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.


Workshop: Attending Court and Writing Reports

This workshop introduces non-legal practitioners, such as psychologists, counsellors and social workers, to the requirements and legal obligations of writing court reports, attending court as a witness or support person, and your responsibilities to your clients. We will examine commonly-requested reports such as Parenting Reports, Child Assessments, Family Reports, and Intervention Order assessment reports. Consideration will be given to the laws which govern these reports, including the Family Law Act and the Children and Young Person’s Act.


Participants will learn:

  • how the Family Court, Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia operate
  • the requirements of attending court as a witness who is subpoenaed
  • the requirements of attending court as a support person
  • the purpose, structure and use of a court report
  • how reports are used in courts, and issues that may arise in the process of cross-examination
  • the impact of having an on-going professional relationship with clients after the process of court preparation.

Ideal for

  • Professionals who have been asked to attend court or write a report for a client. This includes psychologists, counsellors, social workers, family workers, allied health and medical staff.

About the presenter

Lilia Szarski is a Clinical Supervisor and experienced Trainer at Relationships Australia Victoria and a qualified, registered psychologist. She has clinically supervised a team of professionally-trained family consultants in the Family Court, prepared family reports for the Courts and appeared as an expert witness in many family law cases. Lilia is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the International Association of Applied Psychologists.

  • RAV Training Team
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • 1183 Toorak Road, Camberwell, VIC 3124
    • Starts 9:30am Thursday 29 August 2019
  • One-day workshop from 9:30am to 4pm.
  • $310 including GST. Fully catered.
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