ELBOWROOM AUSTRALIA is an 8 week trauma informed, movement and active-defence recovery group for women who have experienced family violence. Providing a safe and supportive environment, this evidence-based educational program increases body awareness, assertiveness skills and confidence in re-claiming the right to be safe.
ELBOWROOM teaches by replicating real life scenarios, assisting women to detect verbal, emotional and physical violations and develop communication and physical skills to assert boundaries.
Our team consists of a Psychologist and Martial Arts Professional who work together to provide an emotionally supportive and physically safe environment in which to enhance awareness, skills and a sense of personal agency.
ELBOWROOM has been developed specifically for women who have been exposed to violence by those known to them. It offers opportunities to understand trauma and engage in active-defence drills to assert physical and verbal boundaries in a way that was previously unsafe. The program is committed to providing a space to heal by focusing on people’s defensive body movement
and the strength of a calm mind.
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
ELBOWROOM is committed to serving our community to reduce incidences of violence and provide a safe space to recover.Assessment procedures ensure participants are group ready. Pre and post psychological tests assist in evaluating outcomes.
ELBOWROOM modules are informed by current trauma research and self defence programs. Neurobiology, somatic psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour exposure therapy are embedded in the program. These evidence-based approaches are known to reduce symptoms of PTSD. Improvement comes from neurological remapping; enhancing awareness, insight and articulation of the felt sense, cognitions and emotions; attuning to peri-personal space and asserting boundaries.
The founder of ELBOWROOM, Jennifer Dawson, is a Registered Psychologist with a Melbourne based private practice. She has extensive experience working with survivors of interpersonal trauma and holds a 2nd Dan WGKA black belt. Jennifer has worked across a range of initiatives in both government and non-profit sectors. She has a particular interest in culturally sensitive practice, interpersonal trauma and its impact, utilising evidence based research to assist in recovery and enhancing strengths to rebuild healthy lives.