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.

Let's Talk Mental Health 2020
Series 1: Coping with a global pandemic and trying to stay well
As part of mental health month, we are running a series of presentations to support those suffering from anxiety.

In the first of these series, we have three amazing speakers covering:
OCD (Prof. Leonardo Fontenelle)
Trichotillomania (Dr Imogen Rehm)
The importance of self care (Dr. James Collett)

Wednesday October 28th 2020

Time:      7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue:    In the comfort of your own home
Fee:        FREE

Bookings Essential.

For further information or to register contact 
Phone Office: 9830 0566 
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Download flyer here.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Facilitated by Michelle Graeber (CEO) and Renee Tsatsis LivingWorks Aus

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 thinking about suicide 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 standardized learning materials.

2020 Dates

March Friday 20th & Saturday21st
May Friday 29th & Saturday 30th
August Friday 6th & Saturday 7th
November Friday 6th & Saturday 7th

Time:      9.30am-5.30pm both days (it is a requirement to attend both full days)
Venue:    ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills
Fee:        $385 / $330 ARCVic Members fully catered

For further information or to register contact the

ARCVic Office – 9830 0566 or Helpline – 9830 0533 / 1300 269 438
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Tricho & Dermo Retreat 2020
A retreat for people to come together, share, learn and feed our mind, body and soul.
The Aim of the Retreat

The aim of this retreat is to provide participants with the opportunity to enjoy activities that they normally feel inhibited to do because of Trichotillomania & Dermotillominia. The retreat will also provide opportunities for personal growth, greater self-awareness and self acceptance. Participants will grow more confident over the course of the retreat growing from sharing with others and leaving with new ‘hope’ and strength. This is a rare opportunity to share the secrecy and intricacies of living with Trichotillomania and Dermotillomania a warm, accepting and non-judgemental environment & is one not to be missed.

The Retreat Program

Our destination this year is the beautiful Carrington House in Daylesford. This historical home sits befittingly in the centre of town in walking distance from the heart of Daylesford. This elegant Victorian home has a charming, mature garden and features 9 bedrooms, each with its own ensuite. Carrington House has been furnished with a beautifully eclectic style. “The Worlds Funkiest Town” - You’ll fall in love with Daylesford, the Spa Centre of Victoria, Australia. Experience open-hearted, peaceful hospitality everywhere you go, from the area’s evocative countryside to sophisticated villages alive with urban chic.

Accommodation offers shared sleeping arrangements, or you can pay extra for your own private room. The retreat will provide a series of opportunities for guided group sharing and interactive workshops in quaint and rustic cosy accommodation. There will be workshops, pampering sessions and mindfulness activities. The retreat is a program which will consist of:

  • A series of gentle experiential workshops providing opportunities to work on self esteem, self acceptance, personal growth and to explore and share our journeys and wisdom with each other at your pace
  • Utilising the great outdoors and idyllic environment we will relax, relate and recharge with inner self meditation, mindfulness activities, nature walks, photography and craft (please bring a camera/ smartphone).
  • Free time to relax, journal, connect with others, or just have some personal quiet time.

This structured program will provide a safe environment to explore and re-connect with yourself, others and nature at a deeper level whilst learning some management strategies to gently challenge the hold anxiety can at times have on our life. The retreat experience will be a journey of discovery, growth, hope and acceptance.

Your Retreat Facilitators

Michelle Graeber ARCVic CEO & Educator 

Michelle, an educator, has experience and long association working in community development and the not for profit sector. With a strong training and development background she is passionate about providing quality community education and services for everyone. Michelle believes that we all have the responsibility to work better together to provide a more inclusive and sensitive community. 

Renee Tsatsis ARCVIc Helpline Co-ordinator & Educator  

Renee has worked at ARCVic for 8 years and in the broader community sector for 15 years. She has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Master of Social Work. Renee has extensive experience in training and supervision, community education, and in providing support services. She is passionate about quality services being affordable and available to all members of the community.

When:     Monday 24th to Wednesday 26h February 2020 (option to stay additional night Wednesday 26th Feb at no extra cost)

Costs :    (include accommodation, food & workshops)

Please note a grant from the DHHS has allowed us to provide a $150 subsidy per person. To receive the maximum subsidy of $150 please pay a deposit of $150 by 15th November 2019 and full payment must be received by the 15th of January 2020

Shared room

      • Early bird $425
      • Full Fee $575

Single Room

      • Early bird $600
      • Full Fee $750

Limited spaces. To book contact ARCVic

Phone: (03)9830 0566

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Mindfulness Based Stress and Anxiety Program

4 Week Group Program

Starting Wednesday 11th March 2020


Mindfulness is a gentle but powerful way of learning to pay attention. This program is an introduction to the practice of informal and formal mindfulness to help reduce stress and manage anxiety.

In this 4 week group, you will learn how to become more aware of how your mind works, acknowledge when unhelpful thought and behavior patterns arise, and learn strategies to assist with intense feelings and sensations in the body associated with stress and anxiety.


Dates:         4 x 1.5 hour sessions: Wednesday March 11th, 18th, 25th and April 1st 2020
Time:          10.30am-12pm
Venue:        Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills
Fee:            $80 / $60 ARCVic Members

For further information or to register contact the

ARCVic Office – 9830 0566 or Helpline – 9830 0533 / 1300 269 438 email -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. web:

Download flyer here. Book online here


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