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199 Elgar Rd, Surrey Hills 3127, VIC
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The Centre for Child and Family Development, led by Dr. Ruth Schmidt Neven, offers a range of services including family and adult psychotherapy, professional training, and consultation. With extensive experience both in Australia and internationally, Dr. Neven is a clinical psychologist and child psychotherapist known for her pioneering work in parent support and education. The Centre provides psychotherapy and counselling for children, parents, and families, as well as psychotherapy for adults, emphasizing a developmental and family context in understanding behavior.

Dr. Ruth Schmidt Neven is a respected member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society and the British Association of Child Psychotherapists. She has conducted research challenging the pathologizing of children’s behavior and emphasizes understanding behavior within a developmental framework. The Centre offers training programs for professionals in Australia and overseas, focusing on psychologists, social workers, doctors, teachers, and counselors working with adults, children, adolescents, parents, and families.

Through her publications and training programs, Dr. Neven aims to promote respectful relationships and responsive engagement within families. Her work covers a wide range of topics, from core principles of assessment and therapeutic communication to rethinking ADHD. The Centre for Child and Family Development is dedicated to providing high-quality psychotherapy services and professional training, guided by Dr. Neven’s expertise and commitment to understanding the ‘why’ behind relationships and behavior.