Relationships are essential to daily life. Yet, relationships, whether with a spouse, child, parent, ex-partner or even a work colleague, can be complicated and, at times, challenging. They take time, thought and effort to develop, nurture and sustain. At Relationship Matters, we hope to support your efforts by offering a range of programs to help […]
How Can We Support You
Relationship Matters serves the community by promoting positive relationships for the achievement of wellbeing and the fullness of life.
We believe that every relationship is a thread, threads which are woven together to form the tapestry or our lives. We are committed to supporting the most crucial threads through life’s challenges and transitions by offering a range of services.
No matter where you are in your life journey, we have a relationship service to support you.
You can browse our services below or select a statement that best describes your current situation.
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- Getting married/committed?
- Getting separated/Needing to resolve a conflict?
- Having a baby?
- Having challenges at work?
- Needing support for your child?
- Needing support for your intercountry adoptive family?
- Needing support with personal challenges?
- Needing to change your behaviour?
- Transitioning to retirement?
- Wanting to communicate better?
- Wanting to parent better?
- Wanting to strengthen your relationship?
A five week course for women interested in exploring some of their issues and concerns around recognising, expressing and managing strong emotions. Delivered by experienced group facilitators in a safe and respectful space.
At times, life can get a little bumpy and we turn to family, friends or colleagues for support, we can also turn to Counselling.
The VicRoads Drink Behaviour Change Program is a court mandated program for offenders who have been found guilty of certain high risk driving offences.
Separation can be a difficult and challenging time whether you are married, in a de facto or same-sex relationship, or a grandparent. At LifeWorks we provide flexible, accessible and comprehensive Family Dispute Resolution Services.
LifeWorks is a leader in the delivery of Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCP) across Victoria. We are committed to providing programs that positively impact on individuals and communities. Our Family Violence Prevention team works directly with men and also supports their current and former partners.
Our relationship with others and ourselves can be challenging at times. Sometimes we need help being honest and open about the issues we face. The intercountry adoption process has its own unique challenges. Counselling can bring hope through supporting couples, families and individuals to talk about their concerns and explore solutions.
Our experienced Intercountry Adoption Information and Support Worker understands adoption and can provide you with a supportive and collaborative approach to assist you and your family with adoption issues and challenges.
Relationship Matters Parenting After Separation Program is delivered in three formats, including an intensive one day course.
Are you getting angry and annoyed with those you love? Hurting your loved ones emotionally or physically? Bottling things up and then exploding? Feeling anxious, confused or losing self-control?
The VicRoads Safe Driving Program is a court mandated program for offenders who have been found guilty of certain high risk driving offences.
Are you tired and frustrated at not being able to express your point of view to your partner. Mastering the art of communication in a couple relationship is a challenging task for most of us. Let us teach you the skills to strengthen your relationship.
In our increasingly busy lives, finding time to nurture and strengthen our relationship is often a challenge. Relationship Matters’ ‘Rejuvenate our Relationship’ program helps you find that time.
The Bringing Baby Home Program is designed to provide new or expectant parents facing the myriad of changes and new experiences associated with bringing their first baby home with tools, knowledge and skills.
LifeWorks Accessible Psychological Intervention (API) Services are available, free to eligible people who live or work in the Glen Eira or Frankston catchments. Call the SEMPHN Mental Health Intake team on 1800 862 363 to check eligibility.
What’s different in step-families? Living in a step-family brings both challenges and highlights. This program provides an opportunity to explore the unique relationships between couples, children, ex-partners and extended family.
This practical course explores the triggers of anger, alternative ways of reducing and managing your anger and understanding the connection between anger and stress.
Your support and promotion of the Intercountry Adoption Support Service is key to making a difference in the lives of people who have experienced intercountry adoption. Here you can find a range of resources to download and use on your website or within your workplace.
Education Seminars for Intercountry Adoptive Families Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service (ICAFS) provides a range of on and offline education seminars and workshops to raise awareness and increase skills and knowledge of wide ranging topics and issues related to intercountry adoption. On this page we will be highlighting upcoming seminar topics and dates, as well […]
The nature of intimate relationships can change over time. Sometimes couples can feel more like housemates than partners or have difficulty finding compromises on how to parent, or share the responsibilities of day-to-day life.
The ‘Prepare-Enrich’ Committed Couples (Private Sessions) program is the leading national relationship questionnaire and skill building program.
Separation can be a stressful and difficult time, especially when children are involved. Parenting plans can help to establish a clear and agreed way to manage parenting arrangements.
Yours, Mine, Ours – Dividing your Assets. Family Dispute Resolution allows separating couples to discuss, make decisions and agreements regarding the division of all property, money, liabilities and belongings.
Family breakdown and parental separation can be a traumatic time for children. The family dynamics, rituals and traditions can change from one day to the next.
It is a requirement under the Family Law Act 1975 that separating couples wanting to apply to the Court for a parenting order need to first indicate that a genuine effort to resolve the dispute by family dispute resolution has been attempted. Our registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners can help you through this process.
Conventional Family Dispute Resolution is conducted between you and your former partner, facilitated by an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Sometimes, if your situation is particularly complex or there is a lot at stake, having your lawyer present can assist you in discussing the matters at hand in a legally informed way.
Mediation is a voluntary meeting between people who have a dispute. Facilitated by an impartial mediator, the process aims to negotiate an acceptable resolution for all. Mediation can be an effective tool when you are in a situation that needs resolution but you can’t find away forward with the person/p
The one constant in life is change. At LifeWorks we provide opportunities for families to come together to discuss changes effecting all members of a family, especially older members.
Parent and Adolescent Mediation helps young people and their families to resolve conflict, and to develop new styles of communication. It allows for equal input from both family members to decide how their conflict will be resolved.
A six-session parenting program for parents of teens to help teens develop emotional intelligence.
Includes how you can communicate more effectively with your teen, understand your teen better, help manage difficult emotions and more
Every child is unique! Some kids need more support than others to deal with the personal challenges of ‘growing up’. Let our qualified child counsellors support your child to be the best they can in an ever changing world.
Relationship Matters has been funded to deliver a unique parenting course for fathers. This free 9-week group program designed specifically for dads of babies to young teenagers.
Every organisation encounters difficulty and conflict with individuals, within teams and even across the business at some stage. Conflict is natural but managing it is not always so! LifeWorks in the Workplace can help you to minimise the impact of conflict in the workplace.
Specialist Consulting for your organisation such as independent investigations, mediation, policy review and workplace audits/health checks, Training Solutions offered through our customised in-house courses or E-Learning packages, and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) including critical incident debriefings and a manager hotline.
LifeWorks in the Workplace is renowned for providing training that focuses on developing self-awareness, building skills and knowledge, and facilitating behaviour change back in the workplace. We invite our participants to use the time away from work to reflect on their role, their performance and their development and to explore new ways to engage and enjoy their work lives.
LifeWorks has developed an eLearning Equal Opportunity Training module for workplaces. The training module is an effective way for organisations to meet their legal obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, while building a stronger more inclusive and respectful workplace.
Coaching is the practice of supporting an individual to define and achieve their goals. LifeWorks in the Workplace offers coaching to individuals and groups, which can be delivered onsite, at our Melbourne office or over the phone.
The aim of this course is to build confidence and improve workplace relationships by discovering how to be assertive in the workplace in a positive and productive manner.
Learn how to manage yourself effectively and develop practical strategies and techniques to prepare for, respond to and deal with conflict productively.
This program looks at the impact of stress and how we can minimise the negative impact on our health and well being.
This one day workshop provides Managers and HR Staff with the necessary skills and practice so that they are able to facilitate positive outcomes amongst their staff or other parties who might be in conflict.
This program provides an opportunity to reflect on how the journey is going, what can be done to make the journey a bit easier or at least be better prepared for some of the highs and lows of parenting, while juggling the demands of work.
This session will help participants understand their current readiness for this significant change, and then assist them in developing greater clarity and direction.
We now know how important it is to look after ourselves. This program focuses on the impact of compassion fatigue and strategies for looking after yourself.
This engaging time management workshop helps employees learn how to set realistic goals, plan daily activities, prioritise effectively and utilise a range of tools to balance their personal and professional life.
We have all experienced someone’s anger either at work or in our personal life, but we have also expressed anger ourselves. This presentation is not just about managing other people’s anger but also an opportunity to reflect on our own emotions and behaviour.