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Foster Care Training

Foster Care Training

Courses for Foster Care Applicants
and Approved Carers

Training is a key component of your Foster Care assessment and plays an important role ongoing in your Foster Care journey.

Training is offered to help equip and prepare you for the challenges and realities of fostering, and is provided ongoing to approved foster carers to support them in their journey caring for children and young people placed in their care.

During the assessment process, your applicant training will cover the following topics:

  • Shared Lives: Foster Care Context, Bonding and Attachment, Grief and Loss, Abuse and Trauma, Identity and Birth Family Contact, Challenging Behavior and Teamwork
  • Tirkanthi (Aboriginal Cultural Competency)
  • Safe Environments for Children and Young People
  • Safe Care of Infants (if applicable)
  • Provide First Aid and CPR
  • Three Pillars of Transforming Care (Specialist Care Only)

Approved Foster Carers are required to maintain currency in their mandatory training (SECYP, First Aid, Infant Safety).

Foster Carers are also provided additional advanced learning opportunities such as a wide variety of online courses, Sexual Predator Awareness training, Mental Health First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Circle of Security and more.

Further information and instructions for how to register is provided in the drop down menu below.

We look forward to seeing you in training!

We proudly promote and support approved carers to access a wide variety of ongoing advanced training opportunities. 

Register Here

Foster Care Applicants and Approved foster carers register here!

Course for Applicants and Approved Carers of Aboriginal Children and Young People

Aboriginal Cultural Competency Training is delivered in two parts. Foster care applicants participate in both to complete the training.

Part 1: Indigenous Cultural Awareness Foundations Course (online delivery)

The online module is conducted through My Mob. The content is designed to assist individuals in learning the foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

A link for accessing the online training will be sent to you.

Part 2: Tirkanthi (in-person delivery)

The second part is facilitated face-to-face with the Lutheran Care Aboriginal Cultural Worker.

Tirkanthi is delivered with three key focuses. It explores history and its truth-telling, it explores why cultural connection is important and it explores how we can facilitate community and cultural connection so it’s meaningful for children and young people in care. 

Tirkanthi is Kaurna for “learning”.

Upcoming dates for Part 2: Tirkanthi

Thursday 13 April 2023, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Gawler)

Thursday 18 May 2023, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Warradale) 

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 9:30am – 12:30pm (Kent Town) 

Tirkanthi – Register Here

Online Courses for Approved Carers

These courses are available for approved foster carers in 2022 – 2023.

AC Education provide a variety of material for continued learning and professional development.

Please contact and discuss with your Lutheran Care Foster Care Case Worker before registering.

Courses available:

– Healing Environments

– Men in Children’s Services

– Attachment & Loss

– Autism 

– Bereavement

– Bullying

– Children & Domestic Abuse

– Children & Parental Mental Health Issues

– Children & Parental Substance Misuse

– Children’s Rights

– Communicating with Children & Young People

– Emotional Coaching

– Equality and Diversity

– Impulsive Behaviour

– Making Sense of Adolescence 

– Online Safety & the Impact of Social Media

– Physical & Learning Disabilities 

– Play Therapy

– Promoting Health & Development

– Promoting Positive Contact

– Record Keeping in Foster Care

– Reflective Practice

– Resilience and Recovery

– Safer Foster Care

– Secondary Trauma and Workplace Stress

– Self-Harming Behaviours

– Sexual Development & Sexual Abuse 

– Sexualised Behaviour

– Supporting the Education of Traumatised Children

– The impact of Trauma on Sensory Processing

– The impact of Parental Mental Health 

– The impact of Trauma on Sensory Processing

– Transitions & Vulnerability

– Understanding Child Development

– Working as Part of a Team

– Working with Disabled Children and Young People

AC Education – Register Here 

Course for Approved Foster Carers 

Safety, security and trust are the key to healthy relationships.

COS-P can help you feel more connected to the children you care for, and learn more about a child’s needs being communicated through behaviours.

COS-P focuses on attachment and relationship based parenting to help a child in your care feel safe, secure and connected.

You can learn about your own needs and parenting style, to support the attachment you develop with a child you care for.

This training will be held over three sessions and facilitated online.

Training Dates 2023

Tuesdays 2, 9 and 16 May 2023 | 10am – 12:30pm each day | Online

Circle of Security Parenting – Register Here

E-Safety Courses for Approved Carers

Visit the E-safety website for upcoming workshops.

If you do participate in an E-Safety workshops, let your Lutheran Care Foster Care Case Worker know so it can be included on your annual training record.


Provide First Aide (HLTAID011 NB: new code) is mandatory for foster carers and required staff.

Course for Applicants and Approved Carers

Visit the St Johns website to find a course date and location that suits you. https://www.stjohnsa.com.au/courses/pfa

When you’ve selected a date, note the details and come back here to book in.  Foster Care Applicants are not required to pay for the cost of First Aid training as it comprises part of your formal assessment. Submit the details of the course you would like to attend via the below form. 

First Aid – Register Here

Staff only:

Contact FIRST AID PRO to book. Please refer to the Booking Request Template Email for contacting First Aid Pro and booking your course.

Course for Applicants and Approved Carers of Children and Young People under two years of age.

Infant Safety Training is a requirement for all Lutheran Care Foster Carers, Applicants and Foster Care Staff working with children aged 0 – 2 years.

The learning outcomes from the Kidsafe SA Training include:

-A clear understanding of the range and incidence of preventable childhood injuries

-Strategies to reduce preventable childhood injuries

-Strategies to increase the safety of children’s environments

A supporting resource kit and certificate of attendance is provided to those who complete the Kidsafe SA Infant Safety Training.

Foster Care Applicants

Visit the Kidsafe SA website to see upcoming dates. Kidsafe SA offer both face to face or online delivery.

When you have chosen your preferred date register via the below form.

Kidsafe Infant Safety – Register Here (Applicants)

Approved Carers and Staff

Lutheran Care are hosting two upcoming sessions for approved carers and staff. These sessions have limited capacity and registrations will close when the sessions are full.

Wednesday 14 June 2023 | 9.30am – 1.00pm | Online

Thursday 27 July 2023 | 5.30pm – 9.00pm | Online

Kidsafe Infant Safety – Register Here (Approved Carers and Staff)

In collaboration with Lutheran Care, LBI Foundation are offering a number of public Care IMPACT Specialist Workshop Modules. 

These engaging and interactive workshops are facilitated live by Dr Ivan Raymond (Clinical Psychologist) and Kylie Agnew (Registered Teacher and Psychologist). Sessions are held live and not recorded to honour the participants’ privacy and confidentiality while engaging in the session. 

Optional: Participants completing the workshop will be invited to complete an online accreditation process and have a certificate linked to their LBI learning record.

Upcoming courses in 2023 include: 

Developmental Stages and Intentional Caregiving and Teaching

Responding to Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation

Visit the LBI Calendar of Events page to see upcoming courses, dates and further details about key content covered in each course.

How to Register

These workshops are open to all Lutheran Care approved Foster Carers and staff. You can register online to attend workshops via the LBI website. Select the “Member” option to register without payment required. Type “Lutheran Care” where it asks for confirmation of agency affiliation. 

Course for Approved Foster Carers 

IMPACT is a flexible capacity building program that equips and empowers children, adults, families and communities to understand and intentionally apply the science of wellbeing, intentional practice, trauma, resilience and growth for themselves, and across all supporting relationships.

IMPACT: Respond Rather than React

Respond Rather than React is the introductory Accreditation Level of the IMPACT Program. This two-day workshop is for learning the foundational knowledge and skills to apply intentional communication and strategies to support growth outcomes in the lives of the children and young people. It is an introduction to the scientific method of intentional practice. 

Upcoming Dates

Round 1: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2023 | 9.30am – 4.30pm | Kent Town 

Respond Rather then React – Register Here

Course for Approved Foster Carers 

IMPACT is a flexible capacity building program that equips and empowers children, adults, families and communities to understand and intentionally apply the science of wellbeing, intentional practice, trauma, resilience and growth for themselves, and across all supporting relationships.

IMPACT: Advanced 

IMPACT Advanced is for anyone who has completed the two-day IMPACT Respond Rather than React course and would like to acquire the advanced knowledge and skills to employ intentional processes and strategies within their supporting adult role. 

Upcoming Dates 

Dates coming soon…

Prerequisite: IMPACT Respond Rather than React 

Course for Approved Foster Carers 
Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to recognise and respond to the symptoms of mental health distress, including where to go for professional help and what treatments are available.
Upcoming Training Dates 2023

No dates are currently scheduled for Mental Health First Aid. If you are interested in this training and would like to hear about dates as they become available, please submit a expression of interest in the below form. 

Mental Health First Aid – Expression of Interest

Course for Approved Carers

An online seminar presented by Carl Collins from Child Protection Solutions. The webinar covers an overview of sexual abuse, types of offenders, why children and young people don’t report, understanding and responding to disclosures, how to stay within your framework, grooming process, and ways to keep your family safe. 

A content warning is provided at the beginning of the seminar. Some restricted content from comedians is referenced during the session. Links to those clips are included via the Carer Portal link below.

Presenter: Carl Collins from Child Protection Solutions

Online Webinar available via the Carer Portal

Please use the link below to navigate and log in to the Carer Portal to view the webinar in full online and at your own pace.

Sexual Predator Awareness – Online Webinar

Course for Foster Care Applicants

Shared Lives is an introduction course for people who are interested in foster care. The course will assist participants to make an informed choice about whether caring is an appropriate role for them. It provides necessary information in relation to the Child Protection system, the assessment process and is a relaxed way to get know the agency.

Course topics cover; what fostering is about, the difference that good foster care can make, the importance of safety and connection for children, how fostering might affect you and your family, what skills and knowledge foster carers need, are you a good match for us? The course complements the assessment process and will inform on an introductory level.

Each course is facilitated over two days and it is necessary to participate on both days.

Upcoming Training Dates 2023

Fri 10 & 17 Mar, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town

Sat 6 & 13 May, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town

Fri 16 & 23 June, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town

Shared Lives – Register Here

Safe Environments for Children and Young People (SECYP)

This Course is mandatory for Foster Care Applicants and Approved Carers.

This 7 hour initial course presented by highly experienced facilitators is designed to protect young people from all forms of abuse. It assists participants in understanding the issues, their obligations and the correct response if abuse is suspected.

Includes work book and certificate on completion.

The course covers:

-The various forms of abuse

-How to recognize indicators of abuse

-The values of early intervention

-How and when to notify the authorities

-Dealing with concerns about reporting abuse

-Common values and why abuse is sometimes over looked

Upcoming Training Dates 2023

Sat 25 Mar, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town

Fri 12 May, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town

Sat 24 June, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town

SECYP Initial – Register Here

Course for Eligible Applicants and Approved Carers (SECYP Refresher)

This course is mandatory for Foster Carers to complete every 3 years.

Safe Environments for Children and Young People refresher course is recommended every 3 years and covers the topics in the initial Child Safe Environments training plus any changes to mandatory reporting responsibilities.

A certificate is issued on completion. 

Upcoming Training Dates 

Tues 28 Mar 2023, 9:30am – 12:30pm Online

Wed 3 May 2023, 6pm – 9pm Online

Tues 27 June 2023, 9:30am – 12:30pm (33 Rundle St, Kent Town)

SECYP Refresher – Register Here

Specialist Care Applicants and Approved Foster Carers 

Developed by Dr Howard Bath and Diana Boswell, both with extensive backgrounds as practitioners and researchers in out of home care, this course is based on research evidence, current clinical perspectives and years of direct experience with children and young people with complex needs and challenging behaviours and provided in Australia, Europe, Canada and the USA. This course is designed for those who live or work with children and young people who have been exposed to various forms of severe adversity including chronic stress and trauma. This includes all caring adults who are not necessarily engaged in formal therapy but aim to understand, support, nurture, mentor and provide limits for children and young people whose needs and behaviours can be baffling and challenging.

Three Pillars is offered in two modes of delivery. Shorter sessions over three days, or over two longer days.

Upcoming Training Dates

Sat 27 May & Sat 3 June 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town

Tuesday 5, 12 & 19 Sept, 9:30-2:30pm Venue TBA 

Three Pillars – Register Here

Advanced Training for Foster Carers

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF) 

All children become upset, frustrated, angry and experience loss or hurt to various degrees. One of the most critical skills for carers is to teach their children how to manage and express these feelings in more socially and developmentally appropriate ways.

The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF) program gives carers the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to help their children in times of emotional distress through crisis prevention and de-escalation. Managing these emotions teaches children how to avoid losing control now and in future times of emotional crisis and to express their feelings in developmentally appropriate ways.

The course is held across multiple days and attendance to all days is necessary to complete the course.

Upcoming Training Dates

Saturdays 18, 25 February, and 4 March 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm Kent Town

Thursday 10, 17, 24 & 31 August 2023, 9:30 – 2:30pm Venue TBA 

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families – Register Here

Learn more about our partnership with LBI Foundation

Foster Care Training


Unsure or can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact your Assessment Worker or for approved foster carers, your allocated Foster Care Case Worker in the first instance.

Further queries related to Foster Care training can be directed to the Lutheran Care Foster Care Training Coordinator.

08 8337 8787 | fostercaretraining@lutherancare.org.au

Care for CALD Children

Our Support for Foster Carers

Lutheran Care provides personalized support for all Lutheran Care foster carers caring for culturally and linguistically diverse children and young people.

Every Lutheran Care foster family is allocated a dedicated Foster Care Case Worker (Support Worker) who journeys with you and your family throughout your fostering journey. Our team of highly skilled and experienced staff walk alongside you and can help provide you with information, advocacy and support to help connect the children and young people in your care to their cultural communities. In addition to your dedicated Support Worker, Lutheran Care’s dedicated Multi-Cultural Worker is also available to support you and your family provide a culturally safe home for the children in your care.