Training for IDVAs, ISVAs, Refuge and Outreach workers

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Pattern Changing; facilitation training

A comprehensive three day training course for professionals who would like to facilitate group work with female survivors of domestic abuse.  Pattern Changing is a 14 week group programme for women who’ve experienced abusive relationships. It is an educational programme with a support group element, emphasising that we all have rights.  Women are taught how to assert and protect those rights. It helps women spot indicators of people, particularly new partners, who ignore their rights, who assert control and who may go on to be a risk to them and their children. Pattern Changing aims to help women recover from an abusive relationship. It is particularly beneficial for women who’ve had more than one abusive partner and/or experienced childhood difficulties.  In 2004 ADVA, Devon’s domestic abuse forum, evaluated Pattern Changing.  You can access that report online or by emailing me.

“Inspiring! I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. I look forward to delivering it in the future” – course participant

“One of the best training events I have attended. I felt valued, included and really enjoyed the days” – course participant


Dual allegations and managing inappropriate referrals.

A half day training course on managing counter allegations or dual allegations.  This can be run in conjunction with training on responding to male victims or working with LGBT victims of domestic abuse to make a full day training.


Resilience and self-care workshop (including Vicarious Trauma)

Typically run over half a day, this interactive course enables professionals to reflect on improving their own self care and encourages them to see this as beneficial to the service they offer clients.


Case Management Skills: Ensuring consistency, confidence & accountability.

It is essential that professionals operate a case management system which allows client information to be recorded accurately, securely and in way that enables them to prioritise client safety.  This workshop helps professionals critically evaluate their current case management approaches and includes training on information sharing principles.  This can be run over half a day or a full day.


Motivational Interviewing in Domestic Abuse Interventions.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidenced based approach to encouraging and supporting change. It is a directive, yet empathic and supportive approach which avoids conflict and argument between professional and client.  It is fundamental to the toolkit of domestic abuse workers.  Whilst the theory is simple, MI takes some practicing in order to become confident and skilled. One and two day training courses with lots of opportunity for practice are available.

“Motivational interviewing is a way of being with a client, not just a set of techniques for doing counselling” – Miller & Rollnick, 1991.

Drowning Sorrows: working with substance using clients

Drawing on my experience as a drug and alcohol worker, this course examines the relationship between substance use and abusive relationships.  Delegates will be presented with tools for engaging their clients in dialogue about their substance use.  We will also look at incorporating substance use into safety plans.  This training can be run over one or two days according to the depth of training required.


Risk & MARAC (incl. utilising CAADA/SafeLives DASH RIC)

An interactive and practical course for those who have previously undertaken training in domestic abuse dynamics.  This course examines how to undertake risk assessment in a sensitive and appropriate manner and how this links to MARAC.  An alternative course which focuses on risk assessing young people in abusive relationships is also available.


Responding to sexual violence

A one day training course on understanding the impact of sexual violence and how to appropriately support those affected by it.


Working with young people in abusive relationships

A one day course on how to engage and support younger clients.  This course is ideal for those in the domestic abuse sector who want to hone their skills for working with young people.  A two day course which incorporates specific risk assessment training is also available.


Training on working with LGBT victims of domestic abuse, male victims and ‘honour’ based violence is also available.