Professional Development

Recognising and Working with Children and Young People who have (or are) experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (Part A&B) – 2 sessions

This is a 2 part Online Workshop, you will be required to attend both sessions

In this Domestic and Family violence [DFV] is a major national health and welfare issue in Australia that can have lifelong impacts on children and their caregivers.

This 2 Part Online Workshop will seek to promote a strong understanding of how to identify the types of DFV that may be occurring within children’s homes, recognising indicators of distress for children and young people, apply specific communication strategies to equip professionals to develop trauma-informed responses, and skills to manage triggers for children and young people, to support their emotional regulation, and promote resilience towards healing and recovery.

In these Online workshops, you will be given the opportunity to:

  • Increased understanding of domestic and family violence [DFV] in Australia and its impacts on children. This includes increase in knowledge relating to the prevalence and statistics relating to DFV;
  • Increased confidence and skills for identifying the types of domestic violence caregivers may be experiencing and assess indicators of abuse exhibited by children and young people;
  • Increased confidence and skills in assessing safety and identifying risk and children’s needs;
  • Gain knowledge on the neurobiology of trauma on the developing child and developing brain. Applying trauma and attachment theory knowledge into the practice of assessment and planning;
  • Increased ability to use effective interviewing and communication styles when working with children and young people who have experienced DFV which are underpinned by the neurobiology of trauma and attachment theories;
  • Develop skills in therapeutic trauma-informed responses when working with children who may become easily triggered into distress responses based on their experience of domestic and family violence;
  • Gain ability in assessing children and young people’s trauma-based behaviours, explore therapeutic needs and themes from the child’s experience;
  • Increased understanding of how children resist and respond to violence and promoting
    self-empowerment in safe ways, and
  • Ability to develop simple safety plans with children and young people.


Who should attend this workshop?

TEI funded and all other community services


Ashley Gobeil is a Clinical Social worker and child and family therapist who has a master’s in social health & Counselling and a Master of Social Work Qualifying. Ashley has been working with children and young people for the past 12 years in contexts such as childcare, youth residential care, domestic and family violence, family dispute resolution, and child abuse and neglect. Ashley’s therapeutic positions in NGO settings have provided her with great understanding of complex trauma & neurobiology, attachment theories, anxiety and depression, gendered violence, family law, group work, and art and play therapy.

To participate in this event you must have access to a PC with video capabilities and a reliable internet connection.

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

Code: WS2113 & 14

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Online Workshop


Tuesday - Tuesday 01 - 15 September 2020


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

More Info



Online Workshop


Online via Zoom


  • Member: $80.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $110.00 + GST

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