september, 2020

30sep1:30 pm- 2:30 pmUsing the Client-worker Relationship to Engage Men who use Violence1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online event


Event Details

Engaging men who use violence in programs about change is complex and challenging. Confrontational and punitive approaches are commonly used in men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs), particularly in justice settings. Yet, these approaches often do not encourage men to develop an intrinsic motivation to engage in a meaningful way.

Research has explored alternative approaches that encourage men to engage and develop their willingness to change. One such approach is based on a personalised client-worker relationship, characterised by empathy and trust.


Drawing on findings from ANROWS research ‘Exploring the client-worker relationship in men’s behaviour change group work programs’, a panel of researchers and practitioners will discuss:

• safe practice skills based on a personalised client-worker relationship in MBCPs

• how client-worker relationships are impacted by COVID-19

• the emotional load often experienced by facilitators and supervisors and ways managers and organisations can provide support

• policy and system level changes needed to support practice change

• future directions for practice and service delivery in MBCPs. There will also be a live Q&A.


This webinar is designed for:

• practitioners, policymakers, practice design decision makers and researchers working in the men’s behaviour change sector, including justice services and domestic and family violence services

• practitioners, practice design decision makers and policymakers who engage with men who use violence and their families, including child protection, health, community and family support sectors.


Presenters: Dr Elizabeth Reimer, Dr Kate Seymour, Phil Jones and Lizette Twisleton. Facilitator: Michele Robinson. The webinar is free to attend and the recording will also be available on the ANROWS website.


(Wednesday) 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm