A Good News Story 

Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service Inc. is delighted to announce that June 2021 a Lotterywest grant application submitted by Phoenix was approved by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Mark McGowan MLA.

The grant provides seed funding to assist Phoenix to expand and diversify our services through the establishment of Phoenix Professional Development and Prevention (PDP) Services as a new fee-for-service program and business. Phoenix PDP will include workforce training, sector professional development, clinical supervision and mentoring for professional staff who wish to work with, or currently work with individuals and families impacted by interpersonal violence and abuse. We are thrilled to have a range of industry experts join our team to also provide this training.

The Lotterywest grant will help build the sustainability of Phoenix in its work with survivors of child sexual abuse. The grant provides Phoenix with the opportunity to share practice wisdom and knowledge that in turn will grow the capacity of related sectors to introduce trauma-informed and other evidence-based practices.  Phoenix PDP services will assist professionals to intervene more effectively and safely with those experiencing high level risk, trauma, dysregulation, and other challenges as a consequence of family and domestic violence, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse.

The increase in knowledge and skills that will result from the training and professional supervision will have a direct and positive impact on the safety and lives of child and adult survivors and witnesses of interpersonal violence and abuse. Phoenix thanks Lotterywest and everyone else in the community who support Lotterywest for helping to build a better WA through the community grants program.

Phoenix is pleased to have also partnered with the Safe & Together™ Institute USA to deliver the globally recognised evidence-based CORE model training.  The Safe & Together™ model is focused on child protection by supporting the non-offending parent, while ensuring an emphasis on the perpetrator’s patterns of abuse and holding them to account for their violence rather than expecting the survivor to protect, manage, and be responsible for changing the violent behaviour.

As part of our Prevention work Phoenix will be holding various events in 2022 to raise awareness for parents and professionals about the emerging epidemic related to the number of school aged children accessing hard core pornography which leads to assumptions that violence is a ‘normal’ aspect of sexual intimacy.

To bring this issue into focus along with child sexual abuse and sexual violence more generally Phoenix will hold a Symposium in 2022 with a range of keynote speakers and experts including 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame.

This is a pivotal time for Trauma Treatment with the emergence of body-based therapies, polyvagal theory, and the increasing understanding about the neuroplasticity and healing capacity of the brain, survivors of trauma are being offered hope and healing from suffering the torturous impacts of trauma on their brain and nervous system.

Phoenix is committed to Creating Compassionate Communities by providing information about how we can build better brains and can contribute to a greater capacity for compassion by changing one mind and one heart at a time.

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Lotterywest Government of Western Australia Compu-Stor