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Unintended Pregnancy Counselling Training

SHQ offers a two-day, comprehensive Unintended Pregnancy Counselling Training course aimed at doctors, nurses, counsellors, social workers, teachers, school psychologists, chaplains, community health professionals and others who are often the first point of contact for someone facing an unintended pregnancy.

This experiential training presents a framework for responding to disclosures of unintended pregnancy, as well as providing non-directive pregnancy options counselling. The course also explores values, ethical issues and legal considerations.

We also offer a condensed version of this course in a half-day Introduction to Unintended Pregnancy Counselling Training workshop that is available to schools, mental health organisations and other service providers who are in contact with people who may face an unintended pregnancy. If you are interested in SHQ bringing this workshop to your agency, please click here for more information.

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Both courses are funded by the Women and Newborn Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service.

Mandatory reporting of Child Sexual Abuse for psychologists and school counsellors

From May 2024, psychologists and school counsellors will be required to make mandatory reports related to child sexual abuse.  This webinar will provide psychologists and school counsellors with an understanding of the new reporting requirements and the knowledge and skills related to mandatory reporting.

Topics covered include:

  • how to make a mandatory report
  • confidentiality and its limits
  • maintaining therapeutic rapport
  • consent, sex and the law

This course is run as a live webinar

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

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Telephone Support for Professionals

Responding to a person presenting with an unintended pregnancy can be challenging and complicated. If you would like some support or advice, please feel free to contact SHQ counselling, and you will be put in touch with one of our experienced counsellors.

Referring to SHQ Counselling and Psychology

SHQ offers counselling and therapy related to sexual wellbeing, sexual assault, relationship difficulties or sexuality. We accept self-referrals for our counselling services and patients can contact us directly to make a counselling appointment. We offer free counselling for unintended pregnancy and post termination support and no referral is required.

GP referrals are required to access Psychology under a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Common reasons for referral include sexual dysfunction or anxiety and depression related to sexual wellbeing. This includes sexual assault /abuse; adjustment to STI’s; relationship difficulties and issues related to sexuality. We also offer a supported cervical screening service for people with anxiety related to cervical screening or intimate medical examinations.

Our fees are low cost and accessible and we offer face-to-face appointments and a range of telehealth services. Services for Mental Health Treatment Plan clients under 22 years old and Concession Card holders are bulkbilled.

If you would like to discuss a referral, please contact us on (08) 9228 3693 or [email protected].