ReNew: Working With Adolescent Boys and Their Mothers Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence

Mr David Burck, Family Therapist at Carinity will be at the 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference this year, presenting “ReNew: Working with adolescent boys and their mothers who have experienced domestic violence and who currently experience adolescent – to – mother violence. “

ReNew is a program that works with young people who witnessed domestic violence and their mothers to stop adolescent – to – mother abuse. The program consists of young person only groups, mother only groups, mother and young person groups and joint session with mothers and their children.

ReNew: Working With Adolescent Boys and Their Mothers Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence

David Burck

This is a revolutionary program that not only addresses the violent behaviour sons use against their mothers, but it also helps build the mother’s parenting capacity and strengthen the attachment between mother and son. The program has been running for eighteen months in the Brisbane and Ipswich service area and has worked with 14 families.

RenNew is a counselling program that combines domestic violence, trauma, child – to – parent violence and attachment research into a 20 week intervention. ReNew’s goals are to increase mothers confidence / parenting capacity, reduce pro – aggressive and gendered beliefs in the young people, reduce violence in the home and strengthen the attachment between mother and son. Moreover, the program seeks to end women’s isolation through group sessions where they use each other as supports and resources.

Ultimately, ReNew strives to lower the risk of sons becoming adult domestic violence perpetrators. ReNew targets risk factors such as: pro – aggressive beliefs, beliefs of male entitlement and using violence to exert power and control over another person.

The 3rd STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia will be held at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December, followed by half day workshops on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

This year the Conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters.  The Conference aims to provide a platform for a unified national voice on ending domestic violence.

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