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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

Price range
£300.00 - £420.00

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.

Course description

The course runs over 3 days and trains facilitators to run Community Groups programmes. It provides an overview of the group programme and a detailed look at each of the 12 week sessions for the children’s and the mothers groups. It also provides information and guidance on risk assessments as facilitators are expected to conduct home assessment visits for each family who are referred to groups.

The Community Group 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. The Community Group model was originally developed in Canada. AVA has the endorsement of the Canadian authors 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. They are supported 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 suitable for individuals who work for organisations who are already running the Community Groups programme. If the programme is not already in operation, a minimum of 8-10 staff from one workplace need to attend the training in order to then be ready to launch the programme. To be eligible to run groups we would expect that participants to have a good understanding of the impacts of domestic violence on women and children and have experience of running groups and an understanding of the group work process.

What next?

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Statutory sector, private sector & large charities with annual income > £1million £420.00
Medium charities with annual income between £200k - £1million £360.00
Small charities with annual income < £200k £300.00