Safe & Together Model CORE Training - Tauranga


6, 7, 15 & 16 June 2023


9am - 4pm


Waikato University, 101 Durham Street, Tauranga 3110

Organised by

Tautoko Mai Sexual Harm Support


$926.90 + fees & gst

CORE provides a skills-oriented foundation for domestic violence-informed practice with the goal of changing professional behavior.

Domestic violence-informed child welfare practice requires competencies in assessment, interviewing, documentation and case planning. Safe & Together Institute’s CORE Training offers four days of experiential classroom training covering each of these foundational skills.

  • Day 1 is focused on Assessment
  • Day 2 is focused on Interviewing
  • Day 3 is focused on Documentation
  • Day 4 is focused on Case Planning

CORE Training explores the importance of:

  • Identifying the impact of domestic violence on children and family functioning.
  • Fact-based assessment of the perpetrators' behavior patterns.
  • Partnering with adult survivors of domestic violence.
  • Intervening with perpetrators.
  • How domestic violence intersects with complicating factors like substance abuse and mental health.

Participants of the CORE Training will: 

  • Learn to use practice tools, such as Mapping Perpetrators’ Patterns, Multiple Pathways to Harm and Pivoting that can be implemented right away to improve assessment of risk, impact on children, survivor protective efforts and essential case decisions.
  • Practice interviewing perpetrators, survivors and children through modeling, role play and videos.
  • Improve their domestic violence-informed documentation through individual and group exercises.
  • Be discussing their own current or past cases and explore how the Safe & Together Model could be implemented. 

Also included in CORE Training:

  • Participants will develop their own Action Plans to implement the Model into their day-to-day practice, as well as begin to influence their communities and family service systems to become more domestic-violence informed.
  • Participants will complete a pre- and posttest to reflect learning, as well as a training evaluation. Participants who attend all four days and take the posttest will receive a certificate of completion, which indicates they participated in 22 training hours.
  • A prerequisite to becoming a Safe & Together Model Certified Trainer and/or Coach includes an 80% or higher on the CORE Training posttest. 

Trainer Bios:

  • Celine Donovan has worked in social services for around 30 years. She has been doing specialist family violence work in Canterbury for the last 15 years. Currently she works in private practice providing family violence education, mentoring and supervision to professionals and communities.
  • Julie Phillips has worked in the UK National Probation Service and New Zealand Department of Corrections for twenty years in various roles including Probation Officer, Practice Leader and Service Manager. Julie has spent time working with both the perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and their partner’s. Julie has also delivered Family Violence training to staff with the Department. Julie is currently the Royal Commission Support Services manager for Tautoko Mai, overseeing the national well-being contract for those who engage with the abuse in care inquiry.

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