12 Jul 2024
Live Stream
Complimentary Seminar

How to use empathy to elicit personal responsibility with men who use violence

Supporting MBCP facilitators to challenge men’s narratives for meaningful change

Explore the therapeutic work that supports men who intersect with both AOD misuse and DFV

Men referred to programs are used to sharing their ‘narrative’ but less used to having that narrative challenged in a way that shifts the lens of responsibility to them empathetically and without shame.

In this seminar, Tony will share the psychotherapeutic technique of meeting these men ‘where they are at’ to support MBCP facilitators to challenge men’s narratives.  

Through utilising empathic, humanistic engagement techniques, participants will learn how to create opportunities for these men to understand their choice points, trigger points, and the impacts that their behaviours have on women and children.  

Your event experience

The support and guidance of an expert

Real-world learning with practical examples and case studies

Walk away with ideas, knowledge, and information to implement in your organisation to better respond to the men, women, or children whom you support

Re-frame, reimagine, and repurpose your work for your clients and community

Meet your facilitator

Tony Johannsen, Psychotherapist, AOD clinician & accredited MBCP facilitator and Executive Manager Clinical Practice & Quality, Family Life 

Tony is the Executive Manager of Clinical Practice and Quality at Family Life. A psychotherapist, behaviour change facilitator and clinical supervisor, Tony has 10 years of experience delivering trauma-informed leadership and resilience training to corporate and non-profit organisations.

He started his clinical career in the Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) sector, working as an AOD forensic clinician, clinical supervisor, and program manager. After upskilling as a Men’s Behaviour Change Facilitator, Tony broadened his clinical expertise beyond AOD to include working with men who use Family Violence (FV).

Benefits of attending

Who should attend:

This seminar aims to support AOD practitioners to work safely and effectively with clients who perpetrate DFV as well as to guide DFV practitioners who wish to be more familiar with the AOD approach to working with men who disclose violence during treatment for mental health, alcohol, or other drug use.

* Acknowledgment: While DFV comes in many forms and can be used and experienced by any gender, research has shown that men are by far the most common perpetrators of DFV, and cause the most harm. This seminar focuses on engaging adult male clients who perpetrate DFV.


At The Hatchery, our mission is to connect people with knowledge to inspire change and we are offering this seminar, at no cost, to inspire that change for anyone working in the family violence sector, or whose work touches the lives of those impacted by family, domestic, or sexual violence.

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