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Key Response-Based Practice Ideas

DIGNITY IS CENTRAL TO SOCIAL LIFE Social life is organized largely around the according and preserving of dignity.  Even small and inadvertent slights to dignity can incite intense responses, some open and direct, some subtle and disguised.  Violence is an affront to dignity.  Even in the most extreme conditions, victims work to retain and reassert their basic human dignity.

VIOLENT ACTS ARE UNILATERAL AND SOCIAL Violence is unilateral – not mutual – in that it entails actions by one person against the will and well-being of another.  When it comes to violence, it does not “take two to tango”. Violence is social in that it is committed in social situations and involves at least two people.  The smallest and most subtle actions can be used to threaten and humiliate or to resist and maintain safety and dignity.

VIOLENCE IS DELIBERATE Persons who commit violence anticipate, and take deliberate steps to suppress, victims’ resistance.  Even so-called “explosive” or “out of control” acts of violence involve control and choice.

RESISTANCE IS EVER-PRESENT Individuals respond to and resist violence and other forms of oppression.  Resistance is an embodied and social response.  However, open defiance is the least common form of resistance (Scott, 1990).  In extreme circumstances, resistance may be realised solely in the privacy of the mind/spirit. (Linda Coates, Nick Todd, & Allan Wade, 2000)

HUMANS ARE RESPONSIVE AND ACTIVE Humans orient to one another as spirited and embodied beings with the capacity to respond.  It is more useful to understand humans as responding agents than as affected objects.  Resistance is a response to violence, not an effect or impact of violence.

SOCIAL RESPONSES ARE CRUCIAL The quality of social responses from social networks and public institutions is closely tied to the level of victim distress and the likelihood the offender will desist.  Our collective goal is to improve the quality of social responses at all points of intervention in violence and other forms of social injustice. 

Allan Wade (2015)

Therapist challenges Stockholm Syndrome

Dr Allan Wade from Canada, left, was one of the expert speakers at the international Dignity Confererence 2015.Dr Allan Wade from Canada, left, was one of the expert speakers at the international Dignity Conference 2015.
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Dignity2015 Response-Based Practice in Action

A huge thanks to everyone for making Dignity2015 such a success…!! 

Response-Based Practice Aotearoa           Centre for Response-Based Practice          Eastern Insitute of Technology  

Hosted by:  Te Ūranga Waka: School of Maori Studies, Eastern Institute of Technology  Response-Based Practice Aotearoa. In association with Centre for Response-Based Practice.

Dignity2015 Presenters:
Canadian Team: Dr Allan Wade, Dr Cathy Richardson, Renee Claude-Carrier, Barb McInerney, Jeff Smith, Will Bratt, Dr Brenda Adams, Cindy Ogden, Gillian Weaver-Dunlop, Corporal Kelly Manweiller.

Australian Team: Angela Hartwig, Ian Johnsen & Christine Adams.

New Zealand Team: Dr Kim McGregor & Louise Nicholas, Dr Ang Jury, Karen McIntyre, Tame Iti, Dr Leland Ruwhiu; Ngā Toka Mā E Whā & Te Whare Whakaū, Moana Eruera; Eru Kapa-Kingi, Rahuikura Eruera, Laurie Te Nahu, Sue Maloney, Dr Mandy Morgan, Dr Linda Beckett, Julie Hart.

PowerPoint Presentations

1. When a Person who Abuses Family Members Dies 10. Gene Function is Responsive to Social Interaction-Implications for Practice
2. Misinforming Dignity2015 11. Response-Based Practice with Perpetrators and Victims
3. Dignity2015 Conference Programme 12. Once Upon a Time…
4. RBP at the Yukon Womens transition Home Society 13. Working with moms and children for website
5. Diverse voices – Many stories ppt 8-4-15 14. Campaigning for Change  
6. Response-Based Music Praxis  2015 15. Stockholm Syndrome Hawkes Bay
7. Tell it like it is – Children Hawkes Bay 16. Tell it like it is Aotearoa Abridged
8. Children’s presentation 17. Dignity2015 Dignity the social emotion
9. Family Law in Cases of DV 18. Together for Justice Dignity 2015

Thank you for your Sponsorship:

Eastern Institute of Technology    Response-Based Practice Aotearoa    Relate Counselling Hawkes Bay Limited   Centre for Response-Based Practice

Two crafts: Waiohiki Arts & Craft Shop – 1180 Waiohiki Rd, Hawkes Bay;  Eastern Institute Of Technology – Te Uranga Waka;  Response-Based Practice Aotearoa Committee; Response-Based Practice Aotearoa Ltd; Centre For Response-Based Practice; RELATE Counselling Hawkes Bay; Clearview Winery; Fern Motel; Hawkes Bay Express;


Director: Bren Balcombe Response-Based Practice Aotearoa Limited was Incorporated in January 2015 has been solely set up for the purposes of providing Response-Based Training, Education, and Professional Development in Aotearoa New Zealand. The RBPA Committee team works primarily on a voluntary basis. Neither RBPA Ltd nor the committee team claim to be Response-Based Practice experts, scholars, nor do we claim to have contributed to the development of Response-Based Practice. Allan Wade and his colleagues are the developers and intellectual owners of Response-Based Practice.  We are however, heavily invested in developing our skills in Response-Based Practice and providing support to the professional community to do the same.

The RBPA Team:

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