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DYNAMIC SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS for kids, teens and alults, 
COUNSELLING for yo, ASSESSMENTS AND WORKSHOPS

Gentle Bear is a peer support group for psychologists that practice or live in the inner North West of Melbourne. 


This peer support group was first established in 2006 by Psychologist Maria Ruberto with the specific agenda to provide a forum for professional support, learning enrichment and a sharing of knowledge. 

This group also represents clinician's that seek to uphold high ethical standards, who work within their area of expertise, and seek to work from a multidisciplinary framework. 

Why are we called Gentle Bear?  

A bear is strong while also meaning 'to support', 'to carry', 'to move', 'to convey', 'prop up', bolster and shift.  This is the support we offer to one another as professional peer. 

Our Values

We are a peer network group for psychologists in the North West Region of Melbourne. We connect, build relationships, provide support, share knowledge, learn from one other and cross-refer, where appropriate.

We appreciate diversity of thought and therapeutic approaches and value the experiences our members bring to the group. We actively seek the most effective, evidence-based intervention for our clients.

We aim to create a trusted and safe space for professional dialogue. We value honesty, inclusion, collaboration, generosity and equality.

We welcome new members to our group and appreciate the knowledge, new ideas and energy that they bring. We nurture our members and appreciate their commitment and contribution.


Benefits of Membership

•Access to experienced colleagues and their networks for referrals, consultation, debriefing

•Access to internally peer reviewed resources

•Sharing of latest research and PD opportunities

•Collegial support, guidance and discussion regarding complex ethical and legal cases.

Requirements of Membership

There is no cost involved to be part of this group.

•In the interest of continuity and group cohesion, members will be asked to attend a minimum of 3 meetings per year.

•Members may request a leave of absence (for a maximum period of 12 months).

•Members contribute to the professional development of the group. This could include a practical demonstration, a book, film or article review, inviting/organising a guest speaker, participating in group discussion, preparing a case study to share, providing refreshments, answering email requests for assistance, sharing information on relevant PDs/Conferences, supporting administrative processes.

•Members must be registered with AHPRA (or have held AHPRA registration upon retirement), and are bound by ethical guidelines.

To become a member of Gentle Bear, please complete the form below. 

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