Education Seminars

ARCVic is committed to providing information to those most in need at the lowest cost possible and in some instances our seminars are free.


OCD & Anxiety Disorders Week 2017

Sunday 13th - Saturday 19th August

A week of community events, workshops and activities supporting people with anxiety disorders, their carers, family, friends and health professionals

Tuesday 15th August: Self Care Day 

11.30am-2.00pm at ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills. Fee:  $10 / FREE for ARCVic Members

An opportunity to take some time out for yourself and nourish your heart, soul and body. Activities will include yoga nidra, relaxation activities, and a community lunch. Please notify us of any dietary requirements.

Book online here


Tuesday 15th August: Parenting Anxious Children  

7.00-9.00pm at ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills. Fee:  $20 / $10 for ARCVic Members

A relaxed an informative seminar discussing anxiety in children, what is helpful/unhelpful in supporting your child, management strategies and steps for working through anxiety, relaxation tools and tips for building resilience, where to go for more information and help, and take home material to support you and your child.

Book online here

Wednesday 16th August: Introduction to Mindfulness

12.00-2.00pm at ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills.  Fee:  $10 / FREE for ARCVic Members

A gentle introduction to mindfulness, where will explore mindfulness principles (perception, letting go, non-attachment and presence of mind) and have an opportunity to experience a variety of mindfulness practices.

Book online here

Saturday 19th August: OCD & Anxiety Week Community Education Seminar
ANXIETY AND CHILDREN (Morning session program: 9.30am-12.00pm)
Alana Howells - Helping Children to Manage Difficult Emotions

Children experiencing anxiety commonly have difficulty knowing how to regulate their emotions, and parents often struggle to know how best to help them. This presentation by Alana (Principal Psychologist at Aurora Psychology) will help parents to understand what is going on for their children when they are experiencing difficult emotions, and provide practical ideas about ways to promote emotional health and wellbeing.

A Personal Story - Julie

Dr. Jacques Duff - PANDAS

PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus) describes a subset of childhood obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and tic disorders triggered by group-A beta-haemolytic Streptococcus (strep) infection. Strep uses molecular mimicry to hide in body tissues including the deep mammalian part of the brain, causing dysfunction. The autoimmune system attacks the strep, but in some genetically predisposed people mistakes the brain tissue for strep and attacks the tissues as well. The lack of consensus in medical practice as to whether OCD and TICS are likely to be caused by strep, is largely due to a lack of first-hand knowledge of the condition. Dr Duff (Principal Psychologist, Neuroscientist and Nutritionist at Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic) will provide up to date information about the condition and its similarities to adult OCD, which may explain treatment-resistant cases. He offers his own insights and experience in the treatment of PANDAS using nutrients to protect and repair damaged brain cells.

ANXIETY AND ADULTS (Afternoon session program: 1.30pm-5.00pm)
A Personal Story - Amy

Dr. Jacques Duff - Biological Underpinnings of Mental Health Disorders

The law of cause and effect mandates that every mental health disorder must have one or more causes. Research suggests a combination of genetic predispositions, dietary and environmental toxins (including bacterial), lack of adequate nutrients and adverse past experiences. These conspire to create biological and emotional malfunction which are labelled as “Mental Health Disorders”. Dr Duff discusses how these causes can be teased out with laboratory tests that point to genetic vulnerabilities, dietary and nutrient deficiencies and discusses how they may be treated more effectively by addressing these possible causes.

Vanita Dahia - The Science and Natural Treatment Approaches in Anxiety

Vanita, an integrative medicine clinical consultant pharmacist, naturopath and clinical nutritionist, will discuss the role of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain) in anxiety, factors that can influence an imbalance of neurotransmitters (including diet, methylation, sex hormones, thyroid and the microbiome), assessment, and natural treatment approaches.

Bev Aisbett - Steps to Overcoming Anxiety

In this informative session, Bev (self-help author and counsellor) will offer insights and information to promote an understanding of the nature of anxiety and allied conditions, and the practical steps and strategies to encourage recovery.

Venue: Marriott Hotel, Corner Exhibition and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne 

Cost: Morning OR Afternoon session: ARCVic Members $20 / Non-Members $35

           Full day: ARCVic Members $35 / Non-Members $60 

Book online for the morning session here

Book online for the afternoon session here

Book online for the full day here 

Download flyer for Saturday program here (392 KB)

Download flyer for the full week schedule   pdf here (304 KB)


Parenting Anxious Children Seminar

Children worry about many different things. Learning to cope with their anxiety, stress and fear can be really difficult indeed, not only for them, but for also for the parents and family.

Developing an understanding of anxiety and learning some skills to manage it can make a significant difference to a family and can help empower children to have a sense of control in handling their own worries.

Join our relaxed and informative seminar which includes:

  • Understanding anxiety and normal childhood development
  • How personality and environment contribute
  • Different types of anxiety
  • The signs and symptoms for you and your children
  • Management methods and strategies for you and your children
  • Relaxation techniques with tips on building resilience
  • Where to go for more information and help and take home material 
Upcoming sessions:

Tuesday 15th August, 7-9.00pm, at the Anxiety Recvoery Centre Victoria, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills. Book online here. Download flyer pdf here (632 KB)

Monday 9th October, 7-9.00pm, at the Anxiety Recvoery Centre Victoria, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills. Book online here. Download flyer  pdf here (709 KB)


safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone Workshop

Presented by Michelle Graeber (CEO) and Renee Tsatsis (Helpline Coordinator)

In this 3.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to become a suicide alert helper and be better prepared to:

  • Notice and respond to situations in which thoughts of suicide may be present
  • Apply basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, & KeepSafe)
  • Connect the person with thoughts of suicide to suicide first aid help and further community resources

safeTALK is run by registered LivingWorks trainers and uses internationally standardised learning materials.

Cost: $50 ($30 ARCVic Members). Cost includes materials and tea/coffee.

2017 Dates:

All safeTALKs listed below are held from 10.00am-1.30pm at ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills
Fee: $50 / $30 ARCVic Members

  • Wednesday 9th August. Book online here
  • Wednesday 11th October. Book online here

Download a flyer  pdf here (285 KB)


ASIST Workshop

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Presented by Michelle Graeber (CEO) and Renee Tsatsis  (Helpline Coordinator) 

ASIST is the most widely used suicide intervention model in the world. In this 2 day interactive workshop, learn how to:

  • Reflect on how your attitudes and beliefs about suicide affect your intervention role
  • Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a clear and direct manner
  • Build a collaborative approach to intervention focused on safe outcomes
  • Review immediate suicide risk and develop appropriate safeplans
  • Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first aid and includes life promotion and self care for caregivers

ASIST is run by registered LivingWorks trainers and uses internationally standardised learning materials.

2017 Dates:

Time:              9.30am-5.30pm both days (it is a requirement to attend both full days)

Venue:           ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills

Fee:               $300 / $260 ARCVic Members 

  • Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd September. Book online here
  • Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th November. Book online here
For further information please call

ARCVic on OfficeLine: 9830 0566

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Download a flyer pdf here (287 KB)  

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