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Supporting Separated Families

Understand the separation process and how to support families going through separation or divorce.

Separation can be a difficult time for both parents and their children.

It’s normal for separating families to experience a range of strong emotions and family members often need to adjust to new living arrangements.  

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the impacts of the separation process for parents, children and adolescents, and ways to help them manage this change, within your work context. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you'll be able to: 

  • demonstrate knowledge of the separation process and how it impacts families and children 
  • demonstrate knowledge of the family law system and family dispute resolution (FDR) 
  • identify behaviours that children may demonstrate as a result of separation, and strategies to manage those behaviours  
  • help parents to better manage their separation and support their children 
  • identify when families need more support and where to refer them.

Ideal for

Community organisation workers, school staff, health professionals, youth workers, child and family workers, and counsellors.

About the presenters

Astrid Horter is the Program Leader FDR and Mediation Training at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). She holds tertiary qualifications in law and psychology and is an experienced family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) and child consultant. Astrid coordinates the RAV CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, as well as the Mediation Training Course, and delivers training at RAV and for external organisations. She has extensive experience working in community organisations as a clinical supervisor, trainer and manager. 

John Ravesi is a highly experienced FDRP, mediator, counsellor and provides individualised coaching in these areas of expertise. He is currently a trainer and assessor for RAV’s FDR and mediation training programs and delivers a range of programs to external organisations. He has held multiple senior leadership, supervisory and clinical roles within a variety of community organisations. 

Adrien March is an FDRP with a broad base of skills and experience, including mediation practice, training and dispute resolution research. Her practice experience covers mediating using facilitative and transformative models in the FDR and National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS) schemes. Adrien’s specialisations include working with rainbow families and high-conflict disputes. Her training expertise includes course development and conducting FDR and NMAS training, coaching and evaluation for RAV and other organisations. 

Cath Tregillis is a highly experienced FDRP with qualifications in dispute resolution and family therapy. She has worked across community organisations as a manager, clinical supervisor and trainer and has provided mediation and restorative processes in family, community and workplace settings. She is currently a trainer and assessor within RAV’s FDR and Mediation training programs.

Registration information

  • When you register, you'll be taken to our payment gateway to complete your registration. A new account will be automatically created for you in our Learning Management System (Moodle). 
  • Registrations for scheduled workshops close 48 hours before the event. 
  • Workshops must be paid for at least 2 business days before the training date, or your registration will be cancelled.  
  • If paying by invoice, proof of payment needs to be provided at least 24 hours ahead of the event.

Training Workshops Cancellation Statement [PDF, 1MB] 

Other information

Please note that you'll need access to the following to participate in this workshop: 

  • Desktop or laptop computer 
  • Reliable internet connection 
  • Headphones recommended 
  • Microphone/speakers 
  • Webcam (built in or external to your computer)


Contact us

Training and Development Team
Phone: (03) 8573 2222
Email: [email protected]


No workshops are currently scheduled. Please contact us directly to express your interest.

We can provide this workshop either online or face-to-face.
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