Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) are offering a free online course called ‘SMART Online’ (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma).
Information about the course (from ACF’s website) is below:
The SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program is an online learning course that focusses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings.
The SMART program was funded by the South Australian Government Department for Education, as part of the Keeping Them Safe child protection reform agenda. It seeks to enhance the capacity of the school and early childhood personnel to effectively respond to the needs of children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma.
What will SMART teach me:
- effective intervention and protection of children and young people relies upon a sound understanding of the impact of abuse-related trauma, comprehensive risk assessment frameworks based on current research and an ability to implement support plans for children and young people that not only reduce the risk they are exposed to but also promote their recovery from the harm they have experienced.
- risk and safety assessments need to be integrated into practice at every stage of intervention with a child or young person.
- the SMART Program consists of integrated professional development opportunities including knowledge and skill-building seminars and an interactive online learning package.
Who is this course for?
- the course is available to anyone
- initially the course was designed to enhance the capacity of school and early childhood
personnel to effectively respond to the needs of children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma
Who developed this course?
- the Australian Childhood Foundation in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia and the Indigenous Health Unit at Monash University
- online & self-paced: approximately 6 hours
For more information on how to access this course visit: https://professionals.childhood.org.au/training-development/smart-online-training/
Note: As at 12/02/2020, SMART Online is currently being redeveloped. The current course will only remain accessible until March 2020. New or existing students will not be able to transfer progress into the new course, so it is encouraged that you to complete SMART study by this time.
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