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1. Parenting after Separation


A 4-week group for parents who have separated from their partner. This group assists parents to explore the issues of parenting children post separation from a child focused perspective.


Tuesday AM starting on the 9th February to the 2nd March.


Cost is $150 or $75 concession.


Please register interest via Marymead Intake at (02) 6162 5800

2. Relationships Australia Canberra Region are running a Men’s Behaviour Change program called “Taking Responsibility for Respectful Relationships” in Deakin, commencing 9th February 2021.

Groups run for 16 weeks from 5:30pm until 8:00pm. The cost is $20 per week and light refreshments will be provided.

Commencement dates are:

Deakin: Tuesday 9 February 2021.

Men’s behaviour change programs work with men who have used, or are using, violence and abuse in their intimate and family relationships.  The program is designed to help men to stop hurting the people they love most, and in the process become better partners and better fathers, improving the quality of life through positive and respectful relationships.

In the past, in situations of family and domestic violence, men were often referred to anger management programs.  Current practice in addressing family violence recognises that this is no longer appropriate.  There are many aspects of family violence that occur outside of a context of anger; current research indicates there are several drivers of family violence and that effective responses are not anger management related but target these drivers.  Men’s behaviour change programs explore values, attitudes and behaviours that contribute to men using violence, and create opportunities for men to develop new ways of being in relationship with the people they love.

Relationships Australia Canberra & Region is accredited with the NSW Department of Justice to run men’s behaviour change programs, meeting the current standards.

If you would like any further information you can contact program coordinator Siobhan Madden by calling on 02 6122 7100 or emailing

3. PCYC, Parenting Teens Program new dates for beginning 2021: 
Southside evening program at Erindale starts Monday 8th February – 8th March, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Northside evening program at Melba Copland starts Wednesday 10th February – 10th March, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Southside day program at Erindale starts Thursday 11th February – 11th March, 12:00-2:30 pm.
Ph. 6296 7822
4. Parent Effectiveness Training, 11/02 – 01/04/2021, 6:30-9:45 pm, Weston Community Hub

P.E.T. is an experiential, skills-based course, teaching effective communication skills between children and parents, based on mutual respect. P.E.T. does not use rewards and punishment. Instead, it promotes consideration, resilience, and emotional intelligence. Parents find they yell less and enjoy their children more.
For cost enquiries please contact the course provider –  Larissa Dann: 

5. Young people and group work 
Fast, challenging and fun… Young people are super-physical, super-influenced
by their emotions, and respond super-impulsively to what’s going on around them. So with all this in mind, this workshop will take you through a process
that looks at how to harness all this for the good of a group. We will look at the
skills, ways of thinking and practical strategies needed to run/facilitate groups
with teenagers who at times can be challenging and difficult. We will look at
the pivotal idea of Engagement and how to maintain that engagement over
This is what we will cover:
• Experience 15 + activities
• Use of music and video, physical movement, scaling activities, super
simple theatre activities, drawing, conversation and silence as part of
• How to plan a group ‘on the run’ with very little time
• How to work with young people who may seemingly, be grumpy, scared,
angry, bored, don’t want to talk and/or just don’t want to be there
• How to create strategies for the verbal and the not-so verbal, including
drawing, theatre-based action-based, physical movement oh and yes…
thinking and talking…
• Embedding ‘learning’ within activities
• Blending process and content
• Managing the ‘difficult’ stuff
• Rules without rules
• Being surprising and unexpected
• Groups not as rehearsal for change/growth, but as a real experience of
When: Thursday & Friday, 18-19th March 2021, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Where: Tuggeranong Community Centre, 245 Cowlishaw St, Greenway ACT
Cost: The registration fee is $550.00 (GST included). Morning tea and lunch are
Facilitator: Peter Slattery
Many years ago, Peter did a B.A. in Social Science and an M.A. in Psychology.
He says he thoroughly enjoyed his time at university and freely admits to
having learned something. He also says that the past 30 plus years of working
with young people, especially with those having a hard time of life, have
taught him a lot more, and given him some ideas about how to make use of
what he learned at university. Today, Peter works freelance across Australia
and Aotearoa New Zealand, with occasional jaunts into Asia, North America,
the U.K. and Europe. He continues working with young people in all the places
you expect to find them; within all the school systems, as well as within
refuges, rehab centres, the many forms that youth programs take and in
juvenile justice settings. Having done this work for a long time now, Peter finds
himself in demand as a trainer of workers, as a supervisor and mentor, and
seems to be constantly invited to speak at conferences both within Australia
and overseas. He has published extensively in both the E and the hard-copy
worlds. He says he considers himself extremely lucky, and thinks of his work as
an uplifting challenge, a privilege, a joy and often, just a lot of fun.
Zoe King
Groupwork Solutions
0431 363 450