Case Management and Negotiated Supervision Training Darwin, Alice Springs

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) is happy to announce Trauma Informed Practice/Case Management and Negotiated Professional Supervision Training will be available in Darwin and Alice Springs commencing June 2018. AADANT will be offering workers the opportunity to be involved in either 1 or 2 day training and we are negotiating to have further sessions available in Katherine and Tennant Creek.  We will keep you advised.

AADANT will be continuing to offer a number of training and education opportunities throughout 2018. We rely on the AOD workforce to inform us of the types of training you might like to have provided. We continue to forward a number of surveys and questionnaires in relation to workforce development, and it is important that a representative of your organisation replies to these requests if you wish to have a say in the training made available.

We continue to work with The Northern Territory and Commonwealth Government, Department of Health and the PHN to secure funding to provide quality training opportunities.

If you would like to discuss training and Education opportunities please contact Katie Flynn at


Richard Michell
AADANT Executive Officer


Trauma Informed Practice / Case Management

Trauma-informed practice and support – a narrative therapy and client-centred approach to case management and support

This training will introduce narrative therapy and client-centred approaches to working with people who are experiencing the effects of trauma.

The training will provide participants with an overview of trauma and explore how care and support can be offered in a trauma-sensitive way, underpinned by principles of Narrative Therapy. It will assist workers to understand the experiences of people who have experienced trauma, how to build relationship through use of trauma-sensitive language and assessment questions, and explore ways in which ongoing assessment and review of practice can take place in a collaborative and client-centred way.

The full-day workshop will explore ways in which our practice approaches can ‘open space’ for people experiencing trauma, and also the ways in which in which we might ‘close down’ through care that is not trauma-informed.

  • Understanding the impacts of trauma
  • Principles of trauma-informed care and support
  • Principles of narrative therapy in the context of working with trauma
  • A framework to review current practice approaches
  • Practical tools for working with trauma at all stages of work

Negotiated Professional Supervision (Level 1)

A practical approach to establishing the supervisory relationship and developing a process of supervision that is in the best interests of workers, their clients and organisations.

Negotiated Professional Supervision, developed by experienced mental health social worker and family therapist, Andy Lacy, is a structured, worker-driven framework for AOD, mental health and other related clinical and non-clinical community organisations.

The Negotiated Professional Supervision approach offers a framework to ensure that your practice of

supervision can be effective and worker-driven. It offers a clear process to guide the development of roles and responsibilities within the supervision process, ensuring a safe space in which workers can explore, reflect and improve upon their practice. It also provides structured ways to guide supervision conversations to support all parties to make the most of their supervision time, and to ensure that that our supervision process is always taking into account our clients’ experience of our work.

The Negotiated Professional Supervision training has been designed for anyone entering into or already involved in conducting and receiving supervision in clinical and non-clinical roles.

The framework supports face-to-face, telephone or other via-distance supervisory methods ensuring consistency of practice regardless of worker-supervisor engagement

Level 1 a practical, hands on workshop which introduces the Negotiated Supervision framework and provides opportunities for practice throughout the day.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of the purpose and scope of professional supervision
  • Confidence in establishing worker roles and responsibilities
  • Development of practical skills in using a negotiated supervision framework
  • Approaches for “keeping the client in mind” in supervision
  • Implementation plan for embedding the framework into professional practice
Date Town Training Cost
Tuesday June 19 2018 Darwin Trauma informed practice/Case Management Members $100

Non-Members $300

Wednesday June 20 2018 Darwin Negotiated Supervision Members $100

Non-Members $300


Date Town Training Cost
Tuesday July 3 2018 Alice Springs Trauma informed practice/Case Management Members $100

Non-Members $300

Wednesday July 4 2018 Alice Springs Negotiated Supervision Members $100

Non-Members $300

To register for Darwin training please download the registration form here.

To register for Alice Springs training please download the registration form here.

Andy Lacy

Andy Lacy runs Hilltop Counselling, an independent counselling, clinical supervision and consulting service based in Castlemaine, central Victoria. Andy is a Medicare Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psych), Bachelor of Social Work, Post-Graduate Certificate in Narrative Therapy and a Masters in Clinical Family Therapy.

In addition to running his independent counselling practice, Andy has worked in a range of related fields including mental health, community health, family violence and child and family services. Further to his own therapeutic practice, Andy has significant experience in providing clinical supervision to a wide range of counselling and human service professionals, working with individual and groups.  Andy is also experienced in providing clinical supervision skills training to workers.

Andy is an experienced and skilled teacher, having taught in mental health and therapeutic practice in a variety of tertiary and private contexts including health workers from remote communities in the Northern Territory.

Areas of practice and teaching interest include:

  • Collaborative practice approaches, particularly the theory and practice of Narrative Therapy
  • Working with families
  • Clinical supervision skills and approaches
  • Working with the effects of trauma
  • Working with men – identity, masculinity, mental health and fathering
  • Client-centered practice approaches
  • Working creatively with metaphor and music in therapeutic work



Xenia Girdler


Xenia Girdler is an experienced designer and facilitator of education and training programs supported by over twenty years experience working in the complex-care community services sector.

Utilising collaborative consultation and principals of two-way learning Xenia has developed workforce and capacity building projects in Victoria and across the Northern Territory to meet learner need and improve client outcomes.

Xenia’s approach is underpinned by principles of Recovery and Mutuality, strength-based and person centered practice.