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    Leap into Yourself: Work effectively with Trauma and Shame and apply Cultural Awareness to your practice

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    Leap Into Yourself: Work with Trauma and Shame and apply Cultural Awareness to your practice will be held from 15-17 May 2024 in Naarm/Melbourne. 

    We are proud to partner again with Dardi Munwurro for this unique offering where complex issues around family violence response will be discussed within various cultural contexts and with healing practices interwoven into the process. 

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Session Times:

    • Wed 15 May: 6-9pm (smoking ceremony and introduction to the workshop)
    • Thurs 16 May: 9.30am - 4.30pm
    • Fri 17 May: 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Who is this workshop for?

    The program is designed for service providers from a range of service areas who are encountering clients that are using and/or experiencing family and domestic violence behaviours. The program will increase your understanding of how to engage with clients who use or are impacted by tactics of coercive control and other abusive behaviours. 

    Our upcoming workshop is open to all service providers who are working with clients who are impacted by family, domestic and sexual violence, including:

    • ACCO's
    • multicultural services
    • Men's Behaviour Change providers
    • case workers
    • crisis support agencies
    • housing
    • employment
    • child and youth-focused services
    • addiction and mental health services
    • anyone who would like to better work with trauma and shame when they see it manifest in client engagement around the use or experience of family, domestic and/or sexual violence.

    About the Offering:

    Some suggest shame and trauma sit in all corners of the work we do with those affected by violence. 

    • How well do we understand the embodied experiences and sensations of shame and trauma – their nature, power, and manifestations? 
    • How well do we work with Shame to harness its potential for motivating respectful behaviour change? 
    • What can we improve in our processes and practice to better pacify the impact of trauma for our clients?

    The above topics will be explored via an interweaving of facilitated discussions, where cultural safety and perspectives will be drawn out and centred, allowing for a deep and rich knowledge interchange. 

    More about the program:

    Our expert trainers from the Institute of non-violence (IoNV) are partnering with leaders at Dardi Munwurro to take you on a journey of reflective learning and practice.

    We are combining family violence, cultural and group facilitation expertise for this unique and tailored offering to assist you to better understand and work with shame and trauma.

    This unique offering focuses on building participants’ appreciation for Shame and Trauma, providing simple ideas and principles that can be readily integrated into family violence practice. It will offer family violence practitioners the opportunity to self-reflect on their practice, presumptions and attitudes regarding Shame and Trauma, providing an opportunity to trial some different skills and perspectives.

    This workshop explicitly acknowledges the propensity for Shame and Shaming that men can experience as they attempt to deal both with their own past violent choices and their ongoing victimisation. Furthermore, we are bringing together expert professionals from various racial and ethnic backgrounds with employees at Dardi, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge and practice can be discussed. This is a rare opportunity to sit in a space with others and partake in discussions that are rarely a part of our daily practice.

    The experience is guaranteed to enrich participants' thinking and reflection on their clinical practice and the system within which we all carry out this work.

    As with all our work at IoNV, the training will be delivered with an intersectional feminist lens.

    Key Topics:

    This training will cover the following key topics and takeaways:

    • An appreciation for how shame and trauma impact those affected by violence– its perpetration and/or experience of violence.
    • An introduction to basic principlesfor working more productively withShame and Trauma.
    • Core concepts for understanding trauma and how it manifests.
    • Four basic concepts for understanding shame - how and why it manifests as it does.
    • Applying relevant cultural frameworks for effective client engagement and response to complex relationship dynamics.


    To ensure participants get the most out of this workshop, we have limited the capacity to a maximum of 30 participants, with some spaces reserved for Dardi Munwurro and ACCO employees and spaces for anyone from other services.

    Book now to secure your spot and contact our team if you wish to discuss fees or bookings.

    About your Facilitators:

    Hala Abdelnour, Founder and CEO at Institute of non-violence

    Hala is a highly qualified and experienced group facilitator, trainer and practitioner. She has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology); Bachelor of Arts (Criminology); Master of Social Work (equivalent); Psychodrama core training; MARAM updated training (Vic Gov); Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation; Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Education; and Certificate IV in Dual Diagnosis. She is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow; she has completed the Company Director’s Course and has held various NFP board roles.

    Hala has lived, worked and/or travelled in over 50 countries and speaks 6 languages. Since 2003, Hala has supported numerous individuals and families who are experiencing and/or using family violence. She has consulted with and delivered training on substance abuse, cultural responsivity, and family violence to Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Department of Communities and Justice Victoria, Port Phillip Prison executive team and correctional officers, as well as a broad range of service providers. In 2018, Hala co-designed and co-delivered the Graduate Certificate in Family Violence for No To Violence, at Swinburne University.

    Learn more about Hala and connect with her on LinkedIn.

    Mark Kulkens, Senior Psychologist and Trainer

    Mark is a clinical psychologist born and raised on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung land in Naarm / Melbourne. With Dutch/Anglo heritage, he considers himself a white Australian committed to truth telling and has been working in areas of family violence since 1997. Mark has facilitated more than 2000hrs of therapeutic group work with men guilty of sexual and violent crimes. Mark believes shame is – in essence – an in-bodied mechanism designed to keep us safely connected. Mark is father of two and husband to (a special) one. He enjoys exploring new ideas and wishes he could swim more.

    Learn more about Mark and connect with him on LinkedIn.

    Hannah Wright, Lead Trainer and Group Facilitator

    Hannah is a highly skilled and passionate professional with a diverse background in corporate law, change management, advocacy, allyship, group facilitation and training. With an unwavering commitment to social justice and equity, Hannah brings an intersectional lens to the important work of supporting practitioners in the family violence sector. Hannah possesses a keen understanding of navigating complex systems, she is adept at driving transformative initiatives and at fostering inclusive environments.

    Hannah is currently training in arts therapy, psychodrama and Masters of Social Work, recognizing the power of creative expression in healing and self-discovery.

    Learn more about Hannah and connect with her on LinkedIn.

    Aunty Carol from Dardi Munwurro will also be a fourth trainer and will be present to hold space, facilitate cultural awareness building and integration into the practice.


    "It was good how the group members were given the opportunity to explore and express themselves and that the training provided an open space for this. Tuesdays work around Shame and the Poly Vagal Theory was great and really reminded me of how in our assessment process in particular we don't do this well. Having the First Nations lens during the 2 days was good and informative." - Leap into Yourself Participant, March 2023

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