Although reunification therapy (RT), or its various nomenclatures, are regularly requested or ordered by family law professionals, there is a lack of evidence-based structures that prescribe or describe what is involved in such processes. There is no accountability, no accreditation, no training or education and no practice guidelines for RT following parental absence. The researcher has undertaken this work for over two decades within the context of a private counselling practice and/or privately operated children's supervised contact service (CCSs). There is a ready acknowledgement that the machinations and operational practices of private CCSs have not been researched. It is assumed that, as with government-funded CCSs, RT is undertaken at private CCSs. This research explores the process of RT in private CCSs in Queensland and seeks to identify common factors that influence the outcome of RT. Formal articulation of the findings will potentially inform practices with stakeholders who are associated with RT.
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