The Bethel Centre, established in 1997, is a counselling, education and support service of the Uniting Church (UCA) Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. The Centre is physically separate from and operates independently from Synod and confidentiality is strictly maintained.
Bethel's services are available to individuals and groups in the UCA Synod of VicTas who have experienced trauma, abuse or misuse of power emotionally, spiritually, physically or sexually within the Church. Abuse and misuse of power may include bullying, intimidation and harassment that can sometimes be found in congregations. Support is also offered to those accused of or who identify as a perpetrator.
Bethel aims to support individuals and groups to recover and in so doing, for congregations to thrive. A range of services are offered:
Counselling is free of charge and support is offered in person, by telephone or via skype. Bethel's counsellors are fully qualified and have expertise in the areas of trauma and conflict recovery.
Education programs are tailored to the needs of congregations and education workshops are offered at low cost;
Professional consultation is offered providing information and advice to address conflict and disharmony for ministers, church councils, congregation members and staff;
A peaceful place of safety is available for self-reflection and conversation;
Library and website offers a range of titles and materials on the topics of abuse, recovery and spiritual healing. Books are free to borrow and can be posted or collected from the Balwyn North premises.