The Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) Training and Development Department delivers a range of specialist programs.
Support for Fathers is providing dads with options and information about fatherhood, the relationship they have with their partner and connecting with their kids.
We are also enabling support services to work with dads and families more thoughtfully by providing a toolkit to engage dads.
Our aim is for dads and father-figures to:
To do all of the above, Support for Fathers has developed:
In 2018 we commenced work on the project and ran a national consultation which included community and professionals' forums, a national survey and fatherhood research with dads, families and support services around Australia.
These consultations have informed the development of fatherhood resources to support dads and a professionals’ toolkit for support services which are available on our Support for Fathers website. Read our media release for more information.
We're excited to be sharing our work with dads, families and support services through face-to-face and online workshops around Australia. We have regular sessions throughout the year or we can arrange a personalised workshop in your community or organisation.
For dads and father-figures, we run DadStuff, a free, monthly webinar about fatherhood, our resources at Support for Fathers and what’s going on for dads in Australia.
For professionals and support services, we run Working with Dads, a quarterly, online workshop to provide you with knowledge, practical advice and strategies to engage dads and families in positive and effective ways.
Relationships Australia Victoria is funded to deliver this project by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
LINCS is an educational workshop specifically designed for offenders who are subject to a Community Correction Order, and is funded through Corrections Victoria. RAV delivers four, one-day LINCS workshops each week across metropolitan Melbourne, with participants attending from all over Victoria.
The LINCS program involves four modules:
LINCS workshops are designed to improve participants’ capabilities and strengths, using skills-based activities that also identify strategies and supports relevant to each module. The activities also highlight the importance of the participants’ internal and external capacity in terms of their social supports, employment opportunities and access to education.
Each module builds on the learnings and knowledge of the preceding module, to approach the final module where participants focus on community supports that link with their identified goals and associated action plan.
LINCS is built upon a straightforward, accessible and clear approach that acknowledges our internal and life priorities, and the external resources and opportunities that at times may have been overlooked or not been previously identified.
RAV has been successfully delivering LINCS since February 2017 and has received positive feedback from program participants and Corrections Victoria and achieved excellent learning outcomes throughout the first year.
RAV has designed a suite of non-clinical training modules targeting the wellbeing and personal development of un-sentenced prisoners (remandees) in prison locations across Victoria. This project, which is funded by Corrections Victoria, recognises that remandees present with a range of complex needs and require tailored intervention and support for their successful rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.
RAV commenced development of the training modules in December 2017, in partnership with Caraniche, a specialist provider of psychological services. These eight modules target the wellbeing and personal development of remandees in prisons, and focus on a strengths-based approach that incorporates adult learning principles to allow skills development in practical and interactive training sessions that link to supports.
The module topics include:
Since late 2018, RAV and Caraniche have provided training for facilitators in delivering the ATLAS program to remandees in prisons across Victoria. Over 3,500 participants have undertaken the program during the first six-months of delivery, with consistently positive feedback from both program facilitators and participants. The sites at which the program has been delivered have reported a decrease in critical incidents and in property damage at the sites since the program has been introduced, with managers of those sites attributing these changes to the program. RAV continues to provide supervision to the program facilitators across Victoria.
RAV's Training and Development Department commenced delivering 1.5-hour, weekly workshops for prisoners on remand within the Melbourne Assessment Prison in March 2018.
The workshops use the acronym SORT to address four main topics:
The SORT program utilises adult learning principles, trauma-informed practice and a strengths-based approach to engage participants and achieve learning outcomes. The sessions cover the topics above through a range of interactive activities including discussion, reflection and group work.
We have received positive feedback from program participants and prison staff demonstrating positive achievement of learning outcomes in the SORT program.