Professional Development

Turning Point is able to provide fee for service training in a range of areas including; Introduction to dealing with Alcohol and Drug issues (for secondary schools, tertiary institutions, workplaces and allied health professionals), Assessment, Treatment and Referral for AOD problems, Young People and AOD issues, Pharmacotherapy, Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health Assessment and Treatment for AOD clinicians, Understanding and treating Methamphetamine users and other topics by negotiation.

In addition to fee for service training, Turning Point is also delivering a Training Calendar, with workshops scheduled throughout the year and advertised below. These workshops are available to the AOD sector, other allied health professionals and/or community groups. The workshops will run from Turning Point’s training room in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Our training staff have extensive clinical and training experience.

Please contact Naomi Crafti at for more information about any of Turning Point’s professional development programs.

Training Calendar

August – December 2016

Turning Point is offering a range of workshops and seminars across 2016 to support professional development, contribute to workforce sustainability and strengthen evidence based practice. The workshops are facilitated by specialists in their field who have both clinical and training expertise.

The training is relevant to those working in the AOD sector, allied health professionals including nurses, psychologists, social workers, welfare workers, students and teachers.

Please note that the training calendar from October–December is to be confirmed

  • Date: Thursday 4th and Friday 5th August Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

    This 2 day interactive workshop aims to provide participants with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to plan manage and evaluate group work relevant to the AOD sector. Participants will develop an understanding of the models of group development and group dynamics. Skills and knowledge necessary for effective group leadership and management will be fostered. Attendance of both days is required.

     Trainers: Naomi Crafti and Sandra Roeg (Turning Point)

    Further details and registration click here
  • Date: Friday 2nd and Friday 9th September Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

    This 2 day course (14 hours in total) instructs workers on how to assist adolescents developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, where and how to get help for young people with a mental illness, the research behind effective treatment, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. Participants must attend both sessions in order to obtain a certificate of completion and accreditation as a YMHFAider. 

    Trainer: Fiona Blee (Mental Health First Aid Australia)

    Further details and registration click here

  • Date: Wednesday 7th December Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

    This one day workshop will examine the needs of a little understood and silent (yet fairly large) population group – people raised by parents with a serious mental illness. Useful alternative grief principles and theories, attachment and trauma frameworks and recognising and dealing with symptoms and concealed presentations are some of the topics covered in this session.

     Trainer: Suzette Misrachi,  Master of AdvSW (Research), MBSW (Acc)

    Further details and registration click here

  • Date: Wednesday 19th October Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

    This workshop provides information, resources and strategies for working with Aboriginal people within a southern context. Participants will explore ways of doing things “differently” from an organisational position that is culturally inclusive and appropriate. The aim is to increase engagement and communication between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people and their communities.

     Trainer: Janette Cattanach (Cultural Consultancy Group)

    Further details and registration click here