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FULLY BOOKED Non-Violent Resistance (NVR)

  • St Andrews Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street
  • 9.30 Registration, 10.00 - 4.30 Workshop
  • 20 Oct 2017
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A Family & Community Based Response to Child to Parent Violence & Abuse


This one day introductory training programme in NVR is co-hosted by the IASW & NUI Galway.

By the end of this CPD training day, those who attend will have an overview of a brief research based intervention for working with parents/ carers living with child to parent violence and abuse. You will have also identified and practiced some skills drawn from this model and from your already existing knowledge and skills.


What Else Should I Know?

The NVR model developed by Haim Omer in Tel Aviv, Israel (2004, 2011) has been adapted with consent in response to the needs of families and practitioners. An NVR training programme has been piloted and developed in collaboration with service providers and practitioners in Ireland.

Child to parent violence and abuse is a pattern of behaviour and an abuse of power through which a child or adolescent (under the age of 18 years) gains power and control over parents/ carers. Many parents/ carers living in this situation describe life as if living in constant fear and walking on eggshells around their son/ daughter.



The experience of practitioners and families and research findings increasingly supports the use of NVR where parents/ carers are living in fear of their child. For example, a comparative study by Weinblatt and Omer (2008) found positive outcomes with families where NVR was implemented. Social workers and other practitioners who took part in the Coogan (2016) study reported that NVR was an empowering approach for parents with whom they used the model. 


About the Facilitator

Declan Coogan is a lecturer and researcher with the M A in Social Work Programme and a Research Fellow with the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre,  at the School of Political Science & Sociology at NUI Galway. He is also an experienced social worker (CORU) and a registered family therapist (FTAI), having worked in community child mental health and child protection and welfare services. He was awarded a PhD by NUI Galway in 2016 for his research on child to parent violence and non-violent resistance. His book Child to Parent Violence and Abuse – Intervention with Non Violent Resistance will be published later in 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. More info is available at