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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.

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Accredited Training

Relationships Australia Victoria provides a range of accredited courses related to family relationships including a university-accredited course and vocational training.

 

Specialist Course in Couple Therapy

 

Are you interested in helping couples through a range of relationship issues? Do you have some counselling skills and want to know more about working with couples together?

The Specialist Course in Couple Therapy (SCCT) provides participants with training in a range of theories and practices in how to effectively work with couples who are in an intimate relationship, within a counselling setting.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have developed knowledge and skills in assisting couples experiencing a range of difficult issues including affairs and betrayals, separation and loss, re-partnering and blended families, and family violence.

The SCCT is an accredited component of the Swinburne University Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling) at the second year level. It can be also completed as a stand-alone course (non-accredited) over five months (Semester 1).

Following the course, post-course options including a clinical internship and the live couple therapy consultation program are available. Further details are provided below.

Both the SCCT and post-course options can be applied towards membership of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors (AARC).

Membership of the AARC provides eligibility to apply for listing on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) National Register.

Prerequisites

Participants need to have appropriate tertiary qualifications in social services and a minimum of one year’s face-to-face counselling experience.

Applicants are required to attend an interview prior to acceptance into the course.

Course components

THEORY & PRACTICE SEMINARS
Supported by a prescribed reading program, the seminars integrate psychodynamic, systemic and integrative behavioural theories to form a working interactional theory. Special topics are also covered. These include; sexuality, jealousy and affairs, family violence, gender issues and working with the separating couple (large group learning).

THERAPEUTIC SELF WORKSHOPS
Working in smaller groups, trainees develop an experiential understanding of what shapes them as effective therapists. The primary task is to explore links between their family of origin and our work with couples (small group learning).

CASE DISCUSSION AND ILLUSTRATION SEMINARS
Conceptualise marital difficulties in a way that integrates psychodynamic, systemic and integrative theory. Through this process we assist the therapist to define an appropriate therapeutic focus for his/her work with the couple being discussed (small or large group learning, depending on training group size).

CLINICAL PRACTICE WORKSHOPS
Raise the awareness of particular issues crucial to couple therapy, for example establishing symmetrical rapport, defining and working with interactional process, maintaining therapeutic effectiveness, facilitating change (primarily small group learning).

University accreditation

Master of Couple Counselling (Swinburne University)

RAV has established a partnership with Swinburne University to deliver higher education programs in Couple Counselling. The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Couple Counselling form a nested suite with one program leading into the next. The Graduate Diploma level (second year) consists of RAV’s Specialist Course in Couple Therapy and the Live Couple Therapy Consultation Program. 

The final year of the Master of Couple Counselling consists of RAV’s Clinical Internship, and two subjects taught at the Hawthorn campus of Swinburne: 'Systemic Approaches to Attachment & Development' and 'Families Surviving Grief, Trauma & Abuse'. These subjects provide an interface with the highly regarded Master of Family Therapy at Swinburne, offered in conjunction with Williams Road Family Therapy Centre. 

For further information, contact Catherine Wood at Swinburne University or to register your interest in the program, please email.

For online applications, please go to: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/postgrad/apply/#online

Participant feedback

 

  • "I found the Specialist Course in Couple Therapy to be wonderfully challenging, informative, fun and educational, guided along the way by highly skilled and inclusive practitioners."
  • "I can say, without hesitation, that RAV's course was one of the most rewarding and stimulating aspects of my post-graduate education. Its organisation and structure was exceptional. The weekly reading material was extensive and provided the opportunity for thorough exploration of theory and practice, helping to extend both my theoretical knowledge, as well as assisting in utilising this in my therapeutic work with couples. The course provided excellent opportunities for reflection and clarification of the theories and techniques that were covered. The presenters themselves were thoughtful, energetic and supportive."
  • "The Specialist Course in Couple Therapy was thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and inspiring. I use the skills gained from my attendance daily in my counselling practice." - Jenny Cuthbertson, Psychologist, Private Practice
  • "The combination of experiential learning as well as theory was very valuable. Highly recommend the course for professionals in the field. I loved it." - Catherine Stevenson, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Therapist, Mental Health
  • "I found the course to be especially helpful to me in understanding and developing the links between my personal experience, the theoretical perspectives, and my work with couples."  - Max Broadway, Industrial Chaplain & Accredited Social Worker.


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Post-course option: Clinical Internship

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is committed to increasing specialist knowledge and skills in professional relationship support services, providing clinical training placements for suitably qualified professionals who have completed RAV’s Specialist Course in Couple Therapy (SCCT).

The internship process
Placements are designed to accommodate and maximise learning needs in real life work situations, enabling the application of the knowledge and skills acquired by the intern during the SCCT to help counsellors become skilled in the art of couples counselling and integrate their knowledge learned in the specialist couples course in their therapy with couples.

During the 12 month placement (which includes standard holiday leave), interns are required to carry a case load of four to five clients per week, with a minimum of two appointments being conducted after hours. The majority of clients seen by interns are couples, although they may also work with some individuals presenting with relationship concerns.

Each training intern is allocated a training supervisor for individual supervision and a stand-in supervisor for times when the nominated training supervisor is away on leave. Supervision occurs weekly, on an individual basis and includes the review of audio and/or video taped clinical sessions.

The training supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day direction and professional supervision of all casework undertaken by the training intern, as well as the intern’s induction into the organisation.

During the 12 month placement, interns are eligible to use RAV’s library facilities, as well as
participate in clinically focused Staff Professional Development days.

Prerequisites
Applicants need to satisfy the following criteria to be accepted for placement as a training intern:

  • a tertiary qualification in an appropriate behavioural / social science discipline
  • sound knowledge of counselling theory and practice
  • a minimum of one year’s formal counselling experience
  • successful completion of RAV’s SCCT.

Applicants are required to attend an interview prior to acceptance into the course.

Accreditation
The internship can also be taken as two accredited study units of The Master of Couple Counselling, run in partnership with Swinburne University. See University Accreditation below.

Internship fee
The RAV internship is treated as a training course and involves the payment of course (placement) fees.  The internship costs $3900 (including GST). Instalment options are available.

Location
Internships are principally available at RAV’s Kew Centre. However, at times they may also be available at RAV’s other centres in Boronia, Cranbourne, Sunshine, Ballarat, Traralgon, Shepparton and Greensborough.

Download the flyer here.

Post-course option: Live Couple Therapy Consultation Program

Tuesdays, 10am to 1pm, 8 August to 31 October 2017 (no class on 12 September due to mid-semester break). 

The cost of the program is $1650 including GST ($275 per session).

This program is open to graduates of the Specialist Course in Couple Therapy wishing to consolidate and extend their skills.  Group members will be given the opportunity to participate in a team who offer their reflections on the live streaming of couple’s therapy sessions and reflect back to the couple on their skilled observations of the couple’s  relationship, the therapeutic relationship, and the couple therapy process as a whole.

The reflecting team provides a rich, interactive model for participants’ ongoing learning, growth and development in a supportive environment.  For the clients, the reflecting team brings another dimension to their experience, often deepening & enhancing the work. The reflecting team learns to work as a team to develop an insightful and respectful ways of conceptualising the couple’s dynamics thereby augmenting the couple’s therapy experience and enhancing the team’s capacity to use appropriate language with clients and to skillfully conceptualise cases.

The live couple therapy session is projected onto a screen in a training room where the reflecting team watches the session, formulating considered reflections that will be offered to the couple.  The couple reflect with the therapist on what the team has offered, completing the session for the clients. Occasionally live sessions will not be available due to unavoidable circumstances and in such case the team will reflect on prior live sessions which have been recorded.

Finally, the therapist is given an opportunity to de-brief, and participate in a facilitated discussion with the reflecting team. This is the time to experiment with different theoretical lenses, hypothesise about the couple and the work, think about directions taken/not taken, and offer suggestions for the next session.

FLYER
Download the Live Couple Therapy Consultation Program flyer here.

ALL COURSE ENQUIRIES
For further information, please contact the Professional Education Coordinator on (03) 9261 8702 or by email.

Post-course option: Couple Therapy Supervision Group

Tuesdays, 10:30am - 12:30pm fortnightly.
Please contact us for more information on fees.

Couple therapists who have completed the Specialist Course in Couple Therapy, or an equivalent course, are eligible to join our Couple Therapy Supervision Group.

The Couple Therapy Supervision Group provides the opportunity for therapists to share and discuss cases from their workplace, and discuss theoretical issues arising from clinical practice, in a small group of no more than eight people.

Relationship difficulties are conceptualised in a way that integrates a variety of theoretical perspectives, encompassing the intrapsychic, interpersonal and experiential dimensions of couple therapy.

The process is designed to facilitate the therapist’s development of an appropriate therapeutic focus for his or her work with the couple being discussed. On some occasions, the group may choose to discuss a broader clinical issue rather than focus on a particular case.

FLYER
Download the Couple Therapy Supervision Group flyer here.

ALL COURSE ENQUIRIES
For further information, please contact the Professional Education Coordinator on (03) 9261 8702 or by email.

Other information

Fee help is available for students of the Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling) at Swinburne University. Further information can be accessed here.

  • RAV Training
  • 03 9261 8702
  • 46 Princess Street, Kew, VIC 3101
    • Starts 9:30am Tuesday 6 February 2018

      Continues on Tuesdays until 3 July 2018. No classes on 3 and 10 April due to Easter break.

  • Tuesdays in 2018 from 9:30am - 3:30pm.
  • $5500 including GST. Instalment options available. A $500 deposit is required to secure enrolment.
  • Fee help is available for students of the Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling) at Swinburne University.  Further information can be accessed here.

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