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Implementing Mothers’ Advocates in the Community (MOSAIC)

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

July 2013


Requirements for Program Certification

No information is available.


Pre-Service Staff Training

Pre-service training for referring clinicians entailed the following: GPs and MCH nurses received six hours of professional development to recognize women who were experiencing IPV or psychosocial distress and refer them to community-based services. Specifically, professional development included both interactive and didactic components and was meant to bolster clinicians’ knowledge about IPV’s prevalence and effects (particularly during a woman’s childbearing years), as well as their ability to recognize IPV’s symptoms, sensitively inquire about abuse, respond supportively to IPV, and effectively refer those experiencing or at risk of IPV to appropriate services. For GPs, the training program included formal lectures and readings about IPV prevalence and effects; testimonies by victim and ex-perpetrator consultants; case study discussions in small groups; practice consultations with hypothetical patients; and presentations from family violence service providers about their services. GPs received professional development points toward annual accreditation. For MCH nurses, the training format was similar, although the content focused primarily on the needs of abused women. No certification was required for GPs and MCHs.

Pre-service training for mentors entailed the following: Paid, compulsory pre-service training for mentor mothers lasted five days and covered the following topics: nonjudgmental mentoring; befriending mothers; family violence issues and related services; depression in motherhood; communication, including respectful listening; emotional support; supportive friendship; confidentiality; establishing cross-cultural understanding; health and self-care for women; and grief and loss. No certification was required for mentor mothers.

No information is available regarding the pre-service training requirements of the mentor coordinators.


In-Service Staff Training

If coordinators identified additional training needs through supervisory meetings or discussions with participants, they provided mentor mothers with further ongoing training and support.

No information is available regarding the in-service training requirements of the mentor coordinators.

To facilitate cooperation with clinicians, MOSAIC staff sent a regular project newsletter with updates, provided posters and pamphlets on an ongoing basis, facilitated meetings with local family violence service providers, offered feedback regarding referrals, and provided training opportunities.


Training Materials

As part of their pre-service training, referring clinicians received IPV service referral booklets, waiting room posters, and pocket-sized handouts listing local referrals and training opportunities. The pre-service training for GPs followed a curriculum and guidelines developed by two MOSAIC investigators to equip GPs with strategies to identify and manage IPV for all family members, including the children, perpetrators, and victims.

Mentor mother trainings followed the MOSAIC training and coordination manual.

No information is available regarding the training materials for mentor coordinators.


Qualified Trainers

Experienced domestic violence GPs and social science academics affiliated with the Royal Australian College of General Practice trained doctors; the state domestic violence training agency trained nurses. The model developers designed and implemented training for the clinicians and mentor mothers.


Technical Assistance

Technical assistance was not provided.



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