ECAV recognise that professional responses to interpersonal violence need to reflect the multi- dimensional nature of these issues. This means that we require a workforce that is capable of both specialist responses and of ‘joined- up’ inter-agency working.

Consequently, we see that there is a need for both single agency / uni-professional training and for multi-agency / multi-professional training. The ECAV training calendar reflects these dual needs by offering training that falls into two broad categories;

Single-agency & uni-professional training

Some courses and workshops have been designed for specific professional groups and / or tailored to the needs of individual agencies. Applications for these training programs are closed to workers outside of the target groups that are designated in the course descriptions.

a)     NSW Health workers are invited to request customised programs with registration restricted to their own target group. Heavily subsidised course fees apply to NSW Health workers. 

a) NSW Health workers are invited to request customised programs with registration restricted to their own target group. Heavily subsidised course fees apply to NSW Health workers. 

b) Organisations external to NSW Health can request a customised ECAV program with registration restricted to their own target group. A fee for service is charged to the requesting organisation for curriculum development, training delivery and administration.

Multi-agency & multi-professional training

Many of our training programs are open to workers from a range of agencies, across both government and non- government sectors. Applications for these programs are encouraged from diverse sectors.

a) NSW Health workers are invited to request available ECAV courses where registration is open to eligible workers from other agencies (with priority given to NSW Health). Heavily subsidised course fees apply to NSW Health workers and subsidised course fees apply to other participants. See website for course fees.

b) Workers external to NSW Health can request an available ECAV course, with registration open to eligible workers from other agencies (priority given to NSW Health). Subsidised course fees apply to all participants.

A note on terminology:

There are a range of terms currently in use to describe training programs that bring together workers from multiple different agencies and professional backgrounds. Often these terms are used interchangeably. Many people find this confusing. In an effort to provide some clarity about these terms, ECAV has adopted the following definitions, which we hope will assist communication about this important area of professional learning and development.

Multi-agency training refers to any training situation where workers from more than one agency learn together, side-by-side. This is also referred to as ‘joint’ or ‘shared’ training. Participants in this training are generally exposed to the same content and the emphasis is on learning with each other so that consistent messages are conveyed across sectors. There may be some exchange of information and ideas, but this is not necessarily the case.

Cross-agency training refers to training in which workers from one agency ‘cross-train’ staff from another agency. This is most often delivered via guest presentations, either as ‘stand-alone’ short sessions, or structured into larger single agency programs, frequently involving a panel of presenters who represent a range of different service providers. In this model, the focus is on participants learning about each other.

Inter-agency training refers to a type of training, the specific purpose of which is to improve coordination and collaboration among the participating agencies. There is a focus on acknowledging the specialist expertise that each agency brings to the learning situation, with a clear objective of improving inter- professional understanding. The ultimate aim is more integrated service provision for clients. In this type of training, activities are typically highly interactive as the emphasis is on learning from each other, as well as learning with and about each other. Ideally, this type of training involves participants from key agencies in approximately equal numbers. This mix of participants is often difficult to achieve due to practical and logistical considerations. For this reason, inter-agency training tends to be less commonly provided than either multi or cross-agency training.

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