Rebuilding Relationship after Trauma and Violence. – ‘A workshop for professionals supporting relational repair between the Parent Child/Adolescent Dyad’




Workshop Duration

2 day – face 2 face

Thursday & Friday 27 & 28 July 2023

Workshop Time

09:00 – 16:30 each day



Including morning tea, all associated handouts and a certificate of attendance.


Workshop Venue

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Workshop Outline

‘A workshop for professionals supporting relationship repair between the Parent Child/Adolescent Dyad’

This workshop offers an opportunity to remember or to consider the potential detrimental impacts of growing up in a family system where there may be neglect, abuse, DFV, emotionally absent parent or similar. An opportunity to remember and consider the potential detrimental impacts on a child/young person’s development and subsequent patterns of behaviour.

This is a very practical experiential based training. There will be lots of opportunities to move and experience the activities, to connect with others and have some fun whilst exploring this weighty topic.

Note: When working with Domestic and Family Violence current best practice suggests that we only work building repair with Adolescent to Parent relationships once the violent partner is no longer in the relationship. Until that point safety is the paramount issue.

Day One: (Overview and reengagement with Theories Day)

  • Basic overview of parents compromised capacity to parent when living with DFV. The impact on relationship with children
  • Basic overview on Trauma theory
  • Basic overview of Attachment theory
  • Basic overview of Brain development in the Early Years and Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of repair
  • Basic overview of Poly Vagal theory
  • Consider how all of the above interact and impact the responses and behaviours of individuals.

Day Two: (Logistical / “How to” Day)

Day two will be highly experiential activities offered will support the repair and growth of the systems considered in day one.

  • Reinforcing the positive, the strengths and hopes
  • Engagement with Mother/carer and child/adolescent where to start how to build trust. Things to consider and be aware of. Techniques and activities for engagement and starting the work
  • Repair – Activities to support regulation and connection, the exploration of feelings inside outside and between, activities that require a leader and a turn taker to explore boundaries and rules, activities that involve close contact and repair These activities will be explained, how to, and actioned. A range of worksheets, tools and resources will also be explored and their use and purpose explained. 
Who should attend

Support Workers, Youth Workers, Foster Care, Case Managers, Foster and Kin Carers, Counsellor’s, Family Therapists.

Those working with children and young people impacted by family violence, abuse and neglect.

Those supporting the relational repair between Mother and child/young person.


Manual of activities

  • The facilitators were very experienced in nurturing a trusting environment – allowing participants to get the most out of the activities.
  • The workshop was a good balance between theory and practice which was well paced
  • Thank you to both of the facilitators, I really enjoyed the two days
  • After completing the course I find I have lots to think about and take away
  • A fantastic workshop – thank you very much
  • The content was very well delivered and supported by useful activities
  • The variety of delivery styles supported my learning during the workshop
  • Amazing trainers – both very knowledgeable and fun, very accessible / useful information – thank you, I really enjoyed the polyvagal theory and the exercises around building attachment
  • I would not change anything about the workshop, it was all very useful 

Facilitator Bio

Trish Landsberger & Erika Hows