Events and Training

UPA Foster Care Training &
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Training & Events Calendar

Carers are required to attend four mandatory core training sessions bi-annually. Youth Care Services are running a series of free training sessions to meet our carers’ needs. Our aim is to ensure our carers receive expert training to enhance their knowledge and skills in providing quality support to our young people in care

What you can expect: Youth Care Services training facilitators are highly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable in delivering quality training to equip our carers with the knowledge and skills required to provide quality care for children. You'll start learning immediately, gaining ability and knowledge that assists you to meet the individual needs of the young person/people in your care. We'll prepare you for your role as a Carer, ensuring you're supported throughout the journey of caring for children. You will benefit personally and professionally developing the skills to tackle challenging situations. Training sessions are scheduled to support your availability to attend.

 

Youth Care Services UPA - Training Sessions Timetable – January 2019 forward
(please note that we will update this calendar in full shortly)
All training sessions are held in comfortable surroundings in our new facility located at Shop 9/75 Colonial Arcade, Main Street Alstonville NSW 2477
March 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 March 2019

Facilitator: Aiden Thomas

Response Ability Pathways (RAP)

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)

9:30am – 3:00pm The circle of courage integrates Native American philosophies of child-rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research. The Circle of Courage is based on four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. They reflect universal truths about valuing people and are validated by an emerging science of positive development and brain research. It is a strength-based approach to support our youth. Our shared goal is to CONNECT-CLARIFY-RESTORE.
Thursday 21 March 2019

Facilitator: TBA

First Aid + CPR

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)

9.00am – 4.00pm This training session enables participants to confidently manage emergency situations and provide a first aid response to a casualty and update CPR skills.
April 2019 Training Time About this event
Thursday 4 & Friday 5 April 2019

 (tentative dates - TBC)

Facilitator: TBA

Mental Health First Aid 9.00am – 4.00pm This course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or are in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 April 2019

Facilitator: TBA

Leaving and After Care (LAC)
Budgeting Workshop
(By invitation only)
9:30am – 4:00pm A young person in care may transition out of care to independent living by the time they are 18 years of age. There are many new things to learn when Transitioning to Independent Living (TIL). This training workshop has been designed to assist the TIL cohort to gain the skills to confidently budget and manage their finances in preparation for their future.
May 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Wednesday 1 May 2019

Facilitator: Megan Spencer

Successful Stress 10:00am – 1:00pm “We can’t pour from an empty cup”

Prioritise your wellbeing and learn how to deal with stress in a healthy way. This relaxed information session will balance learning delivery with content and experiences”.

Monday 6 May 2019

Facilitators: Louise Lama & Melina Purcell

Foster Carer Information Session

Questions and Answers

6:00pm – 7:00pm See “Foster Carer Information Session” above.
Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 May 2019

Facilitators: Sandra Fairfull, Emily Wiles & Tracey Anderssen

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)

9:00am – 3:30pm See “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention” above.
Saturday 18 & 25 May 2019

Facilitators: Louise Lama & Melina Purcell

Shared Lives Foster Carer Training

(2 x consecutive Saturdays)

9:30am – 4:00pm See “Shared Lives Foster Carer Training” above.
June 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Monday 3 June 2019

Facilitator: Trudi Fehrenbach

Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation 10:00am – 1:00pm Children and young people exposed to developmental trauma are at elevated risk of engaging in high-risk behaviours such as self-harm and suicide ideation. Youth Care UPA have specific risk related policy and procedures in place all staff and carers shall follow. This foundational training supports carers to identify risk and protective factors and how to develop resiliency in children and young people.  The training will allow for the opportunity to practice techniques to respond at the moment to risk related situations and follow Youth Care Policy and Procedure.
July 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Wednesday 3 July 2019

Facilitator: Megan Spencer

Grief & Loss 10:00am – 1:00pm “Grief is not something we get over, but something we go through”

The experience of loss is an intrinsic part of life. Grief is the process we go through following a sense of loss. The experience of grief and loss is incredibly pervasive in the out of home care world, for children and young people, biological family, foster care family and community groups. Grief affects us all differently, the way we think, feel and behave. This training invites carers to explore how grief may be experienced, and how to support oneself and others

Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 July 2019

Facilitator: TBA

Leaving and After Care (LAC)

Job Interview Workshop

(By invitation only)

9:30am – 4:00pm A young person in care may transition out of care to independent living by the time they are 18 years of age. There are many new things to learn when Transitioning to Independent Living (TIL). This training workshop has been designed to assist the TIL cohort to gain the skills for Job Interviews in preparation for their future.
Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 July 2019

Facilitator: Aiden Thomas

Response Ability Pathways (RAP)

 

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)

9:30am – 3:00pm See “Response Ability Pathways (RAP)” above.
August 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Monday 12 August 2019

Facilitators: Louise Lama & Melina Purcell

Foster Carer Information Session

Questions and Answers

6:00pm – 7:00pm “Foster Carer Information Session” above.
Tuesday 13 August 2019

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Thursday 15 August 2019

Facilitators: Sandra Fairfull, Emily Wiles & Tracey Anderssen

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually

9:00am – 3:30pm See “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention” above.
Saturday 24 August 2019

Saturday 31 August 2019

Facilitators: Louise Lama & Melina Purcell

Shared Lives Foster Carer Training

(2 x consecutive Saturdays)

9:30am – 4:00pm See “Shared Lives Foster Carer Training” above.
Thursday 29 August 2019

Facilitator: TBA

First Aid + CPR

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)

8:30am – 4:30pm See “First Aid + CPR” above.
September 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Wednesday 4 September 2019

Facilitator: Megan Spencer

Restrictive Practices 10.00am – 1.00pm “Our hands are tied if we can’t give consequences”. We care for and support children and youth with complex needs and challenging behaviour. Many of us were raised in homes where punishment was a typical part of parenting. And we turned out just fine! It can be perplexing to hear these practices are not effective with traumatised youth. This training opportunity will explore the unique support needs of traumatised youth and develop an understanding of why some parenting practices might be restricted in their use. We will learn how to identify these restrictive practices, how to implement them safely and effectively, and where possible identify other ways to promote discipline.
Sunday 8 September 2019

(Date to be confirmed

Foster Carers Week – Family Fun Day Inter-agency fun day 9:30am – 4:00pm The week is an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge the selfless work carried out by foster and kinship carers, who find room in their hearts and homes for children and young people. This our opportunity to thank you for providing a safe, loving and stable home to our Foster Care children.
Friday 13 September 2019 Annual Carers’ Dinner 6:00pm -10:00pm A celebration held in honour and gratitude for our valued Foster Carers. Those who help them be all they can be. Childcare and activities are provided to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable evening for our carers.
October 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Wednesday 2 October 2019 Leaving and After Care (LAC)

Risk Driving Safety Workshop (By invitation only)

9:30am – 4:00pm A young person in care may transition out of care to independent living by the time they are 18 years of age. There are many new things to learn when Transitioning to Independent Living (TIL). This training workshop has been designed to assist the TIL cohort to gain the skills to learn to drive a motor vehicle with road safety as a priority as they prepare for the future.
Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 October 2019

Facilitator: Aiden Thomas

Response Ability Pathways (RAP)

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)

9:30am – 3:00pm See “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention” above.
November 2019 Training Session Time About this training
Tuesday 5 November 2019

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Thursday 7 November 2019

Facilitators: Sandra Fairfull, Emily Wiles & Tracey Anderssen

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)

9:00am – 3:30pm See “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention” above.
Monday 11 November 2019

Facilitators: Louise Lama & Melina Purcell

Foster Carer Information Session

Questions and Answers

6:00pm – 7:00pm See “Foster Carer Information Session” above.
Saturday 23 November 2019

Saturday 30 November 2019

Facilitators: Louise Lama & Melina Purcell

Shared Lives Foster Carer Training

(2 x consecutive Saturdays)

9:30am – 4:00pm See “Shared Lives Foster Carer Training” above.
December 2019 Training Session Time About this event
Sunday 1 December 2019 Youth Care Services UPA Annual Christmas Party 10:00am – 3:00pm Annual Christmas Party celebration for our Foster Care children and carers. A time to come together for the festive season and celebrate together.