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.

June – The entrapments of romantic love: living with the realities of domestic violence

Dr Tracy Castelino
21st June, 2019

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?


July – Reflective Supervision – developing and enhancing your practice

Dr Tracy Castelino
19th July, 2019

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.

Dr Tracy Castelino has been working to challenge and eliminate injustice and inequality for over 20 years. Tracy engages in research, consultation, training and supervision on the following areas; violence against women, racism, trauma, and gender equality. Her PhD on gender violence prevention is a useful resource for training with various professionals and sectors as it emphasises the importance of respectful collaboration between community and government partners in order to enhance the safety of women and children and hold perpetrator accountability.

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

ShantiWorks Team
30th August, 2019

Cost: $110 + 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





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.