The Australian Institute of Social Relations
September, 2014
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Welcome to the September edition of the Australian Institute of Social Relations newsletter! 

It's been launch season here at the Institute, with July and August bringing the launch of the Family Law DOORS, Penelope Online Training, PEMS arrangements and much more!

Here you'll find out what we've been up to in the last couple of months, as well as information about what's on the agenda for the rest of 2014. 

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In this issue...

Workforce Development in focus

On Monday 7 July, the Australian Institute of Social Relations held a workforce development focus night to discuss the importance of workforce development for individuals, organisations and the community services sector as a whole... 

Penelope Excellence launches PEMS

For organisations that want to use Penelope to its full potential but have limited resources, we recommend Penelope Excellence Managed Service (PEMS) arrangements. A PEMS arrangement provides your organisation with access to the right skills scaled to your organisation’s needs at a particular time, allowing you to focus precious internal resources on business development and service delivery... 

Student Profile: Vicki Stott

Vicki was first exposed to the idea of becoming a Case Manager through her work as a Client Services Officer at Relationships Australia (SA). Since completing her Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) at the Institute, she has now gone on to secure a position as a Case Manager and is loving it! Here’s her story…

Identifying mental health risks during separation

Jamie Lee, Principal Researcher at Relationships Australia (SA), recently attended the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference in Melbourne, where he presented his findings on the effectiveness of universal mental health risk screening to identify mental health risks in families during mediation. Here are his findings…

Introducing an easier way to train your staff in Penelope

It has been a busy time for our Penelope Excellence consulting team! In August 2014, we were very pleased to launch our Penelope Excellence Online End User Training. We understand that how your staff use Penelope has a direct correlation with how well they have been trained, so we have developed comprehensive end user training to ensure that all of your users receive consistent training in how to use Penelope...

Family Law Pathways Forum

The Family Law Pathways Network is a national resource for professionals working with families during separation. On 9 May 2014, the South Australian Family Law Pathways Network hosted an all-day forum for approximately 100 delegates at the Australian Institute of Social Relations. The theme of this year’s forum was ‘The Child’s Voice’...

Getting students out of the classroom and into the kitchen

For young people who have social issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder or have struggled with the traditional school environment, getting excited about and engaging in study or work can be extremely difficult. But for eight young people studying a Certificate II in Community Services Work through The Australian Institute of Social Relations, spending some time in the kitchen has been just the confidence boost they needed...

Penelope Excellence User Group Conference is coming!

As you may be aware, the FRSA Conference will be held in Adelaide from 4 – 6 November 2014. To coincide with the conference and in response to requests at our quarterly Penelope Excellence User Group meetings, we are planning to host a Penelope Excellence User Group Conference on the 3 November 2014 in Adelaide...

Financial Counselling Conference

More than 400 financial counsellors from across the country recently attended Financial Counselling Australia’s National Conference in Melbourne. The three day event was an opportunity for financial counselling professionals to discuss the sector’s big issues and network with others from their industry...

Family Law DOORS launches in Adelaide

On 8 July 2014, we officially launched the Family Law DOORS Online Training Package in Adelaide with special guest The Honourable Chief Justice, Diana Bryant AO QC. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the more than 100 participants who took part in the evening. For more information about the Family Law DOORS risk screening framework and Online Training Package, visit

Training for Professionals

Nationally Recognised Qualifications
The Institute offers a range of qualifications in community services, case management, disability, financial counselling, relationship education, mental health and more. Contact us to find out how we can help you on your learning journey. 

AVERT Family Violence Basics Course
Free online training to provide you with a practical understanding of the dimensions, dynamics and impact of family violence.

Family Law DOORS Online Training Program
Learn to use the Family Law DOORS tool: a three part framework that assists separating parents and family law professionals to detect and respond to both wellbeing and safety risks.

Child Safe Environments (Workshop)
Gain an understanding of child abuse and neglect and your responsibility to report concerns about children at risk.

Child Safe Environments (Refresher)
A refresher course for participants who have completed the full-day workshop within the previous three years.

The Role of Advocacy
This workshop will explore the concept of advocacy, your own role and the skills needed to be an effective advocate (when working with clients) to ensure that the client’s voice is heard and clearly understood.

Responding to Suicide Risk
Explore some of the dynamics currently surrounding the intrapersonal crisis of suicide and how to effectively respond.

Accidental Counsellor
Gain some practical skills for managing the needs of your clients and an understanding of when to refer on to the appropriate services, such as counselling.

Child Focussed Practice, Assessment and Case Management
Designed specifically for the homelessness and family and domestic violence services, this interactive course aims to support workers in developing skills for child focussed assessment and case management.

Upcoming Events

World Suicide Prevention Day 
Join the Port Adelaide Suicide Prevention network for a free community event on the Semaphore foreshore on 10 September 2014. 

National Mediation Conference
Held in Melbourne from 9 - 11 September, the theme for 2014 is “Pathways to Resolution: the Challenge of Diversity”.

16th National Family Law Conference
The National Family Law Conference is the leading and largest regular legal event held in Australia. This year it will be held in Sydney from 7 - 10 October 2014. 

FRSA Conference
The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) Conference will be held in Adelaide from 4 - 6 November 2014. 

Adelaide Boyz
A fun social group for gay and bi guys aged 18 - 30. Events are held regularly throughout the year. 

Services & Resources

Take Control
Support for gamers, their friends and families to help keep gaming in the fun zone and stop it going from fun to harmful. 

Stronger Relationships
From 1 July 2014, all Australian couples in a committed relationship became available for a $200 voucher to subsidise the cost of relationship counselling or education. 

Man2Man Infoline
A free sexual health information line. Contact 08 8245 8112 in metro areas or 1800 671 582 in rural areas.  


Want to work at the Australian Institute of Social Relations or Relationships Australia (SA)? Check out our website for more details about how you can join the team. 

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