The following was published on the ABC Gippsland Facebook Page
If you missed our chat with David Nugent last Friday, we've had some requests for the interview to be made available onlilne, so here is the full 35 minute version. David is a qualified psychotherapist who specialises in family violence, and is the founder of the Heavy M.E.T.A.L Group (Men's Education Towards Anger and Life).
David talks to ABC Gippsland features reporter Rachael Lucas about his personal experience with managing his own anger issues, and how he came to establish the Heavy M.E.T.A.L program which has been running for the past 15 years in the Casey shire.
As the nations only 40 week Men's Behaviour Change Program, David's outreach extends to greater Melbourne and other parts of Australia, where support services are unavailable. Many Gippslanders have made the trip to the outskirts of Melbourne to attended David's powerful and effective programs.
In 2015, Heavy M.E.T.A.L was the subject of the candid and confronting ABC TV documentary 'Call Me Dad', which followed the stories of participants from the program, unpacking some of the complex issues behind systemic family violence.
The film will be screened next week in a community fundraising event on Thursday 1st November 7-10pm at the Hallam Senior College Theatre followed by a Q&A session with documentary participants and family violence workers from the shire. Click the video below to listen to the podcast!
Pictured: David Nugent with year 11 students from Hallam Senior College.
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