About Us

The Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning (Learning Centre) is a Queensland Health based training provider offering a range of core mental health education programs for mental health professionals.

Through our training courses, we aim to initially provide practical foundational knowledge for professionals who work with clients that experience mental health problems. In addition, we provide intermediate and advanced-level knowledge and specific skills that focus on consumer safety and mental health recovery plus clinical supervision skills.

Since our establishment in 2006, we have continued to expand our range of training modalities and content. We now provide a series of accessible face-to-face courses including a nationally accredited program, as well as a suite of eLearning courses, online resources and blended learning opportunities.

We can also help your organisation develop tailored training to suit the needs of your staff using a range of learning modalities that meets your scope, timeframe and budget.


Our mission

The Learning Centre continues to grow, develop, and nurture a skilled and sustainable mental health workforce to provide a quality recovery focused approach to mental health care.

Our staff

Ben

Dr Ben Walters
PhD ClinPsych, BPsych (Hons)
Clinical Educator

Ben is a clinical psychologist. Within the Learning Centre, he develops and delivers training products, primarily those relating to risk assessment and management.

Ben has worked in a variety of settings, including: public outpatient; private inpatient; private community; university settings.

Prior to coming to the centre, he worked in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service; his own private practice; research design and oversight; data gathering and analysis; delivering treatment protocols to research participants.

As an educator, Ben understands the importance of learner engagement, and how learning content applies to everyday practice. His training deliveries are interactive and responsive to learners’ needs. He acknowledges that learners come with valuable wisdom, and utilises this group wisdom to co-construct learning (rather than merely lecturing an audience).

Ben’s degrees include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (Griffith University)
  • Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours (Griffith University)

He received the Griffith University award for academic excellence in four consecutive years, and the Griffith University Medal at graduation.

He has also completed the following:

  • STAP psychology supervisor training
  • Level 2 and Level 4 Positive Parenting Program training
  • Interpersonal Therapy training (Advanced)
  • Gottman Marital Therapy training – Level 1
  • REACH program facilitation training (Black Dog Institute)

Ben has published several articles in peer reviewed academic journals, and presented at several academic conferences (both international and domestic).

Ben

Irene da Silva Francisco
BOccThy (Hons)
Clinical Educator

Irene is a highly experienced occupational therapist, who has predominantly worked in adult and forensic mental health, clinical, education and service development roles.

She strongly values a recovery-oriented approach to mental health care, and is passionate about improving the lives of people with mental illness. Her lived experience caring for family members with mental illness, has shaped both her clinical approach and facilitation style.

Irene has presented papers at a range of conferences and workshops, on topics such as reducing the use of restrictive practices, working collaboratively with consumers, and rehabilitation programs within forensic mental health.

Irene holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons.) from the University of Queensland (University Medallist). She has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her work has been recognised through an Australia Day Community Services Award (2013) and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Australia Day Award (2017).

Irene also maintains her qualifications as a Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor and has applied her training and assessment skills in both government and not-for-profit organisations.

Ben

Dr Ben Walters
PhD ClinPsych, BPsych (Hons)
Clinical Educator

Ben is a clinical psychologist. Within the Learning Centre, he develops and delivers training products, primarily those relating to risk assessment and management.

Ben has worked in a variety of settings, including: public outpatient; private inpatient; private community; university settings.

Prior to coming to the centre, he worked in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service; his own private practice; research design and oversight; data gathering and analysis; delivering treatment protocols to research participants.

As an educator, Ben understands the importance of learner engagement, and how learning content applies to everyday practice. His training deliveries are interactive and responsive to learners’ needs. He acknowledges that learners come with valuable wisdom, and utilises this group wisdom to co-construct learning (rather than merely lecturing an audience).

Ben’s degrees include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (Griffith University)
  • Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours (Griffith University)

He received the Griffith University award for academic excellence in four consecutive years, and the Griffith University Medal at graduation.

He has also completed the following:

  • STAP psychology supervisor training
  • Level 2 and Level 4 Positive Parenting Program training
  • Interpersonal Therapy training (Advanced)
  • Gottman Marital Therapy training – Level 1
  • REACH program facilitation training (Black Dog Institute)

Ben has published several articles in peer reviewed academic journals, and presented at several academic conferences (both international and domestic).

Irene

Irene da Silva Francisco
BOccThy (Hons)
Clinical Educator

Irene is a highly experienced occupational therapist, who has predominantly worked in adult and forensic mental health, clinical, education and service development roles.

She strongly values a recovery-oriented approach to mental health care, and is passionate about improving the lives of people with mental illness. Her lived experience caring for family members with mental illness, has shaped both her clinical approach and facilitation style.

Irene has presented papers at a range of conferences and workshops, on topics such as reducing the use of restrictive practices, working collaboratively with consumers, and rehabilitation programs within forensic mental health.

Irene holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons.) from the University of Queensland (University Medallist). She has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her work has been recognised through an Australia Day Community Services Award (2013) and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Australia Day Award (2017).

Irene also maintains her qualifications as a Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor and has applied her training and assessment skills in both government and not-for-profit organisations.

Irene

Irene da Silva Francisco
BOccThy (Hons)
Clinical Educator

Irene is a highly experienced occupational therapist, who has predominantly worked in adult and forensic mental health, clinical, education and service development roles.

She strongly values a recovery-oriented approach to mental health care, and is passionate about improving the lives of people with mental illness. Her lived experience caring for family members with mental illness, has shaped both her clinical approach and facilitation style.

Irene has presented papers at a range of conferences and workshops, on topics such as reducing the use of restrictive practices, working collaboratively with consumers, and rehabilitation programs within forensic mental health.

Irene holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons.) from the University of Queensland (University Medallist). She has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her work has been recognised through an Australia Day Community Services Award (2013) and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Australia Day Award (2017).

Irene also maintains her qualifications as a Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor and has applied her training and assessment skills in both government and not-for-profit organisations.

What the centre offers you

The Learning Centre provides a state wide training service. Our educators travel throughout Queensland to make attending training easier for you. Whilst Queensland Health mental health service professionals are our primary target audience, training is highly appropriate to others. You can enrol in our training if you are a:

  • clinician, practitioner and worker from other Queensland Health services and you work with people experiencing mental health issues
  • mental health clinician/practitioner from other Government services and departments
  • mental health clinician/practitioner of non-Government (private) services
  • staff member of support services who work with consumers of mental health services in other capacities, or who in your line of work assist people experiencing mental health problems
  • student on placement in a public mental health services.

This short video provides an overview as to what services the Learning Centre can offer your organisation to support the development of eLearning and online resources for your workforce. You can select closed captions by clicking on the video.





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