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.



This eNewsletter is an occasional publication that aims to keep you in touch with some of the interesting initiatives Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is undertaking to further broaden our reach and offering to the Victorian community.

In this edition we highlight:

- the inaugural 'Brutha's Day Out' event for Aboriginal men
- the preliminary - and interesting - results of our community and practitioner surveys on social media
- the opening of our new centre in Boronia
- our 2012 professional development and training programs.

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 Bonds formed at Brutha's Day Out

The success of the first-ever Brutha's Day Out initiative in Victoria may lead to similar programs being established in 2012.

The inaugural Brutha's Day Out in June saw about 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men from Melbourne's Eastern Melbourne Region (EMR) get together over two consecutive Sundays to share their stories and work together on social issues affecting them, their families and communities.

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 Federal MP opens Boronia Centre

The Federal MP for Aston, Alan Tudge, officially opened the Boronia Centre on Wednesday 7 September.

Mr Tudge told the assembled guests the centre would meet a strong need because of the area's high divorce rate and the growing number of single parent families in the region.

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 Professional development and training in 2012

RAV has provided strong professional development and training programs in family dispute resolution (FDR) and specialist couple therapy for more than 25 years.

Enrolments are now open for 2012 courses in each of these disciplines and a new diploma course in relationship counselling.

Training Ground, RAV's registered training organisation, is running two intakes for the Vocational Graduate Diploma of FDR in February and July respectively.

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