‘My Understanding of Me’
Domestic Violence Education and Self-Esteem Workshops

‘Parenting Effectively’

Assisting women with their children’s behaviour

‘Magic Mums’

Help mums run a smooth household and have time with the children

'Me, Mum and Music' 

Attachment through Music

‘Story Time’

Designed to help with bonding between mothers and their children

Group Work Programmes


Orana House has developed and currently facilitate a number of group programmes for women and children.

If you are interested in participating in any of our group programmes, please contact Orana House on 9370 4544 to discuss your needs.


You will be required to undertake a short assessment interview with the facilitator of the group you wish to attend and once accepted, the details, dates and venue for the programme will be made available to you.

For Women

‘My Understanding of Me’

Domestic Violence Education and Self-Esteem Workshops

The objective of this programme is to explore the different forms of abuse and power dynamics in a relationship. It reflects on the effect that ongoing violence has on families and assists them to move forward.


Education about violence provides women with the opportunity to reflect on relationship patterns and build the ability to identify, understand and act on the warning signs. 


Art Therapy is an essential part of the programme as it helps the women to explore the emotions and feelings that are raised, leaving them feeling clear and relaxed.


The programme affirms women on their decision to address the abuse in their relationships and opens the possibility for a violence free future for themselves and their families. Long term, these women will be able to recognise these behaviours in others that enter their lives and maybe be a positive role model to someone else in a domestic violence situation.


Feedback from women who have participated in the programme has included comments like:

  • ‘I enjoyed every bit’

  • ‘I wish we could have had longer sessions’

  • ‘It helped me deal with everything I was feeling’

  • ‘It helped me get a very good understanding of relationships, friendships and families – I’d like to do more of what we did today and more art therapy’


‘Parenting Effectively’


This 4 week programme assists women with their children’s behaviour. The programme offers education and participation exploring  Why, How and When to parent children from 2-16 years in a positive and effective way.


This includes up-skilling mothers to raise happy, confident and successful kids; to improve the family’s home life; to help children’s brains to develop filters for behaving well; to resolve family conflict quietly and to encourage the behaviour that mum’s want and like.

Each programme is tailored for the families in the refuge at the time, drawing on existing successful parenting programmes such as Triple P, Circle of Security, Magic 123 and Tuning into Kids when developing the programme which is facilitated by our experienced child advocate.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Routines

  • Consistency

  • Preparing in Advance

  • Planned Ignoring

  • Age Appropriate Instructions                                                                                                                  

  • Role Play and Discussion


Feedback from women who have previously participated in the programme has included the following comments:

  • ‘I feel I have more effective ideas to implement rather than just becoming frustrated and angry’

  • ‘If I remain calm, she is more responsive to my instructions’

  • ‘I am very happy and love spending time with her, actually spending time with her rather than being angry and upset’

  • ‘I enjoyed how we could talk about personal experiences with our children and get answers back’

  • ‘I am now more relaxed with my son. I have a strategy and I stick to it and it works for me’


‘Magic Mums’



Running a house takes time and effort that can sometimes make it hard to have time with the children.


This programme provides skills and tips to running a smooth household, looking after themselves and increasing the time mum's have with the children. It covers budgets, menus, food shopping and assisting to cook the main meal in their home and demonstrates how eating regular healthy meals throughout the day can stabilise energy levels and moods for both mothers and children. 


Due to the intensity of this programme, it is currently only run with families accommodated within the refuge or supported housing program.

For Women and their Children

Me, Mum and Music

Attachment through Music

This is a 6 week attachment programme using song, dance, instruments and nursery rhymes for mums and pre-school children.


Music can be a wonderful form of interaction between mothers and young children and can be an effective way to help rebuild disrupted attachment and enhance other skills such as improving speech, enhancing social skills such as taking turns and sharing, making choices and developing patience. It builds self-esteem and confidence within both the mothers and the children, most of all it's a fun way for families to make new memories.

Feedback from the families that have previously participated has been very positive with them eagerly looking forward to the next session and singing together at other times.

  • ‘We really enjoyed participating every week and had lots of fun’

  • ‘It’s made our bond even more close and we spend a lot more time singing together’

  • ‘The longer the better, we loved it and will miss it’


‘Story Time’




This programme also builds the bond between mothers and their children. Spending quality time together develops stronger attachment that can sometimes become limited in a family and domestic violence situation. This special reading time can be done as a group or with specific families and gives mothers the chance to engage directly with their children by reading with them.


Due to the intensity of this programme, it is currently only run with families accommodated within the refuge or supported housing program.



(08) 9370 4544


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