ShantiWorks is holding training sessions at our Richmond premises on the third Friday of each month (9:30am -1:00pm).

These sessions will provide professional development in a range of areas with the aim to support participants in developing their ethics, theories and practice in their work. These areas include working with a feminist lens, understanding and unpacking commonly used models and frameworks, and deepening our understanding of working with victim-survivors and perpetrators of family violence.

September – #metoo: overting the politics and exploring the impact of the #metoo movement on our work, our selves, and our relationships’ 

Lisa French
14th September, 2018

Cost: $110 + GST

This workshop will make visible the political and social history of the #metoo movement and explore the structures of oppression that permission the systematic abuses and violations of girls and women.

We will reflect on questions such as:

  • What does #metoo mean for women and victim survivors of abuses and violation?
  • What does the #metoo movement mean for boys and men, and masculinities?
  • Are there possibilities that the #metoo movement allows for in re-discovering ways of negotiating relationships, intimacy, sex and consent?
  • What are the implications of the #metoo movement in our work with women who have experience domestic and family violence?
  • How can the #metoo movement offer possibilities of engaging with women and victim survivors that promotes collective agency and solidarity?


October – ‘The entrapments of romantic love: living with the realities of domestic violence’ 

Dr Tracy Castelino
19th October, 2018

Cost: $110 + GST

This workshop explores the powerful and concerning impact of romantic love discourses for women being subject to intimate partner violence.

Romantic love prescribes the rules for love in heterosexual intimate relationships; a private affair between two individuals with women being held responsible for private care. The discourse of romantic love is successful because there is power and status to being ‘in relationship’, yet it is flawed and problematic because romantic love often involves conflicts and disappointments, break-ups and pain, breaches of trust, and hurt, control and violation. How we think of romantic love impacts on how we work with women who live with a violent partner, or who leave a domestic violence relationship and how we work with women who are trying to make sense of their multiple experiences of sadness, relief, pain and love.

The workshop will explore some of the following questions:

  • With the ideal that “love will conquer all” and “till death do us part” —  what does it mean for women?
  • How does the discourse and idea of romantic love impact on how we and women and victim survivors make sense of their pain, their hopes, their grief?
  • For the context of domestic violence, what differences are made by thinking about romantic love as an important discourse in our lives?
  • What are the intended, and unintended, consequences of the discourse of romantic love for women who leave domestic violence?


November – Reflective Supervision- developing and enhancing your practice

Dr Tracy Castelino
16th November, 2018

Cost: $110 + GST

Dr Tracy Castelino is offering a half day training session about supervision practice, providing an opportunity to consider:

  • Reflecting on your role as a supervisor
  • A feminist approach to supervision practice
  • Exploring practice tensions and dilemmas
  • Translating theories into practice
  • Ways of nourishing ourselves in the work – responding to burn-out and self care
  • Exploring case studies
  • Team building and capacity building

This workshop is designed for practitioners to come together and discuss and reflect upon practice issues relating to their workplace.


Spaces are limited. To attend, please fill out your details below and an invoice will be sent to you.



We are also open to topic suggestions, as the ShantiWorks’ team wants this training to be relevant and useful to the community.