S.A.F.E. - Safe Accountable Facilitator Education


March 9th - March 11th, Brisbane

What is this course about?

Workers from a range of disciplines facilitate group interventions for men who use violence in their relationships.  This training prepares and supports those who want to facilitate such groups for men who have been violent, abusive and controlling of their wives or partners.

Typically, these men are involuntary clients who may present as reluctant and resistant. 

 Completing the course will build your

  • Knowledge and
  • Understanding of
  • Processes and
  • Skills with which to work with men.

The workshop will encourage you to work with compassion, collaboration and challenge in this space.

Who would benefit from this training?

The training is for counsellors, social workers, psychologists, human service workers, probation and parole officers, and criminologists who want to facilitate men’s domestic violence intervention groups safely and effectively.

Women’s advocates who wish to know more about working with men to support their work with women are also welcome.

 Workers who;

  • want to work as facilitators of men’s interventionprograms
  • are newer facilitators seeking to enhance theirpractice
  • are more experienced facilitators who are wishing to refresh their knowledge andskills

will benefit from this course.

What are the learning outcomes?


  • Recognise strategies and tactics of the predominant aggressor
  • Identify the key principles of accountable systems
  • Assess for risk and safety
  • Demonstrate management of masculine scripts in the room
  • Explain the importance of process and content
  • Appraise group facilitation skills and co-facilitation skills
  • Describe the concept of collusion and perpetrators presenting as victims, violence- supporting narratives,
  • Implement strategies to recognise and minimise collusion
  • Document relevant group processes and client notes to ensure safety and accountability


What are the training prerequisites?

There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

You should, however, bring an awareness of the concepts of risk, safety and accountability in working with men who use coercive controlling tactics and abusive behaviour in intimate relationships.

You should also have some knowledge of domestic and family violence legislation and key documents (including but not limited to practice standards, the Not Now, Not Ever Report, the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children, and National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions).

Ideally, you will have some connection with a men’s domestic violence intervention program.

Who will be the facilitator?

Dr Brian Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer at CQUniversity. He is a highly experienced facilitator, counsellor, supervisor  and academic. Most recently Domestic Violence Practice Manager at YFS, Brian developed and designed the Master of Counselling at the University of Queensland and worked there for over ten years. He regularly trains probation and parole officers in working with domestic violence offenders. He has a range of academic and research interests including facilitator and counsellor education and training; intimate partner abuse and non-fatal strangulation; interventions for male perpetrators; and the effects of domestic violence on children.


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