WHO WE WORK WITH
Centacare’s Family Relationship’s Team prides itself on offering programs for individuals, couples, families, blended families, step families, grandparents, foster cares and any one in our community that shares a relationship with someone else. We believe all through our lives we experiences relationships with others which then shape who we are. These relationships can be positive, challenging, hurtful and at times painful. At different times in our lives these relationships can create challenges for us and it is important that we acknowledge this and receive support.
We are very aware of the myriad of targeted services in our community which support families once a problem has been identified. Our philosophy is to connect with the community before issues arise and provide people with the support they require to avoid future problems. You may have come across one of our staff at a community event or in a local school, kindergarten, child care centre or play group where we often outreach. We realise the importance of meeting with families in locations where they are comfortable, supported and can easily access.
We can work with you as an individual, a couple, as a family or as a group if you have a particular topic that you would like us to focus on.
Our group programs include but are not limited to
- Learning to bloom – Especially for women.
- Tuning into kids – Parenting program focusing on toddlers and primary aged children.
- Tuning into teens – Parenting program focusing on teens.
- Circle of security – A relationship based parenting program
- Yours, mine and ours – A relationship based program supporting blended families.
- Essence – A program to increase awareness of the mind and the body’s ability to reduce stress.
If you have a particular request please give our intake staff a call to discuss the possibility of us providing a service in a location that works for you.
Also have a look at our website to see the programs that are being delivered in the coming months.
In terms of family separation, we offer the Family Dispute Resolution Program which supports families to navigate what can be a stressful time in your life. Our qualified practitioners will guide discussions between parents around sharing decision making, case arrangements and the day to day practicalities of raising children. We work with parents to develop individual child focussed parenting plans.
If you require assistance to resolve property disputes we also offer property dispute resolution which is also delivered by trained practitioners who can assist you in the division of property and assets without the need to involve the court.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK
Overall the Family Relationship Team is very aware that contacting a service for support can be overwhelming when there are many programs on offer. Our staff are very sensitive to this feeling and will talk through with you what option may suit you best at any given time. Once you are engaged with our service you may feel comfortable to link with other programs and we encourage families to talk with our staff about facilitating this to occur.
An example of a program which often provides a great starting point for women experiencing a sense of loss of themselves and their life direction is “Learning to bloom”. Learning to bloom is a short term, supportive, small group educational program focusing on personal development for women. Many women attend this program following a relationship break down or a situation that arises in their life which challenges their sense of identity and hope for the future.
Parents are often a part of our learning to bloom program as we believe learning to care for yourself and prioritize your needs as parents is crucial to the energy you require. The program has a focus on communication styles, recognising the ways we communicate with others, the things that are triggers for us when interacting with others, ways to identify stress, ways to manage stress and many other activities focusing on the strength within us to move forward and create positive change.
Let me tell you about a lady named Kay who first came across Centacare’s services when she was having attending her local Maternal and Child Health Centre for her toddlers 18 month check. Kay spoke with her nurse about experiencing relationship issues in her marriage, concern that the stress was impacting on her 4 children and feeling that she had no support to turn to. Kay hadn’t planned on speaking with her health nurse about the situation however, when sitting in front of an astute nurse it is hard to hide emotional distress.
A Centacare parenting practitioner happened to be at the centre that day running a session for new parents and the nurse was able to arrange for Kay to meet with our staff member immediately. Our practitioner armed Kay with some very simple and practical mindfulness exercises for the weekend and made an appointment to see her at our centre the following week.
Kay worked with one of our counsellors over a number of sessions before deciding to ask her husband to attend also. He was willing to link into couples counselling with our service and together they were able to work through entrenched communication issues which were impacting upon them. They spoke with us about the difference it makes when there is someone else available to work through these issues with you and a safe space to express feelings and regrets. Kay’s husband said he had never taken the time to think through how their communication styles were impacting them and hoped things would just get better as their children became older. Together they were able to make significant changes to improve their relationship and the stability of their family. Their greatest achievement was when their 16 year old son said “I’m not sure what you guys are doing but this house seems so much calmer”.
This is just one example of the types of ways we are able to accommodate families depending on their individual needs and their circumstances at any particular time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To further discuss any of the programs mentioned please call the Family Relationship Centre on 1300303988.
Words by Centacare
Images by Event Evoloution Photography