Empowering Families


Empowering Families to break down the barriers was initially developed for parents and families however, the training is universal in its focus to build deeper emotional connection with self in order to establish deeper supportive connections with others. Current Series Training options include:


1)  Carers – Managing Challenging Behaviours and Strengthening Connection


Good caregiving is all about helping someone to feel better, to make healthy decisions and set healthy boundaries, to move from a place of poor emotional health to good emotional health, to make connections with others, and to replace sadness, anxiety, anger, and frustration with happiness, peace, and hopefulness for the future.


Focusing on the condition – something we have all been taught to do, simply doesn’t work.  We’ve all followed the medical model of trying to address the health condition of the person we care about and in the process we’ve done more to ensure compliance with medication and keeping appointments than we’ve focused on what we love about them. We’ve given more than we can comfortably give in the belief that we’re helping to ‘fix’ the problem.


This has resulted in many young people feeling that they have lost power over their own life, and rather than feeling stronger about their future capability it reduces hope that they can ever be well again.


When we stop focusing on the condition and start focusing on the person and our relationship with them, miracles can and do happen. It’s not an instant ‘quick fix’. It’s a process that happens over a period of time and takes a longing to want more – for ourselves, the young person in our care and our family as a whole.


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2)  Support Services – Managing Challenging Behaviours and Strengthening Connection


Frontline mental health workers and other service providers can be significantly affected both physically and emotionally by their efforts to deliver care. Their self-narratives can parallel those of the people in their care – sometimes filled with uncertainty, fear and helplessness.


The Empowering Families Training aims to reduce this vicarious trauma which is the root cause of burnout whilst increasing coping skills, building greater resiliency and self-awareness of their role.



3)                  The Workplace – Mental Health & Wellbeing Training

Managing Challenging Behaviours and Strengthening Connection


Workplace health and safety (WH&S) legislation requires workplaces to be, as far as is reasonably practicable, physically and mentally safe and healthy for all employees. This means steps must be taken to ensure that the working environment does not harm mental health or worsen an existing condition. This is now the law.


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