What We Do
Collaborative & Innovative
Deep Democracy Forum
Deep Democracy facilitates community conversations on hot topics to reduce conflict by supporting all voices to bring out community wisdom.
The Deep Democracy process includes:
processing our own histories
Training & Workshops
Act for Change runs a training programme for practitioners and counsellors working with youth offending and trauma: caseworker, probation officer, youth or social worker or a counsellor, coach, facilitator, mentor or trainee in this area.
If you are a team leader of youth offending services, family intervention, probation, children's services or safeguarding team, we have a training for you.
Meet the challenges of dealing with troubled, hard-to-reach young
people and their families involved with Social Care, Mental Health
and Youth Justice, and address underlying trauma in your work
Navigate through the entangled web created by difficult conflict situations and the effects of trauma to effectively map out cost effective prosocial support plans.
Act for Change is able to provide group supervision to practitioners who train with us and seek to implement the Act for Change methodology.
Our presenters bring a fresh, vital message to social workers and counsellors working with youth and trauma, focusing on how to work both in a client-centred and in a systemic way with the individual, their family and their community.
Presentations range from keynotes, breakout sessions, half-day workshops and ongoing in-service training for practitioners.
Simon Dermody is an engaging speaker and author, bringing relevance and insight to his presentations from over 30 years of working with family dynamics. Fuelled by his compassion and commitment, his presentations are insightful, interactive and actionable.
Lea Misan engages participants through inspiring presentations, from her experience as a lawyer and psychotherapist working with individuals, couples and groups in her private practice. Lea has a professional and warm style, bringing results with ease to her audience.
Lea and Simon often facilitate workshops together and create a dynamic flow that allows for embodied learning and on-going growth for all involved.
Speaking and Presentation Topics include:
To Assess or not to Assess
Formulating a roadmap
Between agency and control
Picking up the micro-aggressions before escalation
Influencing change with attitude
When to intervene
Preparing for, Making or Facing important transitions
Some titles we might talk about are:
The emotional impact of violence and coming back from the brink
Understanding a child’s challenging behaviour and what to do about it
"Act For Change helped me find ways to cope with losing my sister and best friend. My counsellor has shown me it’s ok to cry, but it's also ok to laugh and keep on living."