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.

March – Reflective Supervision, developing and enhancing your practice –

Workshop Full – register to be put on waiting list
This workshop will run again later in the year

ShantiWorks Team
20th March, 2020

Cost: $120 + 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.



Working With Children Who Live With Family Violence: Structuring Safety, Acknowledging Pain, Revealing Their Acts Of Resistance.

Dr Tracy Castelino
17th April, 2020

Cost: $120 + GST

This workshop will provide an opportunity for practitioners working with or interested in working with children who experience family violence.

Dr Tracy Castelino—utilising feminist, post-structuralist and narrative therapy discourses— will provide an opportunity for participants to consider their own theoretical and ethical practice frameworks while providing; practical ideas, insights and suggestions

Working with children requires reflective and practical preparations to create a space for exploring and understanding a child’s multiple stories about their father. Whether the children are in contact, or have no contact with, their father. This workshop Tracy explores their worries and hopes and allows them to continue to manage the contradictions that present themselves when someone they are in an intimate relationship with also hurts them.

This approach recognises and accounts for the risks associated with children accessing services when in contact with the perpetrator but acknowledges that children are active participants in their world and respond in many varied ways. Tracy’s approach brings forward children’s voices and experiences and acts of resistance and challenges the pathologisation of their actions.



Responding to women’s resistance to domination in the context of domestic violence

ShantiWorks Team
19th June, 2020

Cost: $120 + GST

Women and victim-survivors are active in their resistance to perpetrators’ use of tactics of coercive control, abuse and violence. They use sophisticated strategies of maintaining the safety of themselves and their children. These strategies and ways of resisting domination and surviving can sometimes be at odds with dominant discourses and ideas about how a woman, a victim-survivor ’should’ respond and act, particularly when the woman victim-survivor uses physical strategies of resistance and survival. As workers, we need to be able to analyse the ways that power and control is being used by perpetrators in the relationship through patterned tactics of coercive control, rather than an individual incident focus, and distinguish who is doing what to whom and with what impact.

This workshop will:

•Explore the dominant discourses and ideas about women and victim-survivors in the context of domestic violence
•Locate and unpack the resistive strategies of women and victim-survivors as a response and form of survival to perpetrators’ use of power and control, and coercive tactics
•Name and bring forward women’s sites of agency when living in a context of domination and oppression
•Explore the gendered differences in the intentions of actions by perpetrators and victim-survivors, and the impacts for women when violence is mutualised and de-gendered
•Explore and develop ways that workers can respond, name and politicize women’s stories of resistance within the context of dominant socio-political structures

The limitations of dominant discourses of grief and loss on work with women subjected to domestic violence…

Dr Tracy Castelino
17th July, 2020

Cost: $120 + GST

There is a popular and singular understanding about the right way to grieve and express losses, and clear expectations about which particular losses are acknowledged and supported by society. A  feminist narrative perspective of the experience and expression of grief creates a different perspective for consideration of the ways women might experience loss. A feminist narrative perspective is engaged with analysing and describing the ways social interactions construct the inner lives of individuals, our micro stories; in the case of grief, how social cultural interactions co-construct the experience and expression of grieving. I will explore with you, co-constructing alternative narratives that honour women’s realities. In this context, this workshop will explore questions such as:

•How do we make sense of the loss women who live with IPV experience?
•What framework might support us engaging with her pain, and doubt, and love and public and private image?
•How do we take care of the sense of injustice that the complexities of women’s decisions to survive domestic violence are not acknowledged socially?



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.