Family violence occurs in every community and culture, and it has profound effects on every person involved. This workshop examines different forms of violence within family relationships, including psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Assessment areas will be reviewed to help understand the impact of violence on individuals, relationships, and communities. Intervention strategies for working with those who perpetrate violence, as well as those who are abused, will be provided. The goal for these interventions is to move beyond shame and hurt to the restoration of relationships and the prevention of further violence. Participants will learn to promote safety with children, adults, and in relationships.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Myths of Family Violence
  • Healthy Relationship Goals
  • Causes of Family Violence
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Attachment Bonds in Relationships
  • Barriers to Addressing Violence
  • Key Skills for Fostering Change
  • Assessment of Family Violence
  • When is Couples Counselling Appropriate?
  • Steps for Building Secure Bonds
  • Strategies for Working with Children
  • Working with Adults Who Use Abuse
  • Community Interventions
  • Impact of the Work on Helpers

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone supporting families working to heal from and prevent further family violence.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.