Youth and Family Therapy-Xplore
Youth and Family Therapy took shape in the Southern and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne in the 1980's under the umbrella of Youth for Christ Melbourne (YFCM) . Dedicated counselors successfully met a need, providing long-term, outreach, relational and therapeutic support to at risk young people and their families going through difficult times.
YaFT became a trusted resource for schools, youth refuges, youth agencies, DHHS and community support professionals to refer young people to for the subsequent 30 years. By 2011 YaFT had developed a model of support to at risk young people and families which was based on a relational therapeutic approach to outreach counseling, combined with Bush Adventure Therapy and No Limits an early intervention program within secondary colleges.
When YFCM's doors were closed in 2011, Robert Coller was urged by many within the youth sector to continue the unique support offered by YaFT in this challenging area of youth work.
In 2011, Robert and Karen Coller took the decision to continue with the work of YaFT and to seek philanthropic funding from like-minded people and organisations who are committed to making a difference to young people's lives within our community. YaFT gratefully acknowledges the practical and prayerful support since then of many individuals and groups.
In 2012/13, YaFT partnered with the newly formed TLC Support Inc. and also 3fold Community Development.
Volunteers deserve a special mention as without their enthusiasm, involvement and time, YaFT could not deliver such genuine relational and community based care for young people. All volunteers hold current Working With Children Checks, commit to a thorough induction process including an interview and referee checks prior to approval for volunteer work . Robert partners with groups and volunteers whose belief in young people and practical support enable this vital work.
In 2017, 'Sailing On' completed it's 13th Bush Adventure Therapy journey to the Gippsland Lakes with a group of 8 young people and 7 leaders, 5 of whom were volunteers and looks forward to many more in the years to come!
Sailing On is a mainstay of YaFT's commitment to long term relationship with young people in need and exemplifies the life-changing work of YaFT.
In 2015, 3fold Community Development continued supporting YaFT, whilst transitioning to a new entity named Compelled by Love.
Consistent funding from Compelled by Love, Family Mediation and Reconciliation Program (FRMP), Xplore Tri-Yak Adventures, Select Equip and numerous individuals as well as Robert's casual work at Holmesglen TAFE and supporting youth workers through external and group supervision have ensured YaFT's continued work.
In 2017, Robert finished lecturing at Holmesglen TAFE and began working 2.5 days a week within the Berry St Take Two program, bringing his extensive youth work experience to the role of Senior Clinician within a therapeutic residential care home for at risk young people. The Berry St. work fits well within the YaFT vision and mission and ensures a solid funding base to continue the support model YaFT offers.
Robert Coller is a Youth and Family Therapist and Bush Adventure Therapist. He is an enthusiastic and trusted youth worker of over 30 years experience in the field. His adventurous spirit and encouraging nature is synonomous with his approach to discovering potential and helping people to trust new found realisations about themselves and relationships.
Robert is a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy. He is also a member and co vice-chairperson of the Australian Association of Bush Adventure Therapy.
Robert began his youth work career with a Diploma of Youth Ministry from Ridley College.
His experience includes::
Robert is based at TLC Support Inc. 265 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater, Melbourne. Primarily an outreach worker, Robert meets with young people, couples and families wherever needs can be best met. He offers support throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs of Melbourne and western Gippsland.
Robert's experience ideally places him an a much sought supervisory role for other youth work and homelessness professionals.
Youth and Family Therapy-Xplore
In July 2017, YaFT changed it's name to Youth and Family Therapy-Xplore, reflecting the diverse work of outreach counseling, Action Base Learning, Adventure and Bush Adventure Therapy and significantly reflecting the relationship between Xplore Tri-Yak Adventures volunteers who offer invaluable support to YaFT sailing, adventure and Bush Adventure Therapy programs.