I Care 2
Leading Groups for Sons & Daughters of Carers
Delivered in partnership with the Salvation Army Westcare, this 'I Care 2' train-the-trainer session is a one-day interactive workshop that will help you to better support the sons and daughters of carers.
'I Care 2' is a preparation and training course for children of families who wish to foster or are already foster or kinship carers. The program has been developed to better equip the sons and daughters of carers with the responsibilities associated with caring. In this one-day workshop, potential group leaders will learn about the 'I Care 2' training course from our two most experienced 'I Care 2' group facilitators.
Participants will also be introduced to the 'Hold My Hand' support group. This group provides the sons and daughters of carers with an ongoing opportunity to share with and relate to others just like them.
The 'I Care 2' and 'Hold My Hand' initiatives were developed jointly by Berry Street and The Salvation Army Westcare.
Why focus on the sons and daughters of carers?
Sons and daughters of carers have a unique relationship in the care experience and are often not recognised or rewarded for their contribution. Research shows that children and young people of carers respond in a range of ways when a new child comes into their home.
In bringing the sons and daughters of carers together in 'I Care 2' and 'Hold My Hand' training and support groups, staff from Berry Street and The Salvation Army Westcare have had great success in building their capacity to play a strong role in the fostering experience. In building the capacity and resilience of these children, we in turn build the capacity of the broader caring system. We also know that where there has been a positive family experience in caring, many of these children may become carers in the future.
At the completion of this training you will be competent to run 'I Care 2' groups. The workshop will provide you with:
- An overview of 'I Care 2' and 'Hold My Hand'
- Course practicalities (how the groups are structured, the materials you'll need, the style of sessions, preparation and choosing the right location for your group)
- How to establish a group
- The basics of group work, including an understanding of group dynamics
- Facilitation skills to maximize engagement of the children and young people in your groups, including expectations of facilitators and co-facilitation
- An overview of the 'Hold My Hand' support group
Who Should Attend
This course is relevant for anyone working in the foster or kinship care system. You should attend if you are interested in facilitating 'I Care 2' groups in your program.
$260 (incl. GST), early bird rate - register and pay by 22nd May 2019
$280 (incl. GST), full rate
Please read our Payment Terms & Conditions
Date & Venue
Date: 19 June 2019, 10am - 4pm.
Venue: Berry Street Central Office, 1 Salisbury Street, Richmond VIC 3121. Phone: (03) 9429 9266
How to Get There
Tram: Berry Street is conveniently located on tram routes No. 48 or No. 75 (travels down Flinders St and Bridge Rd), Tram route 78 (travels down Church St) and Tram route 109 (travels down Collins St and Victoria St).
Train: Berry Street is also close to both West Richmond and North Richmond train stations, both of which are on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines.
For more public transport information please visit Public Transport Victoria.
Taxi: Berry Street is just a 10 minute taxi ride from the Melbourne CBD. To book a taxi call Yellow Cabs on 13 22 27.
Parking: There are plenty of 2 hours parking spaces around Berry Street, check Buckingham Street, Kent Street, Laity Street or Lincoln Street. Four hour parking is available in Risley St. An all-day parking option is the Coles Richmond Plaza carpark off Church Street. The cost for all day parking is $16 and is a 10 minute walk from the office.
Payment Terms & Conditions
Payment must be made at the time of registration and only credit cards (VISA and Mastercard) will be accepted. Your registration will not be confirmed unless payment has been processed.
A confirmation/tax invoice will be issued upon registration to your nominated email address.
A full refund will be issued for cancellations up until 7 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued after this date however substitutions are welcome.
Please be advised if payment or cancellation notification is not received as per the above terms and conditions your ability to attend future event will be impacted.
Should Berry Street cancel a course for any reason, those registered at this time will be entitled to a full refund of registration fees only, and this will incur no administrative charges or penalties.