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Silence to Resilience: Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence through MANTRA and STRI


5 July 2018



$249 Regular
$149 Concession

Price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Registrations essential

All registrations are online and payment is by credit card only. Please click on the ‘Register now’ button below. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically. Please contact the Training Administration Officer with any questions on (02) 9646 6700 or

Workshop outline

In this one day workshop we will explain and provide examples of the group treatment approach we adopted in MANTRA (Man Torture and Rape) and STRI (Surviving Torture Rape and their Intrusions) that assisted clients to break their silence and rediscover a renewed sense of self (connection with their bodies, thoughts and feelings) and a resultant reawakening of their resilience. In this workshop participants will be encouraged to explore how and why survivors of sexual violence from refugee backgrounds respond. In particular we will reflect on the following:

Workshop program

  • The “culture of silence” that generally surrounds wartime sexual violence; it is a ‘secret’ seldom disclosed and often repressed due to the intense fear and pain that these memories evoke.
  • How avoidance may be a survivors’ way of coping and the result of the broader cultural context of stigma and the need to protect family and community honor.
  • The tendency to dissociate in efforts to distance oneself from the physical self as the survivor’s body is the “scene of the crime”.
  • How long after physical wounds have healed the “invisible scars” accompanied by the loss of “identity” could torment most survivors.

Target group

This workshop is relevant to counsellors and therapists who work with and are interested in clients from refugee backgrounds who have survived sexual and gender based violence.

STARTTS – 152-168 The Horsley Drive Carramar NSW

On-site parking is available. Drive into Mitchell St at the cross-road with The Horsley Drive. Turn into the driveway on the right between Fairfield Community Health Centre and the Ambulance Station. Follow the signs to STARTTS.

The Carramar site is approximately 10 minutes walk from Carramar station and 15 minutes from Fairfield station. Alternatively, take the 904 or 905 bus from Fairfield station.


A photocopy or pdf of a valid full-time student card must be forwarded with registration form if the student price is being paid. Workshops have a limited number of participants. Registrations close 24 hours before the event in Carramar and 48 hours before the event in regional areas. A receipt will be mailed to you once payment has been received. Registrations may be cancelled up to 14 working days prior to the day of the event with a full refund. Cancellations giving less than 14 working days notice will incur a 30% cancellation fee to cover administration costs. Fees will not be refunded for cancellations the day before or on the day of the event, nor can the registration be transferred to another workshop. If a minimum number of participants is not reached, a workshop may be cancelled. Participants may transfer to another workshop or request the return of payment if a workshop is cancelled.