Working Therapeutically with Men Who Perpetrate Violence

This training helps to create community safety, by learning how to respond to men who perpetrate violence. Engaging with both victims and perpetrators of family domestic violence is critical for the safety of families. Through education about the consequences of their actions, qualified facilitators can help to avert further harm.

In a counselling context, this training will cover;
• The factors that promote behaviour change in men who abuse
• How to support the process of accepting responsibility
• How to assist men to seek help

Agencies and workers are often privy only to the aftermath of a single incident in this ongoing pattern. Working Therapeutically with Men Who Perpetrate Violence can help make a positive difference for men and families, to support personal accountability and better understand patterns of behaviour.


Facilitator Bio

Facilitated by David Tully, Practice Manager for Specialised Family Violence Services at Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA), and facilitator of Back on Track: A Men’s Group for Positive Change.

David has worked in the area of domestic violence and childhood sexual assault for over 20 years. David’s role at RASA is focused on developing organisational practice approaches to working with perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

David has also participated on the research advisory panel for the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault and is a Peer-Assessor for ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety) around perpetrator research.

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Narrative Approaches to Responding to Families and Young People in Crisis

Narrative Therapy is a respectful, engaging, and a creative way to work with young people and families. Narrative approaches support young people and their families to reclaim authorship of their own lives in the face of vulnerability, to take steps toward their hopes and dreams and promotes the restorative position of ‘being with’ people we consult in rather than ‘doing to’ people.

In this interactive workshop, explore the concepts behind narrative therapy, harness opportunities to practice with other students, and explore and discuss narrative skills and techniques.

Facilitator Bio

Carolyn Markey is passionate about using narrative approaches as a set of ideas that are hope-filled for workers as well as clients. Trained by Michael White, a founder of Narrative therapy, Carolyn and has worked all of her career as a Narrative Therapist.

As Team Leader, Children’s Services at Relationships Australia South Australia, Carolyn loves teaching narrative ideas in ways that complement and respond to the effects of relational trauma that disrupts the child-care giver connection.

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Safe Environments for Children and Young People Refresher

This refresher workshop is for workers who are required to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect. It is suitable for anyone that has completed the full course within the last three years. We also offer the full day training for those completing the course for the first time or have not completed the training in the last three years HERE.

This workshop focuses on child protection in the context of ‘Through Their Eyes’ and has been developed to assist professionals providing services to children and young people. This training aims to educate staff on how to recognise, report and respond to children or young people who may be at risk of harm.

With the wellbeing of children at its core, this training addresses;

  • Values and attitudes: ‘Through our eyes’
  • Risk and harm: South Australian legislation
  • Risk and harm: Abuse-related trauma
  • Sexual abuse and online grooming
  • Through their eyes: Disclosure
  • Safe organisations
  • Reporting suspicion of risk and harm

In South Australia, when child abuse and neglect are suspected, a wide range of people are required by law to notify the Child Abuse.

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The Garden: Train the Facilitator Therapeutic Program

Become a facilitator of The Garden Programs, which form part of a suite of evidence based therapeutic programs designed for parents and their children by Together4Kids.

The Garden Group Program was developed for parents and their infant or toddler (ages 0 – 4). The Garden Programs provide an opportunity for parents to share positive experiences with their infant. These programs support parents to develop their relationship with their child through playful attachment and attunement activities. Based on a strong theoretical background, The Garden Programs use themes and activities to explore the natural environment through art, shared sensory activities, movement, play, relaxation and reflective opportunities.

You will learn how to facilitate The Garden Group Program as well as how to apply The Garden Dyad Program. You will be provided with tips and advice on how to run these intentional therapeutic child-led programs successfully. The training includes time to practice the exercises and to familiarise yourself with the sessions.

This training is suitable for frontline and specialist worker in homelessness and Family and Domestic Violence Services as well as therapeutic children’s workers, reunification and intensive family support practitioners.

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Marte Meo Supportive Communication Skills

Marte Meo developed by Maria Aarts (Netherlands), is a social emotional developmental support program. The Marte Meo method is used by a variety of professions including; early childhood educators, social workers, psychiatrists, paediatricians and nurses.

It is applicable to anyone who has a role that involves understanding children’s development, and recognising the social and emotional developmental processes to support children’s development. It is used widely in other countries in aged care and the disability sector also.

The Supportive Communication Skills training covers:

  • An overview of Marte Meo
  • Exploring and practicing the adult supportive communications skills of following, leading and supporting cooperation
  • Making emotional connections
  • Activating development rather than compensating for the problem
  • Reading the developmental message behind behaviour
  • Recognising how to use supportive communication skills in daily interactions, in the right moment

Course outcomes for a Marte Meo practitioner:

  • Know how to use Marte Meo skills in your interactions with children and other client groups
  • Understand what to look for (i.e. social and emotional skills and supportive communications)
  • Be able to put this knowledge and understanding in to everyday practice

NOTE: In order to achieve International Accreditation as a Marte Meo Practitioner, participants will need to attend all six (6) days*.

The first course in this training is a 1-day introduction to Marte Meo. To book just for the introduction course, click here for more information.

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Introducing Marte Meo

Introducing Marte Meo provides students with the foundational concepts to the practical approach of Marte Meo; supporting development through relationships in everyday communication.

Established in over 40 countries, this training will introduce practitioners on how to use ordinary interactions to support children’s development, and to pass these ideas on to parents and other significant carers. Marte Meo has also demonstrated its value in a number of sectors, such as aged care and adult disability, in helping to reduce aggression, and improve relationships with the family.

People who work in the child and family sectors, as well as early childhood education, disability, and aged care will find Marte Meo of particular interest. However, anyone who is interested in hearing about ways to identify, activate and develop skills to enable and enhance constructive interaction and development would benefit.

Presented by Sally Watson, an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience as a Supervisor and Trainer, she will guide you through this interactive and thoroughly enjoyable day.

This training is the first course required to achieve International Accreditation as a Marte Meo Practitioner. Complete the full training to become a practitioner with The Institute. More information here.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)


Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as; school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.

Learn how to assist an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.

Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

All participants receive Youth Mental Health Training Manual Edition 4.

Instructor: David Machen
David is a master instructor and facilitator recognized for his passion and commitment to the cause of raising awareness of Mental Health. David is a qualified and professional trainer and facilitator, who is passionate about improving the quality of life for the disadvantaged and raising awareness, skills and knowledge in people to address mental health issues.

Over the last 26 years he has worked with people with a diagnosis of mental illness which has given him great insight. He talks openly about his lived experience and about the road to recovery and wellness.

He has facilitated courses to community members, Allied Health Care Counsellors, Health Professionals, Case Managers, Entertainers, Support Workers in Disability Services, Sport Trainers and to those working in the Education Sector.

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Attachment Disorder in Adults: Practitioner Skills for Facilitating Attachment-Trauma Repair

Attachment disorder can correlate with a number of adult psychological presentations, such as; intimate relationship disturbance, family dysfunction, and parenting problems. Additionally, it may link to psychological conditions, anxiety, depression and some personality disorders.

Drawing heavily on the theory and research of John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth and Mary Main, the 3-pillars approach is a structured but flexible method to work with clients to repair attachment disorder.

Learn how best to work with adults presenting with attachment disorder and correlated psychological issues. Build skills for your practice to help facilitate repair from trauma with experts in the field Dr. Trail Dowie and Nigel Denning.

Facilitator Bios

Dr. Trail Dowie has PhD’s in Psychiatry and Philosophy. An academic, psychotherapist and trainer, he has been working in the attachment repair field for a number of years.  He has taught the 3-pillars approach at university and through professional development seminars for people working in the field.

Nigel Denning is a counselling psychologist and director of Integrative Psychology. He has been working and training with Dr. Daniel P. Brown of Harvard Medical School (the author of this method) on the Attachment repair technology for the last 6 years.

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Supervision: Developing your Reflective Practice

Every worker deserves quality practice supervision to help manage the demanding and complex client concerns we aim to assist with each day. This workshop will clarify the role of practice supervision and differentiate it from line management.  It will help you explore what it means to be a reflective practitioner and develop your skills to make supervision sessions useful, productive and effective.  These skills can assist you in your role of supervisee but can also add to your skills as a supervisor.

This interactive one day workshop will provide you with concrete skills and practical ideas for contributing to the structure of supervision session whilst ensuring supervision remains respectful yet challenging. This training also helps you think through your ethical stance and dilemmas, and negotiate an individual agreement.

Prevent stress build up and possible burnout and provide the best possible service to your clients through engaging effectively in supervision.

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Working Better with Nunga Kids

Working Better with Nunga Kids was developed to instil a deeper understanding of how workers can adapt their thinking and better support Aboriginal (Nunga) children. This training aims to build confidence and understanding for supporting Aboriginal children, to help make a positive difference to families.

Developed by Aboriginal workers, facilitators will share their knowledge and skills to help you develop a culturally appropriate approach to working with Aboriginal children.

Participants will be introduced to Healing the Aboriginal Way; the concept of spheres of Mind, Body and Spirit, the interconnectedness of these spheres, and the importance for Aboriginal people of healing all three.

Working through a trauma lens, participants will develop their understanding that children’s behaviour is communication, and responses to Nunga children and their parents must be therapeutic. Additionally, worker responses must take into account the effects of intergenerational trauma, and support connection and pride in culture.

The 14 May course is free for workers from Specialist Homelessness and Domestic Violence Services.

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