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Five Essential Discussion Tools Training: free training to support practitioners working with men who use family violence 

The Five Essential Discussion Tools support those working men who have used family violence to help them understand their emotions and how they are linked to their violent behaviours.  

The Tools are made up of practical strategies that practitioners can use to engage meaningfully with men to help them moderate their behaviour and keep their families and communities safer.  

No to Violence offers free training to train practitioners in how to use the Tools in their work with men who use family violence. The Five Essential Discussion Tools training is suitable for experienced practitioners who work directly with men (one on one, group work or case management) in specialist family violence services, but also other sectors like AOD, mental health and child protection services. 

The training is designed to refresh and upskill practitioners in de-escalation techniques to reduce harm. The training contains specific engagement strategies for face-to-face, telephone and online responses with men who use family violence.  

The Five Essential Discussion Tools training focuses on:   

  • Body Signs – learn to have conversations with men about recognising and managing body signs to help regulate his emotions 
  • Thought Stacking – support men to understand their thought patterns and recognise how these are linked to their violent behaviour 
  • Dangerous Thinking – learn how to work with men to understand how thought stacking can lead to beliefs that violence is a natural and legitimate response to stress, anger or frustration 
  • Traffic Light Pointers – support men to connect their body signs to what is happening in their thought patterns, and how these are linked to his choices to use violent and abusive behaviours 
  • Safety and Accountability Planning – this component of the training focuses on supporting men to practice practical solutions and ‘doable actions’ regularly and consistently to avoid using violence and to keep families safe.   

The Five Essential Discussion Tools training is available as a free online package on the following dates: 

  • Friday 3 May 2024 
  • Friday 17 May 2024 
  • Friday 31 May 2024 
  • Friday 14 June 2024 
  • Friday 28 June 2024 

Delivered online – 3 hour package – 10am to 1pm.