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When Love Hurts workshops

Join us in Vancouver for a When Love Hurts Workshop

As a women’s advocate, do you feel that you have the right training, skills and perspective to support women who are experiencing abuse from a partner?

In our current social context, women with experiences of abuse often navigate challenging circumstances and face many barriers to building a better life. Increasingly, service providers are supporting women who are not only experiencing abuse, but also struggling with mental health and/or substance use concerns.

While women who have experienced abuse from a partner show amazing resilience, they often need the assistance of highly-skilled advocates and professionals.

If you are a women’s advocate, transition house or victim services worker, counsellor, student, mental health and/or substance use worker, or other professional, this workshop will offer you an opportunity to develop new tools and perspectives to enhance the support that you are offering to women. Whether you plan to support women individually or offer women’s support groups, this workshop will bring new energy and fresh perspective to your work. We hope you will join us on June 5-6 in Vancouver.

When Love Hurts Workshop, Vancouver June 5-6 (PDF)

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June 2017

This two-day training will give you a solid framework and a complete set of exercises to effectively support women impacted by abuse.

June 5-6, 2017

9:00am – 4:30pm
VanDusen Gardens, Peggy Gunn Hall B
Vancouver, BC
Musqueam Territory

Early Bird Rate (until May 5)       $275.00
Group Rate (3 or more)                 $260.00/person
Regular Rate (after May 5)           $310.00

More information

For more information about the workshop, contact Jill Cory.


Workshop Description

The workshop is based on the highly-effective practice outlined in the best-selling book, When Love Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Abuse in Relationships (Jill Cory & Karen McAndless-Davis). This training is designed for women’s advocates and frontline workers to enhance your skills and knowledge and provide effective and meaningful support to women with experiences of abuse.

Whether you support women individually or offer support groups for women, this interactive and engaging workshop will strengthen your women-centred practice using exercise and tools that women have found to be ‘life saving’ and empowering. The workshop will provide you with effective tools that focus on women’s strengths.

“The support group and the book were both very instrumental in getting me through this journey alive. The fog that was shrouding my life has been lifted and I am able to see things for what they really are.  I am taking one day at a time but now I know which way to direct my steps – away from his abuse and towards a good life for myself.” – Molly, When Love Hurts group participant

Who Should Attend the Training?

When Love Hurts training is relevant for counsellors, advocates, women’s shelter workers, mental health and addictions workers and other helping professionals. Whether you are currently supporting women individually or in support groups, or considering it for your community, this course will inspire you with helpful insights and fresh thinking.

What You Will Learn

If you are relatively new to this work, this two-day training will give you a solid framework and a complete set of exercises to effectively support women impacted by abuse. If you are experienced in this field, this workshop will help consolidate many of the things you have already learned from women and perhaps bring some new perspectives or insights to your work. This workshop is very interactive to provide participants the opportunity to practice and reflect on the workshop material.

The Facilitators

Jill Cory & Karen McAndless-Davis have been providing support, advocacy and counselling for women with experiences of abuse for over 25 years. They are experienced trainers and facilitators and have delivered workshops, trainings and conference keynote presentations across North America. Their collective expertise in the field of violence against women makes them a valuable resource for advocates who support women impacted by abuse.

Jill and Karen are the co-authors of the best-selling book When Love Hurts A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Abuse in Relationships. After many years of publishing with Womankind Press, Penguin Random House Press has published the 3rd edition (October 2016).

Bring us to your community

Please contact us to find out to bring our training to your community.



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