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Community Groups programme (3-day facilitator training)

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Date(s) - 20 Jun 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Location AVA The Foundry, 17 Oval Way London London SE11 5RR United Kingdom


The Community Groups programme facilitator training is a 3 day course and will run between 9:30 and 16:30 on the 20, 27 June and 11 July. This course trains facilitators to run Community Groups programmes.

Course description

The Community Groups programme (3-day facilitator training) is a 3 day course for frontline workers who want to learn how to run groups for mothers and children. In addition to providing an overview of the group programme, the course gives a detailed look at each of the 12 week sessions for the children’s and the mothers groups. The training will also provide information and guidance on how to conduct home assessment visits for each family who are referred to the groups. This includes risk assessments.

What is the Community Groups Programme?

The Community Groups programmes are for children, young people and their mothers who have experienced domestic violence.  They provide a community based setting to share and talk about their experiences. AVA has the endorsement of the Canadian authors of the model to adapt and roll out the model in the UK.

The model is based around a programme of sessions for children aged 4 -21 (the children are divided into age-specific groups) which run for two hours a week over a twelve-week period. The Community Group programme offers concurrent group sessions for the children’s mothers. The group supports mothers to understand how the violence has impacted on their child and how best to help them through the healing process.

Learning objectives

The programme addresses the following core issues

  • validation of the children’s experiences
  • understanding abuse
  • reducing self-blame
  • safety planning
  • managing appropriate and inappropriate expressions of emotion
  • the mother-child relationship.

Who should attend?

This training is only for people who work for organisations already running the Community Groups programme.

If the programme is not already running at your organisation, at least 8 staff from one workplace need to attend the training. This is necessary in order to then start the programme.

To run groups, you must have a good understanding of the impacts of domestic violence on women and children. You must also have experience of running groups and an understanding of the group work process.

What next?

Please use the quick and easy form below to book your place.

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The links between experiences of domestic and sexual violence, substance use and mental ill-health training London feedback excellent

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