Professional Development

‘Two Voices’ in Harmony

Driving a culture of innovation, once again LEAD is proud to bring to you ‘Two Voices in Harmony’ giving you the opportunity to engage, inform and empower……your clients.

Facilitated by community sector’s renowned pracademic, Mary Jo McVeigh, this two-part, 1.5 day workshop will equip professionals with the skills, tools, confidence and supervision to deliver for their clients a resilience-based family group program ‘Two voices in Harmony’. An 8-week family group program ‘Two voices in Harmony’ is informed by Trauma and Attachment Theories, to support healing, strengthening connections and promoting positive relationships between caregivers, children and siblings.


Day 1 (Part A) of the workshop will focus on skills required by practitioners to deliver a resilience-based group program. You will take away program materials and outline to enable you to deliver an 8-week program supporting your clients to recognise and develop the resilience factors available to them, explore hopes and dreams for the future as Individuals and as a Family unit. The ‘Two voices in Harmony Family Group’,  an 8-week program, aims to provide a supportive, creative space to focus on supporting the family to connect with each other with kindness, respect and compassion as well as practice safe boundaries. Together, the family will make their own ‘Harmony Tree’, bringing Children back into the safe haven of a secure base with their carers’ and relationship repairs can occur. Building of the “Harmony Tree” will enable your clients to celebrate the success of the family connections at the end of the 8 weeks.

You will return for Part B (½ day) workshop to debrief and receive supervisory advice from Mary Jo to support you to discuss the findings, learnings, challenges and the success stories from the group sessions enabling you to continue delivering the ‘Two voices in Harmony Family Group’ program effectively.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Deepen your awareness of the theoretical paradigm relating to alienation tactics used by perpetrators of DFV;
  • Increased ability to articulate the importance of critical reflection in the work with families;
  • Improve knowledge on how to use the theoretical paradigm relating to break and repair construct in child/parental relationships, and
  • Deepen awareness of the theoretical paradigm relating to grief and loss for children removed from birth families and communities.

Who should attend this workshop?

Community sector professionals including managers, team leaders, individual and peers support workers, caseworkers, counsellors, social workers, community development workers and other practitioners who directly support vulnerable children, individuals, families, and communities.


Mary Jo McVeigh OAM is the founder and director of Cara House ‘a place for healing, discovery and growth’ and CaraCare charity; both which support vulnerable children, young people and their families through trauma- specific counselling and human rights practices. As a trauma therapist and an accredited mental health social worker with 32 years- experience, Mary Jo has worked with children and families who have experienced child abuse, violence and trauma by assisting them to tap into their own resilience and strengths, to look at how they have survived in the face of adversity.

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

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Face-2-Face Workshop


Thursday 25 August 2022 - Thursday 03 November 2022


Day 2 - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

More Info



Face-2-Face Workshop


LEAD Learning Centre
10/197 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills, NSW 2147


  • Member: $145.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $240.00 + GST

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