Relationship Support

Do you need help with your relationships? We’ll help get you on track. CatholicCare provides a range of courses. Please click on the down arrows on the right for more information about each program.

Inspire - Art Therapy

A fortnightly group for women who have experienced domestic and family violence. Inspire assists women in developing new personal networks, regain confidence, manage emotions and build self-compassion in a fun and supportive environment using art therapy and other techniques.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Just for Dads

This program looks at the parenting issues confronting men in Australia. We explore the challenges of fathering with topics like child development, communication, dealing with strong emotions, discipline, self-esteem, healthy relationships and domestic and family violence.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Keeping Kids in Mind

Parents love their children and want the best from them. However, following separation, parenting often gets much tougher. Our Keeping Kids in Mind program is a 5 week course for separated parents who are experiencing on-going conflict. The course is designed to assist parents in seeing the separation through their children’s eyes and provides tips on how to support their children following family separation.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Grief and loss after separation
  • The hidden world of children
  • Building resilience
  • Bridging the gap
  • Looking back, moving forwardParticipants must register, participate in a pre-group interview and pay prior to attending.

This program is run in all of our Family Centres. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Marriage Preparation

We offer two marriage preparation courses, available in both religious and non-religious formats.

FOCCUS

This pre-marriage education program helps couples learn more about themselves and their relationship. Couples respond individually to a survey exploring topics such as:

  • Communication
  • Dual careers
  • Extended family
  • Finances
  • Friends and interests
  • Intimacy
  • Lifestyle expectations
  • Parenting
  • Problem-solving
  • Religion

These responses are then compared, with areas of strengths and areas for growth highlighted and discussed in feedback sessions with an accredited Relationship Educator.

FOCCUS pre-marriage education is not counselling. It is not a test that a couple ‘passes’ or ‘fails’. It is designed to provide an understanding of what you and your partner will bring into your marriage. Cost: $350 per couple.

Based over two sessions, FOCCUS is offered at our Waitara, Naremburn & Brookvale Centres. All bookings are made via our Waitara Family Centre.

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


PREPARE ENRICH

For over 30 years, PREPARE ENRICH has helped couples strengthen their relationships. It has empowered and energised more than 3 million couples!

The main component of the program is an online survey which identifies the unique strengths and potential growth areas in your relationship.

You’ll meet with a facilitator trained to provide feedback by helping you understand your results and you’ll learn important relationship skills. Built on a solid research foundation, PREPARE ENRICH has been improved and refined over the years to become one of the best, most effective, easy-to-use relationship assessment tools available.

PREPARE ENRICH will:

  • Identify strength and growth areas
  • Explore personality traits
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Resolve conflicts and reduce stress
  • Compare family backgrounds
  • Comfortably discuss financial issues
  • Establish personal, couple and family goals

This program is available at our Waitara Family Centre only. Cost: $350 per couple.

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Regaining Self

Looks at many issues relating to domestic and family violence. Topics include identifying domestic and family violence, the law, women’s resistance, impact on children, self-esteem, communication, anger, identifying healthy relationships, stages of change and moving on.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Seasons of Growth

Everyone experiences loss and change in their lives. It may be through death, separations, divorce, loss of home, job, dreams or lifestyle. This program provides an opportunity for adults to think about and understand their own loss experiences. You’ll be supported through presentations and a reflective group process which provides skills to assist with the journey through grief.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Shark Cage

Assists women who have experienced domestic and or sexual violence. Shark Cage is also used as a preventative tool to teach women their rights and awareness of abusive behaviours, how to identify and respond and decrease the likelihood of re-victimisation.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Women of Strength

An 8 week support group for women who have experienced an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is more than abuse – it deprives a woman of her basic human rights through degradation, disempowerment and exploitation. It cultivates anxiety and despair. Domestic violence is present in one in four relationships and is much more common than people think. Cost: gold coin donation.

  • Learn about the dynamics of an abusive relationship
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Reduce self-blame
  • Gain a better understanding of yourself
  • Explore options for the future
  • Meet other women in a similar situation

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

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