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:
Approved foster carers are required to maintain currency in their mandatory training (SECYP, First Aid, Infant Safety) and provided additional advanced learning opportunities such as a wide variety of online courses, Sexual Predator Awareness training, Mental Health First Aid and more.
Further information and instructions for how to register is provided in the drop down menu below.
Aboriginal Cultural Competency Training is delivered in two parts. Foster care applicants participate in both to complete the training.
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.
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”.
Thursday 24 November 2022, 6.00 – 9.00pm (Kent Town)
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.
– Healing Environments
– Men in Children’s Services
-Attachment & Loss
– Children & Domestic Abuse
– Children & Parental Mental Health Issues
– Children & Parental Substance Misuse
– Children’s Rights
– Communicating with Children & Young People
– Equality and Diversity
– Impulsive Behaviour
– Making Sense of Adolescence
-Online Safety & the Impact of Social Media
– Physical & Learning Disabilities
– Promoting Health & Development
-Promoting Positive Contact
-Record Keeping in Foster Care
-Resilience and Recovery
– Safer Foster Care
-Secondary Trauma and Workplace Stress
– Sexual Development & Sexual Abuse
-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
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 four sessions and facilitated online.
The next round will be held in May 2023. Please express interest using the registration form below.
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.
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.
Contact FIRST AID PRO to book.
Select your date, book and confirm your course. Submit your receipt to your line manager for reimbursement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sexual Predator Awareness training. This course received great reviews and is well worth attending.
Presenter: Carl Collins from Child Protection Solutions
This 3 hour session for carers, covers:
-Sexual abuse (overview)
-Why children don’t report
-Understanding and responding to disclosures
-How to stay within your framework
-Different types of offenders: how they think, target, groom and infiltrate
-Ways to keep your family safe
Please use the form below to register your interest.
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.
Sat 4 & 11 Feb, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town
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
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
Sat 3 Dec, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Gawler
Fri 10 Feb, 9:30am – 4:30pm Kent Town
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
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.
Wed 7 Dec 2022, 9:30am – 12:30pm Online
Wed 1 Feb 2023, 6pm – 9pm Online
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)
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.
Sat 27 May & Sat 3 June 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Kent Town
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.
Saturdays 18, 25 February, and 4 March 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm Kent Town
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.
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