connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Professional Development

We are proud to offer a range of workshops providing professionals with opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills to help their clients and customers.

Workshop: The Tree of Life: an approach to working with vulnerable children, young people and adults (Sunshine)

2017 Professional Development Workshop Series

The Tree of Life is an approach that enables people to speak about their lives in ways that make them stronger.

This narrative therapy approach enables people to talk about their lives in ways that do not re-traumatise them, but instead, strengthens their connection with their history, culture, and the significant people in their lives. It involves encouraging people to draw their own Tree of Life, where they get to talk about of their roots (where they come from), their skills and knowledge, their hopes and dreams, and the special people in their lives. Participants then join their trees into a ‘forest of life’.  

The Tree of Life methodology was developed through a partnership between REPSSI (Psychosocial Wellbeing for All Children) and the Dulwich Centre Foundation.


Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • the Tree of Life methodology
  • how to encourage vulnerable clients to draw their own Tree of Life
  • how to discuss some of the challenges that affect people’s lives and ways to respond to these 
  • how to help clients strengthen their relationships with their history, culture and significant people in their lives.

Ideal for

Counsellors, clinicians, social workers, community workers and health practitioners who work with vulnerable clients.

About the presenter

Nellie Flagg is a respected member of the Aboriginal community and has worked in a range of organisations to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with service providers, including time as a Community Liaison Officer at Relationships Australia Victoria. She has completed a two-year Diploma in Narrative Therapy. The Tree of Life was developed through working and counselling with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals with Nunkuwarrin Yunti between 2008 and 2010. Nellie has used this activity with a number of groups including the Stolen Generation and Aboriginal girls and women experiencing issues in their lives or community. 


  • RAV Training Team
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • 1st Floor, Harvester Centre/4 Devonshire Road, Sunshine, VIC 3020
    • Starts

      No dates are currently set. Please see the course description above or contact us directly for upcoming dates.

  • 9:30am to 4pm.
  • $280 including GST. Fully catered.
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