The Safety & Repair Approach

Mental Health Training for Practitioners and Counsellors

Tod Augusta Scott and Associates provides practitioners and counsellors with online training that will help increase knowledge of mental health awareness and tools that can be used when facilitating therapy sessions. 

This training is designed to work in collaboration with healthcare professionals, as it explores a 3-phase approach to addressing trauma and focuses on improving overall knowledge of mental health. 

Our high-quality, evidence-based learning provides health professionals with a step-by-step approach to best practices in mental healthcare. 

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Safety & Repair: A 3-phase approach to addressing trauma, gender & IPV

Workshop Summary

Through this training practitioners learn the Safety and Repair approach to working with gender-based violence.  This approach is applicable in cases of domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.  The approach is focused in repairing harm, which may not include restoring on-going relationships. 

This approach has three phases.

Phase 1: Creating safety

Practitioners learn how establish safety with clients both physically and emotionally.  Practitioners learn to create safety for clients by developing collaborative relationships, engaging in somatic work, and helping clients create their own pathways to repair.

Phase 2: Preparing to repair harm

Practitioners learn how to prepare clients to repair harm in relationships.  This includes repairing harm with the people who hurt them and with people they hurt.  Practitioners will learn how to help clients stop the harm.  They will help prepare clients to engage in the four components of repairing harm. This preparation also includes teaching clients how to repair harm without creating further harm.

Phase 3: Practicing repair in relationships

Practitioners learn how to facilitate communication between people to repair harm.  They learn how to determine which clients are ready to open communication in Phase 3 and which are not as well as which mode of communication will be helpful (e.g, through video, in person, email, etc.). Practitioners will also learn about the pacing of such communication and how to facilitate communication about the four components of repair. 

Learning Objectives:

Practitioners will learn about how to address the four components of repair at each phase. The four components of repair involve:

  1. acknowledging the details of the abuse;
  2. creating a plan to stop the abuse;
  3. acknowledging the effects of the abuse and
  4. creating a future plan to repair the effects of abuse.

At each phase, practitioners address how trauma and unhelpful ideas about gender can impair people’s ability to repair harm, both when they are hurt and when they hurt others. This restorative process draws on Narrative Therapy.  Practitioners will learn how to engage in various narrative practices such as re-authoring identity, externalizing conversations; statement of position maps; outsider-witnessing and re-membering practices.

Participant Reviews:

“As a victim of domestic assault in my recent past, I found it incredibly comforting to hear about the work you do to repair harm. In my own experience the legal aspect seemed more important rather than my well-being or his repair and understanding of such behaviors that he had done.  I know that such services would have helped me heal personally earlier on rather than simply taking it to court and focusing on the legality aspect. My healing process did not begin until after a court trial that took two years. I wish I had such counselling while going through the trial to better understand the complexity of my situation.” 

“Honestly, this was a huge learning opportunity and the entire process was so helpful. The role play was incredibly useful to see the process broken down. The conversation around clients having many stories and not being limited by their stories was very insightful. The entire session was wonderful.” 

“You made the material more easily understood by linking complex concepts to real life. Also reminded me of the complexities of individuals which I think is easy to overlook when working in care fields like social work/ therapy. Really enjoyed your talk, truly!  Thank you!!”

Safety & Repair Manual

Tod Augusta Scott has developed a comprehensive manual outlining the fundamental processes and skills used in applying the Safety & Repair approach. Fill out the form bellow to order a copy of the manual. You will be contacted by our team shortly after to confirm your order and process your payment. Secure payments by Visa, Mastercard and E-transfer are available.

Cost of the manual is $150 plus taxes and shipping.

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