Books and Courses
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Circuit Breaker Facilitator Training Course - Now Online! For those who are unable to attend regional training events, or just prefer a self-paced option, our Circuit Breaker Facilitator Training course is now available on teachable.com
At your own pace, you can now complete a series of 23 short lectures, receive a certificate of attainment and be fully equipped to deliver the Circuit Breaker program in your local community.
This program will give "non-experts" a solid grounding in the nature and dynamics of domestic abuse, with tools and strategies for deep and successful engagement with potential abusers.
Changing Tools - Book
We all have them. Annoying habits, dysfunctional traits and addictions are just some of the blunt and broken tools we use to cope in our lives and relationships.
Whether yours is saying yes to everything, withdrawing from people, being a control freak or drinking too much, you've probably noticed that putting the old tools away can be easier said than done.
Changing Tools brings the foremost contemporary therapeutic approaches together in a plain English model for finding a breakthrough. You’ll be inspired by stories from real-life counselling scenarios, demonstrating that change is not only possible, but yours to have.
"Good on ya Matt. You've got a little beauty in this book. Doable solutions to help us all become champions."
Ian (Watto) Watson, "shed happens" Founder and author of "Every Bloke's a Champion - Even You!"
"...with sensitivity and respect, Matt offers awareness of the tools we use every day, and strategies to replace them. Read this book deliberately and intentionally."
Susan Daniel, State Director, Chaplaincy Australia QLD
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Circuit Breaker Course
Circuit Breaker is a ten session group-based course for the early prevention of domestic violence, designed so that churches and community groups can offer it to their communities with confidence.
The format has been designed for non-experts, with simple week-by-week instructions for group leaders. Sessions notes with full video support provide the necessary teaching so that group leaders can get on with building the group and changing lives.
Circuit Breaker is based on 15 years of development and of listening to abusers to discover what the real issues are for them. The result is a course which abusers find disarming, accessible and highly liberating.
Although anger-managment is only a part of the complex issue of domestic abuse, it tends to be the issue that abusers are first wanting to talk about. Circuit Breaker builds trust by giving participants tried and tested tools for managing anger, and then uses this rapport to dive deeper into issues of power & control, the cycle of violence, jealousy and more.
Community groups and churches who already conduct recovery group type courses will find the format familiar and user-friendly. Your purchase of a Circuit Breaker facilitator's manual is only the beginning of the excellent product support you will be able to access right here.
Disclaimer:* Although not essential, persons who have not completed training in group facilitating would benefit from seeking facilitator training before conducting their own Circuit Breaker group. We would like to recommend the Careforce-Lifekeys Group Facilitators course as an excellent training option. Facilitator training specific to the Circuit Breaker course is also available for your teams by request from our support page. Check our events page for training events which may already be sheduled in your area.
** Circuit Breaker is an early prevention course. Although Circuit Breaker has also proven to be very effective for high level domestic violence cases, (in both counselling and group therapy), such an application should only be considered with respect for any local legislation which may apply to perpetrator programs.