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Currently we are offering couples who reside in Melbourne who are in a stepfamily a day’s training called Stepping Up.  In the future we are hoping to put this training online so that we can offer it to everyone in Australia. It is really helpful to meet and hear from parents going through experiences similar to yours.  Stepfamilies Australia is partnering with other service providers around Australia who will also run these courses click here to see if there is a provider near you.

Who runs them?

Stepfamilies Australia is currently being supported by drummond street services (a not for profit organisation in Victoria which promotes wellbeing for life).  drummond street services have a number of parenting courses they run for free (if you live in Victoria) that are a great way to learn, grow and tackle some of the challenging things that you face as a parent, or in your family life. These parenting courses are run by parent educators. Experienced facilitators with years of expertise in helping parents manage the ups and downs of raising children, our parent educators believe that people can build on their strengths and aim for good enough parenting, not perfect parenting! For an overview of the current Seminars and Groups run in each location click here.

Our Parenting Framework

If you are a professional interested in learning more about our parenting framework, click here to download it.

Stepfamilies Couch Chats

Stepfamilies Couch Chats

These one hour sessions will support couples to explore ways to connect with their partner and the kids in their stepfamily during the current global pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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Stepping up

Stepping up

This course is run on a Saturday. It deals with the challenges of becoming a stepfamily/being in a stepfamily, and provides tips and tools for making this transition smooth.

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