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Event Details - Graduate Diploma of Relationships Counselling CHC81015 (with a focus on Family Violence)

Title: Graduate Diploma of Relationships Counselling CHC81015 (with a focus on Family Violence)
Type of Activity: Relevant Course Work
Objective of Course / Workshop:

The Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a focus on Family Violence) is suitable for counselling practitioners, or equivalent, who wish to enhance their skills to work with individuals, couples and families affected by domestic and family violence. The course brings trauma-informed, child-focused and collaborative practice lenses to domestic and family violence work aligned with best practice in risk assessment and risk management.

Graduates can apply for a range of employment opportunities within community service organisations and government departments, working with a range of complex issues affecting relationships, including family violence. With the skills and knowledge gained in the course, graduates will also be equipped for senior roles involving oversight of family violence service delivery including risk management, multi-disciplinary collaborative practice that is aligned with current practice requirements, family violence practice guidelines and legal/statutory obligations.

Course / Workshop Outline:

The course runs for one year over two semesters.

Semester One: Structured full-day seminars, held once a week over 16 weeks.

Semester Two:

·         Work placement - 50 hours supervised clinical practice

·         Five placement seminars, held monthly

Units of Competency

  • CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
  • CHCDFV013 Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes
  • CHCDFV010 Promote accountability and assist users of domestic and family violence to accept responsibility
  • CHCDFV014 Provide programs to people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence
  • CHCDFV002 Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence
  • CHCFCS001 Facilitate the family counselling process
  • CHCFCS002 Provide relationship counselling
  • CHCFCS003 Provide counselling to children and young people
  • CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment
  • CHCFAM007 Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
  • CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework
OPD points: 48
Course / Workshop content:

The course content brings trauma informed and child-focused practice lenses to the following subject areas:

  • Subject 1: Legislation, ethics, codes of conduct, policy and collaborative practice in relationship counselling and domestic and family violence work.
  • Subject 2: Domestic and family violence: prevalence, dynamics, characteristics, risk assessment, risk management and protective concerns.
  • Subject 3: Relationship counselling theory and practice skills.
  • Subject 4: Domestic and family violence practice skills.
  • Subject 5: Counselling children, young people and families.
  • Subject 6: Separation, family law and child-focused parenting arrangements.
Start/End Date: 19/02/2019 to 12/12/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 15:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Relationships Australia Victoria
Contact Name: Maree Nugent
Contact Phone: 03 8573 2222
Contact Email:

The Graduate Diploma of Relationships Counselling is delivered by a team of highly qualified relationship counsellors and specialist family violence practitioners with extensive experience in a range of organisational, private practice, and family violence contexts. Trainers have current training and assessment qualifications and experience.

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a leading training organisation with national and international expertise and 70 years’ experience in relationships counselling, conflict resolution, family dispute resolution (FDR), family relationships, couple therapy and parenting education. RAV’s Registered Training Organisation provides quality higher education and vocational training built on a framework of competency-based workplace training and assessment, focusing on the knowledge and skills required for effective practice.

Address: 1183 Toorak Road
Address 2:
Suburb: Camberwell
State: VIC
Postcode: 3124
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? No
If yes, what meals?
Registration URL:
Cost ($): 12,000
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

You can register your interest in this course online via

A RAV RTO staff member will contact you with further information about enrolment.

All applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

Where applicable, candidates may request a credit transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning process.

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