Tag Archives: My work

The Alternatives to Violence Project: Reflections on a strengths-based approach to nonviolent relationships and conflict resolution

This is the text of a peer-reviewed paper that Gener Lapina (from AVP and Family Support Newcastle) and I had published as part of the 2018 Family and Relationship Services Association conference. The citation with a link to the published … Continue reading

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The struggle of trying to write

I’ve been struggling with my writing for a while now. Although my blogging varies quite a lot depending on how busy I am, I usually average five to six blog posts a month. So far this year, I’ve only averaged … Continue reading

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Presenting 2 papers at the Family & Relationship Services Australia conference

I’ve had two papers accepted for the Family & Relationship Services Australia conference in Cairns in November this year. One on the Alternatives to Violence Project and one on Uni4You: the abstracts are below. If you are at the conference, … Continue reading

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Alternate pathways for young people who have perpetrated violence

I’m excited to have been invited to join this project developed by a colleague in social work, Tamara Blakemore. I’m looking forward to building on my experience with the Alternatives to Violence Project, exploring how we can address domestic and … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Violence Project around the world – Call for chapters

I’m part of an editorial team that is seeking proposals  for chapters for a book exploring the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) around the world. The purpose of the book is to demonstrate the flexibility of AVP and the way … Continue reading

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Current projects (March 2018)

This year is shaping up to be an interesting year. The following are some of the major projects I’m involved in. Best practice and trends in family counselling and mediation services in NSW:  A collaborative case study of Uniting I’m … Continue reading

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7 principles guiding my work

When I started facilitating workshops on evidence-based programs and practice as part of the Children and Families Expert Panel, I wanted to ensure that my approach was consistent with my commitment to strengths-based approaches and bottom-up community development. In planning … Continue reading

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Building relationship between caravan park (trailer park) residents and school

An article originally published in the Boys in School Bulletin (2009). This article is about engaging students (boy and girls) and their families from a marginalised section of the community.  Caravan parks are similar to Trailer Parks in North America. … Continue reading

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My background in peace and environment groups

At a recent Transition Newcastle planning weekend, we shared some of how we came to be at the weekend. As I celebrated my 50th birthday last week, I think I am justified in reflecting on how my journey so far … Continue reading

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Family Action Centre staff retreat

Last week Dee and I helped facilitate the two day Family Action Centre (FAC) staff retreat. Each year we get together to reflect on our work, develop the team and recharge our batteries. Dee and I have helped run a … Continue reading

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