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Family Violence Graduate Program Learning and Development Plan

Training recommendations for graduates as part of the Rural and Regional Family Violence Social Work Graduate Program.

Expected training for graduates

Family violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes with an introduction to MARAM e-learns – Sharers Course

This courseExternal Link is for people who are likely to share information and/or require a detailed operational understanding of the reforms.

MARAM Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training (2 full-day sessions)External Link

This 2-day training focuses on working with victim survivors. This training is for professionals who work in a specialist capacity across the integrated service system.

MARAM Collaborative Practice

The MARAM Collaborative Practice training focuses on both collaborative practice and foundational aspects of MARAM that enable collaboration. The training enables practitioners to contribute to risk assessment and collaborate for ongoing risk management, through respectful and sensitive engagement with victim-survivors, information sharing, referral and secondary consultation. This course is arranged in local areas through Principal Strategic Advisors.


Safe and Together Institute CORE Training (4 full-day sessions)External Link

Safe & Together Family Violence training helps child welfare professionals become domestic violence-informed and is for anyone who is interested in the intersection of domestic violence and children. Read Anglicare's information about the training.External Link

Family Violence FoundationsExternal Link

This course provides a common starting point upon which professionals can develop skills needed to work in family violence prevention and response. The course content is based on the foundational knowledge requirements in the Responding to Family Violence and Preventing Family Violence and Violence against Women Capability Frameworks.

L17 Family Violence Portal trainingExternal Link

This free, online course provides a comprehensive overview of the L17 Family Violence Portal, which is used for the management of family violence incidents. The course is for staff from services who receive L17 referrals/reports directly from police for action.

Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk (22510VIC)External Link

This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the content covered in the MARAM Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training. The course is a VET-accredited single unit course requiring 50 hours of study. The course will equip service workers with the skills, knowledge and shared understanding of family violence required to respond effectively to family violence victim survivors and perpetrators. These skills include:

  • use of effective interpersonal skills to engage sensitively with service users to facilitate self-disclosure
  • identification of family violence risk using approved family violence risk frameworks
  • provision of response actions involving referrals and information sharing to service provision or intersecting service agencies.

Trauma Informed Practice for Family Violence Specialists (two full day sessions)External Link

This course explores what makes family violence different from other traumatic experiences, and how a trauma-informed framework can be integrated into practice. Ways to prevent vicarious trauma and strategies to support wellbeing are also covered.


Intersectionality training

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and communitiesExternal Link

This training provides participants with introductory knowledge of Aboriginal culture in Victoria, as well as culturally respectful ways of working with, and walking alongside, Aboriginal people, families and communities.

Working with LGBTIQ individuals and communities

Rainbow Health offer four and six-hour sessions which help professionals working in family violence services to better support LGBTIQ people experiencing intimate partner and family violence. The Accountable & Engaged Responses to LGBTI Family Violence Calls workshop (Thorne Harbour) offers a queer affirmative framework to family violence practice to provide inclusive responses to LGBTI people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence.

Working with women living with disabilitiesExternal Link

This online workshop, aimed towards disability and social services workforces, will show how gender and disability inequality drives violence, and how professionals working in family violence can prevent it.

Culturally Responsive Practice training for Family Violence SpecialistsExternal Link

This course provides participants with an understanding of working with women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The training can also be tailored and delivered for organisations, with the underlying focus on culturally responsive practice and enhancing skills in responding to family violence.


Victim/survivor focused training

Foundations for Building Trauma AwarenessExternal Link

This training program utilises current research to provide an understanding of trauma, the impacts of trauma on all aspects of life and subsequently the coping mechanisms formed in response to trauma. The principles of trauma-informed practice are introduced which focus on a strengths-based approach.

Technology Safety training and professional developmentExternal Link

WESNET offers various Technology Abuse training topics specifically designed for domestic violence and sexual assault practitioners working directly with survivors.

Digital Safety, Family Violence and Risk AssessmentExternal Link

This one-day training will explore how perpetrators are using technology, and how to support victim survivors who are experiencing tech-facilitated abuse. Based on current research, information and risk assessment protocols, the training will help increase practice awareness, skills and client safety.

Responding to disclosures of sexual assaultExternal Link

This workshop provides training for those interested in gaining skills and insight into working with people who have experienced sexual assault. This interactive workshop draws on CASA House’s feminist and trauma-informed framework.

Recognising and responding to Elder AbuseExternal Link

In response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government is implementing an integrated model of care for responding to suspected elder abuse, with one of the key funded components of the model being professional education regarding how to respond to suspected elder abuse.

1800 RESPECT training and webinarsExternal Link

Various training, resources and information available.


Working with people who use violence

Understanding and working with men who use violenceExternal Link

The NTV ‘Introduction to working with men using family violence’ training is a foundational experience for professionals to learn the ways in which men’s family violence is defined and understood. Engaging men who use family violence in all human service work is critical to linking this high-risk client group to specialist services like the Men’s Referral Service and referral pathways that support the behavioural change process.

Introduction to working with LGBTQI+ people using family violenceExternal Link

Family violence is a complex set of dynamics that in the context of queer relationships involve power dynamics that have a range of unique ‘ingredients’ that have harmful impacts on affected family members (including children and young people). This course supports participants to:

  • Explore drivers of power in the LGBTQI+ context
  • Further develop practitioner skill and confidence in engaging people in the collaborative conversation about their use of abuse and violence
  • Develop a professional understanding of the individual’s pattern of coercive control to empower the undertaking of family violence screenings, immediate risk assessments and ensure appropriate referrals are made to the specialist family violence service system.

Practitioner wellbeing

Wellbeing, self-care and worker sustainabilityExternal Link

This one-day training provides practical strategies and tools for participants to support their wellbeing while doing family violence work at a time of unprecedented demand and rapid change.

Reviewed 06 June 2022

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