Dr Ree Boddé, and her team, articulate their message in a way that many people have not heard; whether it be through reflective thought or active participation, they have unequivocally caught peoples’ attention Read here to learn what former participants have to say about our workshops.
- Raise awareness of participants about the level of violence against women in our culture
- Challenge thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence
- Open dialogue by creating a safe environment for men and women to share their opinions and experiences about these issues
- Inspire leadership by empowering participants with concrete options to safely confront and interrupt abusive situations
Think Prevent[TP] workshops are facilitated discussions, not lectures. They are highly interactive. Awareness raising is utilised to develop concrete options for participants to employ during a range of work or social situations – ranging from inappropriate comments to physical abuse. Additionally, workshops open dialogue regarding participant leadership around issues such as: the drivers of gender violence as it relates to unhealthy behaviour, sexual objectification of women, sexual harassment, battering and sexual assault.
What Makes Our Workshops Effective?
- TP is similar to the United States Mentors in Violence Prevention version with adaptations for an Australian context. It has been rigorously evaluated in a number of settings in the United States and also in New South Wales
- TP is a community leader in violence prevention, utilising an active bystander approach to prevention – since having developed a deep understanding of it through conducting workshops with a wide-range of groups
- Unlike prevention efforts that target men as perpetrators or potential perpetrators, TP has the potential to expand the number of men willing to confront the issue of men’s violence against women by regarding men as empowered bystanders. This approach reduces men’s defensiveness around the discussion of these issues, which provides the basis for more proactive and preventative responses
- TP teaches concrete bystander intervention skills for use in the most difficult situations
- TP employs a discussion-based educational philosophy to make training sessions dynamic and interactive. TP workshops are not lectures; there are no power points used
- TP utilises teaching materials which consist of realistic social scenarios involving various forms of men’s violence against women
- TP workshops provide the context necessary to empower participants to be proactive bystanders
- TP creates a safe space for participants to learn from one another
- TP is highly replicable, allowing former workshop participants to utilise the curriculum long after the initial training
Here are brief descriptions of the workshops. For more information please contact us
Short Workshop (two hours)
Learn how to safely intervene as an active bystander. Workshop covers, what is an active bystander intervention? And, how to safely intervene
Long Workshop (half a day)
These workshops offer more skill-building opportunities and in-depth discussion of a range of strategies and scenarios