For upcoming trainings, seminars, conferences and other professional development opportunities, check our Events listings.
For information about tertiary education and online learning, see our Education and training page.
This page lists organisations and individuals who provide training for people working with those affected by family and whānau violence. Other providers may exist in your local area. The list is in alphabetical order. Descriptions are based on information provided by the organisations listed. Please contact organisations for further information and course availability.
Please note that course listing does not constitute endorsement by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, as we are not able to review the training provided.
Brainwave Trust's aim is to raise public awareness about new findings in brain research and to educate everyone who has an impact on the early life of children about the important implications of this knowledge on our children’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development.
CALD (Cultural Competency Courses and Resources
CALD Courses and Resources are produced and managed by Asian Health Support Services, Waitematā DHB. CALD stands for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse groups. CALD Services provides a suite of online and face-to-faces courses for the New Zealand health and disability workforce, funded by the Ministry of Health. The aim of the courses are for enhancing the health workforce cultural awareness, attitudes, knowledge and skills working with CALD clients/patients/families who are migrants and refugees from Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African backgrounds. See the website for eligibility and enrolment.
See the CALD Family Violence Resource for Health Practitioners - Working with Asian, Middle Eastern & African women (2016). This supplementary resource is for health professionals working in primary and secondary care services who have implemented the Violence Intervention Programme (VIP). The CALD Family violence Resource complements eCALD® Services, CALD Cultural Competency Training Programme and District Health Boards’ VIP Training Programmes.
Centre for Response Based Practice
This Canada based organisation offers workshops and conferences in New Zealand in association with Response Based Practice Aotearoa. Presenters include Allan Wade, PhD and Cathy Richardson, PhD - developers of the Response Based Practice approach to working with survivors and perpetrators of family violence.
Child Matters is New Zealand’s specialist provider of child protection related training and professional development. Child Matters provides training from introductory level half-day workshops through to a one-year NZQA accredited Diploma course.
Courage to Grow (Rosemary Nash)
Family violence prevention training including: Understanding family violence – Ecological insights; Family violence intervention model, Effects of family violence on children; Recognising family violence; Risk assessments, Safe practice; Engagement for change; and Safety planning.
DVD (Auckland Domestic Violence & Disability Working Group)
DVD offers an interactive training workshop. At this training, participants will learn about identifying and responding to abuse in the disability community. Contact DVD about training availability.
The health promotion teams deliver courses on all aspects of sexual and reproductive health and relationships. They offer courses suitable for teachers and support staff, guidance counsellors, school nurses, carers, social workers and others working with young people. Courses in Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth and Hawera, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim, Christchurch and Dunedin. Family planning also provides clinical training for nurses, doctors and midwives covering cervical screening, contraception, STIs and general sexual and reproductive health.
Family Violence Intervention Programme training
Shine supports District Health Boards around the country to deliver family violence training which includes both partner abuse and child abuse and neglect to their staff, as part of the Ministry of Health Violence Intervention Programme. Contact the FVIP coordinator at your district health board or Shine for more information.
HMA (Hall McMaster & Associates)
HMA is a team of learning and development practitioners offering blended learning solutions to organisations in the social service sector. Much of their work occurs in the areas of criminal justice work, family violence prevention training programmes, child protection, the interviewing of children experiencing trauma, abuse issues, and psychological assessment and therapy. They provide group programme design and training for trainers, group facilitation skills training, social services supervision, and training in motivational interviewing. HMA developed around the work of Ken McMaster.
It’s not OK Campaign
The campaign aims to change the way New Zealanders think and act about family violence. The campaign team provides support and resources to groups planning family violence prevention activities.
A range of free presentations and workshops can be run in your community:
It’s not OK champions – Vic Tamati and other men sharing their stories of becoming violence-free
Developing your community action initiative
How to help (for friends, family, neighbours and workmates)
Using the media
Reporting family violence (for journalists and news rooms).
Workshops are tailored to suit the particular need and aims of the community. Contact the It's not OK team.
kNOwVAWdata training course
The University of Melbourne, in partnership with UNFPA, ANROWS and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) offers the kNOwVAWdata training course, a four-week course for professionals in the Asia-Pacific region seeking to build their skills in measuring the prevalence of violence against women (VAW). The course will be offered in 2020 in two blocks, Block 1 in Asia (TBC) and Block 2 in Melbourne, Australia. Participants must commit to the whole course.
Liberty – Kara Duncan-Hewitt
Areas of Specialty Work include: Domestic Violence Intervention and Education, including: Community Engagement and Mobilization; Training Practitioners in Practical Stopping Violence Concepts, Analysis and Tools; The Correlation of Grief and Trauma and the Cycle of Violence for Perpetrators & Victims; Working within the Faith context – Weaving Stopping Violence Work into Proactive Faith; Programme and Resource Development. Family Therapy, including: Utilising Families to do the Missing Piece and Support the Healing Process for Victims of Abuse and Trauma. Contact Kara Duncan-Hewitt to discuss tailored training packages for your organisation or community. Training offered throughout New Zealand.
MEDSAC - Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa
MEDSAC trains nurses and doctors working in sexual assault assessment and treatment throughout New Zealand. The clinicians trained by MEDSAC are the primary providers of forensic and medical sexual assault care.
The Ministry of Health also contracts MEDSAC to offer a free training programme on the Recognition and Response to Partner Abuse, which is useful for General Practice team members, Sexual Health Clinic staff, Obstetricians and Gynaecology professionals, and other health groups
Pacific Family Violence Training Programme
Pasefika Proud manages the Pacific Family Violence Training Programme which aims to help to eliminate violence in Pacific families and communities. The intent is to build the capability of Pacific family violence prevention practitioners and service providers to provide culturally appropriate interventions to victims, perpetrators and their families. Training is informed by the Nga Vaka Conceptual Frameworks providing general Pacific and ethnic specific courses for 8 Pacific communities resident in New Zealand.
Rape Prevention Education
Rape Prevention Education offers a variety of tuition based workshops for professionals who want to increase their confidence in responding to disclosures of sexual violence or who are working within communities to prevent sexual violence. They currently offer two workshops that are available throughout the year:
- Dealing with Disclosures: for professionals who want to learn how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence and abuse (secondary/tertiary prevention).
- Host Responsibility (S.C.A.N): for hospitality professionals who want to learn how to prevent sexual violence in the work place and how to keep patrons safe (primary prevention).
Respect All People (RAP)
RAP is a new approach to reducing & replacing violence among young people... a new way of thinking... ideas & encouragement for schools, youth organisations & services working with young people. Participants of RAP training are provided with tools, programmes, concepts and resources for direct use within their schools, organisations and services... and trainees get to be hooked up with others RAPping around the country...
Response-Based Practice Aotearoa
This group organised Dignity2015, held in Hawke's Bay, featuring Dr Allan Wade and Dr Cathy Richardson from Canada among others. Resources from Dignity2015 are available on the website. Check the website or Facebook page for future RBP events in Aotearoa.
Provides seminars, workshops and training sessions for a wide range of audiences including: Standard presentation; Community Audits; Community Partnerships; Community Problem Solving; Domestic Violence and the Workplace; Information Analysis; Protection Orders; Risk Assessment and Safety Planning; Special Topics; Violence – Standard presentation; and Police Safety Orders.
The Safeguarding Children Initiative is a charitable organisation which aims to reduce child abuse in New Zealand by delivering free evidence-based seminars. Safeguarding Children has developed three eLearning Child Protection courses.
Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday)
Shine delivers training programmes to a wide range of audiences, accommodating diverse and tailored requests relating to the topic of domestic abuse. Shine’s training is informed by their experience of delivering frontline services to victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Training sessions range from one hour general awareness sessions to an intensive one or two day training. Their one-day or longer training sessions teach professionals the theory and practical skills to help them recognise the signs of domestic abuse, respond safely and appropriately, and refer to specialist organisations that can provide needed support and advocacy. Shine have a hugely experienced training team and have delivered their one day professional training a minimum of once a year for over ten years, and their two day advanced training annually for over five years. All of Shine's training consistently receives positive feedback from its participants.
Shine also provides workshops and training to support the DVFree Workplace programme
Te Korowai Aroha o Aotearoa - Mauri Ora training
The Mauri Ora Training Programme is based on the three elements of the Māori Conceptual Framework for the Prevention of Whānau Violence: Te Ao Māori - Practice Imperatives; Te Ao Hurihuri - Contemporary Influences; and Transforming Whānau Violence - Transformative practice through education empowerment. Mauri Ora Training provides akonga with a framework focused on kaupapa Māori principles and models to assist akonga to develop and implement solutions and strategies alongside whānau, hapū and iwi to enable positive transformative outcomes.
The Women’s Refuge training unit Te Kōwhai New Zealand Family Violence Training & Research Institute was established to meet the need for quality information and training about domestic violence in New Zealand. Training has been delivered to communities, businesses, non-government and government organisations. Programmes offered includes: Domestic Violence Awareness Training Programme; Governance & Management Training; Mokopuna Child Advocacy Education Workshop; Women’s Refuge Advocate Training (NZQA certificate - not currently offered); Women’s Domestic Violence Education Programme; Tamariki Domestic Violence Education Programme; and Mauri Tau Training.