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Resolving ambivalence and developing motivation is a key aspect of engagement into Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs. Given that most men referred to programs are mandated either formally or informally through pressure from family, friends or significant others in their lives, then this is even more critical. Even those who appear willing at the start can push back once confronted with having to change behaviour.

Ken McMaster (NZ) and Helen Mentha (Australia), internationally known trainers in MI, will take an exploratory approach to expand thinking and sharpen focus regarding MI concepts, skills and applications in relation to intervention in family violence. They will integrate concepts from positive psychology, cognitive science and grit to design and facilitate powerful learning experiences. Come expecting to learn something new, try something different, and walk away feeling energized and challenged.


In this two-day workshop we will explore a nuanced approach that blends the key principles of motivational interviewing in working in the family violence field. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Develop strategies to enhance engagement and retention in interventions
  • Respond to ambivalence and discord in participants who are mandated to attend programs
  • Assist participants to identify concrete change goals that relate to family wellbeing and safety
  • Develop strategies to explore motivation and meaning for positive behaviour change within family relationships
  • Identify how our own personal judgements may impact the work and ways to maintain and model prosocial interactions.

Target Audience

Practitioners who are currently working with those who perpetrate family violence and want to significantly increase their engagement skills, including psychologists, social workers, counsellors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse professionals, health care providers and allied professionals, criminal justice workers, educators, and peer counsellors.


Ken McMaster, MSW (hons), ANZASW, NZATD (NZ)

Ken has over 35 years experience working at the cutting edge of intervention work with men who are violent and who sexually abuse. He is known for his innovative practice ideas and the ability to translate theory into practice. Ken was a memebr of the working party for the Responent Program Regulation for the Domestic Violence Act (1995). He runs HMA as manager, program develop and principal trainer.

Ken has published two books on family violence - A Private Affair (1989) and Feeling Angry, Playing Fair (1988). He has coauthored Innovative Approaches to Stopping Family Violence (2003) with Arthur Wells and Will They Do It Again: Assessing and Managing Risk (2006) with Leon Bakker. He co-edited Effective Intervientions with Offenders (2011) withDavid Riley.

The workshop will be supported by Helen Mentha, clinical psychologist and one of Australia's leading trainers in MI.