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.

How does working with couples differ from working with individuals? This workshop will provide an introduction to participants who work in community services such as counselling, community health, mental health, alcohol and drug services and other relevant services, about how the therapeutic process differs when working with couples compared to individuals and how the different dynamics can change the process.

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

Jayne Ferguson is a Relationship Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). She works with couples, individuals, families and workplaces, and facilitates group work and training. She is also an accredited PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and is a Supervisor for interns completing the Specialist Course in Couple Therapy at RAV.

Rob Ferguson is a Relationship Counsellor at RAV. He has completed graduate studies in couple counselling through RAV and Swinburne University of Technology. He has worked in schools, prisons, churches and welfare agencies. He is an accredited PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator.

Ideal for
A range of workers in community
organisations or health and social
services who sometimes work with

Ideal for

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

  • RAV Training
  • (03) 9261 8702
  • 46 Princess Street, Kew, VIC 3101
    • Starts 9:30am Wednesday 12 September 2018
  • 9:30am - 4pm.
  • $290 including GST (fully catered).
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