Working effectively with at-risk families – A framework for regulating shame and supporting engagement

Working with at-risk families, and supporting other professionals who do, has always been a particularly rewarding aspect of my practice. There is a great deal at stake as there is no doubt in my mind that the ideal solution for the children is to achieve an outcome where they can be safely cared for in their own home, keeping the family intact.

One of the first hurdles to working effectively with at-risk families is minimisation, by the adults, of the concerns that have brought (or may bring) the family to the attention of child protection authorities. This, in turn, can result in the adults being resistant to accepting, and/or dismissive of, well-intentioned and needed support and guidance.  

In this two-hour online workshop I share an approach which lays the foundations for meaningful engagement and change, by regulating shame.

The format for delivery includes:

  • verbal content
  • video demonstrations of the theoretical content
  • structured reflections

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will have a framework for establishing an effective working alliance with at-risk families in support of better outcomes for all members.

The workshop is suitable for professionals who work with at-risk families (eg social workers, psychologists, community health nurses, family support workers, youth workers).


  • There are no prior training pre-requisites
  • Participants will need to be able to access the online workshop via a computer or other device with a camera and microphone that is connected to the internet and will run the Zoom app.

Download Zoom Client for Meetings prior to the training workshop here.


  • Handouts

Optional extras:

  • A comprehensive handbook


  • (AUD) $99:00 (GST-inclusive)

Our numbers are limited to allow for audience participation and interaction with the trainer.

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Dates and Times:

Thursday the 26th of March, 10am – 12pm

(Please note, unless recorded otherwise, all dates and times are as in Adelaide, South Australia. Please make sure that you check what is the the equivalent time in your location.)

Registrations close Friday the 20th of March at 5pm.

Places are limited. However, Secure Start reserves the right to cancel a workshop where there are insufficient registrants. In such instances, registrants will have the option of transferring their registration to another date, or receive a full refund.

Refund Policy

  • Secure Start has a strict no refund policy.
  • In some instances, registration is transferable to another person (please contact us for more information)
  • In reasonable circumstances, registrants who are unable to attend on the day might be able to re-register for a later workshop. Please contact us for more information.
  • For confidentiality purposes, our online workshops are not recorded and are not available for sale as a digital file.
  • In the unlikely event that the workshop cannot proceed due to illness of the presenter or technical failure at Secure Start, registrants will have the opportunity to transfer their registration to another date, or receive a full refund.