The Australian Institute of Social Relations 
June, 2014
Australian Institute of Social Relations

Relationships Australia (SA)

AVERT Family Violence

The Family Law DOORS
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Welcome back to the second edition of the Australian Institute of Social Relations Newsletter. In the last months we have celebrated the achievements of our 2013 student graduates, presented four Family Law DOORS webinars for the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and got Semester One courses underway. Now it's winter and what a good time to consider enroling in Semester Two or attending the Workforce Development Focus Night to find out about investing in training for your workforce. 

Some Australian Institute of Social Relations highlights are:

Following on from the Family Law DOORS seminars in Sydney and Melbourne, titled ‘Screening in Family Law: New Data, New Practices, New Possibilities’, Adelaide will now have the opportunity to attend this event. More details below.

AVERT Family Violence Basics free online training program was launched during a free webinar presentation by the Australian Institute’s Director and Manager. More details below.
New Qualification for Semester Two 
We are offering a range of nationally recognised courses in Semester Two 2014.
Semester Two will see the introduction of a new Qualification called the Certificate IV in Relationship Education. The Certificate IV in Relationship Education equips people with the essential skills and knowledge to develop and deliver relationship education programs targeting couples, families, women and men.
Drawing on over 50 years experience in delivering relationship services, this program is an essential base for people seeking to work in this area.

You can find delivery dates for all courses and full program by visitng the AISR website here.

Workforce Development Focus Night

Join us on Monday, 7 July for the Workforce Development Focus Night and find out how you can invest in upskilling or training your most valuable resource: your workforce. The AISR has recently developed a range of Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) opportunities within the Community Services sector for a number of organisations in South Australia. These programs have been developed specifically to exceed your organisation's goals through customised training. At this event you will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the community services industry.

When: Monday, 7 July 2014
Time: 6 - 8.30pm
Where: 49a Orsmond Street, Hindmarsh SA
Cost: Free

To find out more, contact the VET Coordinator Paul Herbig on 8245 8100 or email


Training that helps you find work

The Institute is thrilled at the number of students who completed courses and graduated last year. By the end of 2013 the Institute had completed the training of 220 students, many of whom have gone on to new work utilising those skills.
Johnathon Crouch is one of our graduates of the Certificate IV Mental Health, and obtained a position with Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide, Community Mental Health, Personal Helpers and Mentors program. This is what he said about the training:

“The teaching style stood out for me the most. In places almost like a drama workshop, it got us all off our feet and out of our comfort zones. This was particularly appropriate given that much of the work I'm now doing challenges my assumptions and judgements. I'm in a position where I can't rest on any one understanding of Mental Health or of the people using these services. This interactivity was the strongest learning experience of the course and also the most fun. On the whole I'd recommend to anyone who wants to get into the community services that they should consider AISR because a cert 3 or 4 carries a good bit of weight in this sector.”


Graduate video profile

Gisue Mirzadeh is one of many success stories for the Institute. Originally from Iran, Gisue joined Relationships Australia SA's PEACE (Personal Education And Community Empowerment) Team as a community worker. While working with RASA she discovered the AISR Certificate IV in Community Services Work and enrolled. Gisue graduated and quickly found employment after completing the qualification.
Click HERE to watch Gisue talking about her training experience.

Penelope Excellence Reporting Suite

Getting the data easily and quickly with three tools.

Penelope Excellence understands the Penelope Client Information System (Penelope) and the Community Services sector. They know first-hand how it feels when you know the data is there, but getting it out easily and quickly can be a challenge. Let us share three tools to help you in your role.  
The Program Statistical reporting tool: This tool gives you the opportunity during the timeframe that you have been using Penelope to see how your services are collectively or individually performing across the organization, by region or site. You can view a broad range of client information using this tool.  
The Practitioner Statistical reporting tool: Managers and team leaders can find out a variety of information about how staff members are performing in their roles with clients.

The Presenting Needs and Flexible Demographics reporting tool: Managers who use this tool can ask a range of questions of Penelope about clients, services, presenting needs, needs addressed and more.
Penelope Excellence provides the following with each tool:
  • The reporting tool
  • Online training, including videos and a manual
  • The option of an online workshop
  • One hour of consulting to embed the tool in your Penelope environment
To find out more get in touch with Sandra Vallance or click HERE to visit our website.

Our Dynamic Institute

You are invited to the Family Law DOORS Seminar in Adelaide.

On Tuesday, 8 July the AISR will present at the Hilton Hotel a seminar entitled ‘Risk Screening in Family Law: New Data, New Practices, New Possibilities’  with special guest, the Honourable Chief Justice, Diana Bryant AO QC. Prof. Jennifer McIntosh from Family Transitions and Dr. Claire Ralfs (AISR) will present that latest practice, research and training news on the Family Law DOORS, including time for Q&A. This event has no charge and will be a great networking opportunity. To register for this special event in Adelaide, please click HERE.

In March, Family Law DOORS seminars were held in Sydney and Melbourne. You can see photos from the seminars on the Australian Institute of Social Relations Facebook page by clicking HERE.

The Family Law DOORS  (Detection Of Overall Risk Screen) is a risk screening tool that assists separating parents and family law professionals to detect and evaluate wellbeing and safety risks that family members may be experiencing after separation. An online training program is now available for those who want to learn more. It takes about 8 hours to complete and includes topics such as:
  • What do we mean by risk
  • The evidence underpinning the DOORS screening tools
  • The philosophy of engagement
  • New evidence about the psychometrics of the DOORS
More detailed information about the event or training can be found by clicking HERE.

AVERT Family Violence Basics Course  
The AVERT Family Violence Basics online course is ready for enrolments. The launch of this innovative training was marked by a one-hour webinar with Claire Ralfs, Deputy CEO of RASA and Director of AISR, and Iain Henderson, Manager of AISR.
The webinar discussed the philosophy and background to the development of AVERT Family Violence along with the value of the new online program. This was followed by a lively Q&A session with some really interesting questions.
The webinar was recorded and is available to listen by clicking HERE

The course uses interactive technology, providing videos, avatar instructors and quizzes. The Basic Skills Course is entirely self-paced and covers six main topics based on the dynamics, dimensions and impacts of family violence. Each topic takes 20-30 minutes to complete and once every topic has been successfully completed the participant will be issued with a certificate.  

Why not register now to enhance or test your knowledge of family violence. It’s FREE!

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Accredited Training and Information

Workforce Development Focus Night  join us on Monday, 7 July, 6-8.30pm.
AISR Qualifications find out about our diverse range of nationally accredited courses. 

Training for Professionals

Understanding Islam workshop for service providers on culturally appropriate ways of engaging with Muslim individuals and families, Friday 1 August, RSVP by 30 June to
AVERT Family Violence Basics Course free online training.
Family Law DOORS Online Training Program  learn how to use the Family Law DOORS tool.
Child Safe Environments (Workshops) for workers in health and community services who are required to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect.
Child Safe Environments (Refresher) valid for participants who have completed the full-day workshop within the previous three years.
Problem Gambling, share your story become a Consumer Voice Program, this training could be used towards Certificate IV in Community Services Work. Call Diana O'Neil on 8245 8172 for more information.

Events / Courses

Lifting the Lid on problem gambling in the Riverland, Berri Resort Hotel, Tuesday, 24 June 2014.
'Risk Screening in Family Law: New Data, New Practices, New Possibilities' Adelaide Family Law DOORS Seminar, Tuesday, 8 July, 5.30-7.30pm. Register by 3 July on the Family Law DOORS website.
Together for Kids - Suitcases for Our Journeys for girls and boys aged 9-12 years, various dates, call Together for Kids on 8245 8184 for more information.  
Celebrating NAIDOC week, 6-13 July, NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s, which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
Multicultural Youth Drive is a new and exciting initiative working with young people from diverse
ethnic backgrounds who are interested in the performing arts - singing, dancing and acting, and learning
PEACE Multicultural Services on 8145 8100 for details.
2nd Anniversay of the South Australian Government's Apology for Past Forced Adoption Policies and Practices, 161 Frome Street, Adelaide, Friday 18 July, RSVP by 14 July on 8245 8100 or
Circle of Security A Relationship Based Parenting Program is a 4 session course ideal for mothers, fathers, signigcant others, partens to be, grandparents, foster and adoptive partnes or anyone that is providing care for children. Starting on July 25 in Morgan in the Riverland, South Australia, bookings are essential on 08 85852 4122.
Queer Youth Theatre, Exploring Healthy Relationships, theatre workshops for queer men (18-25), various dates.
G'day from the Adelaide Boyz is fun social group for Gay and Bi guys aged 18-30.
13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 30 July – 1 August 2014, Melbourne Convention Centre
16th National Family Law Conference, 7-10 October 2014, Sydney, New South Wales.

Resources / Services / Campaigns

Take Control aims to support gamers whose gaming has gone from fun to harmful with information for parents and friends of gamers who may have gaming problems.
Building Stronger Relationships from 1st of July 2014 couples will be able to register for a $200 Government-funded subsidy to use towards relationship education or counselling.
Man2Man information line, metro 8245 8112, rural 1800 671 582
A Fair Share: Negotiating your Property Settlement DVD was released by the Relationships Australia National Family Dispute Resolution Network. It is a 90 minute DVD that aims to introduce mediators to property mediation. There is a companion booklet of the same name.
The Family Law DOORS handbook and software is available to purchase from our website.
Together 4 Kids facilitator’s manuals  are for therapeutic group programs aiming to help children who are homelessness to deal with emotions. Everything you need to run these programs is included.
What is community development? A short video of AISR staff talking about their definition and practice of community development.


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