Fireside Chat: Working with Coercive Control Abuse Dynamics

PACFA and the Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality Interest Group

Presented by PACFA and the Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality Interest Group:
Fireside Chat for practitioners working with people in coercive control abuse dynamics

Member: Free
Student: Free
Non-Member: $10

1/11/2021 7:00pm-9:00pm/9:30pm AEDT (Daylight Savings Time)

This fireside chat space is designed to invite therapists in to share these challenging experiences and learn some effective ways we can support each other in a community of care. Although future PACFA webinars may focus on therapeutic techniques to use with clinical participants, that is not our focus for this event. This fireside chat is also not intended as a space for ideological debate on solutions or ‘expert opinions’, as the research in this area is emerging and few therapists have formal training in this area beyond one-off general sessions that may or may not apply across demographics and circumstances. We also know that therapists are likely to encounter distinct challenges based on our own lived experience, privilege, and intersecting forms of oppression we face. Instead, we hope this will be a rare opportunity for therapists to discuss our own emotional challenges in doing this work, to explore the work/life impact of supporting people in coercive control abuse dynamics, and to grow together alongside each other through supportive interactions and engaging with some community of care techniques to help each other manage the emotional impact of this work.

PACFA will be contacting everyone who registers before the event with a pre-event accessibility needs survey, which will inform our design of the event. Prior to this event, we will also be sending some guidelines for participants to agree to help us co-create a trauma-informed, anti-racist, anti-oppressive space together and a running sheet to outline the content for greater disability and neurodiversity inclusion. By registering for this event, you are giving permission for the organisers to have your names and contact details to follow up with you prior to this event.

To read the full event description and Facilitator bios please CLICK HERE.

For PACFA Registrants, the webinar counts as 2 hours of Category A CPD (Continuing Professional Development)


Dr Gávi Ansara (he/him)(PhD Psychol, MCouns) 

Gávi is an AAFT-Accredited Clinical Supervisor, AAFT-Registered Clinical Family Therapist, and PACFA-Registered Clinical Psychotherapist with over 20 years of anti-oppressive practice experience working internationally within communities of people with lived experiences of trauma, marginalisation, exclusion, and oppression. This includes people from commonly excluded relationship and chosen family configurations, such as people in same/similar gender, queerplatonic, polyamorous/multi-partnered (trios, quads, polycules, etc.), and BDSM/kink kinship systems. He received the American Psychological Association’s Transgender Research Award for original and significant research, the UK Higher Education Academy’s National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award for excellence in teaching psychology, and the University of Surrey Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to standards and policies in international human rights and social justice.

Dr Vivienne Colegrove

Vivienne is a relationship/family therapist with an interest in working with couples and families where a trauma history is affecting their ability to have the
relationships they would like. Understanding the link between the long shadow cast by intergenerational trauma – especially in families impacted by violence – and the way sometimes subtle and ingrained coercive and controlling dynamics may show up in relationships is key to working effectively with this client group. Vivienne developed and tested a new therapy – Tuning Relationships with Music® - in response to an awareness that many of our existing methodologies may be inadequate to assist therapists to recognise and effectively intervene with nonverbal, autonomic and embodied manifestations of coercive control that may drive and maintain relational problems.

Event Cancellations

Customers seeking to cancel their registration more than 5 working days (for courses) and 48 hours (for webinars) prior to the event date may request a credit to be applied to their account. Cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected] Cancellations made with less notice than this are non-refundable or exchangeable. Credits will be accessible through the PACFA Portal and are valid for up to a year from the purchase date. This policy is at the discretion of PACFA and may change. Queries should be directed to [email protected]

1/11/2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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