Changing the Story: Narrative Approaches to Domestic Violence (翻轉視角:家庭暴力事件的敘述方式)

11/06/2019 - 13:45 to 11/06/2019 - 15:15
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Coordinating organization: 
Centre for Non Violence
New Methods in Shelter Management and Social Work
Organization Name: 
Centre for Non Violence (非暴力中心)
Proposer: CMunzel
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words): 
The Centre for Non-Violence has developed an integrated client services model that delivers programs that support women and children experiencing family violence and men who perpetrate family violence.
The model is informed by radical/post-modern feminist theories, works towards a Duluth model integrated service system and draws on narrative approaches in its work with the women, children and men using its services.
This workshop will demonstrate the value of narrative approaches in responding to the impact of violence when working with victim/survivors and those using violence in the family. Narrative practices are respectful, non-blaming approaches to counselling and community work, which centre people as the experts in their own lives. The value of these approaches includes:
• their sensitivity to power relations (political, gender and cultural) in the therapeutic relationship and in the wider social context; and
• an understanding of identity as constructed, relational and fluid. This understanding of identity provides a theoretical and practice framework that supports:
i. Women who have experienced a loss of self or whose identities has been negatively shaped by their experiences of abuse to reclaim a sense of self; and
ii. Men who have been recruited by patriarchy and its practices to behave in abusive ways towards women and children to resist this recruitment.
The workshop will support participants to begin to develop an understanding of narrative identity and practices that:
1. Support victim/survivors (primarily women and children) to tell their stories in strengthening rather than re-traumatising ways;
2. Engage men who have used violence in their families to reveal the discourses of men’s culture, make reparation, and develop non-exploitative and non-abusive ways of being in in relationships with others; and
3. Offer workers ideas and methods to nourish themselves when hearing stories of injustice and abuse, stay connected to their hopes and values, and build support networks.
There will be opportunities for participants to try out these ideas in experiential exercises in small and large group discussions.
All Speakers:
Cheryl Munzel
Cheryl Munzel is the Senior Manager of Therapeutic Services at the Centre for Non-Violence.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work. She draws on feminist narrative practices to inform the development of work with both victim/survivors and perpetrators of family violence in her diverse role as a practitioner, clinical supervisor and manager.
Cheryl's experience includes research into police responses to family violence, community development, client services management, therapeutic work with victim/survivors and facilitation of Men's Behaviour Change programs.
Phoebe Barton
Phoebe is a Women’s Family Violence Counsellor and Group Facilitator at the Centre for Non Violence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in gender and development studies, and a Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Phoebe does individual and group therapeutic work with women who have experienced, or are currently living with, family violence. She uses a narrative therapy and trauma-informed approach to support women to tell their stories of response, resistance and survival in hopeful and strengthening ways. Phoebe has a background in social advocacy and community education, including responding to women’s criminalisation and imprisonment.
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