Family violence occurs in every community and culture and has profound effects on every person it touches. This workshop examines different forms of violence within family relationships, including psychological/emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Assessment areas will be reviewed to understand the impact on individuals, relationships and communities. Interventions will be explored for working with those who perpetrate violence as well as those who are abused, with the goal of moving beyond shame and hurt to the restoration of relationships and prevention of further violence. Participants will learn specific interventions for promoting safety with children, adults and in relationships.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

Day 1
  • Family Violence: Overview and Language
  • Prevalence of Family Violence
  • Myths of Family Violence
  • Healthy Relationship Goals
  • Theories on Causes of Family Violence
  • Multiple Dimensions to the Use of Violence
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Impact of Family Violence
  • Attachment Bonds in Relationships
  • Expanding Our View
  • Barriers to Addressing Violence for Helpers
  • Key Helper Skills for Fostering Change
  • Working Toward Solutions
  • Assessment of Family Violence
  • Prominent Risk Factors
  • Assessment of Adult Relationships
  • When is Couple Counselling Appropriate?
Day 2
  • Children and Family Violence
  • Assessment of Families
  • Strategies for Supporting Families Ending Violence
  • Steps for Safety
  • Working With Adults Who Use Abuse
  • Steps for Building Secure Bonds
  • Strategies for Working with Children
  • Community Healing
  • Where to from Here
  • Impact of the Work on Helpers

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for counselors, family support workers, mental health workers, community workers and others supporting families working to heal from and prevent further family violence.