the Date-Ability Project

 The aim of date-ability is to help people on the NDIS, recognise and implement the skills required to find meaningful relationships, and to keep them safe in the process. 

This is a 6 session program is delivered in a small group setting and delivered by Psychologists, Sexologists and Counsellors.  Each week is 2 hours and we practice date skills as well as interactive education on important elements for dating:

  • Self Awareness

  • Boundaries and Consent

  • Safe online dating 

  • Sexual Wellbeing

This program has been designed to be delivered in a safe, fun and interactive format.

We have worked hard to deliver a program which is inclusive, sensitive but also a bit of fun.  We welcome everyone regardless of Sexual Identity or Preference.

What Is Covered?

The aim of this program is to help people recognise and implement the skills required to find meaningful relationships, and to keep you safe in the process.

The first focus is on Self-awareness and the importance of knowing yourself, strengths and weaknesses, desires and deal breakers before entering a relationship.

Interpersonal skills is an area we have recently updated due to feedback received.  We now put more emphasis on this as it is key to forming all relationships.

Boundaries and consent play a large part on this (and was the reason I started this program in the first place).  We discuss individual boundaries and how these differ from person to person and over time.  We place great importance on being able to verbalise your boundaries in a practical way and the importance on verbalised consent throughout the dating process not just for sex. 

The third focus is safe online dating.  This is a new area where a lot of previous education missed.  We talk about dating profiles, safely organising a date, scams as well as touching on money in relationships.  This also includes discussing sexting and we have a game around what people believe is acceptable regarding sexting.

The final two day we discuss sexual wellbeing.  We find that this area generally has been discussed extensively however it is still prudent to include this.  What we have found is that as this is the last day everyone is a lot more relaxed and happy to discuss this more openly.

 

Prior to the running the program we contact the participant to discuss any concerns, interests or triggers that might present so we are more prepared to support the person in this learning.

The program cost for the 6 week programs is $1,500 which can be paid through Capacity Building or Core.  The program also fits perfectly into the Innovative Programs line.

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