ABOUT LOVE BITES TRAINING
GROWING RESPECT is committed to providing the highest standard of training to accompany all our curriculums. When delivering the LOVE BITES sessions and participating in conversations with young people about domestic violence and sexual assault, it is important that all facilitators are well equipped to deliver the program to young people. The Love Bites training has been developed to thoroughly familiarise facilitators with the content of the program, to focus on building facilitator skills, understand the impact of adolescent development in relation to engaging with Love Bites as well as managing challenges with young people and adults prior to and during Love Bites sessions.
The training focuses on the following:
- A thorough knowledge of the program content
- An informed approach to the issues young people face
- Theory and best practice in relation to gender based violence prevention programs
- Facilitator skills
- Modelling respectful relationships in the sessions and sector
- Flexible delivery and maintaining program integrity
- Adolescent brain development
- Managing challenges
- Understanding the importance of the creativity sessions
- Youth driven community campaigns
- Organising and delivering LOVE BITES in school and out of school settings
Below are some of the commonly asked questions that potential LOVE BITES facilitators ask when wanting to establish LOVE BITES in their community, expand their pool of facilitators, or retrain in their area to update their skills to be able to deliver the new 2011 LOVE BITES.
WHERE TO START? WHO SHOULD BE TRAINED? WHO SHOULD FACILITATE LOVE BITES?
The LOVE BITES Respectful Relationships program is for any professional who works in the area of Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault and has an interest in or a responsibility for running Violence against Women Prevention Programs.
Love Bites facilitators include:
• Sexual Assault Counsellors
• Police Officers
• Women’s Refuge Workers
• Aboriginal Health Workers
• Family Support Counsellors/Support Workers
• Youth Workers
• Drug and Alcohol counsellors
• Child Protection specialists
• School Counsellors
• Child and Family Counsellors, Social Workers and Psychologists
• School Teachers
• Local Government Community Workers
• And any other professionals working in the areas of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
DO I NEED TO GET TRAINED? WHY GET TRAINED IF I’M ALREADY EXPERIENCED?
Yes, you do need to be trained. While you be may be highly skilled in your field, delivering a prevention program in an educational setting requires a very particular set of behaviours and skills. We also find that as prevention curriculums are reasonably new in Australia, it takes a shift in awareness to present as a prevention practitioner to adolescents as opposed to a crises, therapeutic, law and order (for example) approach.
In the training you will work though all the activities including the creative sessions, discuss and practice facilitator skills, discuss adolescent brain development, and, how to handle challenges with young people and other adults. We will review the research around gender based violence and best practice for delivering prevention curriculums in schools as well as take time to discuss how to set up Love Bites or how to take Love Bites to the next level if it is already running in your area.
I HAD TRAINING IN THE TTT MODEL. DO I NEED TO DO BOTH DAYS?
Yes, you will need to do both days. The latest manual has new activities in the Sexual Assault and the Domestic Violence sessions as well as new training content based around facilitator skills and adolescent development.
There is also a section on managing challenges among co-facilitators before, after or during Love Bites based on challenges that have occurred in Love Bites areas. This new section in the training is very important because with the growth of Love Bites there has been an increase in challenging behaviour from adults which reflects on Love Bites as a Respectful Relationships program and can send very mixed messages to the young people and communities we are engaging with.
IS THE NEW TRAINING TTT?
No, we are not able to offer TTT as yet as we are not a registered training organisation. We now provide participants with a Certificate of Attendance and access to training resources on our website.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY APPROACH TO VIOLENCE PREVENTION?
GROWING RESPECT has a community approach to violence prevention which is influenced by theories of behaviour change focused at the social and community level. GROWING RESPECT programs aim to change social norms and behaviour which support violence, building communities where relationships are respectful, social action is encouraged and there is community ownership of the change process.
The theoretical approaches embedded in GROWING RESPECT are the Social Ecological Model (Maton, 2000) and the Community of Responsibility Model (Banyard, Moynihan & Plante, 2007).
HOW DOES THE TRAINING WORK? WHO ORGANISES WHAT?
A person or an agency in a community is interested in Love Bites training for their area or region.
Once you have read the information on the website regarding training and would like to take the first steps, send us the on-line training interest form and we will contact you. This form can be found here.
We would advise that an expression of interest for Love Bites training be sent to service providers in the local area or region.
We can send out an information pack on Love Bites that includes an overview of the program, a fee for service schedule and independent evaluations. We can also answer your specific questions.
An area will usually nominate a lead agency to organise the training and nominate a contact person to communicate with us.
An individual would like to be trained.
Contact us on the website by clicking here and you can mention in any of the fields that you are looking to be trained as an individual and we can link you up with trainings that are currently available.
HOW MUCH IS THE TRAINING? WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Contact us on the online training interest form and we can send a fee schedule out which covers what is included in the training.
HOW CAN I FUND LOVE BITES TRAINING? I NEED HELP WRITING A GRANT PROPOSAL.
Funding for Love Bites training has to be sourced by each area depending on what is available to them. Some examples of sources of funding that have been applied for successfully are: local council grants, Office of Women grants, local community organisations (eg Zonta, Lions …), through the police, women’s health organisations, local business, training budgets in community service organisations.
Training can also be fee for service where participants pay for their place at the training.
We would encourage you to make presentations to local services, police, council, community organisations to gain financial support for both training and running Love Bites in your area as a way for your local community to support their young people.
Please contact us if you would like support with a community presentation. We can send presentation information to you and if possible we may be able to come along to speak.
Love Bites Information for grant proposals will be available shortly in this section.
IS THERE A FORM FOR TRAINING?
Yes, please contact us using the online training interest form.