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Paul Zappa: Change Makers - how we can best approach the task of changing...

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Seymour Community Arts Centre

Cnr Loco & Anglesey Sts Seymour

Seymour, VIC 3660

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All of the latest research into primary prevention of Family Violence indicates that the focus of our work should be on reshaping the language, attitudes, and beliefs of our young men. We need to promote gender equality and call out those who are sexist or supportive of any form of violence.

This seems like a straightforward task but, in reality, this is really challenging. Anyone who has attempted to adopt this call to action soon realises that there is significant momentum, built up over thousands of years, working against you. Just try telling a work colleague that their joke is largely sexist or telling a father that his idea of hitting someone because he hit you first is not great advice to give your son.

This session looks at our role as Change Makers and how we can best approach the task of challenging sexism or violence supportive attitudes. How do we make the shift from bystander to upstander in a considered and safe manner? What difference can we make as individuals and how do we become part of a movement that ultimately recasts beliefs and attitudes of many people in society?

Paul Zappa is the founder and director of NIRODAH, a company that specialises in violence prevention education. NIRODAH work across Australia, delivering anti-violence and bystander-education training to schools, community agencies, and sporting clubs. They also employ 20 psychologists who work in a number of primary and secondary schools.

The NIRODAH philosophy is based upon an empathy-based model that draws on research into the impacts of trauma and neglect on neurological and emotional functioning. NIRODAH’s fundamental focus is on developing communities based around respect and compassion, and focusing upon prevention rather than intervention.

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Professionals working with families and children within the Community, Health and Welfare sectors as well as Youth leaders, Police, Legal profession, Education, Teachers and Early Childhood staff.


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