What’s important to know about working with DV/FV in the LGBTIQA community

Presented by Anthony Lekkas
with a discussion panel : Don Secomb, Trish Thompson and Kieran O’Loughlan
Members $25
Students $15
Non-members $45
What’s important to know about working with DV/FV in the LGBTIQA community

In this interactive presentation, Anthony Lekkas, who is a social worker, counsellor and LGBTI family violence specialist,  will look at how society shapes the way love and intimacy can happen for LGBTI people in intimate relationships, as well as how abuse occurs and its impact for LGBTI people. Anthony will look closely at individual client abuse experiences as well as examine how heterosexism and homophobia impact on issues of safety and risk for LGBTI people who may want to access support from a therapist. This presentation will emphasise that providing an LGBTI inclusive service is critical to understanding the diversity that exists in the lives of LGBTI people who access mainstream therapeutic services. 

This webinar is for all counsellors who wish to broaden their LGBTI lens and understand the nuances, specific needs, do’s and don’ts, and challenge myths around Domestic and Family violence.


Anthony Lekkas

Anthony Lekkas is a registered counsellor and social worker and his work spans over 15 years of working in the not-for-profit community health sector and in private practice since 2012 as a relationship and couples counsellor. Anthony provides family violence services in mainstream and LGBTI spaces, including men’s behaviour change programs for heterosexual and same-sex attracted men. Anthony draws from a number of theoretical frameworks when working with LGBTI intimate partner male violence, including queer affirmative, feminist and anti-oppressive approaches. Anthony uses systemic, experiential and emotion-focused approaches when working with adult intimate relationships.

Don Secomb

Don was awarded a Master of Counselling in 2011 from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate, Artistic Therapies in 2008, a Graduate Diploma of Holistic Counselling in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 from the University of Queensland studying History and Psychology. Currently, Don works as a venue team leader for a large counselling and mental health organisation in Brisbane, Queensland. In this position he facilitates the work of 13 practitioners and 3 administration officers in 6 programs being Relationship Counselling, Relationship Education (including the Step-Families Realities Group, the Into Intimacy Group and the Women’s B.E.S.T. Group) , the Victims of Crime Support Service, the Stopping Family Violence Program (including a Perpetrators Intervention Group and the Men Maintaining Change Group) Domestic & Family Violence Program, Gambling Help Service (including the SMARTRecovery Group for gamblers), and the Rainbow Counselling Service (including the Transcendence and Transilience groups).

Trish Thompson

BA, Dip Ed, MA Counselling and Human Services, Grad Cert in Male family violence, is a clinical counsellor and supervisor in private practice in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. Trish started her career as a secondary teacher and then moved into counselling, working with adolescents and their families for over 10 years. She has worked in community settings, particularly with the LGBTIQ community and is a member of the Leadership Group of PACFA’s LGBTIQ Interest Group. Trish’s client work is grounded in emotion focused therapy and mindfulness based practices. She facilitates Men’s Behaviour Change groups for Relationships Australia and is dedicated to helping clients create and maintain healthy, respectful relationships. Trish will be teaching group facilitation at the Australia College of Applied Psychology from 2018.

Kieran O’Loughlin

Kieran is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (Melbourne Campus). He also works part-time in private practice. Previously he worked in community health as a therapist, clinical supervisor and manager. He is a specialist relationship counsellor working within a range of approaches, but especially Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). He has a particularly strong interest and expertise in working with sexually and gender diverse clients in relationships.

Register via the PACFA PORTAL 


Cancellations made more than 5 working days prior to the course commencement date may apply via email to admin@pacfa.org.au for a 50% refund.
Cancellations made 5 or less working days prior to the course commencement date are 100% non-refundable and cannot be transferred to a future course or event. 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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