ParentsNext is funded by the Department of Employment to assist parents to plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age.

CCS is working in partnership with Mission Australia and Rumbalara Football Netball club.  The program works with parents to help identify their education and employment goals develop a pathway to achieve their goals and link them to activities and services in the local community.

ParentsNext aims to assist parents to:

  • Identify their education and employment goals
  • Develop a pathway to achieve their goals
  • Combine preparing for work with parenting responsibilities
  • Access services in the local community

Who is eligible:

  • Parents who have child/children under six years old
  • Parents who have had no paid employment in the last six months and
  • Parents who live in the City of Greater Shepparton

About our Program Partners

Mission Australia provides intergrated services helping people secure jobs, receive an education, assist with housing and develop life skills.

Rumbalara Football Netball Club provides a holistic approach to training and employment through partnerships with the Academy of Sports Health and Education.

How it works:

Initial intake occurs at CCS Shepparton.  Following intake, participants will be referred to one of our partner organisations.  An Individual Participation Plan is prepared in conjunction with the parent and ParentsNext Case Manager.  The Individual Participation Plan will identify education and employment goals and outline some concrete steps to build confidence and open up new opportunities.  The Individual Participation Plan also outlines the sessions required to attend.  The case manager monitors attendance and contacts parents every month to record progress and deal with any issues that may have arisen.

ParentsNext Shepparton offers:

  • Culturally Inclusive Services - translation or interpreter services can be accessed to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Disability friendly facilities - all sites and services are accessible for people with a disability.
  • Indigenous specific partner organisation - programs are conducted in a culturally sensitive way.
  • Outreach services available - in areas including but not limited to:  Arcadia, Dookie, Kialla, Lemnos, Merrigum, Mooroopna and Tatura
  • All sites offer safe, private and clean facilities

For more information please visit: ParentsNext

Family Law Pathways

As the auspice agency for Family Law Pathways Network, we draw together lawyers and agencies supporting people going through separation.  The network focuses on increasing collaboration to promote common understanding and connection through developing professional relationships.

Stronger working relationships promote a responsive and informed service sector benefitting those trying to navigate for the family law system.

For more information about Pathways Networks through Victoria, please refer to: Pathways Networks

Bendigo Services
Bendigo Separation Services Guide
Bendigo e-update 
Bendigo Services ready reckoner

Shepparton Services
Shepparton Separation Services Guide 
Shepparton e-update 
Shepparton Services ready reckoner

The Family Law Pathways Networks in Victoria collaborate to support the iRefer app which contains information on support services.  Please download for your phone or tablet.

For more information about the Shepparton Bendigo Family Law Pathways Network, please contact the Project Officer, Angela O'Connor on 03 5820 0444.

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AccessEAP (Employee Assistance Program)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work based intervention program designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological well-being of employees, including services for immediate family members.

We provide preventive and proactive interventions for the early detection, identification and/or resolution of both work and personal problems that may adversely affect performance and well being.

For all your EAP and related service needs, please contact AccessEAP on 1800 818 728 or visit for more information 


PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION Services for people working in the Social Services Sector

CCS provides individual or group supervision services for counsellors, social workers, nurses and others in the helping professions from our offices in Bendigo and Shepparton.  Supervision sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the person or team. Supervision is offered individually, in small groups or via Skype.

Professional supervision involves a review of cases, the worker’s management of the case, the therapeutic relationship, their own anxieties and conflicts. It includes a close monitoring of professional boundaries and the ethics of clinical and professional practise. It also involves recommendations to relevant literature and training opportunities. Clinical supervision is a formal and disciplined working alliance that is with a supervisor and worker, in which a worker’s clinical work is reviewed and reflected upon, for the purpose of supporting workers to deliver a better quality, more confident and creative service to clients.

Fees and Times

Individual Supervision:

$120 per session, available by appointment.

Group Supervision (max 4 participants):

$35 per participant per session.

Session length:

Typically sessions are scheduled for 1 - 1 ½ hours.

CONSULTATION and mentoring sessions:

It is not uncommon in today’s busy lifestyle to find oneself caught up in work demands necessitating full attention to the task at hand without much time to stop and reflect on process. For many moving between activities, such as seeing clients, paperwork, attending meetings and managing other day-to-day activities leaves little time for reflection.  Many human services professionals find themselves trying to keep pace with a myriad of tasks only to find themselves at the end of the day, week or month not stopping to reflect on their practice.

Consultation sessions allows for a ‘tune up’ and opportunity to re-boot and re-energize and think about process issues and reflect on future planning. A consultation session will leave you feeling more energized and thinking clearly about your personal and work goals.  Consultation sessions provide a reflective space to think about influencing systemic factors. This can help to identify possible areas for future change in the workplace.

The theoretical model used for these sessions draws from eclectic models of practice based on the facilitator’s own training, professional development, clinical and supervisory experience.

Incorporated into the model are aspects of systemic models of therapy including family of origin; person centred questioning cognitive behavioural approaches and mindfulness approaches. 

 Who is it for?

These sessions are designed for professionals keen to engage in reflective thinking and discussion considering the ‘self within their system’ and with the goal to work towards positive change.  The session would benefit anyone wishing to maximise their potential and who are curious to consider alternative ways of thinking and working.

Fees and Times

Sessions for Individuals:

$120 per session, available by appointment.

Groups (max 4 participants):

$35 per participant per session.

Session length:

Typically sessions are scheduled for 1 - 1 ½ hours.  Sessions are structured as stand-alone however follow up sessions can be arranged.