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Training Calendar – at a glance

NOTE: We can always come to you. Check out ‘Our place or yours’ for more information

For more information about all our training offerings, click here.


Remember: we offer a free shuttle service from the railway station

2018 Dates will be confirmed in November

Date: TBA in 2018
Venue: Buda Historic Homestead - Castlemaine (Victoria)
Karen Bedford and Andrew Shirres
Cost: $480.00 (inc GST)Download FlyerRegister

The Literary Therapist (2 day workshop)

This unique 2-day interactive workshop is designed for anyone who
works with people and is passionate about writing…or woullit therd like to be more so!

When so much professional writing – reports, submissions, case notes – can be laborious and purely instrumental, it is easy to overlook the transformational power of the written word when enacted with creativity and flair.

These two days include a wide range of practical, readily-useable ideas, skills and prompts to bring writing alive in some very novel ways:

  • Moon writing
  • Collaborative writing
  • Sentence starters
  • Memoirs
  • Listing and stretch listing … and many more techniques will be introduced throughout this workshop!


Date: 2018 Dates to be announced
Venue: IR Training Room, Collins St Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo
Andrew Shirres
Cost: $240.00 (inc GST)Download FlyerRegister

Strengths Approach to Practice (1 day workshop)

Everyone has strengths. Our qualities, capacities, relationships, values, stories, experiences, skills and material resources can all be strengths.

But ‘The Problem’ can easily be experienced as all-consuming, keeping clients and services alike stuck and creating barriers to change. Strengths-based practice focusses squarely on identifying, mobilising and celebrating clients’ strengths.

Social workers, counsellors, managers, educators—and anyone who works with others—can become a catalyst for building cultures where strengths and connectedness flourish, so that clients build resilience, capacity for lasting change and genuine ‘agency’ in their own lives. This highly engaging and practical training facilitates participants’
learning of strengths-based principles, skills and resources
that can be applied immediately in their work.

Add on our Tools workshop

(Cost for 2 days $425 Inc GST – saving $55)

Date: 2018 Dates to be announced
Venue: IR Training Room, Collins St Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo
Andrew Shirres
Cost: $240.00 (inc GST)Download FlyerRegister

Tools of the Trade (1 day workshop)Red_Toolbox_2015_Value

In this highly interactive workshop participants will experiment with a wide range of original, Australian-made resources for opening up meaningful conversations with children, youth, families and adults. With a unique mix of playfulness and soulfulness, this workshop aims to deliver a hands-on experience of the role of artifacts and visual metaphors in adding potency to conversations about strengths, hopes, goals, values, relationships, feelings and the changes people want to make in their families, organisations and lives.