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Happy holidays from the Institute!

It has been an exciting year here at the Institute, with more changes and developments to come in 2015!

In the final edition of the newsletter for this year, you will find information about the variety of conferences we've been a part of in the last few months, the range of qualifications and courses we have on offer in 2015, how we're improving our online courses and what events are on the agenda for the next 3 months. We also hear from a recent graduate and one of our trainers about their experiences studying and working at the Institute.

On behalf of all of our staff and partners, we'd like to thank you for your support this year and wish you a very happy and safe end of year holiday season!

In this issue...

A New Approach to Training in 2015

In 2015, we are revolutionising the way we deliver qualifications, offering a more holistic approach to learning, more flexibility and more study opportunities to our students. Let us introduce you to the Community Services Skills Passport…

National Mediation Conference

The National Mediation Conference brings together mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution professionals to discuss, engage and extend thinking with new ideas and tools that can be applied across this diverse sector. This year the conference was held in Melbourne, with nine staff members from The Australian Institute of Social Relations and Relationships Australia (SA) attending the event…

Graduations at the Institute

It's graduation season here at the Institute! More than 50 people have completed their qualifications in recent months, with 10 attending the Institute’s first official graduation ceremony on 29 October… 

FRSA Conference a big hit!

Learning, laughter and Andrew O’Keefe, this year’s Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) Conference had it all! Held annually in a different city around the country, the FRSA Conference brings together a range of professionals who support families to discuss and plan the future of service delivery in the human services field…

Student Profile: Hannah Birch

As a new mum living in the country and suffering from a chronic illness, flexibility was a must for Hannah when it came to studying. By working with the Institute to tailor training to meet her needs, Hannah has been able to complete her Certificate IV in Community Services Work and her future looks brighter than ever. Here’s her story… 

Penelope Excellence User Group Conference

In November 2014, the Institute hosted the inaugural Penelope Excellence User Group Conference, bringing together more than 40 Penelope users from across the country…

VELG Training Conference

More than 2000 people attended the annual VELG Training National VET Conference in Brisbane this year, taking part in two full days of training sessions and masterclasses. The conference was an opportunity for educators to network with others in the sector and share ideas, knowledge and best practices…

Meet the Trainer: Karen Bull

Karen is passionate about the community services sector, but after suffering burnout and compassion fatigue several years ago, one on one client work was no longer an option for her. Looking for a change of pace, Karen joined the training team at the Institute and now teaches a range of qualifications and short courses, including Mental Health First Aid…

Feature Course: Mental Health First Aid

Would you know what to do if you encountered someone experiencing a mental health crisis? Like any type of crisis, being able to offer practical and timely assistance is critical. Our Mental Health First Aid course provides participants with knowledge and strategies that show you how to assist anyone suffering from a mental illness to get the help they need… 

Learning to Teach Online

Online learning has become more and more popular in recent years, allowing people to access quality education and training regardless of their location. Recognising the importance of embracing online learning, five staff from the Australian Institute of Social Relations recently took part in a ‘Learning to Teach Online’ course…

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.

Domestic Violence and the Law
Learn how to engage better with CALD women and prepare evidentiary statements for 1410 provision.

Effective Use of Interpreters
This highly interactive workshop will provide you with all that you need to know about the use of interpreter.

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


Upcoming Events

Training Information Session - Adelaide
12 January 2015 | Find out what it’s like to study at the Institute, hear from our trainers and get the information you need about all of the qualifications and courses being offered in 2015.

Training Information Session - Riverland

29 January 2015 | Find out what it’s like to study at the Institute, hear from our trainers and get the information you need about all of the qualifications and courses being offered in 2015.

Tandanya Survival Day
26 January 2015 | The National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Tandanya, Give Up Smokes for Good and Kura Yerlo presents Tandanya Survival Day, a free event on the Semaphore Foreshore featuring dance, music, ceremony and stalls. 

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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