Events and Training

UPA Foster Care Training &


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 2021 forward
 You can download a copy of the UPA Youth Care Services Training and Events Calendar here.
All training sessions are held in comfortable surroundings in our new facility located at Youth Care UPA, Shop 9/75 Main St, Alstonville NSW 2477
September 2021 Training Time About this event
Date: Wednesday 8th September 2021
Facilitator/s: Megan Spencer
Successful Stress 9:30am – 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.
Date: Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th September 2021
Facilitator/s: Trent Chapman
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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.
Date: Friday 17th September 2021
Facilitator/s: TBC
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 2021 Training Time About this event
Date: Thursday 7th October 2021
Facilitator/s: Craig Nolan
First Aid + CPR
(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)
8:30am – 4:30pm This training session enables participants to confidently manage emergency situations and provide a first aid response to a casualty and update CPR skills.
Date: Tuesday 19th October 2021
Facilitator/s: Louise Lama & Taya Bate
Foster Carer Info Session 5:30pm – 6:30pm Foster care is providing care to children and young people when they are unable to remain with their own families, often due to abuse or neglect. A foster carer becomes an integral part of the child's life providing a safe, secure, and stable environment for vulnerable children and young people.
Date: Wednesday 20th October 2021
Facilitator/s: Trudi Fehrenbach
Intellectual Disability/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
9:30 – 1.00pm Approximately 1 in 10 children in Australia meet the criteria for a Neurodevelopmental disorder (ND). NDs are conditions that have features in common. They are first seen in infancy/early childhood where brain development is impaired. Each child will have their own unique profile and require a tailored approach to support strategies to meet their individual needs. This training focuses on two common types of ND, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Intellectual Disability (ID). The training will provide participants with an introductory overview of the key features and support considerations for children diagnosed with ADHD and/or ID.
Date: Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th October 2021
Facilitator/s: Sandy Fairfull & Tracey Andersson
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
(Core Unit - Mandatory attendance bi-annually)
9:30am – 3:30pm Therapeutic Crisis Intervention acknowledges crisis as an opportunity to learn constructive ways to manage stressful situations. Through understanding of the Stress Model of Crisis and skills for building co-regulation crisis can be managed, de-escalated or prevented.
November 2021 Training Time About this event
Date: Wednesday 10th Thursday 11th November 2021
Facilitator/s: 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.
Date: Wednesday 17th November 2021
Facilitator/s: Megan Spencer
Developmental Trauma and Trauma informed Care 9:30am – 1.00pm Trauma Informed Care. What is it? Why is it important? How do we do it? 57–75% of Australians will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their lives (Mills et al. 2011; Rosenman 2002). Trauma exposure is more common among specific groups (e.g., young people in out-of-home care, refugees, women, and children experiencing family and domestic violence, LGBTIQ people and certain occupation groups, homelessness). This workshop will explore recent advances in understanding of trauma and implications. Participants will develop understanding of the neurobiology of trauma and pathways for healing.
Date: Saturday 20th & 27th November 2021
Facilitator/s: Louise Lama & Taya Bate
Shared Lives Foster Carer Training
(2 x consecutive Saturdays)
9:00am – 4:30pm These training sessions are designed to provide information on becoming a foster carer, what is involved in taking on a foster child and preparing prospective carers for the role of fostering.
December 2021 Training Time About this event
Date: Sunday 5th December 2021
Facilitator/s: TBC
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.