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.


Webinar: Managing Stress with Mindful-Compassion Art-Based Therapy

Presented by Dr Andy H. Y. Ho, internationally renowned educator and psychologist, and Director of Research of the Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education.

Health, allied health and mental health professionals are prone to burnout and compassion fatigue given the intense emotional and existential nature of their work. Previous research has provided strong evidence that supports the inclusion of art therapy within clinical supervision as a way of effectively reducing work-related stress and enhancing emotional health.

Integrating the practice of mindfulness meditation in art therapy-based supervision, with reflective awareness complementing emotional expression, has immense potential for self-care and collegial support, which could ultimately cultivate compassion and sustained resilience among those immersed in the fields of palliative care and bereavement support.

In this webinar, Dr Ho will present foundational knowledge on burnout, resilience and self-care. He will also provide the theoretical underpinnings and clinical framework of Mindful Compassion Art-based Therapy (MCAT), as well as the findings of a Randomized Wait-List Control Trial that assess MCAT’s efficacy for reducing burnout and promoting holistic wellness among 56 palliative care professionals in Singapore. Narratives and experiences of MCAT’s participants will be shared to illuminate the inner workings of this novel and promising psycho-intervention modality for enhancing end of life care provision by supporting the wellbeing of caregivers.

Dr Ho will discuss:

  • the causes and effects of stress and burnout on caregivers, particular those immersed in the fields of palliative and bereavement care
  • the relationship between burnout, compassionate fatigue and moral distress, and their impacts on holistic health
  • the current literature and research on resilience, mindful-compassion and expressive arts, and their integration for promoting self-care
  • the empirical foundation for integrating mindfulness meditation and art therapy for self-help and clinical supervision purposes 
  • integrating an empirical model of Mindful Compassion Art-based Therapy for supporting self and others emotionally, psychologically and spiritually within the context of palliative and bereavement care.

Meet Dr Andy H. Y. Ho

Dr Andy Ho is Associate Professor of Psychology and Medicine at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. He serves as Board Director of the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), and the International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB). He is also the Founding Director of the Action Research for Community Health Laboratory, and the Director of Research of the Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education.

A health psychologist and a social scientist who holds double doctorates in Thanatology and Lifelong Education, Andy has pioneered numerous innovative and robust psycho-socio-spiritual interventions for supporting individuals, families and communities through difficult life adversities such as illness, loss and mortality. He is a prolific author and acclaimed speaker with over 100 top-tier publications as well as more than 160 keynote and plenary presentations, and his scholarly works are recognised with distinction by academic, professional and government bodies around the world.

Andy was the first Asian recipient of the eminent ‘ADEC Academic Educator Award’ in 2018, captured the prestigious ‘Nanyang Education Award’ from NTU in 2019, and received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ from the University of Hong Kong in 2020.

  • RAV Training and Development Team
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • This webinar will be delivered live via Zoom video-conferencing. Further information will be provided upon registration. - To be advised
    • Starts 3:00pm Wednesday 10 February 2021
  • 3 - 4:30pm (AEDT)
    75 minutes of content and 15 minutes of moderated Q&As.

    Please note: registrations close 24 hours before the event start time. In addition to the live event link, all registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording post-event.
  • $50 per person (including GST)
  • Please note, in order to participate in this webinar, you will need access to the following:
    • Desktop or laptop computer
    • Reliable internet connection
    • Headphones
    • Microphone/speakers
    • Webcam (built in to your computer, or input separately)

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