Family Services

Parenting education, Family Counselling and more.


Family Services

Parenting education, Family Counselling and more.


External Agencies

Raising Children

Gateway Services

Child Protection Services

Parentline  1300 808 178

The Parent Line is available at any time to assist parents, of children 0-5 years, with stressful parenting issues or concerns. 


How You Can Support CatholicCare Family Services

You may want to volunteer your time with skills development for young mums - cooking, literacy, budgeting. 

Cash donations will go towards the purchasing of resources to run the group programs, such as ingredients, materials for activities or resources for young families, such as essential baby goods.


Parenting Programs

A range of education programs to support families.


Parenting Programs

A range of education programs to support families.

Parenting Education Programs

CatholicCare has a range of programs to support families with their parenting issues. The focus varies across these groups with some programs focusing on parents with young children and others parents with teens. Families in the Child Protection arena are supported through a range of other programs. Each program has its own selection criteria and target group.

Programs that are offered include:

+ Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Available in Southern Tasmania “When it comes to raising kids and teenagers, everyone has an opinion. There are so many ideas out there. So how do you know what’s best and what works? The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® takes the guesswork out of parenting. It is one of the few parenting programs in the world with evidence to show it works for most families.
Triple P gives parents simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life. Problems like toddler tantrums or teenage rebellion. Self-esteem issues. Bedtime battles. Disobedience. Aggression. Triple P can help you deal with them all – and more!”

Contact Susanne on 62 781660 for more information, or to enrol in an upcoming group.

+ PrEP - Pregnancy, Education and Parenting

PrEP group sessions provide information and support for young women under the age of 25 years, who are pregnant or parenting and their partners.
There are 2 parts to the PrEP programs -

'Pop-up' Group Sessions:
Offered with a focus on parenting solutions and life skill enhancement.
Our sessions are community based and we can ‘pop up’ in any of the local venues and schools within the Brighton / Bridgewater area. Look out for our flyers and posters on up and coming groups.
Benefits of participating:
* An opportunity to connect with other young parents or parents – to - be
* Learn about parenting and pregnancy issues
* Learn up-to-date practical parenting strategies
* Opportunities to build on existing life skills such as health, budgetinggoal setting, stress management, self-care and more!
* Able to access popular and effective parenting courses such as Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and Bringing up Great Kids (Australian Childhood Foundation) as well as stand-alone sessions on a range of child development and parenting focused topics.

Life Skill Sessions Wednesdays 10am – 12:30pm
Parenting sessions Thursdays 10am – 12:30pm

Contact Rachael or Toni, phone 62 781660 or 0438 045 617

PrEP Outreach:
The PrEP program is pilot program which provides intensive outreach support to expectant mothers under 25 years of age and their partners whom have been notified to Child Protection Services.
Case workers will hold a caseload of up to five families and be able to provide up to 10 hours of support a week to individual families if required. Support will have the flexibility to be provided between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday.
Support The PrEP service worker will work alongside families and the Child Protection Worker to develop a plan that meets everyone’s needs. The PrEP service worker will assist families to reach their goals from this plan. Support will be ‘child focussed and child centred’ and focus on family strengths.
Goals for intervention will be identified and developed through continuous assessment and the implementation of the Family Star Plus Outcome Measurement Tool. These will also sit alongside goals indicated by Child Protection Services in consultation with the family.

+ PET - Parent Effectiveness Training

Parent Effectiveness Training [PET] is an eight week group program designed to assist parents and children develop positive respectful relationships and facilitate productive communication. Some of the topics include:

  • Problem identification and ownership
  • Road blocks to communication and active listening
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Values
  • Respectful relationships (Dr Thomas Gordon U.S.A.)

PET is run in Hobart only, this is a fee for service program.


Integrated Family Support Services [IFSS] Centacare provides in-home and outreach support to families in George Town and the Launceston area. We work alongside families, assisting them achieve personal goals that have been agreed with them. The goals may be in the areas of parenting, life skill development, understanding child development or connecting with community. The aim is to strengthen families and minimise the need for more formal service involvement. Access to these services happens after a referral via the Gateway Service. Phone 6323 6700 or 1800 171 233.

+ Reunification (Pathway Home)

An initiative operating in the South of Tasmania, working collaboratively with Child Protection Services to achieve positive outcomes for children and families undertaking the reunification process. We achieve this through the provision of intensive support to all members of the family undertaking both practical and therapeutic work and case planning. 
All services are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of families. Our aim is to ensure the safe and sustainable return of children to their families, after a period of time in alternate care arrangements. 
 All referrals come direct from Child Protection Services.

+ PAUSE - Parenting Adolescents with Understanding, Sensitivity and Engagement

PAUSE is a program designed to assist parents navigate the often turbulent world they enter when their children become teenagers. The aim of the program is to: 
 * Provide parents with the skills and strategies that are necessary to assist their children in the transition from childhood to adulthood.

  • Assist parents understand the development of the adolescent brain
  • Provide parents with an understanding of the physical and emotional changes associated with adolescence
  • Navigate the changing world of the adolescent and their need to be connected
  • Provide a sound understanding of solving disputes with adolescent children
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and have fun with teen-aged children
  • Learn how to care for yourself so you can continue to care for your children

This program is offered in the South only.

+ 123 Magic

The 123 Magic and Emotion coaching group is based on the program designed by Dr Thomas W. Thelan. The program aims to teach parents how to deal with their children’s difficult behaviour by using an easy-to-learn signalling system. Parents are also taught strategies for encouraging the development of children’s ability to manage their emotional reactions. The focus of the program is dealing with difficult behaviours in 2-12 year old’s that parents want to stop in their homes/classrooms in a way that does not shame the child. It is a simple but effective program that does not put all it’s emphasis on ‘punishment’ but rather asks parents to find a space to show empathy and understanding to each child’s immediate experience. 
The key concepts to the program are that children are not ‘mini adults’ and therefore do not understand the world in the same way as adults do. Too much talk and too much emotion from parents overwhelms children and strategies are offered for ways to teach children ‘toggling’ – moving from their emotional brain to their reasonable brain.

The courses are run over 3 weeks by way of 3 x 2 hour weekly sessions.



Positive outcomes for children and families.



Positive outcomes for children and families.

Reunification Support

Operating in the South of Tasmania, working collaboratively with Child Protection Services to achieve positive outcomes for children and families undertaking the reunification process. We achieve this through the provision of intensive support to all members of the family undertaking both practical and therapeutic work and case planning.

All services are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of families. Our aim is to ensure the safe and sustainable return of children to their families, after a period of time in alternate care arrangements.

All referrals come direct from Child Protection Services.

Funded by Department of  Health and Human Services.


Specialised Family Violence Service

Programs for Men, Women and children being affected by family violence.


Specialised Family Violence Service

Programs for Men, Women and children being affected by family violence.

Are you affected by family violence?

Women and children are primarily the victims of family violence, and the safety of you and your children is of paramount importance to us.   Family violence includes physical abuse (pushing, hitting, slapping, smashing things), verbal abuse (put downs, name calling, shouting, threatening) and using power in unfair ways. Some of the effects of family violence can include fear, anger and shame as well as physical injury.

If you are experiencing the impact of any of these behaviours, please contact us.

CatholicCare Tasmania provides specialised family violence counselling and support programs for any affected family member.

Services include individual counselling and group programs.

Group programs include:

CatholicCare Kid's Club - CKC

PARKAS  (Parents Accepting Resonsibility Kids are Safe)

South only.

A program for children who have experienced family violence. It is an intensive group program that consists of two parts; an after school session for the children followed by a session for the non abusive parent the next day. In the group the children have the opportunity to talk about and process their experiences and are helped to find ways to deal with the accompanying emotions.

This is done with a variety of activities and games as well as group discussions, and includes a lot of fun times. It is also beneficial for the children to realise that other children have experienced similar difficulties.

The parents do the same activities as the children and information is shared between groups to allow the parents to more fully understand the experience from their child’s perspective. All too often children have heard of, and are aware of, more of the family violence than their parents realise, and this provides the child with the opportunity to share this with their parent. It is  essential for the parents to be committed to their sessions, not just those for the children.

This group is run for different age groups at different times, and when no group is available individual counselling can be offered, and names can be put on a waiting list.

Choosing A More Enlightened Option - CAMEO

The CAMEO (Choosing A More Enlightened Option) group is an eight week program for women who have experienced family violence. The program  provides information and develops awareness of the short and long-term effects that living with an abusive partner can have on the women themselves and on their children. Each session covers a different topic including safety, parenting, stress, guilt and grief. The aim of the program is to provide a safe and supportive environment so that women can explore their past and current situations and make more informed decisions about their future.

Challenging Abusive Behaviours - CAB

This program is offered in HobartLaunceston and the North West. 

Challenging Abusive Behaviour (CAB), a voluntary program,  provides an initial 1.5 hour assessment, 4 week orientation and a 16 week group educational program for men who have been angry, aggressive or abusive towards their partners and / or children and have acted in ways that have frightened and or hurt their partners and children. CAB is for men who want to take responsibility for their behaviour and to learn more positive, safe and respectful ways of relating in their families.

I am more patient and listen to my wife and kids more and work together with them on what they need.”
”I have much more control over my life.”
”I am more understanding and accepting of other peoples thoughts and attitudes.
— Comments from men who have completed the program

The program attracts a wide range of men from different socio-economic backgrounds and aims to provide a safe learning environment where the men can challenge each others and their own behaviours, thoughts and assumptions.

Referrals to this program may be received from courts, solicitors, doctors and other professionals. However the majority are self referrals who have been recommended to the program by men who have previously graduated.


Family Counselling

Including Relationship Counselling


Family Counselling

Including Relationship Counselling

Family & Relationship Counselling Services

CatholicCare offers a comprehensive state-wide counselling service that provides assistance to individuals, couples, families and children.

Through the provision of therapeutic counselling services and group programs we aim to enhance all family member’s abilities to resolve difficulties, ‘grow’ through life’s transition periods and have nourishing relationships whatever one’s life circumstances are, with a particular focus on how destructive family conflicts impact on children.

How to access family counselling?

Call your nearest CatholicCare Office:

Hobart          6278 1660

Launceston  6332 0600

Devonport   6423 6100

Burnie          6431 8555

Counselling may address issues such as:

  • relationship difficulties
  • family separation
  • family violence
  • parenting
  • separation / divorce
  • step family / blended family issues
  • grief and loss
  • family conflict
  • family violence
  • trauma
  • anxiety

We ask for a contribution to cover the costs of providing a full time service. Fees are charged in accordance with how much you earn.

Financial hardship is not a barrier to accessing our service.


Family Dispute Resolution

North West Coast service.


Family Dispute Resolution

North West Coast service.

Family Dispute Resolution

CatholicCare Tasmania is the largest provider of Mediation services on the North West Coast.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer a supported and holistic approach to family separation. We sit on the Family Law Pathways Network to keep up with what’s happening in the Family Law community on the coast. With minimal wait times and five accredited mediators on board and another two in the process of training, we believe we provide the best Family Dispute Resolution service on the NW Coast.

How it works:

  1. We start with an individual intake appointment with each parent separately, followed by
  2. 3 hour Post Separation Cooperative Parenting [PSCP] workshop for each parent, again separately.
  3. Once completed each parent attends a mediation preparation appointment with their designated mediator
  4. Come together for the first joint mediation session.