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.


Face-to-Face Workshop: Introduction to Couple Therapy

Enhance your knowledge for working effectively in the emotionally-charged field of couple therapy.

This stand-alone workshop introduces an integrated therapeutic framework for working with couples in counselling or therapy, including how to work within the context of a couple relationship when only one partner is present.

Workshop concepts assimilate Neurobiology, Psychodynamic, Systemic and Integrated Behavioural Marital theories, and are illustrated using a combination of case examples, DVD demonstrations and presentation slides.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions, share your own experiences in providing couple counselling or therapy and discuss workshop concepts in collaborative small group settings.


On completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • develop your thinking about problematic couple dynamics, using an integrated theoretical perspective
  • understand the implications of recent neuro-scientific discoveries for couple therapy
  • appreciate the challenges involved in working with couple difficulties when only one partner is present.

This workshop is also a great introduction for those thinking of applying to Relationships Australia Victoria's Specialist Course in Integrative Couple Therapy, or Swinburne University’s Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling) at the second year level.

Ideal for

Experienced counsellors, psychologists and post-graduate students.

About the presenter

Penny Evans is an experienced trainer, couple therapist with 30 years’ experience and has a background in family therapy.

Previously, Penny worked for 17 years with Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), including as Professional Education Manager. In this position, she played a key role in developing and delivering our Specialist Course in Integrative Couple Therapy and related internship, as well as other couple counselling training programs. Penny also coordinated the Masters in Couple and Relationship Counselling, delivered by RAV in partnership with the Bouverie Centre (La Trobe University).

She currently works in private practice, providing couple counselling and clinical supervision, in addition to teaching at RAV, the Bouverie Centre and other organisations including the Australian Psychological Society.

  • Joanna Barbagallo
  • (03) 9261 8702
  • 46 Princess Street, Kew, VIC 3101
    • Starts 9:30am Monday 4 October 2021
  • One-day workshop from 9:30am to 4pm.
  • $350 (including GST). Fully catered.
  • This course is delivered through RAV’s Kew Centre, which is a service-delivery centre, and is not part of RAV’s Camberwell Training and Development.

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