About Us

Our team

Jo has a long-standing commitment to a fair and equitable society and to address injustice, poverty and discrimination. She is particularly committed to social inclusion, gender equity and family violence prevention. She is interested in integrated service delivery, exploring practice models, enhancing service systems, service efficiency & effectiveness and outcome & evidenced based service delivery.   


Bachelor of Education (psychology) 

Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy

 Masters Public Policy & Management 

Winston Churchill Fellowship - Adolescent Violence in the Home 

Certificate 4 Training & Assessment 

Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.  

ABN: 79 336 560 990   

Email: johoward@bigpond.com  


"Jo is an incredibly knowledgeable, professional consultant who has provided great support to our agency as we have strengthened our work with adolescents.  Her capacity to work flexibly, blending evidence and research into relevant practice is fantastic.  She understands the pressures of CSO's as we seek to improve our evidence informed practice and services, through her extensive work experience in the sector.  I look forward to the opportunity to work with Jo on future opportunities"  Allison Wainwright, Deputy CEO, Family Life

Our history

Jo has worked in government, community health, child & family services, alcohol & drug, housing and international aid. Her work over thirty years includes direct service, clinical supervision, management, consultation, program design and implementation, evaluation and research and public policy.   Her key areas of expertise are in gender, fathering, family violence (prevention, women’s & children’s, men’s behaviour change and adolescent family violence) and family work.   She has successfully tendered for a diverse range of projects /programs including family violence, men’s behavior change, adolescent family violence, child & family services. She is a published author. Her most recent contribution was to a book on global practice approaches to adolescent violence in the home (Holt, 2016). 

Previous consultation:   

  • Judicial College of Victoria
  • The Bouverie Centre, development & delivery of training to family services practitioners
  • Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare, Development & delivery of training for Hub practitioners
  • Self Care workshop, Echuca Regional Health & Caulfield Community Health
  • Clinical supervision, Relationships Australia MBCP practitioners
  • Co development of Family Violence Policy, Inner NW Primary Care Partnership
  • NTV, Development of Standards for MBCPs
  • Launch Housing, Family Violence Policy & Practice
  • Family Safety Victoria, Roll out of Information Sharing training to Hub practitioners
  • Chair, National Conference, Child Centred Approaches to Family Violence 
  • Family Violence Training, YETI, Queensland, 2017 
  • Adolescent Family Violence Training, YSAS & Wimmera UnitingCare, Department of Justice, Youth Justice, 2017 
  • Assessment Panel Member, Family Violence Financial Counseling Training, Department of Justice & Regulation, 2017 
  • Adolescent Family Violence Training, Relationships Australia, 2016. Perth and Coffs Harbour, Peel Youth Services & Coffs Harbour Family Services, 2015 & 16 
  • Adolescent Violence in the Home – Mapping the Australian service system, No To Violence, 2012
  • Evaluation and report back on RMIT branding, RMIT University, 2009 (with Linda Betts) 
  • Sessional lecturing, Department of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Caulfield, 2004 - 
  • Evaluation of Counselling Services, Peninsula Community Health Service, 2006 
  • Peer Educator Training, HIV and sexual health, Port Moresby, Marie Stopes International, 2006 
  • Design of Asia-Pacific Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, Save the Children, 2006 
  • "Narrative Solutions", provision of narrative training and consultancy to individuals and organizations, 1998-2002 
  • Evaluation of Monash Link Community Health Service Men’s Behavioural Change Program, Monash Division of General Practice, 1997 
  • Supervisor to social workers, Peter James Centre, Aged Health and Rehabilitation, 2004 
  • Clinical family therapy supervision, 2003-8 
  • Group facilitation including parenting groups and groups for men who are violent and controlling 
  • Sessional teaching and training - Contemporary Therapy Centre, Chisholm Institute, Melbourne University, DV

Our mission

Jo offers consultation and training including:   


Jo has over 30 years experience working with family violence. This includes casework and counselling, design and delivery of group programs, evaluation, management and policy including with co-occurring issues such as alcohol & other drugs, health and housing.   

Training, reflective practice & clinical supervision 

Submissions & tenders 


Service design and integration 

Program manual and operational guidelines development   


Jo is recognized as a key influencer in highlighting and responding to adolescent family violence. She has undertaken several research projects and supported development of concurrent parent/adolescent programs. In 2009 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study best practice responses to prevention and response. Her learnings from the Step Up model, delivered in the U.S, have significantly influenced policy and practice in Australia.   


Project, program and strategic planning ­ facilitation, write up & implementation 

Scoping potential projects & program logic - aims, objectives, strategies 

Partnership development & implementation Service and program/project review & evaluation 

Change management Integrated systems design 

Focus groups & client/staff consultation   


Organizational policy development & implementation 

Linking organizational policy to local, state and government frameworks & policy   


Individual & group supervision 

Leadership support, mentoring & supervision 

Conflict resolution   


 Scoping & design of new initiatives 

Grant, tender and submission writing   


Conference & forum facilitation 

Working with families (family systems and group conferencing) 

Risk assessment & management 

Solution focused therapy 

Brief interventions 

Narrative therapy 

Family therapy   


Individual and team debriefing 

Learnings from critical incidents Recommendations for improved practice