Peggy Sax 
Reauthoring Teaching
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Wednesday June 20, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

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All Souls Interfaith Gathering

291 Bostwick Farm Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

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Rob Hall and Alison Newton Come to Vermont!

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Responding to Abuse Within Families and Building Ethical Resistance: A one-day practice based workshop in developing responses to people who have been subjected to abuse from those they love and to those who have inflicted abuse on those they love.

We look forward to this rare opportunity on June 20th, 2012 at the All Souls venue in Shelburne Vermont with special Austrailan guests Rob Hall and Alison Newton who will offer a one-day practical workshop providing participants with a framework for counselling people subjected to or perpetrating abuse in a range of circumstances, with a particular focus on domestic violence. The workshop is based on the work and approaches of Michael White and Alan Jenkins who, as friends and colleagues for 30 years, have informed and supported Rob and Alison in their work in Adelaide, Australia.

Alison and Rob will share their considerations of this therapeutic approach as a journey with the aspects of both being subjected to abuse and perpetrating abuse, being responded to - but responded to in ways that acknowledges the complexities and does not loose sight of power relations.The workshop will begin with looking at initial consultations with women subjected to abuse, followed by consideration in relation to consultations with men who have been abusive. The journey of responding and building resistance to violence for both men and women will develop and interweave throughout the day. The final topics and practices will be concerned with notions of accountability and restitution.

This workshop will explore principles, philosophical underpinnings of work that responds to violence, introduce skills and offer opportunities to practice. The ideas will be illustrated with case studies and demonstrations. The training will follow a progression that clients might take in an ethical journey of learning about the self they prefer to be and the ways of building resistance to the violence.

A more detailed workshop description is posted on the Re-authoring Teaching Website or The Re-authoring Teaching Newsletter.

Registration is $135.00 or $110 for graduate students and people working in not-for-profit agencies.

Add $20 for Alliant CE certificate for psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors. Please sign up for now for lunch ($7.00 collected at registration).

Please contact Peggy Sax (sax@reauthoringteaching.com) if you are interested in arranging a private consultation with Rob and Alison.


Rob Hall (Adelaide, Australia) is a social worker who has working in the area of gender violence and abuse since 1980. He first worked in an emergency counselling service exploring approaches to inviting men to take responsibility for their violence and to find ways to ensure the safety and well being of people they had abused. He then joined a colleague, Alan Jenkins, in the further development of work with men who have perpetrated abuse. They formed a partnership, in this work, with Maxine Joy and Alison Newton and established an independent therapy centre. Since 1994, Rob has also been working with adolescents who have been sexually abused with a focus on Aboriginal adolescents, their families and communities. Rob has shared these explorations of practice in many seminars and workshops. In 2008, Michael White invited Rob to be an associate with his Adelaide Narrative Therapy Centre. Michael’s associates Maggie Carey, Shona Russell and Rob formed Narrative Practices Adelaide after Michael’s untimely death. You can read about Rob's work in the online article posted on the Pratiquesnarratives.com website: Pitfalls and challenges in work with men who use violence against their partners.

Alison Newton (Adelaide, Australia) is a psychologist, works in a narrative approach with women who have been subjected to abuse by their partners. She was the first family therapist in Australia to document and present a therapeutic approach to dealing with domestic violence. Alison developed her collaborative approach while working in a community health setting in an area considered disadvantaged. Alison is experienced in providing therapy to women and men who have been violent to their partners. For more than 20 years, she has run a therapy support group and WOWSafe, an award winning social action group for women who have survived abuse within their families. In 1994 Alison established and became a co-director of The Nada Consulting and Training Centre, with her colleagues Alan Jenkins, Rob Hall, Maxine Joy and Penny Roughan. She continues to coordinate the social action group and consult with people marginalised by society.



Parrticipants in this workshop can sign up to earn CE credit  through Alliant International University. The additonal fee is  $20.

Alliant International University Continuing Education is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alliant International University maintains responsibility for its program and content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE234).
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to provide continuing education for nurses (provider #CEP11235).
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to provide continuing education for counselors (provider #4469).
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