategy
·      How to ensure you’re not wasting your time: measuring your social media success
·      What the best tricks, tools and resources are for killing it on social media

Participants of this workshop will walk away with a social media plan for their organisation.

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

This workshop for health and social service professionals looks at how gender and culture influences communication. We also will be looking at navigating cultural expectations- our own and others- when working with other professionals, carers, and clients from a cultural background different than our own.

Facilitators: 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.

Milambo Sichaaba, Womens Health & Family Services

Milambo has a Bachelor of Health Promotion and 8 years of experience at Womens Health & Family Services working with women and their families, including women from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Milambo has worked in health promotion providing education on health and wellbeing for general health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs to women who have experienced mental health, AOD and family and domestic violence. Milambo has worked with interpreters in group settings on many occasions to overcome language barriers to ensure and maintain social inclusion. In the past 5 years Milambo has also co-facilitated workshops and training for health professionals to effectively engage clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  

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

This workshop looks at how to engage vulnerable groups of women in physical activity and keep them engaged. Topics covered include:

  • Common issues and considerations when working with vulnerable groups
  • Tips for agencies and managers supervising physical activity programs
  • Tips for staff, instructors and coaches delivering programs and sessions.

Participants will receive a free take home manual.

Facilitators: Dr Susan Lee & Tanja Luck, 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.

Tanja Luck (B.S & Language) utilises a variety of mediums from mindfulness & meditation, to yoga & water therapy to support clients. Her background includes, but not limited to: Fitness Trainer/Assessor, Women’s Health Yoga & Dance Instructor, International Aquatic Body Work Therapist, Sports Masseuse, First Aid and Hydrotherapy Rescue Trainer. Tanja has contributed to the Industry as a consultant, author, Lecturer and a National Conference Presenter. Tanja’s motto is that if our minds and bodies are connected through a variety of creative wellbeing modalities, then each and everyone’s potential may be opened to discover we are truly limitless in what we can achieve.

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

This half day training provides an introduction (or a refresher) on Motivational Interviewing (MI), a technique which uses a collaborative conversation style to strengthen a person's motivation and commitment to change, where motivation has been identified as a key factor to support success and behaviour change. Motivational interviewing has a strong evidence base of its effectiveness with a range of issues including substance use, mental health, exercise and medication compliance.

Facilitator: Jo Hodson - Womens Health & Family Services

Jo Hodson has been working in the area of alcohol and drug use and mental health for thirty years and has experience with many many clients and their complex issues including Hoarding Disorder. She has delivered services as a counsellor, a prevention educator and as a manager in an array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and community health agencies. With expertise in complex care she is committed to contributing Best Practice approaches in the delivery of health services to women and their families.

Audience: For health and service professionals working with clients and Alcohol and other Drugs.

 

 

What our clients eat has an impact on their physical and mental health, affecting blood sugar levels, hormones, weight control, moods and behavior. 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.

Facilitator: Carole Parker, Womens Health & Family Services

Carole is an Accredited Practising 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 at WHFS for over 3 years and works to promote sustainable, positive health change in women.

 

This one day training event is designed for health professionals working with people who exhibit hoarding behaviours and hoarding disorder.  Women’s Health & Family Services trainers 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 clients.

Facilitators: Jo Hodson and Tessa Ryan, Womens Health & Family Services

Jo Hodson has been working in the area of alcohol and drug and mental health for thirty years and has experience with many clients and their complex issues, including Hoarding Disorder. She has delivered services as a counsellor, a prevention educator, and as a manager in an array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and community health agencies (including facilitating Buried In Treasures – a support group for clients with hoarding behaviours). With expertise in complex care she is committed to contributing Best Practice approaches in the delivery of health services to women and their families.

Tessa Ryan has been working as a Support Facilitator within the Partners in Recovery program since it’s initiation in 2013. Tessa has experience working alongside clients with complex needs and has a particular interest in the complex nature itself of Hoarding Disorder. Tessa has been at the forefront of identifying a gap at service level for both workers and people experiencing Hoarding issues. She has assisted with the training, development and also co-facilitates the Buried in Treasures workshop, a 15 session workshop for those who identify as having Hoarding Disorder and are ready to talk about positive change. Tessa hopes to continue the conversation about Hoarding Disorder within communities and develop further supports for this complex issue.

Please contact us at bookings@whfs.org.au for more information

 

This half day training provides an introduction (or a refresher) on Motivational Interviewing (MI), a technique which uses a collaborative conversation style to strengthen a person’s motivation and commitment to change, where motivation has been identified as a key factor to support success and behaviour change. Motivational interviewing has a strong evidence base of its effectiveness with a range of issues including substance use, mental health, exercise, and medication compliance.

Facilitator: Jo Hodson, Womens Health & Family Services

Jo Hodson has been working in the area of alcohol and drug and mental health for thirty years and has experience with many clients and their complex issues including Hoarding Disorder. She has delivered services as a counsellor, a prevention educator, and as a manager in an array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and community health agencies. With expertise in complex care she is committed to contributing Best Practice approaches in the delivery of health services to women and their families.

For more information, please contact us at bookings@whfs.org.au.

 

Are you bored doing the same mindfulness or meditation exercises with your clients? Would you like to try a few new and different mindfulness activities for your own practice? Then this is the workshop for you! Our presenters will guide you through a number of different mindfulness techniques that can add variety to both your clinical work and your personal practice.

Facilitators: Dr Sue Lee and Tanja Luck, Womens Health & Family Services

Dr Susan Lee holds a post graduate diploma in Health Promotion, a masters 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 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.

Tanja Luck (B.S & Language) utilises a variety of mediums from mindfulness & meditation, to yoga & water therapy to support clients. Her background includes, but not limited to: Fitness Trainer/Assessor, Women’s Health Yoga & Dance Instructor, International Aquatic Body Work Therapist, Sports Masseuse, First Aid and Hydrotherapy Rescue Trainer. Tanja has contributed to the Industry as a consultant, author, Lecturer and a National Conference Presenter. Tanja’s motto is that if our minds and bodies are connected through a variety of creative wellbeing modalities, then each and everyone’s potential may be opened to discover we are truly limitless in what we can achieve.

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

This workshop draws on the extensive experience of staff involved in Women’s Health & Family Services’ very successful employment and training program, Moving On.  We will be looking at key aspects of successful programs that can help women with mental health issues, trauma backgrounds, experiences of alcohol and other drug use and/ or domestic violence to go on to complete qualifications and find meaningful work. Combining theory as well as strategies gleaned from practical experience, this workshop is a must for professionals who would like to develop education, training and/ or employment programs or strategies with their clients.

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 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.

For more information on this training please contact us at bookings@whfs.org.au.

The baby boomers are people born in the post war era 1946-1964, for the majority of them they have experienced improved health services throughout their life and are now expected to have an unprecedented life expectancy compared to past generations. But as older Australians make up a larger proportion of the population each year, what is the impact on health and social services? Are agencies prepared for the influx of older people?
Come to this afternoon workshop to learn, reflect and discuss some of the relevant issues for health and social service agencies.

 

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

This workshop looks at the dual goals of improving health as well as gender equity. It is internationally recognized that gender is among the most influential of the determinants of health and that gender inequities can affect health outcomes and access to health services. This workshop is an opportunity for service providers to consider their practice and how our service delivery could be more effective if we keep gender in mind.

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

 

This very practical workshop will go through the theory of working with an interpreter, before participants get some hands on experience in working with an interpreter in both a group setting and one-to-one. Participants should bring a short description about their job or services at their agency that would be suitable to present to a group.

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

This training session is for staff and volunteers in the domestic violence field and will be presenting how smart phones can be used to abuse, stalk or harass another person. Participants will learn different ways in which abusers misuse smartphone technology, how to identify which technology is being misused and assist clients in developing appropriate safety strategies.

The training is designed to empower local agencies participating in the safeConnections program to meet the safety assessment requirements and to deepen their understanding.

Facilitator: Heidi Guldbaek, WESNET

Heidi Guldbaek is a tech safety specialist for the WESNET Safety Net Project. She can provide technical advice on the intersection of VAW and technology to technologists, policy and decision makers, victims and frontline workers, as well as train frontline workers.

 

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

This is a practical workshop looking at preparing health and social service information for translation into other 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.  Participants are welcome to bring information they are considering translating.

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 training package is designed for health professionals and staff who are in a support, advocacy or counselling role, working with people who have experienced trauma and are using alcohol and other drugs. Womens Health & Family Services trainers 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 clients.

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 particualr 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.

 

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

This training is for new workers in the domestic violence field, for those not specifically working in the DV space who need to develop a deeper understanding about domestic violence, or for experienced workers who need a refresher course.

This workshop will provide clarity on the various field terminology; explore the gendered experiences of violence and victimisation; uncover the depth and breadth of perpetrator abuse tactics; investigate the concept of coercive control and gain clarity on why victims stay; encourage participants to safely unpack their own biases and assumptions; explore the phenomena of community complicity, including victim blaming and violence-supportive attitudes; uncover victim resistance strategies; and provide opportunities for participants to apply practical analysis to domestic violence cases.

If you are interested in this, or other WHFS  training, please contact bookings@whfs.org.au

 

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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