Workforce Development

Workforce development and training opportunities for people working in the alcohol and other drug sector in Western Australia. 

Upcoming Training and Workforce Development Opportunities

SPSW 2 day workshop - Supervising Staff: Skills for Quality Practice
Presented by Dr. Barbara Meddin

17 - 18 July 2018
8.45am - 4.30pm
Victory Life Centre, 5 Neil St, Osborne Park
Cost: $399.00 Standard/$299.00 SPSW Members/$99.00 Students (limited places available)

This workshop is aimed at assisting supervisors and those who aspire to be supervisors to develop the skills and knowledge required to supervise workers. It will address both supervising staff who are open to supervision and learning and those whose behaviours are impacting on their participation in the team or where their performance is poor or substandard.

Please contact Dr. Meddin on 041 795 9058 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status

Wednesday 18 July 2018
10.00 am - 10.30am AWST
Free Webinar

SPSW - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) The Impact of Early Interventions  
Presented by Robyn Williams B.A., M.A., PhD. Candidate

Friday 10 August 2018
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Therapy Focus – Suite 5, 1140 Albany Highway Bentley, WA
Cost: $189.00 Standard/$159.00 SPSW Members/$50.00 Students (social work students only, limited numbers)

The workshop will aim to provide a brief overview of impact of FASD on the child, and the family and across the lifespan, the importance of early diagnosis and intervention, and tools and strategies for working with children and adults with FASD.

Please contact Dr. Meddin on 041 795 9058 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

SAFE in OZ: An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours
A 2-day workshop in partnership with Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA).

13 - 14 September 2018
Day 1 - 9.15am - 4.30pm, Day 2 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
MIFWA, Level 3, 9 The Avenue, Midland
Cost: $440.00

SAFE in Oz aim to give workshop participants an insight into the headspace of a person who participates in self-destructive behaviour/s in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and life experiences. The training encapsulates individuals needs throughout their lifespan and is flexible and responsive to the workshop participants.

If you require any further information please contact Annie Slocombe, Director SAFE in Oz on 03 5176 2616 or visit

Systemic Consultation Centre - Extending Systemic and Family Therapy Practice

8 week course, run over 8 Thursday mornings, 11 October - 29 November 2018
9.00am to 12.30pm
Systemic Consultation Centre, 2/141 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
Fees: $850.00 incl. GST

This course aims to enhance both systemic conceptual and technical skills along with skills that assist clinicians in monitoring the relationships they develop with families. It is designed for practitioners who have undertaken introductory training in systemic and family therapy and are wanting to enhance and consolidate their knowledge and therapeutic skills. It is also designed for practitioners who may want a refresher of their practice.

For further information, please contact Roxanne Garven on 0423 165 971 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Training and Workforce Development Providers

  • Mental Health Commission - AODtraining@MHC - provides a range of knowledge and skills-based training events on alcohol and other drugs and comorbidity. Events are free-of-charge and include induction training for new workers. 
  • The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) - offers a range of courses targeted to meet specific needs of the mental health workforce, enhance the skill development of roles which relate to mental health, and educate the wider community.
  • Holyoake - DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training - Holyoake is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training to community and youth workers.
  • Womens Health and Family Services - Training for Health Professionals - WHFS presentations, seminars, workshops and training sessions can be tailored to specific group interests and budgets. In addition WHFS offers a professional supervision and consultancy service for individual, group and organisational issues concerning women and families.
  • Relationships Australia WA - Professional Development - provides training for family and community support professionals to develop specialist relationship counselling, mediation and management skills. Training is provided from basic to advanced professional competency levels.
  • Anglicare WA - Professional Development Training - draws on more than 40 years’ experience as a leading service provider in the social services sector to develop and deliver quality training and professional development workshops to a range of audiences; from administration and teaching aids, to community service workers and psychologist through to lawyers and corporate groups.
  • Cracks in the Ice - This online training provides frontline workers, including peer workers, alcohol and other drug workers and clinicians, with information and resources about ice (crystal methamphetamine).
  • SMART Recovery Program Training - SMART Recovery Australia offers training in the SMART Recovery behavioural change and addiction treatment program and how to run a SMART meeting in the community or your organisation.
  • Sexual Assault and Resource Centre (SARC) -  provides quality, evidence based education and training opportunities on issues related to sexual assault and sexual abuse to professional workers, students and volunteers.
  • Karen Hulls - Complex Trauma Training WA - deliver a range of comprehensive training programs for workers and carers who work with children, youth, adults and families who have experienced complex trauma.
  • William Street Family Therapy Centre - provides family and relationship professionals with high quality hands-on training courses, workshops and supervision.

Useful Resources

WANADA provides information about training and workforce development through our e-newsletter FYI.


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