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 Regional Workshop - An Introduction to Trauma Informed Therapy with Adults
Presented by Dr. Bill Saunders

Friday 8 June 2018
9.00am - 4.30pm
Enable WA, 104 Beach Road, Bunbury
Cost: $189.00 Standard/$159.00 SPSW Members/$50.00 Students (social work students only)

Over the past decade there has been a revolution in the understanding and management of trauma. In this workshop the impact of childhood trauma on adult functioning will be explored. The aim of this workshop is to expose participants to various modalities for the management of complex trauma including ‘Talk based’ and ‘Body work’ interventions.

Please contact Jan Snook on 0412 418 098 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

3-Day DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training by Holyoake DRUMBEAT®

12, 13, 14 June 2018
9am - 4pm
Forest Park Croquet Club, 66 Harold Street, Mt Lawley, WA 6050
3-day workshop fee: $895.00 + Booking Fee + GST
Register online at

Holyoake’s universally successful, evidence based DRUMBEAT Program gives you the tools to help your clients achieve positive social emotional outcomes. Research shows that DRUMBEAT participants feel more confident and connected to others, less stressed and have better relationships with others. Over the 3 day workshop, their Master Trainer will teach you how to use the powerful language of rhythm to engage your clients in learning life-skills that support all of us through our personal, academic and professional lives.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (08) 9416 4444 for more information.

Beyond the Royal Commission: Where to from here for Australian organisations?
Presented by: Professor Stephen Smallbone

Monday, 18 June 2018
9.30am - 4.30pm
23 Adelaide Tce, East Perth
Cost: $300.00 (incl. GST)

This workshop aims to help organisations better understand the dynamics of organisational sexual abuse – what it is, who is involved, and where, when, how and why it happens. Participants will be introduced to the rationale, main concepts and methods of situational prevention, and given practical guidance on how to use this approach to identify, prioritise, and reduce risks associated with their particular organisational environment.

For further information and registration, please contact 9263 2122 or visit AnglicareWA - Training Events.

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

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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