Working with families - FAQs

How much does the course cost?

Voluntary service: £550 
Statutory service £795

Please be aware we only have a limited number of voluntary service places available. These will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Places for those paying the voluntary fee are only available to charities with an annual income of less than £1m. Once the limited voluntary fee places are allocated, we still welcome applications from voluntary and charitable organisations at the standard fee rate. 

Who can apply?

This course is aimed at anyone working with families experiencing domestic abuse, including social workers, family support workers, CAFCASS officers or staff based in family centres. 

What is the time commitment?

•    in the training room: 4 days, 9.30am - 4.30pm
•    the course is not assessed and therefore there is no compulsory work to be completed outside of the training room. However, we recommend allowing yourself time to reflect on your learning and to read the materials we provide in order to make the most of the course

What are the training requirements?

To ensure you get the most from your training, we ask that all applicants:

•    attend all training days
•    understand and speak good English in order to understand the training materials and to be able to take part fully in classroom exercises

If you have any additional learning needs, please let us know on the application form so we can ensure that your learning experience is as full as possible. 

How is the course structured? What does it cover?

Learners are encouraged to be open and honest about the challenges they face in working with families experiencing domestic abuse. They are supported to work together to explore solutions and share best practice.

Day 1
•    3 planet theory
•    dynamics of domestic abuse
•    typology 
•    dual allegations

Day 2 
•    the effects of domestic abuse on children and young people – from pre-birth to adolescence
•    the Impact of domestic abuse on parenting
•    parenting assessments

Day 3 
•    risk identification and domestic abuse
•    using risk assessment tools with all family members

Day 4
•    serious case reviews – implications for practice
•    dealing with denial in families experiencing domestic abuse
•    working with clients motivationally – pro-social modelling, motivational interviewing

Who are the course trainers?

Jodie Das 
Jodie has worked in the domestic abuse field for many years. She was trained in Duluth, USA and has an MSc in Interprofessional practice: society, violence and practice from City University, London. Jodie managed a women’s refuge, before taking up a post in a DVA intervention project where she designed and promoted interprofessional policy, strategy and accredited training. In 2004, Jodie formed Sea Change DV Training and Consultancy and she was contracted by the Home Office and National Probation Directorate to design and deliver training for the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP). Jodie currently delivers IDAP with the probation service - a programme for men to address their use of violence or abuse within intimate relationships. Jodie has recently been working with the Ministry of Justice and European Union, assisting the Turkish probation service to design and implement responses to victims of domestic and sexual violence across the Turkey. She has worked as an associate trainer for SafeLives since 2008, delivering training for IDVAs and family intervention projects. 

Dinah Mears
Dinah is a trainer and relationship counsellor (MBACP). She started her career as a state registered nurse and then moved into community work running family support groups and a youth club for Devon County Council. In 1993 she worked with the International Red Cross resettling traumatised refugee families to Devon from the war in Yugoslavia. She began her therapeutic training in 1999, alongside her role in a child protection team where she began to develop support services for parents and children. While completing  both the foundation and clinical practice certificate in family therapy from Exeter University’s Department of Psychology, Dinah spent 12 years working as a manager of family support services in the field of child protection. During  the last 14 years she has become a specialist domestic abuse consultant and trainer for Devon County Council. She has also worked as a counsellor with Relate for 7 years, alongside running her own private counselling practice. 

Who can I contact for more details?

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