Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Free Secondary Level Respectful Relationships Workshops

Contact: Pamela Leach, Phoenix Centre, Migrant Resource Centre (South)
P: 6234 9138 E: pleach@mrchobart.org.au W: www.mrchobart.org.au/Phoenix/Phoenix.html

Location: Tasmania-wide
Available: until end Term 1, 2014

Intended Audience: Groups of 20-25 secondary school aged students

Xpect Respect is a violence prevention strategy. By promoting leadership skills and and inclusivity, it seeks to mitigate gender violence, increase cross-cultural understanding, educate about rights and responsibilities, contribute to healthier family lives, and teach skills associated with non-violent leadership.

This series of workshops, lasting in total approx 600 minutes and adjustable to meet needs of schools (eg can be delivered in 4 blocks), has been well tested and received both in the north and south of the state.

It is a participatory program, including role plays, games, small and large group work, and gender-separate as well as gender mixed sessions. All sessions seek to build self esteem, and key themes include mental and physical health, home and family, school, friendships and bullying, body image, attraction and orientation, intimate relationships, and sexuality.

A primary focus is on diversity, tolerance, and identifying risks and responding to or preventing gender violence. Xpect Respect concludes with a graduation to honour the work of participants.

The program is free, funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Communities.