We help to shape safer communities by promoting safe and respectful relationships among student groups. We listen to students, teachers and parents and partner closely with school communities to deliver relevant, practical and memorable presentations.
We have been partnering with schools in Perth for over a decade promoting safe and respectful relationships. We partner with leading public, private, Catholic, Christian and boarding schools. If you would like to speak with one of our partner schools for a reference, contact us and we can put you in touch.
What we communicate
Our message is based on the unique work of Brent Sanders, a leading Australian expert in conflict psychology and protective behaviours (check out his bio below). His work explores the underlying motivations behind harmful behaviour in relationships and suggests proven strategies to stay safe for life. We have adapted this material for use with both male and female student groups, and added some original material to provide a comprehensive range of presentations for school communities.
Click here for more information about our presentations.
How we communicate
Our presentations aim to inform the choices of students to reduce harm and promote social wellbeing. We make use of multiple learning styles in our sessions and do all we can to make our message stick! We believe presentations are a great investment in the lives of students, providing a strong foundation for lasting social change. Teachers often tell us that it is helpful to have an external presenter come into their school to present on sensitive issues. We also hear that our presentations open the door for future conversations between staff and students about relationships.
All of our presentations come with a two follow up lesson experiences that can be facilitated by teachers to discuss the topics in smaller groups of students. These are linked with the Western Australian Curriculum and have been professionally designed for maximum effectiveness.
“On the basis of current evidence, violence prevention and respectful relationships initiatives among young people can make a real difference, producing lasting change in attitudes and behaviours.” (Victorian Department of Education and Training 2009.)
Adam przytula – Director / presenter
Adam has been speaking in schools for 20 years and joined Frame Initiatives in 2018. He is an author, has a secondary teaching degree and has been a school chaplain for 8 years. He is the director of Armed For Life, an organisation driven by Adam’s purpose to help others develop resilience, deal with bullying in a healthy way and better their wellbeing and mental health.
Dan Mcgrechan – Presenter
Dan began presenting with Frame in schools in 2013. He is a passionate, well-regarded and experienced youth worker and communicator, having worked closely with students and young adults in a variety of roles since 2009. Dan is married to Erika and live with their son Oliver in the Hills of Perth.
Stuart Wesley – Presenter
Stuart first brought the message of Frame to Perth, presenting in his first school over a decade ago. Stuart continues on the team at Frame presenting our parent series. He brings a wealth of experience to the role as a husband and parent of four grown up children. He is a sensitive and inspiring communicator with a story for every occasion. Outside of Frame, Stuart is a consultant with Oasis People and Culture.
Brent Sanders – Advisor
Brent is the Managing Director of Winning Edge Strategies and has lectured to over 400,000 people since 1991 in the areas of personal protection, conflict psychology and self-motivation. With an extensive background in the police force, combined with a unique understanding of the psychology of conflict, he is without doubt one of Australia's leading authorities in this field. Brent is also the author of the groundbreaking book on conflict psychology, How Dangerous Men Think.
To find out more about Brent and his work, visit www.winningedgestrategies.com.au.
Karen Van Namen - SPEAKER
Karen is from London, UK and is married to Marcus. Karen has 4 nephews, 1 niece and 2 respite foster twins.
Karen has a wealth of experience including 14 years teaching TAFE level running Cert 3 and 4 Fitness Courses, 10 years Personal Trainer / Sports Massage Therapist / Fitness Centre Manager, 9 years Centre Manager International Language Summer School and 3 years Sports Chaplain Women's SBL Basketball Team.
Hobbies: kickboxing, tennis, movies, travelling - have been to 51 countries.
Fun Fact: Has given a sports massage to the singer Usher
Goal: To help people overcome difficulties of the past so they can realise their potential. Help shape people so they shine.