Internet Resources for Counsellors
By Dr. Angela Lewis
This document contains selected websites that have featured in my Internet Resources columns published in the ACA Journal over the past few years as well as site addresses published in past issues of the ACA e-zine newsletter. While these Internet addresses were correct at the time of printing, readers are advised website addresses could change at any time and neither Angela Lewis nor ACA take any responsibility for these addresses remaining correct or in working order in the future. Neither Angela Lewis nor the ACA gain any financial benefit from the publication of these website addresses and readers are advised that websites addresses in this newsletter are provided for information and learning purposes.
Website of the peak Australian body providing support and advocacy for the Australians living with dementia.
Queensland based not-for-profit community
organisation whose is to help maintain the quality of life of people diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers.
Provides links and resources to a variety of anxiety disorders.
Focuses on articles and links for a panic attacks and anxiety.
Panic anxiety Disorder Assocation
The National Institute of Strokes and Neurological Disorders probably has the most comprehensive information I was able to find.
The home page for families with a member suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome in Australia .
An organisation called ‘oasis’ functions as an information and support portal for sufferers and their families.
An easy to read overview
Links to the first 6 chapters of a book related to ADHD clinical psychologist.
An Australian site with details and information on headaches and Acquired Brain Injury. It is very comprehensive, with carer educaton and support plus referral and information services.
An American site that seeks to address headache suffers with causes, treatments and self-management techniques.
Website of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
National non-government cancer control organisation with the aim of facilitating prevention, research, support, and care.
Caregivers and Caring
Website of the Carers Association of South Australia.
Details Commonwealth Government programs and initiatives to support carers and provides links to other areas of Government involved in carer assistance.
Website of the Royal District Nursing Service, provides information about their services, questions & answers about home care, current relevant news articles and links to other services.
OzCarers is a privately run support group for Australian caregivers.
Church Services Online
Website for those that are unable to attend a church service or prefer an alternative form of worship. People from all denominations are welcome and there are daily web-cast services.
This site offers online counselling for people with Type-1 diabetes. It is a free service and includes referrals and discussion forums. It may be of interest to members who are exploring the online counselling concept.
Website of Diabetes Australia, community network of people with diabetes.
Relationships website dealing with ‘holistic’ dating.
Dating for Australians.
Website for dating and relationships for older Australians.
The Black Dog Institute is an Australian educational, research and clinical facility offering specialist expertise in mood disorders including depression and Bipolar Disorder.
Site run by non-health care professionals, who describe their web site as for 'people like us' - people from a variety of backgrounds who live with depression.
An Australian Government initiative by the Department of Health and Ageing. This specific link will take you to a range of articles on postnatal depression. Note the further links on the right of the page to depression and the mental health of women.
Australian Institute of Family Studies website. Has links to publications and related sites on, building relationships, step-families, coping with change, coping with divorce, parenting and getting married.
NSW Health Department publication on how separation or divorce affects men’s health.
CASA –The Centre Against Sexual Assault is a unit run by the Royal Women’s’ Hospital in Victoria. Their website provides a comprehensive source of information; including statistics, definitions and availability of education and training.
Australian Institute of Criminology report on domestic violence and co-dependency.
www.dnanow.com/ausmain.htm This Australian site offers DNA testing kits.
Website devoted to supporting people whose lives are affected by eating disorders, as well as working to inform the community about these disorders, run by a not for profit foundation.
National Institute of Health Website, link to Eating Disorders.
Link to MEDLINEplus, Eating Disorders website of the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Tipsheet on understanding and managing eating disorders.
Website of The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA).
Australian National University’s Mental Health Research website focuses on family and community health information.
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is an independent, not for profit organisation funded through DHS and bills itself as the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia. Their website has details of a free bereavement counselling service, links to many other grief related web sites, and details on projects conducted by the Centre.
National Association for Loss and Grief (vic). NALAG is a not-for-profit association of individuals and organisations working in partnership with Government and other organisations.
A multi-linked site of relevant and interesting health information for Australians, including a comprehensive medical dictionary.
Is the website for the Doctors Reform Society of Australia.
A searchable health database maintained by the ABC.
The Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA) website publishes and sells incest survivor related literature and publishes a quarterly bulletin.
Link on the website of the Crime and Misconduct Commission of Queensland leading to information for victims of child abuse.
The Australian government portal for resources, contacts, information, and government programs and services for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.
Mental Health, General
This site is a worldwide, forum for the sharing of information by people whose lives are touched by mental health problems and/or learning disabilities.
Mental Health Assocation of NSW. Also has links for all other Australian states.
An online medical dictionary containing definitions of equipment drugs and pharmaceutical drugs.
Contains a listing of meditation centres around Australia, complete with times and descriptions of activities.
Online meditation centre offering site by step instructions on meditation and relaxation techniques.
rticles is located at www.reiki.net.au
Kundalini dance claims to improve physical and emotional health. The basis for it is in Tran tic yogic traditions, chakra healing and sound and dance movement therapy.
Near Death Experiences (NDE)
Probably one of the largest and most comprehensive. NDERF describes itself as “a non-profit group devoted to the study and sharing of the Near Death Experience and related phenomena.
Is the website of the The International Association for Near Death Studies
The Anxiety Disorders Alliance has some helpful reading for patients and family of OCD sufferers.
Curtin University of Technology’s OCD Treatement program.
Website of the Obessive-Compulsive Foundation.
The Centre for Child and Family Development promotes awareness and understanding of the emotional life of children and adolescents, and how this affects their behaviour and future development. The Centre runs training programs on child and family development for all professionals who work with children, adolescents, parents and families.
The Centre for Effective Parenting is a collaborative project run by the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Their searchable website has a large database of information on parenting, including downloadable PowerPoint presentations in 10 one-hour modules for parents on topics relevant to children's education.
Link to The Federal Australian Government’s Department of Family and Community Services latest report on parenting entitled ‘Parenting Information Volume 1.
Website of Early Childhood Australia, with links to journal articles and abstracts.
The Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood (CEIEC) was established in 2001 as a specialised early childhood research and teaching centre within the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.
Website of BRISSCm The Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre for women.
Links to an information sheet on working with recent rape survivors created by the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (Victoria).
An Australian commonwealth government initiative, this website bills itself as being for information on ‘relationships family, and life’.
Self-help mental health therapy programs
Australia National University’s ‘Moodgym’ program aimed at ‘delivering cognitive behaviour therapy for preventing depression’ (Moodgym 2005)
Monash University’s ‘online resource and treatment program for people with panic disorders.
Both of these Australian initiatives are currently free for use. The Beyond Blue organisation, (http://www.beyondblue.org.au/) is also planning a free service to be called ‘e-couch’ to be available sometime before the end of this year.
Government website which lists services, programs and initiatives currently available to Australian senior citizens.
Deals exclusively with senior’s issues.
A report by the Salvation Army on domestic violence discusses Stockholm Syndrome and how it links to domestic violence.
Wikipedia has many links and a good background on this syndrome.
Links to an online article by an American clinical psychologist on loving an abuser.
The Buoyancy Foundation of Victoria is a foundation set up to help people who have been abused or who abuse substances to manage self-care.
The South Australian government’s Drug and Alcohol Services Council. A lot of links, articles and information.
Website of Pituitary Network Association (PNA), an international non-profit organization for patients and families of those with pituitary tumors and disorders.
The Pituitary Foundation provides information and support to those living with pituitary disorders, including patients, their relatives, friends and carers.
Teenagers /Young Adults
The Inspire Foundation www.inspire.com.au is a nationally accredited not for profit organisation delivering three national programs to a target audience of 16-25 year olds.
Website of the Reach Out! Program, which provides online information and referrals to help prevent youth suicide and provide support to young people to get through tough times.
The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) is the NSW Government agency responsible for community services, this links focuses on teen issues.
Same Sex Marriage Selective Bibliography
This site carries links and and information on countries around the world.
Australian Marriage Equality (AME) is a national organisation working for equal marriage rights for all Australians regardless of their gender or sexuality.
An online partnership between Tetley Tea and the Jean Hailes Foundation (has produced www.tetleywellbeing4life.com.au.
This website is full of comprehensive information for women around physical and emotional wellbeing.
Menopause questions and answers and symptom identification.
Website of the Australian Menopause Society.
Link to the Mental Health Services for Women in the ACT.
An excellent site full of time management skills techniques, free templates and tools, tips and training is located at www.businessballs.com.
An interview with a time management expert, plus many related links can be found at http://stress.about.com/cs/workplacestress/a/aa031202.htm
Directory of resources related to business ethics includes articles, publications, and case studies.
Help with Your Computer
Is a website is run completely by volunteers and paid for by donations and sponsors, so there is no charge to the user. It is a forum style website that allows people to post questions and get expert answers that others can then scroll through and read. Because it is large, I would probably recommend you use their search facility to locate your own area of interest.
The University of New South Wales has an introduction to goal setting and links to a goal setting tutorial available at: www.careers.unsw.edu.au/careerEd/planning/act/goalSetting.aspx
Latrobe University in Victoria also has a comprehensive section on goal setting advice in their counselling section at: www.latrobe.edu.au/counselling/goalsetting.htm
St Mary’s International College in Ipswich, Queensland offer a free and comprehensive page on goal setting techniques. www.stmarys.qld.edu.au
Australian Post codes: www.auspost.com.au
www.whereis.com.au is a map search website that will provide you with step by step instructions for how to reach your desired location as well as providing a map.
Purchase Gadgets at www.gadgets.com.au. This Australian site offers digital cameras and various other accessories for online sale
Finding People Using the Internet
You may find these sites useful if you are trying to locate old friends and acquaintances, or if you are doing a family tree: Aussie School Pals at www.schoolfriends.com.au
OzReunion at www.ozreunion.com.au and the Missing Persons Register at www.personsmissing.org