Awareness Matters Ltd delivers workshops and trainings on gender based violence and abuse related issues. We work with both statutory and voluntary agencies providing both inhouse and multi-agency trainings as well as bespoke trainings to meet your agenices needs.  

Training and Workshops

Having qualified as a psychotherapist in 1999, I came to understand that many of the people I trained with or worked alongside had little or no understanding of the dynamics of power & control within relationship as well as the wider group context. I felt this needed to be addressed and I started to liaise with statutory agencies about the significant challenges victims face when they start to acknowledge the abuse they live with as well as the ones they face when beginning the often long process of leaving their abusive realtionships. From this starting point my workshops and trainings were developed.

Why I began training...

For dates of workshops and trainings please check our events page. Fees for both, including in-house, are available on request.

Upcoming Events & Fees

-- Socrates

'I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.'

Workshops & Training

Awareness Matters deliver a variety of workshops on gender based violence and abuse, more commonly known as domestic abuse. The aim of each workshop and training is to support practitioners from a wide range of agencies to respond more appropriately and effectively so we can support all those affected by domestic abuse related issues. All workshops and trainings are delivered integrating group discussion, interactive exercises, use of dvds and powerpoint.

Whether you are a front line practitioner working with victims and survivors, a team leader or service manager our training is delivered in an accessible way ensuring a full opportunity for learning, discussion, strategies and tools to support best practice.

Awareness Matters delivers both inhouse and multi-agency workshops and trainings to both statutory and voluntary agencies and are able to offer bespoke training to meet your agenices needs.

Cathy is a highly experienced trainer having facilitated workshops and training in domestic violence and abuse related issues for 14 years training practioners from: CYP services, LAC, housing, police, health services, menatal health, schools, counselors & therapists, foster carers, adoption teams and adoptive parents, social workers, troubled family initiative, youth offending, CSE teams, youth provisions, Brooke Advisory, CAB, IDVA/ISVA teams, Safeguarding Advisors, learning centres, children’s residential care, community development, community safety, parenting teams, Volunteer Matters and specific domestic abuse agencies.

Agencies that have commissioned our in-house training previously include: Suffolk County Council, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Southend on Sea Borough Council, Milton Keynes Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, London Probation Trust, RISE Mutual CIC, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Southend Women’s Aid, the Kernos Centre and as part of a DAPHNE funded project providing the first domestic abuse training in Romania.

Facilitator Training

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Escape The Trap Facilitator Training

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Become a Facilitator

If you are working with young people, recognise the emerging levels of abuse they can experience in their early relationships and want to take a pro-active approach to addressing the issue and support those you work with then Escape the Trap is for you.

During the three day CPD Accredited training facilitators will learn how to run this programme, exploring ways to address the difficult and sensitive issue of teenage relationship abuse in an interactive way using experiential activities and self-reflection.

The programme is also accessible to use one to one with the accompanying Escape the Trap workbook.

Practitioners are training to become facilitators across the UK and represent a wide range of agencies including: school pastoral & learning mentors, school nurses, pupil referral unit’s, youth offending, youth services, children & young people’s services, specialist domestic abuse services, Brook Advisory, community safety, behaviour consultants, counsellors, scout leaders, police, IDSVA’s & YDVA’s.

Training Outline

Escape the Trap facilitator training will support practioners to learn about the:

  • Concept & structure of the programme
  • Group agreements
  • Exploring one’s own thinking and understanding about teenage relationship abuse
  • Additonal Risk Factors
  • Generating discussion with young people
  • Develop ways to address the difficult and sensitive issue of teenage relationship abuse using experiential activities and self-reflection
  • Understanding prevalance of social media abuse
  • Working flexibly to meet the needs of your group
  • Safety planning with young people
  • Monitoring Risk
  • Applying the programme in one to one work
  • The Escape the Trap facilitator training event provides an intensive learning experience over three days.

Over the three-day facilitator training, practitioners will gain an understanding of the complex dynamics of teenage relationship abuse. Each week of the programme will be explored in depth so practitioners will feel confident and equipped to deliver it at the end of the training.

All practitioners must have completed recognised safeguarding training.

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Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

 

Testimonials

Escape the Trap training, Suffolk 2016

Really informative course. Although a very serious subject the course was made to be fun and very interactive. It is really thought provoking and helps to better understand the needs and issues of young people. Fantastic three day course. Thank you.

Janet Syme

Fantastic training delivered by Cathy over 3 days. I have now run the programme with a group of young women and had a fantastic response. I have previously worked alongside targeted programmes for young people, but Escape the Trap is by far the best and the easiest to deliver.

Stevie Brooks

The Freedom Programme Facilitator Training

 

Freedom Programme Facilitator Training

The Freedom Programme was originally designed by Pat Craven in 1999, to address the abuser’s tactics and behaviours. It the examines the perceptions held of who is to blame for the violence & abuse by considering the beliefs of the abusing partner, the victim and society at large. It further explores the impact & effect on victims and their children, warning signs and what constitutes a ‘healthy’ partner. The programme provides a window of opportunity to explore these issues in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental forum enabling women to develop their own support network, alleviating their sense of isolation.

This an intensive three-day training, which explores the programme in full and provides an in-depth insight into domestic and sexual violence and abuse. It enables practitioners to run an 11/12 week programme which raises awareness and knowledge for victims/survivors about abuser behaviours, tactics and beliefs.

Training is suitable for any practitioners, statutory & voluntary, working with victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, including family support practitioners, CYP services, housing associations, tenency support, IDVAs, police, refuge & outreach staff, probation, health visitors, midwives, school nurses, therapeutic services, legal services, CAB, pastoral staff, support groups, community groups and those working with vulnerable adults and children.

It is not intended that every participant of the training become a facilitator. This training is equally useful to those working in a one to one capacity. Support will be given within the training on how to set up a group programme as well as using the Homestudy book.

This training can be provided in-house for a minimum of 10 persons. If you would like to access a multi-agency training please go to the Events page for future dates. For further information on this training, please contact Cathy directly via the Contact page.

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Testimonials

I HAVE NEVER ENJOYED TRAINING AS MUCH AS I DID WHEN I ATTENDED THE FREEDOM PROGRAMME. WAS AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER, BUT THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT.

AMY ANN HARWOOD

Challenging, informative, fun! No stone left unturned. Thank you Cathy and all attendees who made it possible!

Anni Meehan

I attended the Freedom Programme facilitator training in London in May 2013. Cathy was the trainer, her approach to the topic, her enthusiasm and genuine empathy and warmness made this one of the best training events I have ever attended over a long and varied professional career. I intend to undertake further training events delivered by Cathy. She is absolutely brilliant.

Anonymous

Cathy took us through an intense 3 days of learning on a very sensitive subject. As the sessions were very interactive and facilitated in a very relaxed style I did not feel overwhelmed. I feel very confident to take this learning forward and facilitate the Freedom Programme.

Julie Grover

Three days of very enjoyable and interactive training. Cathy delivers the sessions in a fun and memorable way. Really excited about running the classes and turning women’s lives around. Thanks Cathy! Tracy from Pandora Project.

Tracey Mahoney

I really enjoyed the Freedom Programme, it was a really fun and enjoyable experience. Cathy is very passionate and delivered the course fantastically. I couldn’t have asked for a better trainer.

Chelsea Butcher

Who’s in Charge? Facilitator Training

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Three-day Facilitator Training.

Overall Aims of the Nine Week Programme

  • Reduce parent’s feelings of isolation.
  • Challenge parent’s feelings of guilt.
  • Lessen deterministic thinking about causes (e.g. “he can’t help it.. he has ADHD” or “… he saw his father be violent”) – it is always multi-causal.
  • Reinforce belief in possibility of change (without giving false hope or creating complacency).
  • Clarify boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour (harder than it sounds as there are many grey areas and we need to avoid imposing our own values).
  • Arm parents with some simple concepts that have proved empowering: e.g. entitlement, the power of being irresponsible, etc.
  • Examine strategies for creating meaningful and practical consequences for unacceptable behaviour. The approach of most parenting courses and materials is to assume that children are basically cooperative and only need encouragement and positivity to be good. These approaches usually have failed miserably with the oppositional children of the WiC? parents. Finding consequences for children who care about little and don’t want to cooperate is very difficult.
  • Explore anger, both children’s and (often more usefully) parents’
  • Encourage assertiveness
  • Encourage self-care
  • Reinforce progress and provide emotional support while parents are attempting to become more assertive parents.

Goals:

  • It is expected that parents will feel less depressed and powerless by the end of the course (evaluation of those who complete the course strongly supports this at two month follow up).
  • It is hoped that the amount of violence and abusive behaviour will decrease in a majority of the families and the majority of group completers do report less abuse (but this depends on many variables that are out of our control and change in children’s behaviour may be a long term consequence of changes in parental behaviour). The majority of parents (about 66%) do report an improvement in their problem child’s abusive behaviour at 2-month follow-up. However, most are still experiencing some verbal abuse and yelling. Changing parents behaviour is part of a long process of change for many.
  • Raise awareness of the issue of violence to parents in the community and in the field.

WIC? Facilitator Training

For further information on our three day training in the Who’s in Charge? programme please click the WIC? Training Booking Form at the top of the page.

Also look at our Child to Parent Violence One Day Workshop.

For further information on this training, please contact Cathy directly via the Contact page.

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Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

 

Testimonials

Who's in Charge? Training London 2016

Who's in Charge? Training Portsmouth 2016

A great course, a great programme and great facilitators. Carole and Cathy were very easy to get along with, approachable, informative and listened as well as generating interesting discussions and ideas which made the training exiting, not forgetting a good mix of humour and fun. I left feeling very inpatient to get the programme up and running and using my new found knowledge in my one to one work as a Family Support Worker.Many thanksMarie

Marie Endean

This course will give parents confidence to believe in themselves, and to try out new strategies for dealing with behaviours from their children.

Programme Family Support Worker, Youth Offending, Team Slough

I love the way this training offers a new view of parenting, without blame. It follows this up with simple, attentive methods of parenting by assisting a shift of attitude, so that a small change may be as effective in changing a child’s behaviour.

S. Roberts, DASA, RISE

Workshops and Training

Child to Parent Violence & AbuseChildren & Domestic Abuse – A Shift in ApproachDomestic Abuse, Complex Trauma & the Impact on Mental HealthDomestic Violence & Abuse and Coercive ControlDV & the Impact of Trauma, Traumatic Transference, Boundaries & Self CareDV Risk Assessment, MARAC & Safety PlanningSo Called ‘Honour Based Abuse’, Forced Marriage & FGMTeenage Relationship Abuse – Working with Young People in Abusive Relationships

Child to Parent Violence & Abuse

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A unique opportunity to gain insight and understand child to parent violence (CPV).

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CPV has emerged significantly as an issue for families in the UK over the past five years. The research on this neglected form of family violence is confusing and often contradictory and there is little practical information available. Through this one day workshop we are keen to raise the profile and inform practitioners of the context of CPV in the UK, enabling them to identify and support parents who are battling with CPV.

The workshop is specifically aimed at practitioners working with families where children are being abusive towards their parents or who are completely out of control. The learning is based on our own experince of working with families and working with Eddie Gallagher (founder of the Who’s in Charge? programme). Practitioners who have attended our workshops come from: domestic abuse agencies, probation, youth offending, health, therapeutic services, legal services, Citizens Advice Bureaus, education, community groups, housing, police, social services, early help teams, youth services, adoption & fostering services.

Benefits of attending:

  • To increase understanding of the reasons that CPV can happen
  • Dispel the myths surrounding CPV
  • Explore approaches to working with parents experiencing CPV
  • Tips & Tools to support parents

Issues to be explored:

  • Introduction to CPV including national context
  • an overview of the Who’s in Charge? approach
  • How to identify CPV as opposed to other forms of familial abuse
  • How to discuss CPV in the face of shame & embarrassment
  • Impact of differing parenting styles for parents of uncooperative children
  • Supporting parents to develop creative consequences
  • Empowerment of parents

This approach aims to:

  • Reduce parental guilt, build hope and get parents past “we’ve tried everything!”
  • Explore realistic consequences for non-cooperative kids
  • Encourage improved engagement between parent & child/adolescent

The workshop uses PowerPoint, group discussion, videos and exercises.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

For more information contact:

Cathy Press info@awarenessmatters.org.uk
Cathy Press cathy@whosincharge.co.uk
Carole Williams carole@whosincharge.co.uk

Please visit our Who’s in Charge? page to learn more about the programme and how to further support parents.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

Children & Domestic Abuse – A Shift in Approach

One Day Workshop

The workshop aims to promote better outcomes for children and young people who have/are living with domestic abuse and to raise awareness of their needs and views to enable practitioners to develop responsive interventions that consider:

  • the effects on children and young people of living with domestic violence & abuse
  • how domestic abuse can be recognised through the responses and behaviour of children and young people
  • how children and young people make sense of their experiences of domestic abuse
  • the coping strategies they may use
  • resilience
  • practical and therapeutic approaches that involve and build on children’s and young peoples own understanding

The workshop will include the use of a powerpoint, presentation, DVD, case studies, group discussion and self-reflection.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive pack with notes to accompany the training, which can be used for future reference.

The workshop is appropriate for multi-agency practitioners, including those working for statutory and voluntary sector organisations that have a sound working knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse and may work directly or indirectly with children and their families.  The workshop underpins safeguarding procedures.

Participants will be expected to have completed some domestic abuse training prior to attending.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

Domestic Abuse, Complex Trauma & the Impact on Mental Health

One Day Workshop

This trauma informed workshop gives participants the opportunity to understand the nature and effects of domestic violence on a person’s emotional and mental health. It identifies the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and looks at how the effects of domestic violence and abuse and Complex Trauma impact the mental health of victims/survivors, but may never be recognised as such.

The workshop also aims to offer support to practitioners when working with those living with or impacted by domestic violence and abuse. It introduces risk assessment tools and how to assist a client in making a safety/crisis plan within the counselling session, without compromising the counselling process.

This workshop is useful for multi-agency practitioners as well as counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling supervisors, health professionals and those working with victims/survivors of domestic violence & abuse wishing to take a trauma informed, holistic approach.

The workshop will include the use of a powerpoint, presentation, DVD, case studies, group discussion and self-reflection.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive pack with notes to accompany the training, which can be used for future reference.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

Domestic Violence & Abuse and Coercive Control

One Day Workshop

The workshop provides the opportunity for participants to:

  • increase their knowledge base of domestic violence and abuse and its complex nature
  • explores coercive control
  • challenge the myths, stereotypes and social tolerance of domestic violence and abuse
  • understand and define the full spectrum of domestic violence & abuse and abusive behaviours
  • build an understanding of the experiences of victims affected by intimate relationship and community abuse
  • to consider the cycle of abuse, a ‘victim’s journey’ and the reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships
  • consider the impact of domestic violence and abuse and what needs to be in place to leave an abusive relationship

The workshop aims to give participants a sound working knowledge of domestic & sexual violence & abuse and coercive control, and will emphasize the importance of inter-agency collaboration in responding to the needs of victims. The workshop will include the use of a powerpoint, presentation, DVD, case studies, group discussion and self-reflection.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive pack with notes to accompany the training, which can be used for future reference.

This workshop will be useful to anyone who wishes to extend their knowledge and understanding on the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse. Appropriate for practitioners and professionals including those working for voluntary organisations whose role involves working with/supporting women, children and families. Participants who have previously attended, range from Health, Social Services, CYP Services, Children’s Services, Youth Offending & Probation, Housing, Police & legal professionals, Women’s Aid, Counsellors & specific Domestic Abuse Services.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

DV & the Impact of Trauma, Traumatic Transference, Boundaries & Self Care

One Day Workshop

This trauma informed workshop is particularly suited to teams of staff and/or volunteers working directly in agencies with client groups who are particularly vulnerable and where trauma is a consistent theme in the nature of the work delivered.

Participants will:

  • explore domestic abuse and the impact of trauma on victims
  • identify what motivates us to work and respond in the particular way that we do
  • explore the nature of projection, transference and counter-transference within a traumatic context
  • reflect on vicarious trauma: trauma that service users present and the traumatic transference that can occur
  • consider what happens to us when we make referrals in respect of our own experience within the context of the situation
  • consider boundaries and resistance
  • self-care

This workshop is useful for multi-agency practitioners as well as counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling supervisors, health professionals and those working with victims/survivors of domestic violence & abuse wishing to use a trauma informed, holistic and therapeutic approach.

The workshop will include the use of a powerpoint presentation, DVD, group discussion and self-reflection. The learning exercises will be experiential, interactive and self-reflective.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive pack with notes to accompany the workshop, which can be used for future reference.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

DV Risk Assessment, MARAC & Safety Planning

One Day Workshop

To enable front line practitioners to respond appropriately to victims of domestic, sexual and honour based abuse by increasing their knowledge about effective and safe interventions, to encourage disclosure, identify high and lower risk cases using risk assessment and the MARAC process, understand the risk poised by domestic violence abusers/perpetrators and completing safety planning with victims at all levels of risk.

The course brings together multi-agency risk assessment conferencing (MARAC) and safety planning and supports the adoption of a common DASH risk assessment that can be used by all agencies. It is focused to improve coordination between a range of protective interventions that can used by practioners and professionals. It promotes working in an inter-agency environment to respond to victims of domestic and honour based abuse, in order to encourage an effective, focussed and consistent response to those living with domestic violence and abuse.

The course is appropriate for practitioners and professionals including those working for voluntary organisations whose role involves working with/supporting women, children and families. Participants who have previously attended, range from Health, Social Services, CYP Services, Children’s Services, Youth Offending & Probation, Housing, Police & legal professionals, Women’s Aid, Counsellors & specific Domestic Abuse Services.

As this course focuses on risk and protective interventions, applicants should have as a minimum, attended both domestic a violence & abuse awareness training and safeguarding training.

The workshop will include the use of a powerpoint, presentation, DVD, case studies, group discussion and self-reflection.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive pack with notes to accompany the training, which can be used for future reference.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

So Called ‘Honour Based Abuse’, Forced Marriage & FGM

Includes the half day above, but extends to address ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation and its prevalence. Participants will be encouraged to:

  • explore the complexities and dynamics of abusive relationships in relation to honour related abuse and its impact on victims and children
  • challenge the common myths, stereotypes and social tolerance of domestic and sexual abuse and those associated with honour’ based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • identify practice issues and cultural sensitivity/community beliefs to enable effective support of victims in responding to the threat, harm and risk of abuse

This workshop uses group exercises and dvd materials to enhance learning and awareness raising.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.

Teenage Relationship Abuse – Working with Young People in Abusive Relationships

The aims of this workshop are:

  • To increase awareness of the problem of violence and abuse in teen relationships and enable practitioners to offer supportive interventions.
  • To inform professional judgement in relation to young people, help to identify suitable cases to be reviewed at a MARAC and inform referrals to Children and Young People Services (CYPS).

The workshop will provide participants with information to promote better understanding of forms of abuse that affect young people including coercive, controlling and grooming behaviours and other sustained abusive activities that are increasingly prevalent in teen relationships. Through discussion and exercises the course will consider:

  • Who may be at risk of teenage relationship abuse and their age-range
  • If there are similarities between adult and teenage relationship abuse
  • How to begin a risk assessment process with a young person being harmed within a relationship
  • How to work with young people who may be experiencing a broad spectrum of emotions and feelings, encompassing low self-esteem, low self-worth and confusion

By the end of the course participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Develop a deeper insight into the components and dynamics of abuse experienced in young and/or teenage relationships
  • Further understanding of the added risk factors compounding this complex issue identifying differences between teenage and adult domestic abuse
  • Explore use of Young Person’s Risk Indicator Checklist for MARAC, in alignment with safeguarding, as well safety planning and how to engage young people in this process

The course is appropriate for practitioners and professionals including those working for voluntary organisations whose role involves working with/supporting women, children and families. Participants who have previously attended, range from Health, Social Services, CYP Services, Children’s Services, Youth Offending & Probation, Housing, Police & legal professionals, Women’s Aid, Counsellors & specific Domestic Abuse Services.

The workshop will include the use of a PowerPoint presentation, DVD, case studies, group discussion and self-reflection.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive pack with notes to accompany the training, which can be used for future reference.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.