Dealing with disclosures - ChangeAbility workshop - Masterton - 3 May 2019

When: Friday 3 May 2019, 9.45am-2.30pm.

Where: ChangeAbility, 7 Victoria Street, Masterton.

Organised by ChangeAbility

Cost: $80+GST (this workshop has been subsidised by ChangeAbility). Register Now

Sexual abuse is difficult to talk about, and difficult to hear about.

Not everybody is equipped with the skills and confidence to respond appropriately when someone discloses that they have experienced sexual violence, that they are concerned about someone, or that they may have engaged in harmful behaviour themselves.   ‘Dealing with Disclosures’ is designed to provide practical support tools for front line workers in our community who may receive disclosures of sexual violence in the context of our work.  Developed and delivered by experienced educators and clinicians, the workshop explores best practice in supporting a person who has experienced harm while maintaining firm boundaries and personal safety.   By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Improve your understanding of what sexual harm is and why it can be difficult to disclose experiences to others
  • Confidently respond safely and appropriately to disclosures of sexual harm
  • Understand the impacts of trauma and how to best support somebody who may be experiencing trauma
  • Maintain and manage boundaries while dealing with a disclosure.

You will receive: Certificate of Participation Workshop hand-out


Maggie Sturgess: Originally from the United States, Maggie has spent most of her life in New Zealand. Maggie completed a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Psychology and Masters of Science at Victoria University in 2013. Maggie’s professional background includes supporting young people through Victoria Student Counselling and working as an facilitator with the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Maggie has experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness and acceptance-based practices.

Contact ChangeAbility for more information