The Garden Therapeutic Group – Train the Facilitator (NAHA)

The Garden Therapeutic Group is for infants and toddlers aged 0-4 years accompanied by a parent, who have experienced homelessness or domestic or family violence.

The Garden promotes shared positive experiences and supports the relationship between a parent and their child. The group sessions use child focused, evidence-based theories and themes including music, relaxation, cooking, exploring and puppetry.

Over two day you will learn how to facilitate the program and be provided with tips and advice on how to achieve therapeutic outcomes for parents and their children. Time to practice and familiarise yourself with the exercises and sessions is included in this two-day workshop.

As part of this training, you will receive a comprehensive facilitator’s manual required to run The Garden successfully. Click here to view the manual.

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Trauma Informed Practice for Frontline Workers (NAHA)

Trauma Informed Practice for Frontline Workers is an introductory course for workers in the homelessness and domestic violence sectors.

This one-day program emphasises physical, psychological and emotional safety and provides insight into supporting a sense of control and empowerment for survivors of childhood trauma.

Topics include:

  • brain development and the impact of trauma on development
  • the neuroscience of trauma impact
  • childhood trauma and the impact on attachment
  • creating a sense of safety for children with experiences of trauma
  • trauma triggers and effective responses


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Therapeutic Group Programs for Children: Train the Facilitator (NAHA)

Running group programs for children can be challenging. Together4Kids have developed three group programs specifically for children who have experienced homelessness or domestic or family violence. Each program has a comprehensive facilitator’s manual with all the information and resources needed to run a group program.

In this two-day training, you will learn theories that underpin group processes and be given tips and advice on how to successfully run a children’s group with therapeutic outcomes.

There will be time to practice some of the exercises and familiarise yourself with Together4Kids’ group programs: The Pirates Group (boys 5-9 years), Caterpillars to Butterflies (girls 5-9 years) and The Garden (parent and infant 0-3 years).

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Narrative Approaches to Working with Children (NAHA)

Narrative Therapy is a respectful, engaging and playful way to work with children and families. Narrative approaches support children and their families to reclaim authorship of their lives in the face of vulnerability and take steps toward their hopes and dreams.

This one-day workshop will present key ideas in using narrative approaches to support children through difficult times. Designed to develop your skills and knowledge in working with children, discussions will facilitate your thinking on how these ideas and practices may fit and build upon the work you are already doing.

Facilitator Niki Gelekis, Together 4 Kids, Clinical Supervisor has been using narrative approaches in practice for many years and is passionate about sharing her practice experience with others.

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Working with African, Middle Eastern and Indian women affected by domestic violence

This workshop provides an understanding of what it means to work effectively with women from African, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures.

Historical and contemporary social, economic and political forces that impact women and men; and how these forces shape attitudes, behaviors and worldview are explored.

Practical cross-cultural communication and engagement skills required to work effectively with women are provided, as well as strategies that assist in meeting the needs of women affected by domestic violence.

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