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Women's Programme Modules

Note:  Because the group is open, there is no starting session.  The 14 programme sessions are designed to roll over with participants starting at any point, therefore, the programme does not start at session 1.

1.  Communication & Listening
     Learning how to listen.  What is my style of communicating?  Is it abusive to others? How
     well does ths work for me and others?  How does this affect resolution of conflict?
2.  The Context of Women's Anger & Violence
     The context of women's anger and violence and the difference between men's and
     women's violence.  External supports for violence and abuse. Historical supports for
     personal violence and abuse. Stereotypes and barriers to respect.  The use of violence
    and abuse for power and control.
3.  Power  & Control VS Equality & Respect
     To understand more about the Power & Wheel and all the different ways people try to
     keep control over others.  To understand more about the Equality & Respect Wheel and
     what being respectful looks like in practice & attitude.  To recognise the obvious or subtle
     tactics that may be used to control or manipulate and to understand more about the short
     and long term impact of these power & control tactics on everyone, especially children.
4.  Understanding Your Anger
     Valuing anger as an emotion vs violence as a behaviour.  Looking at what is underneath
     anger. The 3 things we can do with our anger- our choice.  How to value
     and manage anger usefully and deal with it assertively.
5.  The Cycle of Violence / Intergenerational Cycles
     Impact on ourselves,our children and others.  How cycles and patterns of abusive
     behaviour affect ourselves and others.  Understanding more about the history of cycles of
     violence in our families.
6.  Triggers / Anger & Stress Management
      What pushes our buttons?  Understand what a trigger is and where it comes from.  Learn
      to control reactions to triggers and make new choices. Gain an insight into others
      triggers.  Awareness of stress levels, strategies for wind down not wind up,effective
      communication, positive power thinking, tools for dealing respectfully with building conflict.
7.   Values & Beliefs
      Understanding our own values and beliefs and how they underpin our thinking and
      responses and the choices that we make.  What values and beliefs were we taught? 
      Which are helpful and which are not for our relationships?
8.    Roles & Role Modelling
       Understanding the roles we take in life.  Who were our role models? What did you learn
       from them? Who are we role models for? What are we teaching our children?  How do
       these tie in with our values and our beliefs?
9.    Parenting / Step Parenting
       Behaviour management strategies (positive feedback and consequences), developing
       safe and responsible parenting skills, building our children's self esteem and confidence,
       effects of domestic violence on children (short and long term), learning about healthy  
       childhood development.
10.  Self Esteem, Self Confidence, Self Care
       Building our self image, interests, supports, passions, beliefs, values, wants and needs.
11. The Path of Change & Making the Best Choices
      The stages of change. What keeps us on track, what takes us off track? The payoff for
      all. Seeing where we are as a result of the choices we make. Taking back power we have
      given away, standing strong, and making the right choices for yourself and your family.
12. Healthy Relationships
      What makes a healthy relationship? What is already healthy in the relationships I have? 
      What needs to change? How can I do this?
13. Safety Plans
      Coming to terms with the paramountcy of the safety of children and what this means in
      practice. Safety plans.
14. Conflict Resolution
      How to deal with conflict and tension in a positive, respectful and adult way. What are  
      the typical triggers, issues, situations, scenarios that tend to lead to conflict? How to
      identify and resolve 'pre-conflict' tension.
15. Human Development
     ‘The job of growing up’. Gain more knowledge about the different life stages of
      development, what is needed, what children need, what is required from adults, how
      violence impacts children’s development. What it means to be ‘grown up’ – responsible
      and accountable.
16. Boundaries
      Why is it so important to have and respect boundaires? What are my
      boundaries?    When do they feel crossed over? How to put good boundaries in place
      and know my rights. 
Review Meetings - Held every 3-4 weeks in addition to the group sessions. For support, encouragement and feedback. To see how you are going with all that you have learnt on the course. What have you learnt from any slip-ups? Do your family and partner notice a difference?


Talk to us today. Phone: (06) 323 8330
Fax:  (06) 323 9330
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