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July 2019

Family Therapy Workshops with Andrew Relph B.A. Hons., M.A. (Clin. Psych.)

Family Therapy and Practice: “The things that make a difference”

A systemic theoretical framework lies behind the practice of family therapy. Understanding that theory both in its original normative/causative model and the later, more useful, ‘things get in a mess’/circular model is cru- cial for making a systemic formulation which in turn informs the practice of therapy itself. The workshop will not be confined to the use of family therapy with eating disorders and will be of benefit to practitioners in a wide range of mental health contexts.

There are many ways a systemic understanding and formulation are helpful. It not only offers various ways to proceed with a family but also helps with individual psychotherapy and with different contexts and with many presenting issues.

Day One- Introduction to Systemic thinking and practice.

Day one offers an overview of the theoretical underpinnings and the practices to which they give rise. There will be an opportunity to talk about this connection between theory and practice and to watch it in action.

Day two

The second day of the workshop looks back at the development of family therapy in search of those most useful or classic ideas and practices such as coherence, circularity and conversation which experience has sieved out. This is both personal and universal. Building on the wide survey of day one, day two offers an explanation of and a chance to practice the bits of family therapy which, from experience, seem indispensable…at least for now.

Participants can elect to attend either day one only or day two only (cost $230), or both days (cost $400) de- pending on their training and experience.

Date: Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August 2019 at Perth Children’s Hospital, QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands.

Bookings essential. For bookings go to:

As a Clinical psychologist my main interest has been, and continues to be, in the area of psychotherapy. Most models of psychotherapy have been of interest to me and they all continue to inform my prac- tice. I adopt both an individual (intra-psychic) and an inter-personal (relational) frame for all of my work.

It is fifty years since Watzlawick et. al. wrote Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies and Paradoxes. This year will mark the fortieth annual Australian Family Therapy Conference. I was an early reader of Watzlawick’s book and attender at the annual conference. The question is:  “How has the  field and the practitioner refined family therapy over these years?”

Journal articles by Andrew Relph:

Relph, A. (2008). Exploring: An Essay. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 29(4), 211-215.

Relph, A., & Lohyn, M. (2001). Invitation to the Barbecue: Political  Correctness, Social Criticism and Family Therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 22(1), 29-33.

Relph, A. (1998). Psychotherapy, Architecture and the Postmodern Attitude. An Essay. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 19(3), 135-146.

Relph, A. (1991). Family Therapy and the Theory of Logical Types. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 12(1), 1-7. Relph, A. (1987). A Jung#Bateson Correspondence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 8(1), 1-5.

Relph, A. (1985). The Last Time: A Metaphor For Leaving*. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 6(3), 123-127.

June 2019

Relationship Educator – NSW

  • Leading Not-For-Profit Organisation
  • A fantastic opportunity to join the existing team of Relationship Educator/Group Facilitator
  • Casual employment opportunity based in Penrith

Relationships Australia NSW (RANSW) believes everyone is entitled to positive, supportive and healthy relationships. Our work is centred on building strong family relationships and community connections. As a leading independent non-profit organisation, we focus on those in greatest need, and we conduct our work with respect for difference and social inclusiveness.

An exciting opportunity currently exists to join the Penrith Centre as Relationship Educator.

This successful applicant will have a sound understanding of issues affecting couples, families and children including family safety;

This is a casual role and work is dependent upon the group schedule set each term. The successful candidate may be required to work outside of normal office hours (i.e. after 5pm and Saturdays).

About the role

Some of the responsibilities will include:

  • To provide quality client service in Relationship Education Group work programs;
  • Able to manage complex, challenging client situations including domestic violence, men’s violence and children;
  • Able to engage with the LGBTIQ+, CaLD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • To work as part of a team to develop the Relationship Education program and courses;
  • To actively promote Relationship Education services within RANSW’s integrated service provision model.

About the successful candidates

This is a casual position and the qualifications, skills and experience will include:

  • Relevant qualifications in counselling, psychology, social work, health promotion, adult education, community welfare or similar field (minimum Diploma level) including group work training;
  • Experience responding to domestic violence and to identify and assess risk for all family members;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the complexities of family relationships and the impact of issues affecting couples, families and children including family safety;
  • Willingness to participate in clinical supervision and professional development to improve practice and co-leaderships;
  • Ability to relate to a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.

How to Apply

We enjoy salary packaging and a number of non-salary benefits that have been designed to assist in our personal and career growth and wellbeing.

Click on the link below to get more information and to apply:

RANSW is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and recognises the importance of attracting the right people for the right job. Candidates are selected in accordance with pre-determined selection criteria.

RANSW is committed to creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this is a core part of our Reconciliation Action Plan. Australia’s First Peoples are encouraged to apply for this role. RANSW’s RAP can be found at:

This role has no formal closing date, we will review applications as they are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Tuning Relationships with Music™

Tuning Relationships with Music™: Clinical training in an evidence-based ‘bottom up’ systemic therapy for parents and adolescents impacted by trauma.

Facilitator: Vivienne Colegrove PhD, Master of Couple and Relationship Counselling; Post-Grad Dipl Family Therapy; Grad Dipl Music Therapy; Clinical member PACFA.

Dates: September 5-6 and 12-13, 2019.  
Venue: Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave., Ringwood

More Information

Calling for Nominations for ANZJFT Journal Award 2019

The ANZJFT Journal Award was established in 1994, and is presented at the Annual AAFT conference to an individual or group who has made a distinguished contribution to Family Therapy in Australia. An honour roll of all previous recipients is on the ANZJFT website.

The 2018 recipient was Jenny Brown, for her long-standing commitment to family therapy practice, publication and training, with a particular zeal for making Bowen Family Systems theory accessible and useful across a multiplicity of therapeutic domains.

We are currently calling for nominations for the 2019 award.

The contribution can take the form of an exceptional contribution in a particular domain or prominence across several activities, including:

– Development of key services
– Teaching/development of training programs
– Research and scholarly publications
– Contributions to key family therapy organisations
– Representation of family therapy concerns in the wider community

If you would like more information about what to include in your nomination, please contact Margaret Goldfinch on the address below.

Nominations from previous years are carried over.

Please email nominations to

Closing date: 31st August 2019

Please feel free to forward this to anyone you feel might be interested.

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