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Narrative-Invitational Approaches to Working with Men who use Violence

May 14-May 15, 2020

9.00am - 4.00pm

Terry Callahan & Sonja Baram

Drawing inspiration from the work of Alan Jenkins and Michael White, this workshop opens space for reflection and practice around ethical and accountable ways of working with men who abuse.  It explores the scaffolding of respectful collaboration with a man that provides the conditions for a man to begin to face up to often shameful acts towards his partner and children. Important topics over these three days include:

  • first conversations with a man to map out a journey of responsibility

  • invitations to a man to 'tell it like it is'

  • developing the skill of 'respectful interruption' of stories of blame, justification or denial

  • bringing forward a man's hopes and ethics as a father and partner

  • responding to shame (and avoiding 'shaming')

  • contact with a man's partner and children

  • searching for exceptions to control, violence or abuse, where a man has acted in accordance with his ethics

  • unfolding dominant discourses of masculinity which support violence and abuse towards women and others

  • 're-membering' practices where men's history of witnessing other significant men's ways of respect and non-violence can be more richly described

  • invitations to men to consider acts of reparation

Sonja and Terry participated in recent ANROWS (Australia's National Research Office for Women's Safety) research, available for downloading: Engaging men who use violence: Invitational Narrative Approaches .

This workshop will also invite participants to reflect on their own parallel ethical and political journeys in working with men who abuse.

Cost $285


Terry Callahan has been deepening his understandings and practices of Narrative therapy for nearly twenty years. He continues to be delighted and extended by the possibilities for rich story development with individuals, couples and groups who share their lives with him. He has taught at universities, and government and non-government agencies over the last six years. He currently practises with a brilliant and rigorous team at Uniting Communities in Adelaide, who support those addressing family and relationship predicaments, violence, and childhood sexual abuse. He also provides counselling, teaching and consultancy through Adelaide Narrative Counselling and Teaching.

 Sonja Baram is an experienced family therapist residing in Adelaide. She has been learning, practicing and teaching about how to have conversations with people in a wide variety of settings and in ways that can be most helpful to them in their lives. She notices how conversations that are guided by Narrative and Invitational therapy can undermine harmful problems and their effects. Sonja is Family and Relationship counsellor with the non-government agency Uniting Communities, which provides  Specialised Family Violence Counselling and Counselling around Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault survivors. She has authored several papers in the field and is on the Editorial board of the Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Journal.