Professional Development Day: Working safely and therapeutically with domestic abuse - Birmingham, 20 April 2017

This workshop will explore methods of working safely and therapeutically with people experiencing domestic abuse.

It is an unique opportunity to challenge our views and approach and will provide a greater understanding of what constitutes domestic abuse, the effects it can have, what other support is available and will develop personal confidence and awareness in identifying and safely manage risks.

The workshop will be facilitator led in a caring, confidential and supportive way through presentation, open discussion and small group task working.

Domestic abuse often extends beyond physical violence. It can involve emotional abuse, destruction of property, isolation from friends and family or other sources of support. It can impose control over money, food, personal items, transport and communication.

Domestic abuse is often witnessed by children and there may be an overlap of violence or abuse between adults and children. With divided loyalties there can often be unwanted acceptance of domestic abuse with family members.

When working with a person involved in domestic abuse, a survivor or perpetrator, it can be a challenging working relationship. This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapist, trainers and supervisors who may be therapeutically working with people affected by domestic abuse.

A full workshop handout will be supplied along with references to further support services available.

Presenter Biography

Gary Williams served in the armed forces and police service for over thirty years. As a Detective Inspector he investigated many incidents of domestic abuse and has worked with numerous agencies introducing initiatives to raise awareness and challenge domestic abuse, including perpetrator interventions and risk management models.

Since 2008 he has delivered domestic abuse training to a range of therapists, as well as NHS staff and many other professionals.

He is member of the BACP he has a private practise providing therapy for survivors of domestic abuse, members of the emergency services and performing artists in the entertainment industry and is a trustee of a counselling charity in Merseyside.