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.


Online Workshop: Professional Boundaries in Therapeutic Work

Maintaining professional and personal boundaries can be challenging for social, community and health professionals who want to do everything possible to help clients. This workshop will explore the professional and personal boundaries of helping roles, why professionals need them and why it’s important for them to regularly reflect on their practice.

Professional boundaries are the legal, ethical and organisational frameworks that protect both clients and workers from physical and emotional harm, and help to maintain a safe working environment. Maintaining these boundaries is sometimes difficult. For example, if a client offers gifts, wants to extend the relationship beyond the service provided or divulges information not relevant to the therapeutic goals. Situations such as these require workers to clearly understand their role, and how to manage the organisational and personal risks.

Personal boundaries are the physical, emotional and mental limits people use to protect themselves from being drawn in too much to clients’ lives and from being manipulated or violated by others. They allow professionals to maintain psychological safety for themselves and their clients and make objective decisions about the therapeutic process to most effectively assist clients in achieving their goals. This workshop will discuss strategies to maintain these boundaries, and the importance of self-care.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • set clear expectations with clients about the therapeutic process and their role
  • understand the boundaries of professional roles and when to refer to other services
  • manage ethical dilemmas and client expectations
  • maintain physical and psychological safety
  • develop reflective practices
  • develop self-care strategies.

Ideal for

Therapeutic workers such as counsellors, psychologists, social workers, youth workers, health and mental health workers, and social program facilitators. 

Read our tip sheet for information about maintaining personal and professional boundaries.

*When you click to register, you will be taken to our new and improved payment gateway. Once you complete your registration you will receive an email detailing how to access your learning event in our Moodle Learning Management System.

  • RAV Training Team
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • This online, interactive workshop will be delivered live via Zoom video-conferencing. Further information will be provided upon registration. - To be advised
    • Starts 9:30am Tuesday 31 August 2021
  • Half-day, online workshop from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • $220 including GST.
  • Please note, in order to participate in this workshop, 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)