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Public Forum

RECONCILIATION AUSTRALIA: Psychological Perspectives

Saturday 7 September 2013, 8.30am - 5.00pm

Boasting a panel of high-profile speakers, this promises to be a ground-breaking public forum through which CASSE aims to promote a psychological dialogue about reconciliation.


  • Lord John Alderdice
  • Professor Stuart Twemlow
  • Professor Ian Anderson
  • Professor Marcia Langton AM

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CASSE Public Lecture Series


Thursday 5 September 2013, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

This FREE public lecture offers important lessons learned from the Irish Peace Process about how communities can overcome what appears to be intractable violent conflict and work towards peace and stability.

SPEAKER: Lord John Alderdice

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Aboriginal Program update

CASSE has been working in partnership with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) since December 2011 to understand and address issues of violence and underlying trauma that currently exist within their communities. The CAAC is the main Aboriginal-controlled health and social and emotional wellbeing service in central Australia and plays a vital role in helping Aboriginal people to take care of their own lives.

The project has been titled "Kurunna Mwarre", meaning ‘to make my spirit good inside me'.

Click here for more information about the Aboriginal Program.

Schools Program update

CASSE's Schools Pilot Program is progressing very well. Congratulations to each of our participating schools which are innovatively and enthusiastically implementing our CASSE model according to their unique history, philosophy, demographics, culture and needs:

Banyan Fields Primary
Bendigo Catholic College
Berwick Boys Grammar School
Drouin West Primary
Frankston Heights Primary
Koonung Heights Secondary
Milgate Primary
Monterey Secondary
St Joseph's Secondary
Stonnington Primary
our 2 Demonstration Schools:
Lumen Christi Catholic Primary
St.Gabriel's Catholic Primary, Traralgon, which is using our Train the Trainer approach.

What is UNIQUE about our CASSE Schools approach?

  • it is theoretically sound, based on Professor Stuart Twemlow  and Frank Sacco's highly effective model.
  • it is NOT prescriptive.
  • it is psychoanalytic, promoting understanding.
  • it uses highly skilled CASSE School Facilitators to provide consultations or PD  to schools and to help our Pilot schools think through their implementation.
  • it promotes a peaceful caring school climate where staff, parents and students work together.
  • it is student driven using carefully selected CASSE Student Teams, led by CASSE teachers to role model altruistic and Upstander responses (instead of Bystander ones) and to identify and manage peer issues when safe to do so.
  • it is skill based, teaching students, staff and parents about power dynamics, conflict resolution skills and the importance of mentalising - ie recognising one's own thoughts and feelings and that of another's in order to respond empathically and thoughtfully rather than reacting or retaliating.
  • it promotes inclusiveness and second chances.
  • it includes our 'Looking out for Lens' approach which encourages the whole school community to observe and sensitively respond to others who are doing it tough.
  • it recognises that the group is both the cause of conflict and the solution to it.
  • it recognises that bullying is a process not a person.
  • it is sustainable and promotes self confidence in our students.
  • it aims to be like second nature over time.
  • it requires leadership to prioritise it.

We run annual Student Days to bring our wonderful CASSE Student Teams & their CASSE teachers together to celebrate their achievements and contributions. Click here to see a video of all the action from the recent CASSE Primary Students Day.

Please contact Carolyn Aston, Schools Program  Director, phone0417 328 648, Email:

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July 2013
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CASSE's mission is to create safe, supportive environments for individuals, families and communities through psychoanalytic awareness. 

CASSE is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation and is currently conducting programs within schools and Aboriginal communities.