About our training

Since 2014, we have been delivering SAFEMinds: In Practice workshops to support local decision makers in schools. School staff become ‘champions’ in the use of the NIP it in the bud! early intervention approach, the SAFEMinds Toolkit and SAFEMinds Online materials; including how to incorporate SAFEMinds into their school’s existing professional learning and student wellbeing policies and initiatives.

SAFEMinds:In Practice which is traditionally delivered face-to-face over a full one-day training has been adapted to a webinar format due to COVID-19. When registering, you are expected to be available and present for the entirety of the training as you would a face-to-face training. The webinar is interactive, with group discussions as well as individual and group activities.

Who should attend?

Schools should nominate staff members who have responsibility for wellbeing and who have the capacity to influence the implementation of SAFEMinds, wellbeing team members and coordinators, principals, assistant principals, teachers, year level coordinators or advisors, student support staff, school counselling staff and other school staff are encouraged to attend.

Similarly, members of the school leadership team completing this training will be able to utilise the SAFEMinds package to develop, maintain or improve school processes and protocols regarding; the identification, support and referral of students who need mental health support in order to ensure a consistent whole school approach at all year levels. This process assists school leaders and school staff to gain a better understanding of how to work within the capacity and boundaries of their role, maintaining confidentiality, a duty of care and competency.

It is recommended that at least two staff members per school undertake this training. The aim is that these staff members become ‘champions’ who embed the framework into existing processes and build capacity across the wider school community.

What will I learn during the training?

SAFEMinds: In Practice participants will;

  • Develop an understanding of mental health in children and young people and how they are supported through SAFEMinds and the NIP it in the bud! early intervention approach.
  • Develop an understanding of self-harm in schools, children and young people and how to respond using the NIP it in the bud! early intervention approach.
  • Be introduced to and explore the NIP it in the bud! Toolkit, including the Safe and Healthy Bodies and Safe and Healthy Minds Brief Intervention Kits
  • Use the entire NIP it in the bud! early intervention approach and Toolkit resources through and apply them to a case study through SAFEMinds Online.
  • Reflect on the implementation of the NIP it in the bud! early intervention approach in the local school community.
  • Develop an understanding of the SAFEMinds: At Home resources for families and how they can be used with parents, carers and families.

"The tools and resources assist in making decisions that are complex and help us to break down the concerns."

SAFEMinds Participant (2020)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the SAFEMinds: In Practice training session cover?

    SAFEMinds: In Practice equips school staff to become ‘Champions’ in the use of the NIP in in the bud! early intervention approach and SAFEMinds Toolkit resources including the SAFEMinds Online materials and how to incorporate SAFEMinds into the school’s existing professional learning and student wellbeing policies and initiatives.

    SAFEMinds: In Practice participants will;

    • Develop an understanding of mental health in children and young people and how they are supported through SAFEMinds and the NIP in in the bud! early intervention approach.
    • Develop an understanding of self harm in schools, children and young people and how to respond using the NIP in in the bud! early intervention approach.
    • Be introduced to the NIP in in the bud! Toolkit, including the Safe and Healthy Bodies and Safe and Healthy Minds Brief Intervention Kits and explore the toolkit with a case study from SAFEMinds Online.
    • Be provided an opportunity to use the entire NIP in in the bud! early intervention approach and Toolkit resources through a new case study.
    • Reflect on local implementation of the NIP in in the bud! early intervention approach in their school community and develop an understanding of SAFEMinds: At Home resources for families.

    For participants to get the most benefit out of this training, it is recommended the school send at least two staff.

  • How much does it cost to attend the training?

    The delivery of SAFEMinds: In Practice training is funded by each State Government Department of Education in NSW, QLD and VIC for their employees only. Registration within this training is for free for these staff members.

    Attendance at this training outside of these geographical and education jurisdictions is not possible, however we encourage you to get in direct contact with the relevant governing body.

    For more information about opportunities to deliver SAFEMinds at a state or sector level, please get in touch with the headspace Schools National Operations Manager.

  • Is SAFEMinds training available in my state?

    The delivery of SAFEMinds: In Practice training is funded by each State Government Department of Education in NSW, QLD and VIC for their employees only. Registration within this training is for free for these staff members.

    Attendance at this training outside of these geographical and education jurisdictions is not possible, however we encourage you to get in direct contact with the relevant governing body.

  • Can I get SAFEMinds to come to my school?

    SAFEMinds:In Practice which is traditionally delivered face-to-face over a full one-day training has been adapted to a webinar format due to COVID-19.
    Once service delivery resumes to face-to-face, the training team has limited capacity to deliver training to individual schools. Instead, we deliver the training sessions across the geographical region that they are funded. School staff are encouraged to contact us to find out about upcoming training dates and locations.

  • I'm a parent, can I attend a training session?

    The SAFEMinds program encourages a collaborative relationship between schools, their students and their parents and carers. It is for this reason that SAFEMinds: At Home resources are available for parents and carers to compliment what is taught to school staff during SAFEMinds: In Practice. The SAFEMinds training itself is only available to school staff with responsibilities for health, wellbeing, engagement and who have the capacity to influence its implementation across the whole school community.

    Please get in touch with your child’s wellbeing staff to learn about how to use the resources within your school’s context.

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