Supporting and educating today’s youth for tomorrow.
Developing life skills that build resilient, respectful, connected kids and a generation of change agents.

Changing a culture of violence to one of wellbeing.



We a excited to announce the latest release of a NEW program for years 4 & 5 students! After extensive research, feedback, evidence gathered and recommendations made from clinical review, The Centre For Non-Violence created a NEW program to further support, and meet the needs of, this specific age group. Now with 3 Solving The Jigsaw programs available we are able to support your students across more grades and learning abilities.

For a Full Summary of the NEW  program contact Louise on 0418 489 479 or email

WHAT IS SOLVING THE JIGSAW – A multi-award winning wellbeing program

Solving The Jigsaw is a multi-award winning early intervention and prevention program that has been proven to have profoundly significant short and long term benefits, not only for the students, it is inclusive of teachers, parents and staff throughout the whole school community.

Solving The Jigsaw helps kids learn to prevent and manage the growing threats of bullying at school and violence at home and in the community. Launched in 1997 in two local Bendigo schools, Jigsaw today operates in most States and in more than 100 schools. Since commencing, an estimated 27,000 children have participated in Solving The Jigsaw programs. Importantly, over 1,500 teachers and others who work with young people have taken part in comprehensive training programs.

Research identifies schools as the main place “…where children learn, negotiate and potentially contest the norms and attitudes that encourage and maintain interpersonal violence” (Flood et al 2009:10). School-based programs provide the strongest evidence of effectiveness” in relation to violence prevention programs (VicHealth, 2009).

This supports Solving The Jigsaw’s rationale for long-term school-based violence-prevention programs supported with comprehensive training of educators and others that work with young people as an effective way to change a culture of violence in our communities to a culture of well-being.

A Program Document is available that details the research our program draws on:

• Interpersonal trauma research • Developmental and neurological research • Educational and therapeutic group process literature.

The program has been the subject of several evaluation and research reports.For a more detailed look at Solving The Jigsaw, please click here.

Solving The Jigsaw promotes constructive thought and action for children on issues of pro and anti-social conduct, increasing self knowledge, resilience and reducing the effects of trauma on those who have lived with violence”. Dr Lisa Milne, Clinical Review – A Clinical Review of Group Process and Content


For students, Solving The Jigsaw aims to promote a culture, language and understanding that encourages discussion and action on violence, bullying, abuse, depression and anxiety.

It seeks to develop skills in conflict resolution, assertive communication, decision-making and anger-management, and promote increased self-knowledge, awareness, optimism and resilience.

It also reduces the effects of trauma on young children and young people and strengthens relationships between students and school, and students and caregivers.

For school communities, the program aims to develop curriculum-based strategies in consultation with schools, strengthen the school environment, address identified needs of schools, and link schools with external support agencies.

For parents, it seeks to increase awareness of the effects of family violence and bullying on children, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and develop a positive outlook and personal links between parents and schools.

The Solving The Jigsaw program can be tailored to meet your individual group needs. Ranging from classroom delivery with a Jigsaw facilitator and their teacher present, to school and/or group camps with group activities that aid in bonding amongst peers, raising self-esteem and confidence and developing a deeper understanding and acceptance of themselves and others. The program has been proven to be effective when working with targeted groups and ‘at risk’ youth.

As we take a whole school approach we also provide information sessions for teachers, leadership teams, guidance councillors, school staff and parents. For enquiries and bookings please contact Louise.

Classroom Program

Solving The Jigsaw’s school-based programs run over 20 or 40 weeks and are delivered by a trained facilitator to a class or group. The programs are integrated into the school curriculum, school welfare support and school policies.

What happens in the Classroom programs?

The Solving The Jigsaw classroom program builds relationships, trust and understanding through a combination of weekly catch-ups and structured activities.

The catch-ups encourage connection, belonging and intimacy within the group. The structured activities, on the other hand, provide opportunities for students to learn about key concepts, values, tools and challenges, and to explore their beliefs and practise problem solving.

Although these activities are planned, the program is flexible and can respond to any important issues that might arise.

Structured activities include:

  • Bullying and violence
  • Strengths
  • Beliefs and values
  • Trust groups
  • Support systems
  • Resilience and optimism
  • Conflict resolution
  • Group dynamics and friendships
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Loss and grief
  • Anger
  • Relationships
  • Families
  • Belonging
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Wellbeing
  • Transition and change
  • Cyber Safety

Bullying and violence

Solving The Jigsaw deals with bullying and violence by talking openly about violence, and about its types, effects and where it occurs.

The program explores concepts of the misuse of power, deliberate harming, and the use of power to control and belittle. It teaches children, young people and teachers strategies for dealing with violence and bullying, and presents a clear position that violence is unacceptable and must not be ignored or condoned.


Current School Placement, Letter of Recommendation…

My name is Alana Carlson and I am a Class 6 Teacher at Silkwood School on the Gold Coast.

I have had the pleasure of working with Louise with two different groups of students to implement the Solving the Jigsaw Program … click here for full details.

Solving The Jigsaw has won several important awards:

The Spirit of Catholic Education Award 2013 – Leading and Facilitating for Change and Improvement QLD

Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Services Media Awards for “Kids’ Business” Documentary

Human Rights Awards 2009, Highly Recommended for “Kid’s Business Documentary”

Australian Violence Prevention Award, 2003,2002,2001,2000, Certificate of Merit—Australian Heads of Government

National Association for Loss and Grief Award 2001

National Australian Drug Foundation Award 2000—Excellence in School Based Responses

National Child Abuse Award 2003—Community Development, Capacity Building and Strengthening

Victorian Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award 2000—Anti Violence

Victorian Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award 2002—School Based Response

Victorian Public Health Award 2001—Innovative Public Health Development

Careers Advisor – For Secondary School Students and School Leavers

With over 25 years experience as a nationally accredited trainer, author, guest speaker and presenter at, schools, career expos and trade exhibitions, we provide career advice to secondary students, students leaving school to enter the workplace, early school leavers and job seekers.

Q: Have you ever heard the saying… ‘Choose your direction or someone else will!’

Although a well coined phrase it does ring true for many and sometimes it’s easier said than done when it comes to choosing a career path. There are so many choices to the point of it being overwhelming for some, however there is a way through the maze of choices. Something that may assist you is knowing how to align your natural abilities, skills and interests to a job. A quick and easy way to find out is to take a free Personal Profile Survey and discover what industries your skills are compatible with @ It only takes about 20 minutes then after you complete the survey you can click on the mini report and print it out or save it for future reference.

If you would like to talk about your findings in your report or your career direction then feel free to contact Louise on 0418 489 479 or email