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Step-families course available from Anglican Counselling Service

Wednesday 29th of April 2009

The Anglican Counselling Service (ACS) has recently begun offering a new community education course, which has been specifically designed to assist those living in a stepfamily situation.


The commencement of the course has proved to be very timely, as figures released recently, indicate that one in five families is a stepfamily or blended family and such families are in fact the fastest growing family type in Australia, having increased by 50% in the last decade.


ACS Community Education Co-ordinator, Sharon Kirk, said today that the number of blended families in Australia has risen by 17 per cent in the past decade, compared with just 1.2 per cent for nuclear families. Mrs Kirk said that the course, entitled ‘Making Step Families Work’ had been developed with the assistance of the Stepfamily Association of Victoria and is being offered free of charge by ACS.


Some of the aims of the course include providing participants with strategies for coping with difficult stepfamily dynamics and relationships, as well as aiming to present a perspective which celebrates the viability and positives of stepfamily life.


The six week course will be held at St John’s Anglican Church in Carthage St. beginning at 7pm on Monday 18th May. There is no charge to attend, however registration is essential and anyone wishing to register can contact the Counselling Service during business hours on 6765 2527.


ACS intends to continue to offer the course on a regular basis and anyone interested in attending future courses, is invited to contact the Counselling Service on 6765 2527 and place their name on a waiting list.

Authorised: Sharon Kirk, Community Education  Co-ordinator

23 April, 2009

Phone contact: (02) 6752 3419

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