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DRUMBEAT was developed by Simon Faulkner from drug and alcohol rehabilitation and counselling service Holyoake in 2003. Initially designed as an early intervention program for alienated youth in Western Australia, DRUMBEAT is now implemented across Australia. It is taught to young people and adults across Australia in schools, youth services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, mental health services and prisons.

DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, Thoughts) is a flexible program that combines experiential learning with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and engages young people and adults who may be anxious or resistant to ‘talk based’ therapies.

The program explores relationship issues such as peer pressure, bullying, dealing with emotions, identity, social responsibility and teamwork.

The University of Newcastle’s Family Action Centre in collaboration with Holyoake offer three day professional development training workshops for professionals wanting to utilise the DRUMBEAT program in their work.

For more information about DRUMBEAT Workshops, including workshops dates, options and fees, visit the Family Action Centre website.



Monday, 15 September to Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wesley Mission
48 Fern Street, Islington

Register online here.


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