Professional Learning & Training
Relationships Australia NSW conducts research on a wide range of relationship related issues. Our mixed methods approach increases our understanding of the individual, systemic and cultural factors that shape relationship related issues, and the client outcomes of the services we provide.
By developing research questions based on our practice – and interpreting what we find – we are able to complement knowledge generated by institutions and the broader research field through the unique insights provided by clients and professionals.
In the first instance, we conduct research to inform our practice and operations. We also collaborate with community, non-government and government partners to inform appropriate and effective policy and practice. As such, we are currently undertaking a wide range of internal evaluations, and are in partnerships with a diverse set of external academics.
In 2015, Relationships Australia NSW developed a partnership with ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of New South Wales). This cross-agency, implementation research project will develop and test group interventions for perpetrators and survivors of domestic and family violence. We are:
This project aims to test the effectiveness of a newly developed online seminar for parents who have children five years or younger, and who are going through a separation. The aim is to provide additional parenting support to help parents reduce the negative impact of acrimonious separations on young children. We are:
This national, cross agency collaboration will explore the experiences of people who grew up in out of home “care” facilities in Australia. This project aims to gain insight into the:
This survey driven project explores:
Through online surveys, we have ascertained the prevalence of chronic pain in our relationship counselling client cohort. We are now collecting more in depth data to explore the ways in which attachment styles, relationships distress/function, and chronic pain interact to improve or impede the dynamics of care-giving within intimate relationships. A web-based resource has been developed as part of this project and is available at no cost on: http://www.humankind-relationships.com.au/about/
To constantly improve our own service we conduct a wide range of internal research projects. We are currently studying: