NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) is currently developing their training calendar for 2022. Organisations can now apply for training and/or become a local coordinator. Benefits to being a local coordinator include five free places in the training.

ECAV has been established for over 30 years as a state-wide unit responsible for workforce development in the specialist areas of prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect. They have a specific focus on Aboriginal and Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

ECAV provides state-wide face to face and online worker training, community awareness and development programs, agency and policy consultation, clinical supervision and resource development for NSW Health, other government and non-government organisations.

Requests are due mid-August. Extensions are possible, but please respond to ECAV ASAP.

How to view or request an ECAV course

For more information on the courses, please follow the links:

Full list of ECAV courses available to request in 2022http://www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au/ecav-course-list/  
What is involved in requesting and coordinating ECAV training?http://www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au/uploads/60438/ufiles/Requesting_and_coordinating_an_ECAV_course_-_15.6.21.pdf
Course feeshttp://www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au/course-fees/
Training request formhttp://www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au/new-training-request-form/
EnquiriesAll workers and organisations are invited to contact Rachael Kelleher, ECAV Project Coordinator, to discuss their training needs on WSLHD-ECAVTraining@health.nsw.gov.au or 0414 718 959. 

 Below are courses we recommend for your consideration. These will be on offer for 2022:

DV601 – Practical skills in responding to people who experience domestic & family violence (4 days)

The 4 day course provides underpinning frameworks and practical skills in the provision of services to people who experience domestic violence (primarily, but not solely, women and children). The nature, extent and impact of the tactics of domestic violence are explored, along with the ways in which these tactics are supported at historical, political, cultural, social and personal levels.

A framework for response is built which utilises the perspectives from women and children who have experienced domestic violence, human rights conventions, legislation, strengths-based philosophy and evidence based literature.

This course is aligned to two units of competency in the CHC Community Services Training Package. Assessment is optional.

•             CHCDFV001: Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

•             CHCDFV012: Make safety plans with people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence.

If you wish to undertake the competencies, you will need to complete and submit assessments in order to gain a statement of attainment.

DV-607 – Domestic violence & child protection: Developing good practice responses to a complex problem (2 days)

Considerable work has been done within the sector to highlight the impact of domestic violence on children and young people in Australia over the past decade. However, workers continue to grapple with the dilemma of ensuring children are protected without further disempowering women who are victims of domestic violence.

This two-day course explores recent developments in the intersections of domestic violence and child protection within a child wellbeing and child protection framework; considers the impact of domestic violence on the brain development of children and young people, and explores practical responses to support the ongoing safety and wellbeing of both children and their mothers.

CE-208 – Working towards culturally informed practice with migrant and refugee communities (2 days)

Evidence shows that migrant and refugee women experience domestic and family violence at similar rates to those in the mainstream population. However, contexts and vulnerabilities associated with violence against women may differ for those from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Differences in the types of violence experienced and the structural contexts in which violence takes place for migrant and refugee women are crucial to our understandings of the intersection between culture, gender and violence. This includes experiences of violence and abuse exacerbated by immigration policy, visa status and the stressors of migration or displacement generally.

This two-day course is designed to promote a more responsive service system for migrant and refugee women by exploring the factors that promote or inhibit access to violence prevention and support services. It explores different cultural understandings of domestic violence and offers the trauma informed, intersectional framework of cultural humility to embed in workplace practices when supporting migrant and refugee women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.

CE-207 – Child protection in migrant & refugee communities

This course will provide participants with an overview of the definitions, incidence, dynamics, common beliefs, and impact of child abuse and neglect for children and young people from migrant and refugee communities using a trauma informed framework.

It will identify legal responsibilities of workers and de-mystify the child well-being and child protection system in NSW. It will explore some of the particular challenges parents face in parenting in Australia while coming from another culture. It will address intersections with other forms of abuse such as domestic violence.

Practical activities will be used to apply to participants’ work context, roles and responsibilities, explore good practice responses, foster resilience and consider community engagement responses.

CE-205 – Violence against women in refugee communities

This two-day course provides an opportunity to explore the specific needs related to refugee women’s experience of domestic violence and how service delivery to this group can be enhanced. It outlines a trauma-informed framework for understanding domestic violence which covers definitions, prevalence and impact.

It also allows workers to understand additional challenges such as past refugee experiences, immigration and settlement issues on women and children. It identifies best practice principles when working with women from refugee communities.

The course is designed to reflect the diversity of cultural and social considerations that are important when working with refugee women and their children. It also explores options for safety and protection that acknowledges their cultural and community context.

AB-44 – Supporting AMIHS and BSF staff to work with Aboriginal families, babies and communities in a culturally respectful and trauma informed way

This two-day course will provide workers with a framework for understanding trauma and its impact in the lives of Aboriginal parents, their children and communities. Workers will gain and extend their skills and knowledge to effectively practice within a specific Aboriginal trauma-informed care model. This will include consideration and modelling of how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff can collaborate together to achieve culturally respectful responses when working with Aboriginal families and communities.

Day one will explore the dynamics of child abuse and domestic family violence through a cultural lens considering the context of lives impacted by racism and oppression. Legacies of childhood abuse and family violence on parenting and parenting capacity will also be explored and the ways that this may impact the newborn and growing child. An Aboriginal healing approach will be introduced alongside recognition of traditional Aboriginal parenting practices that promote child focus and collective child rearing approaches.

Day two will assist workers to apply a trauma-informed framework when supporting and engaging Aboriginal families, as well as look at the ways in which the dominant mainstream health system and its practices can contribute to past harms and current outcomes. Workers will be asked to examine their individual roles, including how to challenge the narrative of dominant Western ways that can get in the way of culturally appropriate service provision, whilst recognising the challenges of working in a mainstream health system. A key focus will be building Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers’ capacity to model culturally respectful, collaborative service provision and support each other. Strategies will be identified to enhance collaboration with Aboriginal families to embrace their cultural knowledge and wisdom around parenting practices.

This workshop is followed by a two-hour webinar on supporting culturally respectful work with Aboriginal families and communities.