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: Introduction to working with couples

Professional Development Workshop Series

In the health, social and community sectors, we often work with individuals to assist them with a problem or issue that they are dealing with. However, there may also be times where professionals work with couples on a specific issue, for example, the issue is affecting their relationship, or their family or it involves their children.

This workshop provides an introduction to therapeutic work with couples compared to work with individuals. The workshop focusses on how the different dynamics of working with both members of a couple can change the therapeutic process. The workshop is relevant for those who work in community services such as counselling, psychology, social work, community health, mental health and other relevant services.

Topics include:

  • Understanding important differences working with an individual focus to a couple focus
  • How to form a therapeutic alliance with a couple
  • Conducting an assessment including assessing for mental health, addictions and family violence
  • Containing competing needs and powerful emotions
  • Managing issues of confidentiality and secrets
  • Understanding the dynamic operating between the couple
  • Working with a couple demonstrating containment, working with family of origin and goal setting.

About the presenters

Robert Handelsmann is the Program Leader, Couples Counselling Training, and a Relationship Counsellor at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). He is highly experienced in working with couples, families and individuals from diverse backgrounds and life situations. Robert holds a Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling) and a Master of Family and Systemic Therapy. He is a member of the leadership team of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) College of Relationship Counsellors and has a particular interest in understanding what works in couple and family therapy, and why.

Zoe Sweett is the Program Leader in Family Violence Training at RAV. She holds a Master of Couple and Relationship Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Human Services, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Sciences, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has worked extensively with adults, children and young people experiencing family violence, and has held senior counselling and case management roles, providing clinical and operational supervision and debriefing to counselling, psychology and social work practitioners.


Ideal for

A range of workers in community organisations or health and social services who may work with couples.

  • RAV Training
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • RAV can deliver this training on site at times suitable to organisations and their staff. - To be advised
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      RAV can deliver this training on site at times suitable to organisations and their staff.

  • RAV can deliver this training on site at times suitable to organisations and their staff.
  • $290 including GST (fully catered).
  • One-day session. Fully catered.

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