Non PartnershipProjects Training and Events

Please find details of NVR training and workshops being run by third parties both in the UK and overseas. For details on all these courses, please contact the organisers who are shown next to each listing.

3-day workshop: From Victimisation to Re-kindling the Caring Dialogue by Peter Jakob

In cooperation with the School for Systemic Education of Jan Olthof:

3-day workshop:
From Victimisation to Re-kindling the Caring Dialogue by Peter Jakob

Constructing narratives of strength, care, compassion and connection in Nonviolent Resistance and NewAuthority

Date and Time:
March 29 – March 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 to 17:30

You can sign up for this course by mail to the program coordinator: Mariëlle Gelissen
For more information you can contact Mariëlle by email or by phone:
0031 (0) 6 18050855.

The workshop will cost €480 (including reader and lunch), to be transferred to bank account
IBAN NL 93 ABNA 0438168062 / BIC: ABNANL2A
Attn. School voor systemische opleidingen
Bunde – The Netherlands

Program of the 3-day workshop

This seminar and masterclass is suitable for professionals such as psychologists, social workers, family therapists, psychotherapists, special needs practitioners, mental health nurses and others who work with families, children in foster care and in residential children’s homes.

Non Violent Resistance and New Authority is a fast growing systemic approach for dealing with violence, destructive and dangerous behaviour. Increasingly in demand, professionals often feel helpless in responding to young people who do not appear open to reason, or accept the care and compassion adults may have to offer them.

By far not all young people who exhibit violence and other controlling behaviours have been traumatised, nor are all families in which aggressive behaviour forms a regular pattern multi-stressed families. However, when parents and young people have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence and developmental trauma, sometimes over generations, professionals, parents, children, professionals, friends and family and the community often live and tell stories of victimisation and disability. The question is: how can we professionals, as members of the larger system around the family, help facilitate the transition from a victim narrative, which sees being done to as the only alternative to violence, and mistakes dominance and control with authority, to a heroic narrative, in which family and the community around the family find strength, agency, and connection with one another?

This 3-day workshop will explore ways in which the principles and methods of Non Violent Resistance can be used to overcome trauma. Using presentation and experiential exercises, a two-day seminar will focus on

Reversing the trauma cascade: Transforming interaction in the larger system, to help the nuclear family become an emotionally and physically safe recovery environment. Critical and prescriptive communication between other adults around the family and parents represents a form of dominance that makes families feel emotionally unsafe. Dangerous and coercive other adults threaten not only emotional, but also physical safety. Maximising safe support, utilising the positive intentions of critical others and helping them become cooperative instead of dominant, and powerfully resisting the intrusion of dangerous other adults, are all pathways to helping parents deconstruct their dominance-oriented understandings of authority and enabling them to make their family a safer environment for the recovery from trauma.

Re-kindling the caring dialogue: We can see parents as intrinsically able to attend and attune to their child, develop empathy and act with compassion; we can see children and young people as intrinsically able to acknowledge and accept their parents’ care. However, years of trauma often lead to isolation and rupture in parent-child relationships. Reconciliation work and imagining an active caring dialogue in Nin Violent Resistance can be used to overcome obstacles to the re-connection of parents or other caregivers and young people.

Processing parental trauma: Parents who have experienced violence and abuse for many years, or throughout their lives, can easily be re-traumatised by a multitude of aggressive and controlling behaviours of their children. Foster carers or carers in children’s homes often experience secondary traumatisation and ‘erasure’ – a state of mind, in which they are no longer internally connected with different aspects of self, feeling numb and no longer experiencing their impulse to protect themselves or others. Exceptions to trauma-inducing interaction, ‘unique outcomes’ that have emerged in the practice of NVR, and interpersonal grounding can bring about the experience of peaceful, yet determined agency in parents who want to bring about change in their families while healing from their own experience of trauma.

On the third day there will be an NVR masterclass for trauma. We will work on the participants’ own cases, and participants are invited to bring their own clients to the day (please contact Jan Olthof to discuss this possibility), or present their cases for consultation.

Training in Non Violent Resistance Intervention: Foundation Level

26th, 27th and 28th April and 25th May
Peter Jakob and Rachael Alymer
Full details

These 4 days give colleagues a basic understanding of the approach. Days 1-3 are training days, in which we introduce the basic core model of NVR. Day 4, is a practice day, which uses various exercise formats to help consolidate the knowledge participants have acquired and practice the skills they will need for implementing the approach.

Peter Jakob has a background in social work and clinical psychology. He has introduced Non Violent Resistance to the UK, and has adapted the approach for heavily traumatised, multi-stressed families.

Please note this is the same training as outlined in our London Certificate Course but is being organised via the Institute of Family Therapy. The training will entitle those who complete it to do the Advanced Level training we offer, in order to complete the full PartnershipProjects NVR Certificate Course.

Full details and booking can be found here:

NVR UK Conference 2017:
Mobilising communities through NVR practises

Friday 23rd June 2017

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