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Groupwork: ‘why does it keep happening to me?’

*** THIS COURSE IS FULL - register below to go on waiting list ***

This training will look at challenging the assumptions and changing the outlook for women who have experienced family violence.  It will provide an understanding of the response-based  practice mode, used in a group work context, and focus on the experiences of women survivors of family violence who participated in a response-based support group.  It offers skills for practitioners to use the model in their own support groupwork.

Kristen Sheridan, an associate of ShantiWorks, will present a groupwork model for working alongside women who have experienced violence. The model is based on a feminist, social justice perspective and uses a  ‘response-based practice’ approach.  It aims to create a political space and an opportunity for women to express outrage about how they've been treated by individuals and the broader society. This approach challenges the use of language which pathologises women's responses to violence. Instead, it enables women to experience solidarity with others, and a sense of pride in how they each have resisted the violence, acknowledging the multiple ways they have attempted to protect themselves and their children. 


Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Extra info: 

Course Code: GW515


Telstra Conference Centre, Melbourne CBD. Information regarding venue and any pre-reading will be forwarded with confirmation email.




$95 SHS* funded workers

$250 non-SHS* funded workers


You can go on the waiting list for this course below.

* SHS (formerly SAAP) stands for Specialist Homelessness Services.

Most domestic violence and housing/homelessness services are funded under the SHS Program through the Department of Human Services.

If unsure about your SHS status, please check with your organisation's Finance Officer or Administration Coordinator.