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Abode Woden

10 Bowes Street

Woden, ACT 2606

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Accountable work with men who use violence and controlling behaviour requires specialist skills not readily available in the ACT. To date there has not been a set of minimum standards or practices to guide this work as exists in other Australian states such as Victoria and Queensland.

Behaviour change work with men is similar in some ways to other types of counselling work, but very different in other ways. It carries extra risks to all involved and requires specific skills and knowledge related to family violence and working with men who us violence and controlling behaviour. Perpetrator Interventions are a significant feature of both the Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy 2011-2017.

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Participants can attend five days of training (broken up by a weekend) or 15 days of training (over a six week period).

All participants will receive training on male family violence including myths, invitations to collude, identifying predominate aggressor, risk assessment, challenging violence supporting narratives, relevant information gathering, safety concerns, engagement techniques and tools of engagement, referrals and working within an integrated system. This is relevant and appropriate for all participants who engage with men who may be using family violence in various agency settings such as Child Protection, Family Services, Court and Police, Counsellors, Homelessness workers, AOD and Mental Health workers.

The training will support participants to be able to identify and respond to men in a safe manner for not only the participants, but the man and his partner and children. To engage him in conversations around his responsibility and accountability for his choice to use violence and to encourage him to accept a referral to an appropriate service who specialise in working with men who use family violence.

The 15 day training is appropriate for participants who wish to develop their skills at specialist group facilitation of men who use violence and controlling behaviour.

All registrations include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the duration of their training.

THE TRAINERS

Denise Roberts has taught accredited family violence courses such as the Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence; the qualification for workers in men's behaviour change programs, in Victoria, Mildura and Alice Springs and the Course in Telephone Counselling Male Family Violence; for the Men's Referral Service over the last eight years in conjunction with Swinburne University. She has presented various trainings across Victoria and New South Wales in family violence to various organisations including Child Protection, Housing Workers, Court Workers, Mental Health Workers, Disability Workers and Corrections, amongst others.

Denise has been a Regional Integration Coordinator for the Eastern Metropolitan Region (VIC) where she supported the Family Violence Integration System bringing services together to work in an integrated service system to increase the safety of women and children and increase perpetrator's accountability for their use of violence.

She has presented at various conferences in Victoria and interstate and has been a resource for various publications.

Denise is a qualified Men's Behaviour Change Facilitator and Teacher.

Mark Kulkens is a Clinical Psychologist working in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Since 1997, he has facilitated over 1600 hours of group work, predominately with men who have perpetrated sexual and physical violence. Mark has worked in community and custodial settings; undertaking forensic and clinical mental health assessments for a range of audiences as well as providing individual psychological therapy to a wide variety of clients.

Mark has participated in a range of training events including the Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence for Men’s Behaviour Change Program facilitators and the Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence Telephone Counselling for the Men’s Referral Service Telephone Counsellors.

Michelle Perry has worked for over twenty years across education, public health, community, non-government organisations and in private practice. For the past ten years this work has focused on addressing family violence against women and children.

Michelle’s work experience has involved direct client practice, training and development of family violence awareness and prevention practice, and more recently, Michelle obtained the position of Manager of all state wide family violence programs for Relationships Australia Victoria. This position managed a staff load of over 60 practitioners.

Career highlights include writing Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP) content for two organisations, piloting the first MBCP in a prison environment, and developing and facilitating training packages to assist with the understanding of family violence and appropriate responses.

Michelle has Postgraduate qualifications in Social Science MBCP facilitation, Family Therapy and is currently completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.

Standard Registration of Five Days Only - $1,000 runs on the following dates and participants should attend at all sessions:

24, 25, 26, 29 and 30 May

Extended Registration of 15 Days - $3,000 runs on the following dates and participants should attend at all sessions:

24, 25, 26, 29 and 30 May and 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 26 and 27 June

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