The Walking on Eggshells Project
|Address||Relationships Australia - South Australia
c/o Level 5, 500a, Westfield Shopping Tower, 297 Diagonal Road,
|Suburb||Oaklands Park SA|
|Phone||08-83775400 (work); mobile: 0427 357 217|
||Jeannette Stott, Mary McKenna, Rosalie O’Connor, Trevor Creswell, Sheila Davidson, Sally Fordham, Kay Buckley and Rob Swalling|
|Facilitator requirements||2.1.Step Up for SA must be delivered by:
• Community and/or health sector professionals with a minimum of certificate IV in community services, and completed the two days Train the Trainer Step Up for SA.
• Facilitators must have a minimum of three years working with groups.
• Facilitators must follow Step Up for SA manuals in delivering the group.
2.2.Facilitators’ skills must include:
• Three years working with groups in collaboration with two/more facilitators.
• Minimum three years’ experience and working knowledge of domestic and family violence work, its complexity and its impact on the adolescent and family members.
• Knowledge and skills in collaborative case management in domestic and family violence sector, including family safety domain, safety planning and homelessness services.
• It is a requirement that at least one facilitator, of each facilitator pair, has training and experience working in the area of domestic violence.
• It is a requirement that volunteers work in tandem with facilitators who has had training and experience working in the area of domestic violence. Volunteers must not work with volunteers and/or facilitators who have no training and experience working in the area of domestic violence.
• Facilitators must have delivered groups for adolescents and/or parents prior to Step Up for SA train the trainer.
• Volunteers comply with the same requirements.
|Target group||There are two target groups for the two different group programs:
Adolescents aged 11-17 years who use violent behaviours in the family. The behaviours may include physical violence (hitting, punching), emotional violence (verbal abuse, name calling, threats), property damage (break windows, parents’ mobiles, furniture), financial violence (stealing parents/siblings money, mobiles, household items), and the use of social media to discredit and/or threaten any member of the family.
Parents/caregivers of the adolescents who use one/more of the violent behaviours listed above.
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In South Australia, an audit of community services in 2008 identified a significant gap in services available that specifically targeted keeping families
safe (Howard & Abbott, 2013). Over 65 percent of community agencies contacted indicated an unmet need for information and training on this
issue. A subsequent phone-in identified very few helping professionals contacted had the knowledge and expertise to offer appropriate help to these
families (McKenna et.al; 2010). Two significant SA government initiatives provided the impetus for action. Firstly in 2010, the SA Women’s Safety Strategy
was launched emphasising service provision, prevention and protection of women from violence. Secondly, The Prevention of Abuse Act SA was enacted
in 2011 (McKenna & Stott, 2011).
WOEP initiatives in addressing CAV:
Step Up King County group was developed over a period of four years by Greg Routt and Lily Anderson to address CAV in King County, Seattle, U.S.A. as an
integral part of juvenile diversion (Routt & Anderson, b, 2011). Step Up King County comprises 20-22 weekly concurrent sessions for adolescents
and parents. Of these sessions, four are combined parent and adolescent sessions where adolescents and parents role model the communication skills
acquired at their respective groups. Step Up King County uses the Duluth Abuse and Respect Wheels as tools in the group.
Step Up King County is underpinned by cognitive-behavioural and social learning principles. Over the course of the weekly sessions, adolescents learn skills
in respectful communication, conflict management, emotional awareness and self regulation, and the impact of their abusive behaviours on family members.
The group context encourages shared learning and role modelling. At the start of each session known as “check in” adolescents and parents discuss the
progress of behavioural goals for both parties. Parents learn skills in self reflection about their parenting strategies, and behavioural techniques
to disengage from conflict and role model appropriate problem-solving strategies.
In 2005, King County conducted an internal evaluation of Step Up and concluded that this group program facilitated significant improvement in adolescent behaviours and attitudes for over 500 parent-adolescent dyads between 1996 and 2004 (Rout & Anderson,b, 2011).
Routt and Anderson (2011) also conducted face to face interviews with 149 parent-adolescent dyads who completed the Step Up King County group between 2000 and 2004. The participants reported the group decreased social isolation, increased coping behaviours for both parents and adolescents.
Step Up for SA stands for:
Step Up for SA theoretical underpinnings
The program uses a cognitive behaviour, skills based approach to help young people stop the use of violent and abusive behaviours and teaches non-violent, respectful ways of communicating and resolving conflict with family members. The program is underpinned by the following theoretical principles:
Frequency and delivery of the program